Desert island thought experiment for free market libertarians
Libertarians seem to desire a freer society, especially from government intervention, desiring a government that is just big enough to ensure property rights. I feel like a lot of libertarians, however, make the assumption that the free market and trading your labor is completely voluntary and is an acceptable power structure.
Another user in a post I saw a bit ago made a really interesting desert island thought experiment that I wanted to expand upon and discuss with y’all:
Imagine you are stranded on a desert island and come to find out that another guy has been stranded there for a while. You are hungry and go to pick and eat a coconut, but he informs you that that coconut tree is actually his property, but he will sell it to you for sexual favors. As you are haggling about the exchange rate between coconuts and blowjobs, the sun begins to set. The guy informs you that the entire island is actual his property and if you want to sleep there you will have to pay ‘rent’ indefinitely (more sexual favors).
Even though that deal is not appealing, there really isn’t anything else you can do without violating the NAP/property rights.
Leftist analysis sees that society is separated into a class of property owners and those that *have* to sell their labor. Just like the desert island, in our society, if you don’t like the deal the property owners are offering the alternative is homelessness and starvation. I see this as a threat that causes trading your labor to be coercive in the private property-based, authoritarian-style workplaces that exist in our society. What do you think?
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society