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B.5 Is capitalism empowering and based on human action?

B.5 Is capitalism empowering and based on human action?

B.4 How does capitalism affect liberty?

B.4 How does capitalism affect liberty?

Private property is in many ways like a private form of state. The owner determines what goes on within the area he or she "owns," and therefore exercises a monopoly of power over it. When power is exercised over one's self, it is a source of freedom, but under capitalism it is a source of coercive authority. As Bob Black points out in The Abolition of Work:

B.3 Why are anarchists against private property?

B.3 Why are anarchists against private property?

B.2 Why are anarchists against the state?

B.2 Why are anarchists against the state?

As previously noted (see section B.1), anarchists oppose all forms of hierarchical authority. Historically, however, they have spent most of their time and energy opposing two main forms in particular. One is capitalism, the other, the state. These two forms of authority have a symbiotic relationship and cannot be easily separated:

B.1 Why are anarchists against authority and hierarchy?

B.1 Why are anarchists against authority and hierarchy?

B.0 Section B Introduction

Section B - Why do anarchists oppose the current system?

This section of the FAQ presents an analysis of the basic social relationships of modern society and the structures which create them, particularly those aspects of society that anarchists want to change.

H.1 Have anarchists always opposed state socialism?

H.1 Have anarchists always opposed state socialism?

H.0 Section H Introduction

Section H - Why do anarchists oppose state socialism?

The socialist movement has been continually divided, with various different tendencies and movements. The main tendencies of socialism are state socialism (Social Democracy, Leninism, Maoism and so on) and libertarian socialism (anarchism mostly, but also libertarian Marxists and others). The conflict and disagreement between anarchists and Marxists is legendary. As Benjamin Tucker noted:

  


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