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Forum Post: The Death Wish of the Anarcho-Communists

Posted 2 years ago on March 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m. EST by darrenlobo (204)
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"If there is one thing, for example, that anarcho-communism hates and reviles more than the State it is the rights of private property; as a matter of fact, the major reason that anarcho-communists oppose the State is because they wrongly believe that it is the creator and protector of private property, and therefore that the only route toward abolition of property is by destruction of the State apparatus.

"They totally fail to realize that the State has always been the great enemy and invader of the rights of private property.

"Furthermore, scorning and detesting the free-market, the profit-and-loss economy, private property, and material affluence — all of which are corollaries of each other — anarcho-communists wrongly identify anarchism with communal living, with tribal sharing..."

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"The fact that the abandonment of rationality and economics in behalf of "freedom" and whim will lead to the scrapping of modern production and civilization and return us to barbarism does not faze our anarcho-communists and other exponents of the new "counter-culture." But what they do not seem to realize is that the result of this return to primitivism would be starvation and death for nearly all of mankind and a grinding subsistence for the ones remaining.

"If they have their way, they will find that it is difficult indeed to be jolly and "unrepressed" while starving to death."

http://mises.org/daily/2197

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[-] 1 points by Dumpthechump (96) 2 years ago

Dear darrenlobo,

Your analysis here is essentially correct.

How I wish the ACs would fulfil their death-wish! Been reading too much Chumpsky I suspect!

Nevertheless, we need to define what constitutes "private property".

Marx did not include personal property in such a definition. Personal property included clothes, beds for oneself and family etc. Marx meant "private property in the means of production." Such means of production (MOP) include not just factories but land itself.

Here we have an immediate contradiction with "the family home". As a house it is personal property (including collective forms such as "strata title") but as land it is potentially alienable MOP i.e. someone might want to knock it down to build a factory or grow a crop there!

Unfortunately, unlike darrenlobo, the ACs - not having dumped the Chump - will not be able to get past the second sentence in this posting!