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Personal Blog of Mark Hoskins – Anarchist Writer and Community Organiser

The faces change, the state remains the same. 

What the state needs the state gets. In 2008 it was Obama. After the Bush years the legitimacy of the US State was in question. Obama, the first president who … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

What is political sectarianism?

  Left sectarianism is a charge that is regularly thrown about without being understood. It’s often applied in any case where left wing activists won’t just agree and get along. … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

Our Demands Most Moderate – Regrouping the libertarian revolutionist left

Some men, faint-hearted, ever seek Our programme to retouch, And will insist, whene’er they speak That we demand too much. ’Tis passing strange, yet I declare Such statements give me … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Robots are Coming, Look Busy! – Automation, Work and Class (Communism versus the commanding heights Part 3)

We shall do more things for ourselves than is usual with the rich to-day, only too glad to have small duties and tasks and routines. But beyond this, we shall … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 4 Comments
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