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Personal Blog of Mark Hoskins – Anarchist Writer and Activist

The Scrooge Delusion – There is no “bad capitalist” ruining it for everyone

Marley was dead to begin with, right? You beat your way through the throng of shoppers. Last minute again, you’re sweating and there’s a whole family standing right in front … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

On my use of the terms ‘Communism’ and ‘anarchist communism’

The word communism is often met with derision by people who misunderstand it’s true meaning. “What about Russia?” Not communist mate. “Communism has failed bro”, Communism has never existed on a … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

On the Invisible Hand of Communism

  The term ‘The Invisible Hand’ is most notably associated with Adam Smith, the father of Political Economy. Today it is often padded out with the words ‘of the market’. … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Introducing my very dark cloud

The first time I felt it I was eleven years old. By it, I mean this thing I’ve come to know as depression. For years I knew it only as … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Democracy is not Enough – Rip it up and Start Again

There’ll soon be a white supremacist in the white house. He’ll be advised by an actual Neo-Nazi, while his Chief of Staff provides a connection with the old conservative establishment. … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Socialist Alchemy can’t turn Rust to Iron – Why Bernie Aint the Answer

Bernie Sanders could not have won. Yes, some of the polls said he would have beaten Trump (a whole three polls in fact); But he couldn’t have won because despite … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

EVOLUTION of RESISTANCE to AUSTERITY in IRELAND

  This article originally appeared in Swedish in Brand, a Swedish anarchist magazine, in May 2015 There’s a theory in evolutionary biology known as ‘punctuated equilibrium’ which claims that most … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

#Brexit: China in your Hand – an open letter to the #Lexit Brigade

Dear former comrades, I wouldn’t have bothered writing this letter if the margin of victory for the ‘leave’ side in the EU referendum had been large. I wouldn’t have bothered commenting … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Planet for the People – From thewildword.com

Here’s an excerpt from my article in the latest issue of The Wild Word One of the main issues I have with the mainstream Green movement is that it has mostly … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

From the Irish Anarchist Review archives: General strike – Protest or process?

I wrote this article in 2013 for issue 9 of the Irish Anarchist Review. I think most of it holds up, three years later. I would go as far to … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment