One of the most basic ideas that form a foundation for anarchists, anarchism, and/or anarchy is the notion of anti-capitalism. But, with so many confused about basic understandings of anarchist ideas, what is capitalism ? How does one explain a basic comprehension of what capitalism is and why they are against it ?
I ask this question with a multi-faceted approach:
1. Basics of anarchist ideas.
2. Why do some people reject capitalism but propose ideas with similarities to capitalism ? (humane capitalism, being only opposed to "financial capitalism" (banks, interest rates, etc.), "people before profits" style democratic capitalism, Marxism, participatory economics, populism, and more.)
3. What is "class" ? What is "property" ? What are "wages" ? (questions all onto themselves but they can give further nuance in small definitions.)
4. Why do people focus so much on corporations ? Is it a way to distract from the foundations of capitalist ways of thinking and direct it all towards arch-nemesis enemies (Monsanto, Goldman-Sachs, Google, Chase-Manhattan) ? They definitely stand out, but another capitalist enterprise could easily replace them (therefore, creating a new arch-nemesis/villain.)
5. If anyone can make a funny jab at the idea of "cross-class alliances," they can earn extra wink-wink points from me.
These are my personal understandings of the ideas listed above.
I bring up this question after perusing the website and I couldn't find a specific question about capitalism by itself (hopefully I didn't miss it.) Also, I came across this book when organizing the library for an infoshop project:
Mostly written by liberals, progressives, populists, and marxists. I didn't notice any anarchists listed.