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Libertarianism in the Congo Free State

HenryR
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4/14/2014 1:20:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/13/2014 5:45:45 PM, henryajevans wrote:
I'd like to gather some thoughts on the idea that the Congo Free State was the perfect example of a libertarian society.

It seems as if you don't understand libertarianism. Libertarianism is about individual commercial and personal freedom, while limiting state coercion to maintaining that freedom from private coercion (such as theft and pollution).

However the Congo free state had forced labor, no individual legal rights, and complete control by a coercive power (king of Belgium and his favored cronies in the control free state) over people's lives. Hardly a libertarian society.
Jifpop09
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4/14/2014 2:11:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/13/2014 5:45:45 PM, henryajevans wrote:
I'd like to gather some thoughts on the idea that the Congo Free State was the perfect example of a libertarian society.

Definitely not libertarian. Military dictatorships, or the government in general were extreme right.
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henryajevans
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4/15/2014 6:28:53 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
But there wasn't a government - it was owned and operated as the private estate of King Leopold II of Belgium, who employed a private security force and homesteaded the region with rubber plantations.