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The Value of Everything: Council Communism vs. Anarcho-Syndicalism

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Arguing the best path forward for the proletariat.

On episode 127 of The Value of Everything Charles Owen moderates a debate between myself and the Australian anarcho-syndicalist theorist Benjamin Smith. Among other subjects, we address our respective theories of revolution, industrial unionism, the labor theory of value, universal basic income, and the free rider problem.

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Council Communism vs. Anarcho-Capitalism Debate: Property and Exploitation

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Is private property defensible? Can stateless capitalism be exploitative?

The first part of my debate with Charles Owen was recently released on The Value of Everything podcast, and has since been edited by my comrades at the Friedrich Engels Institute for Scientific Socialist Research. Before beginning this episode, however, I recommend listening to our preliminary discussion, wherein Charles and I briefly outline our respective political philosophies.

In this part of the series, we debate the legitimacy of private property and discuss whether or not wage labor is an exploitative practice. The second part of our series will be recorded in the coming weeks and released sometime thereafter.

If this exchange should elicit any questions you’d like to put forward, please feel free to comment below and I’ll do my utmost to provide a swift reply.

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