Of Anarchism and the Withering Away of Law

One of the goals of a feasible anarchism is to abolish the causes of crime and of conflict, the causes of warfare and of animosity between human beings. As long as there are some human beings who will commit crimes of violence against...

Of Anarchism and Law

One of the goals of a feasible anarchism is to abolish authoritarian and statutory laws, to get rid of arbitrary and arrogant legislators; but, it is not the the goal of a workable anarchism to abolish moral laws and ethical rules, which...

Of Marxism and the Social Division of Labor

  “Marx’s account of the division of labor is not vulnerable to much of the skepticism so often directed against it.  Actual developments, so far from refuting Marx’s analysis, will serve ultimately to confirm it.  If the future that Marx envisages...

Of Socialism and Property

There will be property in a socialist/ communist arrangement,  There will be personal property, or individual property, but there will not be capitalist property, or bourgeois property.  There will be social property, but not...

Of Anarchism

One of the goals of a feasible anarchism is to abolish all authoritarian-statist governments; but, it is not the goal of a workable and free anarchism to abolish the voluntary and associated democratic self-government of a cooperative and mutualist...

Of the Possible and Desirable

It is both possible and desirable for human beings to create a unified and common world without authoritarian states, without authoritarian governments, and without arbitrary territorial borders. It is not possible or desirable for human beings to...

Of Trump and Racism

I have heard it said that Donald Trump normalizes such things as racism and hate speech, that he is a threat to the US Constitution and the rule of law.  What seems certain to me is that the quality of public and political discourse has very much...

Of Surplus-Value

"The point made by Marx and Marxists is that when acquired and put to work in the labor process by the capitalist, the commodity labor-power creates more than its own value, surplus-value, which accrues to the employer who now owns and sells the...

Of the Universe

"We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members." -- Cicero

Of Words

"Words should be as clothes, carefully custom-made to fit the thought." --Jules Renard

Of Needs and Wants

We do not always need what we want, but we almost always want what we need.

Of Old Habits and Traditions

What seems to so many of us to be human nature is really more what habits and attitudes were necessary to best adapt ourselves to a competitive world of scarcity and subservience for the many, with abundance and power for the ruling few. We have had...