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  •  re: "Anarchists are anti-capitalist", in my (4+ / 0-)
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    neck of the woods there are actually people (I'll try not to call them idiots, but not too hard) who call themselves "anarcho-capitalists." I have pictures of one of them selling t-shirts, and not even appreciating that he lives in one of the only states that doesn't even charge sales tax for that.

    Maybe it's even you I've discussed this with before, come to think of it. But what I'm seeing is a woefully undereducated bunch of youngsters flocking here.

    We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

    by nuclear winter solstice on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:07:38 PM PDT

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    •  Anarchists (8+ / 0-)

      (in the theory of the tradition which goes back to Proudhon, who coined the French term anarchiste in 1840) do not accept anarcho-capitalism as a logical use of the term, and for good reason. Since capitalists accept the hierarchy of employer/employee and rulership of the capitalist class in the market, as well as the hegemony of wealth, and the unjustifiable authority inherent to the concept of private property used in production, they certainly are not "without authority" as the term anarcho means.

      Anyone can use a term, but it doesn't mean real anarchists have to accept it. And for liberals to accept the term is basically supporting the right wing usurping of a leftist term. Rothbard, father of right wing "libertarianism" even admits to the theft of term, and brags about having done so.

      The term libertarian, as well, goes back to anti-capitalist anarchists, and was used to replace anarchism when the movement was outlawed in France.

      Why help the right wing accomplish this distortion?

      I can supply anyone here with lots of links to support the historical usage of the term. My comments are based in historical fact.

      "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 Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:19:02 PM PDT

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