The Working Class is Moving Right, and the Left is to Blame

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Introduction In an attempt to build upon PunkJohnnyCash’s previous articles surrounding the anarchist alienation of the working class, its important to analyze the state of the working class today. In short, the condition of the working class is not preferable. Much of the working class has fallen into the trappings of neoliberalism and right-wing authoritarianism. In the United States, where …

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How Entitled are the 1%?

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TL;DR: Very entitled. Introduction Over the past few years there has been a growing consensus, especially on the Right, that “entitlement culture” is exploding around the world. The meaning of “entitlement culture” generally is an allusion too the growth of social democracy; particularly among the mainstream Left in the United States and the long existent social democracy in Western Europe. This …

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Hugo Chavez: The Paradox of Authoritarianism

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Introduction Comandante Chavez, hasta siempre. Todos somos chavez. The word authoritarian is thrown around in leftist circles quite frequently; and, for good reason. The presence of authoritarianism is quite prevalent throughout all class societies; whether it manifests as a  genocidal “National Socialist” party or the United Fruit Company. However, there also exists an equally prevalent hatred for an abstract conception …

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Enslaved to the Enlightenment

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Introduction Growing up in the United States public education system, one is taught to revere the philosophies and days of old. In every classroom, the walls are decorated with pictures of the founding fathers and with posters of the “core democratic values”. Children sing songs commemorating the ideology of liberalism and patriotism. We were taught the importance of the constitution and looked …

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Women’s Liberation and Alienation: A Marxist Perspective

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Introduction The question of Women’s Liberation has always been one of a strenuous nature. Even amongst the broader Left, the role and function of Women’s Liberation has varied greatly. I will set the record straight by first not using the phrase ‘Women’s Rights’; I find this terminology highly frustrating because it tends to assume that women can reach some form …

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Why the Communist Party USA is Wrong on Guns, and Everything

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Update: Personal obligations have kept me at bay, temporarily preventing me from extending upon my series of articles against Austrian Economics. Rest assured, these articles will return in the following week. Introduction The history of the Communist Party is one as fluctuating as the history of the Left itself. The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was once a militant and working …

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The Case Against Self-Ownership

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Introduction As Murray Rothbard explains in his Ethics of Liberty, complete self-ownership is absolutely essential to a propertarian ethics. This is precisely why I extend on my criticism against propertarian (specifically anti-state pro-capitalist) ethics on the point of self-ownership. “If a man has the right to self-ownership, to the control of his life, then in the real world he must also …

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Marxism Against Gun Control: Why Marxists Should Oppose Gun Control

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Introduction The horrific tragedy that took place on Friday, December 14th 2012 cannot be expressed in words. The actions of one gunman forever altered the lives of countless families and the discourse surrounding gun control in the United States. I will not spend any time trying to dissect the motives or nature of the gunman; I am not a psychiatrist. …

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Socialism is Nazism?: Right-wing Rhetoric Run Amok

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‘Hitler was a National Socialist. Get that? Socialism is Nazism.’ - generic Jim, the right-wing nut Without a doubt, any individual with a rudimentary knowledge of history could tell you that Hitler co-opted the socialist movement to seat himself in power. The right-wing obsession with the word “socialism” in National Socialism has become more apparent to me as time goes on. …

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Go Home Crowder: Labor Fights Back

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video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_F3oev06i I am sure by now most of you have seen the video from which the image above is cited. The video depicts all sorts of heavily edited footage by the far-right Christian fundamentalist and comedian Steven Crowder as he attempts to rile up some of the union protesters outside of the Lansing capitol building in my home state …

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Solidarity with Michigan Workers!

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I want to take a moments break from the theory and debate to issue a strong message of solidarity with those workers who will be gathering in the Michigan State Capitol of Lansing tomorrow. Being a Michigan native I know the price that is paid when unions are smashed, wages plummet, and jobs are shipped to more easily exploited states …

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A Marxist Critique of Hans-Hermann Hoppe and Austrian Theory

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Introduction I received plenty of feedback in my last article (See: The Poverty of Ethics: Dissecting the Non-aggression Principle), some positive, some negative. A popular request was to review a few Austrian (I use ‘Austrian’ here as a popular reference to the Austrian School of Economics) works which challenge the Marxist interpretation of classes and exploitation. I accepted the request. …

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The Poverty of Ethics: Dissecting the Non-aggression Principle

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Introduction Ethics is defined as: “a system of moral principles.” or “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular classof human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.” - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ethics?s=t The question is, what role should ethics play in human interaction and the human experience? Ethics has an important place in directing human interaction towards mutually beneficial and cooperative engagement. However, there are clear and poignant reasons why property based ethics or ethics enshrined as absolutely objective should be rejected …

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The Free State Project: The Future of White America

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Introduction When one takes a drive through Keene, New Hampshire, one can see the city is populated with a host of young white middle-class “anarchists” who call themselves the Free State Project. What is the Free State Project? From their website: “The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are …

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Debunking Stalinism: Part One

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The Left today is a broad conglomeration of socialist, liberal, and socially democratic groups and tendencies. Deep within the Left lurks a tendency most would believe to be dead. The truth is that Stalinism is still alive and well within the Communist Left. Given, at least most of the modern day Communists are either critical of Stalin or non-associative towards …

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Four More Years

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Like many Americans I tuned in Tuesday night to watch the Banks choose their next anointed one. It seems they were pleased with the last four years of unbridled corporate profit and bank swindling, so why change pace? In all seriousness I was quite happy to see Mr. Romney lose. It has nothing to do with the fact I enjoy the bourgeois …

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Why Jehu is Wrong, and Privilege Analysis is Important

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After I read the recent article by Jehu Eaves, fellow Marxist on Gonzo, I felt it necessary to give my own input and make a few criticisms of Jehu’s analysis. Mr. Eaves analysis was centered around an anarchist essay espousing some rather unorthodox theories about privileges and their relation to capitalist social relations and the state. Keep in mind that …

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The Future Of Africa

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As the world remembers the life and death of African revolutionary, Thomas Sankara, the future of the traditionally marginalized continent is always briefly brought into discussion. The truly sad thing is that the focal point of this discussion always assumes that A) Africa is a despotic shithole full of backwards subhumans and B) it is our duty as members of the ‘civilized’ …

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Vote for Nobody

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Being a Marxist, I often hear about the supposed “socialist” achievements of the current United States President, Barack Obama. Let me be clear, Barack Obama is not a socialist, he is not a Marxist, and he is hardly even a Liberal. I have yet to see a credible political evaluation that puts him anywhere but Center-Right. He has said much …

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Hilary Janks Literacy and Power

Critical Literacy, Sustainability, and Personal Power: Using Hilary Janks as a Model for Change in American Education and Environmentalism

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If a society of empowered citizens is to be realized, it’s imperative that an education system adopt Janks’s critical literacy doctrine and apply it in a sustainable environment.  What better way to empower citizens and overcome a hegemonic order than to adopt truly sustainable practices and become self-sufficient? In reading Literacy and Power by Hilary Janks, I was impressed with her ability …

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