A dissection of the metaphysics of scarcity - humanaesfera

Some believe that, regardless of concrete praxis, scarcity is an inherent characteristic of time and space, as a metaphysical foundation (they generally use the thermodynamic concept of "entropy" to substantiate this idea). Thus, they suppose that, in this entropic universe, competition for what is scarce guides every specific being - and likewise human beings and societies - making the social form of scarcity, private property (and hence class society, labor, state and capital), have an eternal, cosmic, immutable foundation. In this text, we will try to criticize this metaphysics from a specifically philosophical, physical and anthropological point of view.

Ideological Commentary

Ideological Commentary 54

Ideological Commentary, a journal of political science, ran 65 issues from 1979 to 1994.

Anarchism in Our TIme - Melvyn Bragg

The BBC's in Our Time radio show discusses anarchism, its history, underlying philosophy and contemporary (early 2000's) potential.

At the cutting edge of the French Disease – Miguel Amorós

A scathing critique of postmodernist philosophy (the “French disease”), discussing its academic origins after the defeat of the working class in the post-1968 period, its nefarious role as a policeman of culture and theory for capitalism (“a philosophy of legitimation”), its ideological mirror image of “the nihilism of the market economy”, its promotion of identity politics as a corollary of its obscurantist obsession with “difference”, its disastrous influence on the anarchist milieu, and its inevitable downfall because “the will to liberation in common is stronger than the narcissistic desire for individual success” and “ten minutes of pathetic virtual fame”.

Proudhonist materialism and revolutionary doctrine - Stephen Condit

Few historians of ideas have questioned Proudhon’s impact in his own time. Yet his affinities with and contributions to some of the most important trends in modern political philosophy, and his relevance to the problems which increasingly reveal the failures of existing political doctrines and systems, have been neglected.

Autonomy and daily life - Spinoza and Kant's imperative: "Treat others and yourself as ends, never as means" - humanaesfera

A short text about the basics of materialist ethics, our power to change the circumstances of everyday life and creating and developing our abilities and needs.

The philosophical foundations of property rights - Alan Carter

A philosophical critique of property rights from an anarchist perspective. Written in 1989, it is to some degree a response to the "economic libertarianism" of Robert Nozic.

The Chain Factory - Osugi Sakae

A short story about society and its effects on people and how it can be resisted