Socialism Is Here At Last!

[cross-posted at Liberty & Power]

Socialism triumphant I’ve finally finished posting Francis Tandy’s 1896 individualist anarchist work Voluntary Socialism. Chapter 9 defends the occupancy-and-use theory of land ownership, and criticises the Georgist alternative. Chapter 10 is a critique of intellectual property. Chapter 11 criticises the assumption that workers’ cooperatives would dominate the post-capitalist economy. Chapter 12 takes on the postal monopoly. Chapter 13 defends education over electoral politics and violent revolution as a method of advancing anarchism. Chapter 12 – the most depressing for a present-day anarchist – points to signs that the cultural power of statism is waning (in 1896). Finally, an appendix offers suggestions for future reading.

I’ve also posted a contemporary review by one K. C. Felton (who seems not to have read Tandy’s book very carefully).

Coming soon: more Dyer Lum!

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4 Responses to Socialism Is Here At Last!

  1. Black Bloke July 7, 2008 at 2:42 am #

    Seems like a pretty good read.

  2. Bob Kaercher July 10, 2008 at 10:02 am #

    Just looking over Tandy’s section on egoism, it’s incredibly intriguing that someone who described himself as a type of socialist held views of egoism that seem remarkably similar to Ayn Rand’s.

  3. Tom July 11, 2008 at 1:02 am #

    I know I said it already on LL2, but thanks again.

    The study he mentions at the beginning of Chapter V is fascinating. I’d love to get my hands on the source. Though I’m sure the numbers haven’t much changed.

    The egoism chapter is superb.


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