A response to Daniel Hannan's recent Oxford Union speech entitled "Socialism Does NOT Work"
If there's anything the planet doesn't need, it's six billion more cars and dishwashers. The State is inherently coercive, as is any kind of power structure. Corporations are like mini North Koreas; they have dress-codes, tell you what you can and can't do and say, and if you step out of line, you face punishment or dismissal. Many hundreds of years ago, people were relatively autonomous. Every family and community had free access to land, which was provided to them by nature, enabling them to be self-sufficient. Then along came Kings with their hired thugs, who appropriated all the land, and began to charge the peasants rent for the privilege of living and farming on the land that was stolen from them. Not much as changed since then. Individual autonomy will always be limited as long as we are forced to choose between State-tyranny and private-tyranny.