Distortions of Desire: Choosing so that Which one Chooses had no Longer Been Chosen

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The writers for Gonzo Times need support. Writing is fun but everyone needs to eat. If you want to see Gonzo continue, we need your support. Donating is easy – you can do it through PayPal by clicking this “Donate” button: Cross-post; original text here. Post concerns the conflicted nature of desire in the capitalist economy, specifically stating that it …

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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 …

Zak DrabczykHow Entitled are the 1%?

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 …

Zak DrabczykHugo Chavez: The Paradox of Authoritarianism

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 …

Zak DrabczykWomen’s Liberation and Alienation: A Marxist Perspective
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Capitalism and religious fundamentalism, a love story.

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Is it a coincidence that as peoples’ trust in capitalism wavers we see a surge in religious fundamentalism?  I don’t think so, and I think the people running this world… well, they don’t just know this is not a coincidence, they are pulling the right strings and pushing the right buttons to foster more of it.  What that ol’ saying, …

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The Case Against Self-Ownership

Zak Drabczyk Featured, The Commune 1 Comment

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 …

Zak DrabczykThe Case Against Self-Ownership

Marxism Against Gun Control: Why Marxists Should Oppose Gun Control

Zak Drabczyk Featured, The Commune 2 Comments

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 …

Zak DrabczykGo Home Crowder: Labor Fights Back

A Marxist Critique of Hans-Hermann Hoppe and Austrian Theory

Zak Drabczyk Featured, The Commune 4 Comments

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. …

Zak DrabczykA Marxist Critique of Hans-Hermann Hoppe and Austrian Theory

The Poverty of Ethics: Dissecting the Non-aggression Principle

Zak Drabczyk Featured, The Commune 3 Comments

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 …

Zak DrabczykThe Poverty of Ethics: Dissecting the Non-aggression Principle

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 …

Zak DrabczykDebunking Stalinism: Part One
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Part III – “Ron, why you hate private property?”

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For the FMAA crowd, “private property” is a sacred right that comes from nothing other than being born. Their thinking is that if you “own” yourself, than anything you do becomes and extension of your “self”. They have seized on the idea that a person should keep the “full product of their labor”, which of course we all agree with. …

Kom-E RonPart III – “Ron, why you hate private property?”
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Part I: Hey Wait A Minute

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Conversations with “Free-Market Anti-Authoritarianism” – Part 1 First, I should probably lay some groundwork. What is a “free-market anti-authoritarian”? The reason I might need to explain what they are to some is that you are very unlikely to run into one anywhere but on the internet, and if you do they might go by several different monikers. One of them …

Kom-E RonPart I: Hey Wait A Minute
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The Fallacy of ‘Free Market Capitalism’

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Today, while browsing around various debate sites, this article (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100127395/crony-capitalism-is-failing-lets-try-the-real-thing/) was brought to my attention by yet another right-winger trying to persuade me of the supposed virtues of ‘real’ or ‘free market’ capitalism. This was just one of many similar encounters I’ve had recently, in which the system we currently have is continually referred to as either ‘crony capitalism’ or …

Laszlo ZapacikThe Fallacy of ‘Free Market Capitalism’
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Pity the Party Hacks

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Originally posted at the jVerse One of the many things that swing out of the mainstream from time to time to knock a bit of reality into my delightful pocket of anarchism is the political left’s inability to abandon, or even critisize, capitalism. Capitalism, corporatism, crony/state capitalism, call it what you will–I’m referring to the economic system that has always …

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Rent and feudalism in an anarcho-capitalist society

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First, a disclaimer: I don’t claim to be an anarcho-capitalist, but I have a fair number of friends who do.  I’m fairly well-versed in ancap theory as well as theories from which it sprung forth (traditional anarchism and classical liberalism) as well.  I’m approaching this subject from an anarcho-capitalist perspective in order to critique some common statements made by self-professed …

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Capitalism vs. Communism Challenging The Paradigm

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Can the Captialism vs. Communism paradigm be challenged just as so many of us have found the flaw in a left-right paradigm? I was once like most Americans, I opposed socialism and communism. I knew that capitalism was the only way because that was just a fact. It was one of those unquestioned facts. Just as some fall into the …

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Compendium of Sources to Learn About Anarchism

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For convenience, I have a sequence of links here corresponding to each section of this page, in order, so you won’t have to necessarily scroll through the entire length of this long page. I have my own little introductory summary here in giving my two cents, which you can skip straight to the sources on anarchism, if you don’t want …

JDenigmaCompendium of Sources to Learn About Anarchism
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The Corporate United States

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Many choose either businesses and corporations or the government to oppose seeing the other as acceptable despite its flaws. Which is bad, the government or the corporations? The liberal screams against the evil corporate businesses and the greedy. The conservative cries against ‘big government’ and often extols the virtues of corporations. Capitalism is evil! Socialism and Communism is dangerous! We …

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Rights vs. Freedoms

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I’ve talked about this on several occasions but some things have become more focused for me lately as pertains to verbiage. I’m hoping that by discussing on Gonzo Times I’ll be able to present this thought to people who might be in positions to implement it more fully than I. Many people talk about “Freedom of the Press” or “Free …

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The History of Monsanto

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Nurses Improve Clinical Documentation with Celio REDFLY and Homecare Homebase. Biotech Week October 28, 2009 For Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ), mobility is everything. To effectively provide and document the best in-home care and rehabilitation for newly discharged hospital and in-home patients they need mobile technology that complies with federal regulations and allows them to effectively document and …

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The Libertarian Statist

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Since the Tea Parties have been in full swing I have found myself distancing myself from other so-called “libertarians.” It seems that the GOP lite has taken the term and ran with it. I already had issues with the Objectivists in some areas but that is to be expected considering their matriarch detested the anarchist strand that I proudly embrace. …

Punk Johnny CashThe Libertarian Statist