An Anarcho-Communist Writes
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I see you have thoughtfully posted the contents of my private email to you – see below – in the public realm without my consent. Yes, very libertarian.
I am not a member of the ruling class, nor am I one of its clients, and the only one in this correspondence who falls into the category of “useful idiot” in the service of said class is your good self with your naive pro-market ideology.
How the hell it constitutes “abasing yourself before the ruling class” by criticising the racist claptrap of Ms West which you conspicuously failed to do, just boggles the mind. I couldn’t care a tuppence s if you want to take the politicians to court for inflicting hardship on Ms West but there does seem to be something of an inconsistency between that and your claim to be an anti-statist.
You inept comments about society being held together by either voluntary means or by the coercion of the state, with the clear implication that I inadvertently support the latter by rejecting the market, demonstrates that you know next to nothing about anarcho-communist theory. Socialism or communism – they traditionally meant the same thing – is a voluntaristic society par excellance. That is what is meant by “from each according to ability to each according to need”. A market economy in any shape or form and not just a regulated market economy as in the state capitalist Soviet Union is intrinsicially coercive – despite the much vaunted freedom to trade (if youve got something to trade with). Such an economy cannot do without the state to protect and promote the interest of those who effectively the means of production. Nor indeed can the relationship between employer and empoyee be anything other than an assymetrical coercive one and the mutualist wet dream of returning us to some kind of petty commodity producing society in which we all engage in free market transactions on a mythical level playing field is a pious wish incapable of realisation
You have a lot to learn about revolutionary socialism, a lot.