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  •  Using the term anarchist this way (0+ / 0-)

    is not consistent with the historical meaning. Anarchism is much more democratic than what we have in the US, since direct democracy and horizontal social relationships are the basis of anarchism. And anarchism is anti-capitalist.

    "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

    by ZhenRen on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 05:58:25 PM PST

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    •  Not according to the "Austrian" economists. (0+ / 0-)

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. -- John Stuart Mill (March, 1866)

      by Blood on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 03:53:13 PM PST

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      •  They have no conception of true anarchism (0+ / 0-)

        The first person to coin the usage of "anarchist" in that form was the anti-capitalist Proudhon (at the time far more known and read than Marx), referring to himself as an anarchist back in 1840.

        The "Austrian" economists have absolutely no history with this term, and they are not anarchists. Anarcho-capitalism, a term adopted by Rothbard, a libertarian associated with Austrian school, is an oxymoron, because it defies the traditional meaning of the term. Rothbard is on record of admitting that terms like "libertarian" and "anarchism" were stolen from the leftist libertarian socialists (aka anarchists). But the right wing usage is mostly limited to just the US, while the rest of the world and Europe still use these terms according to the historical usage going back to the mid 19th century, and this especially applies to the term anarchism.

        Anarchism, without any qualifying adjectives, refers to non-Marxist, anti-statist, non-authoritarian socialism. Socialism in the 19th century split into two major branches, with anarchists on one side, Marxists on the other. Marx was considered to be very authoritarian (for a socialist) and Bakunin (an anarchist) predicted in the 1860s that Marxist concepts of the "dictatorship of the proletariat" would lead to an authoritarian type of socialist regime, which, of course, was exactly what happened in the USSR under Lenin and Stalin.

        "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

        by ZhenRen on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 10:13:34 AM PST

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