The Mutualist is a blog about current affairs, political theory and society written from a left wing perspective with libertarian sympathies.
The ambition of the blog is to eventually turn into a magazine in which to promote a radical but relatively moderate left wing ‘libertarian’ platform in the United Kingdom.
The name of the blog has been designated in mind for the possibility of that eventuality occurring. The Mutualist does not refer to to the author of the blog. Such a characterisation would be arrogant at best and down right insulting to all those who have made contributions to the mutualist, left-libertarian and cooperative movements throughout history.
The vagueness of the political philosophy of the Mutualist has been necessary as the author of the blog sees it necessary for it to develop as an incremental process.
The blog has been portioned into sections. These sections are intended to focus in the development of theory of mutualism, left-libertarianism, etc. The main blog part will focus upon analysing contemporary affairs focussing heavily on politics and the economy. The analysis section will involve more in-depth and longer analyses of current affairs.
Despite the vagueness of the exact views advocated by the Mutualist, there are some principles that we can commit to.
Principle One: That a market based economy will have a better chance of increasing economic utility overall than a non-market economy.
Principle Two: That a market economy organised so that ownership of private property is common to all humans will produce an equitable economy for the majority citizens.
Principle Three: Cooperation is an essential component to understanding the operations of markets just as much as competition is.
Principle Four: Market participants are only rational in a trivial manner.
Principle Five: A degree of economic equality is essential to ensure that markets can a) promote the freedom of market participants and b) ensure that the market does maximise utility overall.
Principle Six: A radical shift towards an economy based on social enterprises and cooperatives would be the optimum economic ideal to achieve for the optimum amount of predistribution to occur in a market economy.
Principle Seven: A market based economy is not sufficient to provide all the needs of human being. A market is a means to an end rather than an end in itself.
Principle Eight: It is possible to have a green market economy.
Principle Nine: Anthropogenic Global Warming is most likely the greatest threat humanity will face in the 21st century.
Principle Ten: The use of land is one of the driving inequalities between humans on the Earth. Taxation should shift towards taxing land use and the use of other natural resources instead of on sources of income and on consumption.
Principle Eleven: The worth of a society and the legitimacy of the state is determined by how it treats the vulnerable.
Principle Twelve: The state can cause inequalities in society. The state can also play a role in eliminating some inequalities as well. The welfare state is not something contradictory to the principles of libertarianism/the market economy.
Principle Thirteen: All humans are born equally and are fully deserving of having an existence without facing discrimination.
Principle Fourteen: Liberalism, libertarianism and economics can learn a great deal from Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach.
The authors Twitter account is @Gazmundo. Articles from other blogs and news outlets are tweeted on it. Not every tweet implies an endorsement of the view proposed.