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Most people try to make common cause with their allies...

Posted by: Farinata ( L'inferno ) on December 22, 1999 at 10:40:06:

In Reply to: Anarchism is capital's punk kid brother posted by Stoller on December 21, 1999 at 23:03:42:

...only Barry appears to be on a mission to make possible allies unite against him.

: : Equality = Marxism - Individual Freedom = Anarchism...

: 'Anarchism is bourgeois philosophy turned inside out.'---Lenin.

Ooo. Lenin said it. It must be true.

: Anarchism is but the repudiation of society's interconnectedness, a selfish ideology fully compatible with capital. What anarchism really desires is to simply set up shop again---with new monopolists controlling the means of production.

And if you think that's anarchism, you're sadly mistaken. In fact, anarchism is the system which requires more mindfulness of your fellow human than any other. Think about it. If anarchism only involved sovereign individuals, nothing could be produced that would need the productive capacity of more than one person.

An anarchist society in fact requires everyone to be contributing to the society, because the only thing that keeps it running is the cooperation of its members; witness the number of LETS schemes proliferating. The key thing about anarchism is that it is based on removing the power heirarchy from person-person interactions.

In the absence of implied or explicit coercion, the only thing that keeps a society going is mindfulness to your fellow citizens; because of this, anarchism is probably the most selfless system around.

Try reading Appendix I of the Anarchist FAQ.

To quote Malatesta: the "individual who wished to supply his own material needs by working alone would be the slave of his labours."

An ordered anarchist society requires the co-operation of willing participants. You really think that's a 'selfish ideology'?


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