Prepare For Free Market, And Make It Double! – Pokémon GO and Libertarianism

von Iván Goldman

The world seems to be witnesing a rise in the popularity of an historically marginal ideology: Libertarianism. Specifically, right-wing libertarianism, an ideology that although traces its origins to ancient philosopy took its current form in the United States in second half of the XXth century. Libertarians mainly believe in an almost complete lack of regulations to the economy, free market capitalism, individual freedoms and the reduction of the State to its smallest possible form (Bherer, 2023).

The victory of Javier Milei in Argentina’s presidential election (Buschschlüter, 2023), the rise in popularity of Vivek Ramaswamy in the political arena of the Republican Party in the United States (Reid, 2024) or even Elon Musk’s posts in the X social media platform (Robertson, 2022) are some of the most resounding examples of this trend. But libertarianism has probably been around in a widely consumed media for close to a decade through a videogame that was widely popular – and still is: Pokemon Go.

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