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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Brad Spangler on Anarcho-Syndicalism

Although not an anarcho-syndicalist myself, the market anarchism I espouse would inevitably result in a world with some anarcho-syndicalist aspects.

Some anarcho-syndicalists envisage their goal as a sort of universal democratic confederation and I’ve never quite understood exactly how that’s not supposed to be a government. If we set that aside, though, we’re left with the general idea of a business world dominated by employee-owned companies that have little or no hierarchy. That seems like a somewhat likely result of competition in a truly free market, in my opinion.

Furthermore, if we concede that governments are all bandit gangs and that therefore government property can not actually be “owned” by either the government itself or anyone the state chooses to award it to for its own convenience, then we are faced with the question of who becomes the rightful owner of all of the formerly state-owned enterprises in the world (the hypothetical day after everybody wakes up and decides we don’t need a government).

Based on Rothbards Lockean criteria of occupancy/use as the origin of legitimate property title, the logical answer to that question is: the former rank-and-file employees of those state enterprises.


Blogger goodiemonster said...

After reading Vadim Damier’s book Anarcho-syndicalism in the 20th century, I would have to somewhat agree with Brad. My only issue is the idea of a government versus libertarian communism; one being by force whereas the latter being a *voluntary* federation of collectives or co-ops. I view it more like fellow agorists networking and working together. I could be wrong though...

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