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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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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San Francisco anarchists need you to fax/email/phone flood the SF DA’s office.

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Full disclosure: I have known Lauren Smith, one of the subjects of this blog post, for over five years. We are online friends, and I first “met” her through a feminist community I once co-moderated. An estimated 22 anti-capitalist protesters were arrested on Saturday after police clad in riot gear violently disrupted their march against colonial genocide, which is celebrated …

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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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Guglielmo Carchedi’s bad advice for activists

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Keynesian economic policies don’t work, but fighting for these policies will? Guglielmo Carchedi’s essay on the so-called Marxist multiplier has me bugging. He is handing out bad advice to activists in the social movements and telling them this bad advice is based on Marx’s labor theory of value. The bad advice can be summed up concisely: Keynesian policies do not …

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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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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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Social emancipation cannot be founded on labor

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Disconnection from the current relations of production is easier said than done in Kurz’s opinion. It is not a matter of simply seizing a single factory, a retail outlet, an office or a school, nor even of seizing all the factories, retail outlets, offices and schools altogether in a simultaneous uprising in all countries at once. These institutions evolved within …

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Social emancipation is incompatible with every form of property

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In the first section of his essay, Kurz examined the limitations of 20th Century Marxism that, he argued, was incapable of theoretically superseding capitalism except by means of a proposed future event, the proletarian political revolution, which, would solve all of capitalism’s ills and manage society in some undisclosed fashion. To address this theoretical failure, in section two of his …

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The “nightmare scenario” of capitalist collapse

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The nightmare scenario typically presented by bourgeois thinkers to the possibility of the collapse of capitalism can pretty much be summed up in six words: “Buy guns, gold and beans! Now!” In this view, the passing of capitalism is equated with the complete breakdown of civilization and a regression to some primitive state. Without market forces and the centralized control …

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Kurz and the dead end of Statist Marxism

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I am reading Robert Kurz’s “Anti-economics and anti-politics: on the reformulation of social emancipation after the end of ‘Marxism’”. It appears to me, at first glance, that this 1997 piece is a continuation of his 1995 prediction of a devaluation shock that would bring an end to capitalism. As I stated in my reading of that work, I found it …

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Worthless money as a rational absurdity

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I want to recommend everyone read John Weeks’ paper, “The theoretical and empirical credibility of commodity money“, because he presents a key to the analysis of neoclassical economic theory that unlocks its inner logic. I missed the juicy goodness of his argument in my first read because I have an aversion to mixing math with social criticism. However, in his …

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Marxism: Should Marxists rethink it or just dump it altogether?

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I want to take a moment to sum up some of my thoughts regarding Marxism that has occurred to me during my occupation of the Marxist Academy. This is only a rough outline of those ideas and I welcome comments on them from readers of this blog. Author: Jehu Eaves Visit Jehu’s Website – Email Jehu I am a “marxist-in-recovery”, …

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Review: Marx’s Economics for Anarchists, by Wayne Price

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Wayne Price’s “Marx’s Economics for Anarchists” makes the fatal error of treating Marx’s Capital as a description of how the economy works. This mistake Price makes is on the order of treating Einstein’s Theory as a description of how H-Bombs work. I suppose, in some limited fashion, Marx does give something approaching a description of “how capitalism works.” But, this …

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Zizek and the Golden Calf

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“What is the point of our celebrated freedom of choice when the only choice is between playing by the rules and (self-)destructive violence?”  –Slavoj Zizek Zizek was never so completely wrong as in his recent post on the problem of analysis posed by the London riots: “Today’s left faces the problem of ‘determinate negation’: what new order should replace the …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Final Part)

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“Well, what point of view would you expect to come out of this?” Noam Chomsky In his mutualist economic work, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Carson asks us to consider two questions: “1) if the “historical process” of primitive accumulation involved the use of force, how essential was force to that process; and if force was essential to the process, …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Five)

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“…an ingredient in someone’s soup.” –Rod Serling According to Carson the arguments of the Anarcho-Capitalist and Marxist variants of critical communist theory identify a movement of large-scale, organized capital to obtain its profits through state intervention into the economy, although the regulations entailed in this project are usually sold to the public as progressive restraints on big business, which creates, …

JehuA critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Five)