C4SS Feed 44 presents Jason Lee Byas‘s “Toward an Anarchy of Production, Pt. I” from the Students for a Stateless Society‘s Volume 1, Issue 1 of THE NEW LEVELLER read by Stephen Ledger and edited by Nick Ford.
When your source of food is either owned jointly by everyone or by no one in particular, difficult decisions must be made on its use. To prevent shortages, not everyone can always have as much as they want, and there must be a mechanism in place to keep enough for everyone. Given that social problems and oppressions can’t just be reduced to either the state or capitalism, such an arrangement is problematic.
In no small way, a communist society ties one’s ability to live — and one’s ability to live the kind of life they want — to their ability to maintain good social standing.
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