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Statism Kritik

Statism Kritik

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1 Kritik of Government and Capitalism
A) Framework:
 
GOVERNMENT-FREE SOCIAL LIBERTY WOULD TRANSCEND OUR CURRENT CAPITALIST SLAVERY.Bakunin, Mikhail, a labor organizer, 1870, The Commune, the Church, and the State, (Bakunin’sWritings, 1947)I am a passionate seeker for 
truth
and just as strong an opponent of the
corrupting lies
, throughwhich the party of order – this privileged, official, and interested representative of all religions, philosophical political, legal economical, and social outrage in the past and present – has tried tokeep the world in
ignorance
. I love
freedom
with all my heart. It is the only condition under which the
intelligence
, the manliness, and
happiness
of the people, can
develop
and
expand
. Byfreedom, however, I naturally understand not its mere form,
forced down
as from above, 
measured
and
controlled
by the state, this
eternal lie
which in reality, is nothing but the
privilege of the few
founded upon the
slavery of all
. Nor do I mean that "individualistic,"
selfish
,
petty
, and
mock freedom
, which is propagated by J.J. Rousseau and all other schools of  bourgeois liberalism. The mock freedom which is limited by the supposed right of all, anddefended by the state, and leads inevitably to the
destruction
of the rights of the
individual
. No:I mean the only
true freedom
, that worthy of the name; the
liberty
which consists therein for everyone to develop all the material, intellectual, and moral faculties which lie dormant in him;the liberty which knows and recognizes
no limitations
beyond those which nature decrees. In thissense, there are no limitations, for the laws of our own nature are not forced upon us by a law-giver who, beside or above us, sits on a throne.B) Links1) The affirmative plan works through the federal government, a structure of social control.2)
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C) Implications:1) STATISM LEADS TO MECHANIZATION AND THE DEATH OF LIBERTY, BEAUTY,AND SCIENCE.
Goldman 40
, Emma, a journalist, 1940, Anarchism (1970), p.40Real wealth consists in things of 
utility
and
beauty
, in things that help to create strong, beautiful bodies, and surroundings inspiring to live in. But if man is
doomed
to wind cotton around aspool, or dig coal, or build roads for thirty years of his life, there can be no talk of wealth. Whathe gives to the world are only gray and hideous things, reflecting a
dull
and
hideous
existence – too
weak 
to live, too
cowardly
to die. Strange to say, there are people who extol this
deadening
method of centralized production as the proudest achievement of our age. They fail utterly torealize that if we are to continue in
machine subserviency
, our 
slavery
is more complete thanwas our bondage to the king. They do not want to know that centralization is not only the
deathknell of liberty
, but also of health and beauty, of art and science, all these being impossiblein a clocklike, mechanical atmosphere.
 
2) HIERARCHICAL SOCIETY DEVOURS NATURE LIKE AN UNTREATED DISEASE.Bookchin, Murray, president of Goddard College, 1990, Remaking Society, p.15Finally, liberal environmentalism suffers from a consistent refusal to see that a capitalistic society based on competition and growth for its own sake must ultimately
devour
the natural world, justlike an
untreated cancer
must ultimately devour its host. Personal intentions, be they good or  bad, have little to do with this
unrelenting process
. An economy that is structured around themaxim, “Grow or Die,” must
necessarily
pit itself against the natural world and leave
ecologicalruin
in its wake as it works its way through the biosphere.3) GOVERNMENT-BASED SOCIETY EXPLOITS AND DEGRADES THE POOR WE NEED A COMPLETELY NEW SYSTEM.Kropotkin, Peter, editor of Le Revolt, 1880, The Spirit of Revolt (within Le Revolt)Those who long for the
triumph of justice
, those who would put new ideas into practice, aresoon forced to recognize that the realization of their 
generous
,
humanitarian
, and
regenerating
ideas cannot take place in a society thus constituted; they perceive the necessity of a
revolutionary whirlwind
which will
sweep away
all this
rottenness
,
revive sluggish hearts
with its breath, and bring to mankind that
spirit of devotion
, self-denial, and
heroism
, withoutwhich society
sinks
through
degradation
and
vileness
into
complete disintegration
. In periodsof 
frenzied haste toward wealth
, of feverish speculation and of crisis, of the sudden downfall of great industries and the ephemeral expansion of other branches of production, of scandalousfortunes amassed in a few years and dissipated as quickly, it becomes evident that the economicinstitutions which control production and exchange are far from giving to society the prosperitywhich they are supposed to guarantee; they produce precisely the
opposite result
. Instead of order they bring forth
chaos
; instead of prosperity,
poverty
and
insecurity
; instead of reconciledinterests, war; a
perpetual war
of the
exploiter
against the worker, of exploiters and of workersamong themselves.4) GOVERNMENTS ARE INHERENTLY DESTRUCTIVE AND CAUSE CRIME.Goldman, Emma, 1940, Anarchism (1970), p.43The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside fromthe fact that the State is itself the
greatest criminal
,
breaking
every written and natural law,
stealing
in the form of taxes,
killing
in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to anabsolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the
horrible scourge
of its own creation.5) CAPITALISM AND GOVERNMENTS LEGITIMIZE EVIL AND IMPOVERISHMENT.Einstein, Albert, 1949, Monthly Review, New York The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the
evil
. We see before us a huge community of producers, the members of which are unceasinglystriving to
deprive
each other of the fruits of their collective labor – not by force, but on thewhole in faithful compliance with legally established rules. In this respect, it is important torealize that the means of production – that is to say, the entire productive capacity that is neededfor producing consumer goods as well as additional capital goods – may legally be, and for themost part are, the private property of individuals.
 
Hierarchy Is Hypocritical
 — HIERARCHY IS HYPOCRITICAL AND DOOMED TO EXTINCTION.Kropotkin, Peter, 1906, The Conquest of Bread (Elephant Edition, 1990), p.33The system under which we live checks in its turn the growth of the social sentiment. We allknow that without uprightness, without self-respect, without sympathy, and mutual aid, humankind must
perish
, as perish the few races of animals living by rapine, or the slave-keeping ants.But such ideas are not to the taste of the ruling classes, and they have elaborated a whole systemof pseudo-science to teach the contrary.Fine sermons have been preached on the text that those who have should share with those whohave not, but he who would carry out this principle would be speedily informed that these beautiful sentiments are all very well in poetry, but not in practice. “To lie is to
degrade
and besmirch oneself,we say, and yet all civilized life becomes
one huge lie
. We accustomourselves and our children to hypocrisy, to the practice of a double-faced morality. And since the brain is ill at ease among lies, we cheat ourselves with sophistry.
Hypocrisy
and
sophistry
 become the second nature of the civilized man.But a society cannot live thus; it must return to truth, or 
cease to exist
.
Hierarchy Mechanizes
 — CAPITALISM FORCES WORKERS INTO A REPULSIVE AND MECHANIZEDEXISTENCE..Marx and Engels, Karl and Friedrich , 1848, The Communist ManifestoOwing to the extensive use of machinery and to division of labor, the work of the proletarians haslost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. He becomes an
appendage of the machine
, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easilyacquired knack that is required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is restricted,almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he requires for his maintenance, and for the propagation of his race. But the price of a commodity, and therefore also of labor, is equal to itscost of production. In proportion, therefore, as the
repulsiveness
of the work increases, the wagedecreases. — CAPITALISM MECHANIZES HUMANS.Goldmann, Emma, 1940, The Individual, Society, and the StateOne of the
insane
characteristics of this struggle is the
complete negation
of the relation of the producer to the things he produces. The average worker has no inner point of contact with theindustry he is employed in, and he is a stranger to the process of production of which he is a
mechanical part
. Like any other cog of the machine, he is
replaceable
at any time by other similar 
depersonalized
human beings.

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