Anarchism vs. Capitalism

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Historically and currently the Anarchist movement has consisted overwhelmingly of socialists. To-day for instance there are Anarchist organizations of over 10,000 members that are also trade unions in Sweden and Spain. There are many other organizations with memberships in the hundreds in most countries world-wide. All of these organizations are explicitly Anarchist, revolutionary and anti-capitalist. When we come to looking at North America however we find a curious thing. Since the mass expulsion and criminalization of Anarchists in the period during and after the first world war there has been no major Anarchist movements in Canada or the US.

The USA's CIA is one of the most experienced anti-revolutionary organizations in the world. As part of one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns against Anarchism ever known the United States Government has gone to great lengths to discredit the Anarchist movement and paint its people as bomb hurling sociopathic radicles.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Capitalism has killed, imprisoned or executed at least one million Anarchists from the aftermath of the Paris commune of 1871 to the concentration camps of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco. European examples, because those are the ones I am most familiar with. But let's not forget those Anarchists who have died fighting capitalism in Japan, Korea, Argentina, Mexico and even the USA. Let's expose the contradictions between Anarchism and Capitalism. Anarchism as political movement grew out of the International Workingmen's Association. (aka the 1'st International.)

Immediately before this came into being Proudhon, one of the founders of the Anarchist movement, asked the question "What is Property" and answered it with the simple slogan "Property is Theft." This in a nutshell is the revolutionary socialist theory of how the mechanism of capitalist exploitation works. The argument is simple. In order to live under capitalism it...