Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism, and Syndicalism

Prof. Ratigan Reviews

How is it that people who are infinitely brilliant came to conclude that Socialism, Communism, or Anarchism was anything more than a dogma?  That got your attention.  Well, probably not because you’re almost certainly a capitalist.  But you might have something in your head that the aforementioned theories had something to recommend themselves.  Well, let me disabuse you of that idea, if I can.

Bertrand Russell‘s Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism, and Syndicalism (1918) is something of an introduction-cum-persuasive piece on these three economic theories.  Russell gives a slightly nuanced definition of each of the three titular terms.  I’ll give you the brief one.  Socialism is the consolidation of all property to the ownership of the state, and therefore the people.  There is no private property.  Anarchism is simply the abolition of private property, but without government.  Syndicalism is the abolition of private property but with Trade Unions in control…

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