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This generation has grown up ignorant of the fact that socialism is as old as the human race. When civilization dawned upon the world, primitive man was living his rude Communistic life, sharing all things in common with every member of the tribe. Later when the race lived in villages, man, the communist, moved about among the communal flocks and herds on communal land. The peoples who have carved their names most deeply on the tables of human story all set out on their conquering career as communists, and their downward path begins with the day when they finally turned away from it and began to gather personal possessions.
the doctrine which would not give up any of the principles of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity of the French Revolution.
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as communistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of communism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?
If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.
"I met the Menshevik leaders, and certain anarchists. Both sets denounced Bolshevik intolerance, the stubborn refusal to revolutionary dissenters of any right to exist, and the excesses of the Terror. The Mensheviks seemed to me to be admirably intelligent, honest and devoted to Socialism, but completely overtaken by events. They stood for a sound principle, that of working-class democracy, but in a situation fraught with such mortal danger that the stage of siege did not permit any functioning of democratic institutions."
Communism failed in Russia, but let us consider something. We've been programmed to despise Communism. Our media and our leaders led us to believe that Stalin was the perfect example of a Communist ruler, while Communists see him as an enemy. We're programmed to lump Socialism into Communism, thus bringing us straight to Stalinism. We're programmed to picture 'anarchists' as violent people.
Originally posted by DINSTAAR
If one is not able to provide for themselves, they can and will easily be able to rely on the kindness of others, instead of the scraps that a welfare-state has left over.
Monopolies will no longer exist because the biggest monopoly (that of violence, government) will not be present, and people will be encouraged to be autonomous, at least in their own circles of voluntary associations.
Social capital will be very high, whereas a system of governance relies on keeping social capital low, using it to fill the coffers of constituents and maintain its own power.
When social capital is high people are not ruled by fear, people trust each other, and people are honest . These factors rely on each other. A stateless society needs social capital, and social capital comes from the nonexistence of the state. Or if looked at inversely, the state will no longer be necessary when social capital is high and will be rendered impotent, then nonexistent.
This is my alternative to what you call 'capitalism'.
I find this fascinating. So you believe in the good-will and generosity of individuals, but not the good-will and generosity of organizations or groups?
Meaning, working in isolation would more than likely result in a lower quality of living in terms of goods and services.
This would without a doubt result in a feeling of self-empowerment but at cost of not having a large organizational structure that could help in a crisis situation (i.e. Katrina, Pearl Harbor, etc.).
This is likely why in reality we see hybridized political systems greasing the wheels of society, using a little bit of each philosophy, because no single polarized ideology solves all problems.
The doctrine that human beings have ineliminable freedom to choose, no matter how constrained they may be, is essential to Sartre's existentialism. We are the beings who choose what we are. In Marxism, equality is not only a value, it is the core political value: the value upon which other values depend. In anarchism, fraternity makes social harmony in the absence of power of the state possible. Ordinary human friendships do not need to be sustained by police, army, courts or taxation and this is a clue to the fact that society without the state is possible.
(Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings, Sartre, pg. 4)