Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Progressives Starting to Realize That George Carlin Was Right...

...the game is rigged, you don't have a choice. Hmm, McCain or Obama? One would ramp up military adventures in the Middle East while pledging fiscal responsibility while actually running unprecedented deficits, whereas the other candidate would...oh shoot.

What's interesting is not so much Paul Krugman's discussion of Obama and Hoover (and his failure to mention that Hoover disowned Mellon's reported remarks about liquidation), but rather the disillusioned Obama voters in the comments.

I'm not gloating, I'm glad they are wisening up. Now what happens? Are they going to vote for Obama again to keep out President Palin (or Brown)? Or will they go anarcho-communist?

Or will they find Free Advice in time?

stupid question, but whats anarcho-communist and how is it different from regular anarchism?

- thanks silent reader
not stupid, but that requires a book:)
In short: according to Marx, Communism, once achieved, is pretty much indistinguishable from anarchism. Not his words, but that's what it boils down to. Marx also believed that once that stage is reached, there will be no more exploitation of men by men.
Wits respond that while there will be no exploitation of men by men, it will be the other way round.

Regular anarchism... there's left and right-wing anarchism. The former believes property is theft, the latter believes that property is the key to freedom.

Proudhomme vs. Rothbard, basically.

your run-of-the-mill street-level anarchist is just a labor-shy punk who thinks the world owes him (mostly men, few women) just because he exists and is generally outraged at everything he thinks is unfair.
James, what books written by Marx on his utopias would you recommend?

So far, I only read his booklet "Labor and Capital" (not sure if that'd be the precise English translation; it's dated as from 1847). It's on economic theory, and it's rather unimpressive. I would be interested in reading on his broader stance on political theory though.
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