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H.6 Why did the Russian Revolution fail?

H.6 Why did the Russian Revolution fail?

H.5 What is vanguardism and why do anarchists reject it?

H.5 What is vanguardism and why do anarchists reject it?

Many socialists follow the ideas of Lenin and, in particular, his ideas on vanguard parties. These ideas were expounded by Lenin in his (in)famous work What is to be Done? which is considered as one of the important books in the development of Bolshevism.

H.4 Didn't Engels refute anarchism in "On Authority"?

H.4 Didn't Engels refute anarchism in "On Authority"?

H.3 What are the myths of state socialism?

H.3 What are the myths of state socialism?

H.2 What parts of anarchism do Marxists particularly misrepresent?

H.2 What parts of anarchism do Marxists particularly misrepresent?

Many people involved in politics will soon discover that Marxist groups (particularly Leninist ones) organise "debates" about anarchism. These meetings are usually entitled "Marxism and Anarchism" and are usually organised after anarchists have been active in the area or have made the headlines somewhere.

C.12 Doesn't Hong Kong show the potentials of "free market" capitalism?

C.12 Doesn't Hong Kong show the potentials of "free market" capitalism?

C.11 Doesn't neo-liberalism in Chile prove that the free market benefits everyone?

C.11 Doesn't neo-liberalism in Chile prove that the free market benefits everyone?

C.10 Is "free market" capitalism the best way to reduce poverty?

C.10 Is "free market" capitalism the best way to reduce poverty?

C.9 Would laissez-faire capitalism reduce unemployment?

C.9 Would laissez-faire capitalism reduce unemployment?

In order to answer this question, we must first have to point out that "actually existing capitalism" tries to manage unemployment to ensure a compliant and servile working class. This is done under the name of fighting "inflation" but, in reality, it about controlling wages and maintaining high profit rates for the capitalist class. Market discipline for the working class, state protection for the ruling class, in other words. As Edward Herman points out:

C.8 Is state control of credit the cause of the business cycle?

C.8 Is state control of money the cause of the business cycle?

  


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