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  •  Anarchists take a break to enjoy Easter holiday... (7+ / 0-)

    The obstructionist Republicans will be back!

    When will the media properly describe Republicans by what
    best describes their political activity ...

    Anarchism is often defined as a political philosophy
    which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary,
    or harmful.

    *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

    by josmndsn on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:58:54 AM PDT

    •  Actually... (2+ / 0-)
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      This isn't entirely correct when applied to the right wing.

      Anarchism is against a central government because it treats all humans as equal. It doesn't accept authority that is unjustifiable. They replace hierarchical power structures with horizontal equality, with unions and work collectives federating together on local, regional, national, and international levels.

      Capitalism and anarchism thus don't mix, since capitalism couldn't exist without wage slaves working in a hierarchical work model. Capitalism is oligarchical by nature. Some large corporations have bigger economies than small countries, and have an employee population that is immense. When you work for a corporation, you're not working in a horizontally managed environment. You're under command of the firmly established pecking order.

      Most anarchists are socialists or communists, and anti-capitalism is a primary ingredient in true anarchism.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:02:55 AM PDT

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      •  In other words... (0+ / 0-)

        Capitalism is not "without rulers" as the term an-arch-ism implies. And corporations and their CEOs and the gaggle of suited executives definitely fall into the category of "rulers". Even if the state were abolished completely (which wouldn't work in capitalism despite what some say) the capitalist market would still be archical.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:16:36 AM PDT

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      •  Appreciate the in-depth analysis, however... (0+ / 0-)

        I believe the "right wing" meets the definition as provided.

        undesirable, - don't want federal gvmt to meddle in their
        pursuit of happiness or free markets.

        unnecessary, - federal regulations are roadblocks to growth
        and self-actualization.

        or harmful. - taxes redistribute their hard-earned wealth
        to the UNDESERVING.

        *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

        by josmndsn on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:20:55 AM PDT

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        •  No, it does not (1+ / 0-)
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          That definition is incomplete and thus inaccurate. Anarchy means by definition no leader. It does not mean no organization. See my second comment above.

          http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/...

          The following excerpt is from the Encyclopedia Britannica, written by Kropotkin:

          ANARCHISM (from the Gr. av, and aoxn, contrary to authority), the name given to a principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government - harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by obedience to any authority, but by free agreements concluded between the various groups, territorial and professional, freely constituted for the sake of production and consumption, as also for the satisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and aspirations of a civilized being. In a society developed on these lines, the voluntary associations which already now begin to cover all the fields of human activity would take a still greater extension so as to substitute themselves for the state in all its functions. They would represent an interwoven network, composed of an infinite variety of groups and federations of all sizes and degrees, local, regional, national and international temporary or more or less permanent - for all possible purposes: production, consumption and exchange, communications, sanitary arrangements, education, mutual protection, defence of the territory, and so on; and, on the other side, for the satisfaction of an ever-increasing number of scientific, artistic, literary and sociable needs. Moreover, such a society would represent nothing immutable. On the contrary - as is seen in organic life at large - harmony would (it is contended) result from an ever-changing adjustment and readjustment of equilibrium between the multitudes of forces and influences, and this adjustment would be the easier to obtain as none of the forces would enjoy a special protection from the state.

          "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

          by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:45:34 AM PDT

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          •  "Anarchy means by definition no leader." alone... (0+ / 0-)

            describes the "right wing".

            Unless, a fat, obnoxious, radio commentator, who has never held a political office is considered to be the leader of the Republican party as much of the MSM promotes.

            *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

            by josmndsn on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:51:53 AM PDT

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            •  Many leaders: all of them very very rich (1+ / 0-)
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              which is why they're so far ahead of us.

              YES WE DID -- AGAIN. FOUR MORE YEARS.

              by raincrow on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 11:04:55 AM PDT

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            •  Actually, no (0+ / 0-)

              You aren't reading what I've provided. Republicans (and all capitalists, for that matter) believe in private ownership of property used production, which creates an owner class with a subservient, subordinated worker class. Which of course, is hierarchy, not anarchy.

              "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

              by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 01:01:51 PM PDT

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            •  There are some wingers (0+ / 0-)

              who call themselves "anarcho-capitalists" but that is a misnomer, or oxymoron. Capitalism is by definition hierarchical, so those who refer to their capitalist Ayn Randian politics with this term don't understand anarchism.

              It's similar to libertarians in America not having much to do with true liberty. The original term described libertarian communists, and had nothing to do with capitalism. But the right wing seized that term, as well, as if wage slavery of capitalism provides true freedom for the majority of working people.

              "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

              by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 01:25:49 PM PDT

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    •  Not really (0+ / 0-)

      Anarchists oppose state formations whether they are national or local. The Republicans embrace both, so long as they control them. They're only opposed to government when it is controlled by others.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:19:30 AM PDT

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