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Follow the money …

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Barbarism, Fascism or the American System I am still looking for a good formulation of the idea that Washington is using the dollar to control all capital in the world market. And it ain’t easy. I think the elements of the basic argument can be found in Anitra Nelson’s, Claus Germer’s and Suzanne de Brunhoff’s chapters in “Marx’s Theory of …

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Can Antistatist Communists work with Statist Communists?

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In one of my earlier posts, I accused some Marxists of being fascists. Needless to say this did not go over well with those Marxists who might fall into the category of people who, although claiming to be communists, nevertheless believe any attempt to actually dismantle the present state amounts to a neoliberal assault on the so-called ‘social safety net’ …

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Part Two: Fascism, or the state as the direct exploiter of labor

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Part Two: Fascism, or the state as the direct exploiter of labor One of the recurrent comments to my writing is the statement, in one form or another, that my use of the terms “the fascist state” is off-putting to the average reader — which is to say, the commenter thinks I am engaging in needless hyperbole. However, the question, …

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How Did Antistatism Get Here?: A critique of David Graeber’s “Debt”

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In his book, “Debt: The First 5000 Years”, David Graeber levels the accusation against the Left, that it lacks imagination to see beyond present society. I think Graeber’s accusation is accurate and can be seen in his own antistatist (i.e., anti-political and anti-economic) argument. Contrary to Graeber’s argument that money has no essence, it is precisely because money has an …

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A decade of indecisive occupation

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When I started writing this piece, the focus was on how Occupy Brisbane absolutely fail with their PR. They can criticise the public all they want for being brainwashed; but if they can’t win the support of the public, that is failure – no matter how you try cover it up with hippie-speak. Why don’t you and other go seek …

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George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

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Despite his British patriotism and criticism of middle class advocates of a “classless society,” among other varying acts of left wing heresy, Orwell was as militantly anti-fascist as Winston Churchill, if not more so. Orwell, among other towering intellectuals such as Ernest Hemingway, journeyed to Spain to combat the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. As Christopher Hitchens, an Orwell scholar, …

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A Primer On The New Tribalism

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Punk Johnny Cash has asked that I write more about the Alternative Right and their movement. We’ve had several excursions with them here at Gonzo Times, as I have when I written about them elsewhere. This article I hope to be a definitive piece aimed for republication in the Gonzo Times zine and a reference point for anyone who wants …

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The Alternative Right

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Jay Batman’s articles crystallized for me something I have seen on the rise for the last year or so. In American society, and to a larger extent Europe, Canada and Australia, you’re seeing the rise of a movement that is best described as the “alternative right.” These guys are radical traditionalists, who through the election of a black president to …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Final thoughts)

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The argument i have tried to make in the previous parts of this series ( one, two, three and four) is simple: What is taking place in the battle in Wisconsin, and the battle against austerity generally has nothing to do with Capital directly, but instead is concerned with the massive population of working people rendered completely redundant by the …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part four)

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In parts one, two and three, I have made several observations which can be summarized this way: First, the argument that the event unfolding in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states are a battle over public union rights is disproved once we realize that these public unions are not and never were unions. The public unions are organs of the State, …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part three)

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I stated earlier that I think the Koch Brothers are being framed for the events in Wisconsin, but I don’t want you to get me wrong here: the Koch Brothers will get no defense from me — nor would they need or want one. They are libertarians who really do want to get rid of the welfare state — or …

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“It must be broken”: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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We can now restate Marx’s theory in a way which will make it easily digestible by those who stand full square for a completely stateless society, as well as the various and sundry people who seem intent on getting him completely wrong in every possible variation — including the imbeciles who count themselves among his followers: Marx came to the …

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The Value of Nothing: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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In the first part of this series (here) I argued that Karl Marx’s Individual is the same Individual who appears in the writings of 18th and 19th Century thinkers. Moreover, Marx’s assumptions imply an environment of Hobbes’ war of all against all and an increasingly illiberal, repressive and aggressive, parasitic State. In the second part of this series (here) I …

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“All I know is that I am not a Marxist!”: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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Now, perhaps it becomes clearer why Marx, in his exasperation with his own followers, declared, “All I know is that I am not a Marxist.” It was never about the machines, the buildings, the banks, the factories, the farms or profit, taxes and wages — it was about the Individual and her relationship to other Individuals and Society. In his …

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Farewell, Great Leader!: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State: Some comments

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(Continued from here) In his post, “Marxism And Libertarian Exploitation Theory”, Brad argues that the State, even under revolutionary conditions, will not whither away, but will find ways to persist and enjoy its privileged position in society: The second point has been demonstrated in nearly every society which has taken a serious stab at state socialism. The rulers become quite …

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What help for the 99ers? (Part three)

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Why is Washington so implacably hostile to a reduction of hours of work as the solution to unemployment? And, why has it abandoned the 99ers to their fate? The answer to these questions is simple: Washington depends on the unpaid hours of labor wrung from the working population as much as capital itself. Washington is not a neutral party when …

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What help for the 99ers? (Part two)

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In my rant yesterday, What help for the 99ers?, I made an argument why folks who support the 99ers should nevertheless oppose extension of unemployment compensation beyond 99 weeks. That argument made what might be considered an obscure connection between the unemployed and the large body of “public servants” who compose the state machinery of repression, totalitarian control and imperial expansion. …

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