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GOOD READING MATERIAL:

God and the State
The ABC of Communist-Anarchism
Anarchism and other Essays
The Abolition of Work
Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
1984
Animal Farm
Homage to Catalonia
Willful Disobedience
Civil Disobedience
The Social Contract
Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice
Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction
Chomsky on Anarchism
Das Kapital
The Communist Manifesto
Rules for Radicals
Zombie Capitalism
Nuestra arma es nuestra palabra
The Threepenny Opera
Millennium


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Emma Goldman
Karl Marx
Frederick Engels
Mikhail Bukunin
Rudolf Rocker
Noam Chomsky
Peter Kropotkin
Jack London
Helen Keller
George Orwell
David Henry Thoreau
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
Subcomandante Marcos
Bertolt Brecht
Leo Tolstoy
Dorothy Day
Howard Zinn
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Lucy Parsons
Nestor Makhno

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'Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.'
-Edward Abbey

Social anarchism is an umbrella term for left wing libertarianism, like Collective-anarchists, Anarcho-syndicalist, Anarcho-communists, etc. some notable social anarchists are George Orwell, James Connolly, Emma Goldman, Noam Chomsky, and Helen Keller. Historically, such social anarchist systems have had success, such a Revolutionary Catalonia and Aragon, The Paris Commune of 1871, and Chiapas.

Social anarchism is also interchangeable with Libertarian socialism. in essence it is asking for complete egalitarianism, limit the governments ruling power, and eliminate the ability to rule through capital.

a few good sites to look at. www.anarchosyndicalism.net/ind… news.infoshop.org/ www.syndicalist.org/ www.wsm.ie/

This group is horizontally run by the members of the group. This group is mostly intended for political submissions. We have a group forum and announcement sections, which work as a soapbox for the members of the group. I welcome everyone, even those who oppose the Idea as long as they don't maintain a fools constancy and are willing to learn.
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Short description from an anarchist perspective of nationalism and its relation to statism and authoritarianism.

I. Origin of the nationalist doctrine.

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein

Nationalism is a doctrine which appeared as a reaction against anarchist ideas in the nineteenth-century, along with statism. Both statism and nationalism have formed in time the core of authoritarian political orientations: Bolshevism, fascism, national socialism. These have led to the largest known catastrophes in human history.

The arguments of nationalist ideology represent the philosophical reflections inspired by German idealists and romantics. Hegel argued that the state is more superior than the individual and it is the highest form of consciousness. Such a consideration leads automatically to the condemnation of freedom, the denial of civil rights and the arbitrary and unjust rulings over peoples lives. Hegel's speculative philosophy inspired a century later, Nazi ideology.

II. Similarities between Bolshevism and fascism or between national-communism and National Socialism.

"Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism" - Benito Mussolini

Therefore, nationalism can be identified as both common in fascist ideology and in the forms communism took over the twentieth century. Socialism in its roots was internationalist, but the statist form it took was bound towards nationalism and authoritarianism: thus the name of national-communism.

Both fascism and Bolshevism (or national-communism) constitute the opposite authoritarian direction of the democratic and libertarian movements. The revolutions realized under the fascists, Nazis or Bolsheviks inherently contain coercion, lack of pluralism, strengthening state authority and intolerance.

III. The inherent implications of nationalism.

"Nationalism is our form of incest, it is our idolatry, our insanity" - Erich Fromm

Strengthening state authority would be a first consequence. Nationalists base their arguments about strengthening state authority on the identification of enemies from within (Jews, homosexuals, Roma, national minorities, etc.) Against these enemies nationalists want to strengthen the means of state coercion, ranging (as we find in the history of the twentieth century) even towards genocide. The enemy from within is never the same with the real oppressor, his identification diverts the citizens attention from the real oppressor (the state, ruling class,etc).

Another consequence would be the limitation of individual freedom. Since the masses can revolt against the injustice and abuse of the state, the nationalists will seek to have control over them. How will this control be exercised? Through the abolition of trade unions or other forms of free association, by strict control of education, using media and literary/artistic creations as means of propaganda to support the nationalist regime and by a mass culture characterized by a wooden language. Moreover - the ruling class of such a regime will seek to ensure not only that citizens are exposed but will maintain a state of terror in society, aimed to discourage any form of protest. In this regard the known criminal activity of the state police services, such as the German Gestapo, Soviet Cheka or the Iron Guard imposed terror in Romania in the period in which they held power. Thus, all authoritarian regimes in history have used an almost total restriction of rights and civil liberties, using the official police and the paramilitary groups, or bullies who were in the service of the party (the German SA, the legionary police in Romania). Identifying an external enemy is also a characteristic of nationalism. Instead of proper coexistence, cooperation and keeping the peace, the nationalists identify, in general among the neighboring countries, an enemy. Antipathies towards neighbors are cultivated, based on the criterion of an alleged superiority towards them. In this way national history is mystified to accommodate their chauvinistic arguments.

IV. Characteristics of fascist nationalism.

"Nationalism...is like cheap alcohol. First you get drunk, and then it blinds, then it kills you " - Dan Fried

The Romanian fascists (the Legionnaires or the neo-Legionnaires of the New Right) used or are using religion as a way of manipulating the masses.

Other features of fascism(not only Romanian)are:

- militarized organization. It aims to not allow free individual development but to equalize both those who serve in the fascist organization and the rest of the citizens;
- harsh discourses against minorities (Jews, Romani, Hungarians, homosexuals,etc.)
- patriotism. It is promoted to induce a sense of duty towards the state or the fascist organization and thus resulting in the willingness to commit atrocities. The idea of patriotism is placed above their own consciousness, so under the pretext of love of country, many end up committing heinous acts that would otherwise not be able to commit;
- restricting rights and civil liberties. This is necessary to overcome all opposition, because a nationalist regime is opposed to one in which pluralism and the divergence of ideas are accepted and tolerated;
- elitism. Restriction of power in the hands of a group seen as most competent to make decisions. A direct consequence of elitism is discrimination and moral corruption, and lack of democratic participation and public debate.

V. The relationship between people and education in terms of nationalism.

"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons" - Bertrand Russell

In terms of relationships between people and education, the nationalists share a traditionalist vision. Initiatives such as the emancipation of women are not seen with good eyes by nationalists, even mistaking them with immorality. The woman in a society subjected to a nationalist regime will always be limited to the traditional role.

Throughout history, the nationalists have encouraged denouncement and animosity between people in order to form an amorphous mass of them. This is common to fascism and Bolshevism.
Education, in the nationalist vision should serve - not individual and personal development and the obtaining of autonomy but its indoctrination according to the rigid dogma of nationalism. Patriotism is encouraged to divert attention from real issues, promoting the cult of heroes in order to inoculate people with a false idea of national superiority.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GREAT HELP:huggle:
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I am applying for a $1,500 scholarship from the Fraser Institute. I am required to write a 1,000-1,500 essay on the rise of Crony Capitalism and what to do about it. I would like my main point in the essay to be a case for center and radical left politics and why they're still relevant. Part of this, at least for my purposes, is proving that Marx's theories are still relevant. Can anyone, anyone at all, direct me to somewhere in Marx's writings where he either

-predicted the rise of cronyism
-criticized unfettered stock markets
-predicted large economic crashes like the 1920's depression and the 2008 recession.

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Skargill Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
An interesting look at Facebooks warped priorities,

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hasta la victoria amigos 
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Zucca-Xerfantes Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Are you folks aware of the massive dissonance found in your title alone?

Socialism is about full-on government control.

Anarchism is about no government.

You guys are just oikophobic young Americans who think different governmental models are better based upon nothing more than *being* different, aren't you?
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XEosC… Great YouTube video debunking arguments against Anarchism.
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I`ve submitted a Green Anarchist flag and star as well as a Mutualist propaganda poster, please accept them !
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thanks for requesting!
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