Anarchist communism, public services, and the welfare state

Anarchists are against hierarchy and coercion, and as such oppose the structures of the state. From this simplistic premise, there are those who find it hard to comprehend anarchist support for public services and the public provision of welfare. Right-wing “libertarians” and “anarcho”-capitalists are the most vocal in their criticisms of such a stance. Murray … Continue reading

Fascism and the “Propaganda Model”

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In their 1988 book Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of Mass Media, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman sketch out a “propaganda model” of media control. The basic thesis is that the mass media in the west, particularly the United States, serves a very specific propaganda function. Through the mechanisms of the capitalist “free” market, rather … Continue reading

Why the “free” market isn’t free

For as long as the ideology has existed, proponents of capitalism have invoked the “free market” in defence of their ideas. To use the definition of “anarcho”-capitalist Murray Rothbard, a “free market” is one in which the “array of exchanges that take place in society” are “undertaken as a voluntary agreement between two people or … Continue reading

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