Response: Does Socialism Destroy the Traditional Family Structure

Submitted by hadrian on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:22
TW: Discussion of Child Abuse.


In recent weeks, there has been an upsurge of articles in the right-wing media in the US of articles proclaiming socialism to be the next disaster looming on the United States. This red scare has been looming for a while now. Trump was elected on an incredibly reactionary ticket in which he blamed all bad things on what passes for the left in the United States. This is part of a greater global trend where we see an increase of right-wing candidates winning elections. According to David Harvey, neoliberalism is quickly losing legitimacy. For this reason, it is becoming necessary for neoliberalism to become ever more violent. Given the rising popularity of social-democrats like Corbyn, Sanders, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez it does ring true that a large section of the working class wants change. Many of those who stand to gain just slightly less under social democracy as opposed to neoliberalism - for they will still be rich beyond measure - seem hell-bent on stopping this threat to their hoarded gold.

This red-scare, so far, contains nothing new. We see the same cries about how socialism will destroy the economy and how socialism is inherently violent. The word socialism is interchangeable in this case with communism, and often used to refer to anything left of Sauron. Of course, capitalism has repeatedly led to crises that threw millions more into economic insecurity. Moreover, the bailouts after the 2008 crisis meant a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. Various groups of people referred to as socialists have different views of how to organize an economy. Anarchists, for example, envision a completely different economic organization built on very different foundations that social-democrats and neoliberals envision. For a proper response to the claim that socialism will destroy the economy, we need to define what is meant by socialism and what is meant by destroy. Right-wing pundits do neither, for it would open up the possibility of an actual debate. Debate and scaremongering are mutually exclusive.

The same could be said about the argument that socialism implies violence. I became an anarchist because I abhor violence, and many comrades have a similar disdain for violence. Neoliberalism was first instituted by a military dictatorship in Chile which is still remembered for its gruesome disdain for human life. Capitalism itself is built on violence both physical and economic. A proper response to this claim also means we need to clarify what exactly we are talking about.

A third very common part of every red scare has now also popped up on The Epoch Times. If creating fear about economic viability and violence isn't enough, then the traditional family suddenly pops up. This article will cover two things: a critique on the article from The Epoch Times, and an Anarchist view on family structures.

The world is going to shit, what can You do?

Submitted by hadrian on Sun, 08/14/2016 - 21:47


Erdogan's reign of terror has become so open and clear that most people find it hard to deny Turkey is devolving into a totalitarian dictatorship. The citizens of the United States are asked to make a choice between an incompetent bigoted war-hawk and another incompetent bigoted wark-hawk. Terrorist attacks are now a weekly event in Europe. It's no longer possible to talk of a society or, if one really wants to continue doing so, we must admit that this society has been infected with an almost terminal cancer. After all, we have to deal with the mutual hate being forced down our throats by politicians and corporate media as well as a continuing economic depression the effects of which on the poor are disastrous - and never forget the rich continue to grow richer. The enormous problems surrounding the environment have almost been forgotten but have certainly not dissipated.

We've been born into a world where fear is the only lasting emotion. Solidarity with each other has nearly disappeared and the cancer has grown so big that some dare to claim that the government can mediate solidarity for us. Nothing is further from the truth as solidarity cannot be enforced. Solidarity can only come from ourselves. It's a form of resistance against economic and armed violence as it rejects all forms of violence and force. It's the form of resistance that has become, now more than ever, a most pressing necessity. The time to protest austerity is past as the welfare state and capitalism are dying. We can continue to ignore this simple fact and hope that politicians will magically save everything but, over the past several hundred years, they have proven themselves utterly incapable of providing us with a world of peace and safety. The dream that politicians will save us can only bring us a nightmare. Nevertheless, we do have to organise society as we cannot survive without each other. As such, the time has come to learn to trust each other again, and we can only do so by learning to trust ourselves.


Spain and the World

Submitted by hadrian on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 18:40

It is now almost eighty years ago that the dictator Franco first tried to grab power in Spain. Unlike Hitler, Mussolini, and Dollfuss, the Spanish fascists would meet with large amounts of resistance. Over the course of the next weeks we will, undoubtedly, see a variety of articles pop up on Anarchist sites dealing with the Spanish Civil War and, more importantly, the revolution in the rearguard.

Mutual Aid

Submitted by hadrian on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:24

The Russian Anarchist Kropotkin, in his classic Mutual Aid, explores an oft forgotten part of our evolutionary history. In opposition to the "war of all against all" envisioned by Thomas Hobbes, the theory that led to Malthusian Darwinism, Kropotkin explains that mutual aid is an important factor in our evolution. According to Kropotkin species become weak and doomed to extinctions without mutual aid. He shows examples of mutual aid from both non-human animals and historic human societies from the beginning of human history up to the time of Kropotkin himself.