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An anarchist can believe that the modern liberal state is necessary for really-existing capitalism to be established and perpetuated. An anarchist can believe that the modern liberal state is not necessary for the establishment and perpetuation...

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There are two different dictionary-definitions of "socialism".  The statist meaning of socialism is given in dictionaries because there are socialists who do have a statist leaning in their use of the word.  The statist meaning of socialism is...

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I do not change the definitions of the words and names I use. For example, the name "socialism" can hace two meanings, with one being more compatible with a statist meaning, and the other being more consistent with an anarchist meaning. When I...

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Prices go up; prices go down. But, prices today are higher than they were ten years ago. There are two sides to a purchase. The seller and the buyer. There are two interests involved. The seller wants to maximize the price; the...

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Ignorance is the only thing that is more costly than an education. The Prisoner's Dilemma assumes that the conspirators do not have information as to what the other conspirators might be telling the interrogators. The Prisoner's...

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Socialism, like democracy, does not now conform to reality because socialism, like democracy, does not yet truly exist, does not yet really exist. Ludwig Edler von Mises believed that every possible market must be libertarian,...

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Maybe capitalism creates a lot of complexities which democratic-socialism would simplify, and could clarify. What decisions are correct in a competitive and profiteering capitalism? What decisions are correct in a cooperative and...

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Really-existing capitalism does, in fact, involve some conspiracy. Even Adam Smith was aware of the fact that, for example, "people of the same trade seldom meet together but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some...

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A social-democracy simply cannot be any one person's system, or property. A social-democracy aspires to abolish perpetual and/or periodic material scarcity. In a socialist and democratic economy, we cannot produce...

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No democratic socialist society has ever evolved into an authoritarian state. Every socialist state that has existed in modern times had its very first beginning as an authoritarian régime.  No liberal capitalist state has yet evolved into a...

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We do not live on Big Rock Candy Mountain, and we never will. But, we do have the industrial technology to live in a more sustainable economy of plenty. In a post-scarcity and post-capitalist society, those who want the finest...

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If unregulated capitalism encourages corruption and crime, then it is no accident that corruption and crime are so rampant in unregulated, laissez-faire capitalism. The liberal capitalist state has evolved into an interventionist state, because...

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A society that is inherently and internally stable can be conquered and subjugated by an outside conqueror, by an exterior society of conquistadors. What was a peaceful community cannot be adjudged unstable because it has been conquered by a...

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We already have a material solution to the problem of material scarcity, thanks to capitalism's own encouragement of industrial development and of technological progress. Of course, capitalism cannot, and will not, solve the problem of material ...

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The early, beginning stages of modern-day, really-existing capitalism were not as enchanting as the romantic fantasies of an innocent and uncorrupted laissez-faire capitalism would indicate or imply.  An accurate, factual account of actual,...

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Anarchism is not the abolition of community; it is the abolition of the state. Well-supplied consumption depends upon abundant production. If we produce all that we need, then we will be free to consume and utilize all that we...

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As a rationing principle, the communist motto -- "Freom each according to ability; to each according to need" -- is a very rational principle. Every human being has some needs which are the same as every other human being. Any...

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In an essay called "The Case Against Equality", William Letwin, a critic of egalitarianism, wrote:  "Inasmuch as people are unequal, it is rational to presume that they ought to be treated unequally -- which might mean larger shares for the needy...

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Do anarcho-capitalist writers and thinkers intend to dumb down their presentation of one version of anarchism?  Does this mean that an anarcho-capitalist author expects that his or her readers can be assumed to be dumb, stupid, thoughtless,...

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Is it OK that an ideological label -- i.e., anarchism -- with a long history, is taken over by capitalist writers and thinkers with a different ideological preference  -- i.e., a preference for capitalism? Is it OK when fascist parties include...

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Why not compare and contrast anarcho-capitalism with, for example, anarcho- communism, one of the classical anarchisms, so that the anarcho-capitalist can argue for anarchist views that differ with anarcho-communist views of anarchism, ehich...

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Democracy is not dead; it has not yet been born.  The problem is not that democracy is dead; but rather, the problem is that the liberal reforms of capitalism are being reversed and overturned by a more radical and fundamentalist ideological...

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Capitalism is not about universal prosperity, unless this can serve to maximize the profit-seeking needs of capital. Universal prosperity can serve to increase demand for goods, but it also serves to increase the supply of labor, and so on, one...

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Control of captive lands and peoples is control of resources. Subjugated people are enslaved, and are thus a labor resource. There have been, and there are, market economies which were also colonial/colonializing economies, imperial and...

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If war is a consequence of the struggle for scarce resources, then how is class warfare to be avoided in a capitalist anarchism with a class of private proprietors owning exclusively the means of production, and with a propertyless class who are...