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Fantastic Anarchist Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:50 PM
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9. No, it isn't. The economic system exists at the point of production.
Edited on Fri Dec-02-11 08:56 PM by Fantastic Anarchist
With Proudhon, the workers freely associated and produced based on the Labor Theory of Value. They each, in turn, received compensation according to the value of their labor. The surplus value wasn't stolen by some capitalist (which is capitalism), but redistributed back to labor.

So, I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion.

In fact, Proudhon's Mutualism came from his observations of the militant Lyon workers controlling their workplace, and eventually developed to be the basis for free-market socialism (not to be confused with capitalism) and Participatory Economics (PARECON).

Edit to add: I'm not completely wedded to the entire concept of Mutualism, but I do like the general concept, and I like the idea of his Bank of Exchange that would provide loans at no interest (only charging the cost of administration), so that those producing and innovating would contribute back to society - since the bank would not be making a profit, and since anyone with an idea would have a loan in order to actually pursue it.

I consider myself more in line with the collectivist anarchist, Mikhail Bakunin but meld all of the anarchist variants from individualist (which were still socialists) to the anarchist communists and anarcho-syndicalist. I think all of the variants are important to study.
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