Russo is intense in his hostility to the politicization of identity, and to the exclusiveness demanded by political overseers, expropriators
of racial issues, and nationalist/tribalist rhetoric.
This newly-translated edition of Bayer's The Anarchist Expropriators
is published by AK Press in collaboration with the Kate Sharpley Library and includes an introduction and timeline of events provided by the Kate Sharpley Library.
Granted, Bernie is not talking about expropriating the expropriators
or dismantling the American Empire, but he is talking about reforming capitalism the way FDR talked about it and the way Tommy Douglas talked about it.
Instead of assuming that controlling owners are expropriators
who are motivated by a desire to consume private benefits at the expense of minority shareholders, we assert that many controlling owners are instead motivated primarily by a desire to pursue their idiosyncratic visions that they believe will increase the value of their firms to the benefit of all shareholders.
Allegedly, there are multiple mechanisms and fraudulent means which are used by the expropriators
of land and resources from the scheduled areas.
Such Christian doctrine anticipates the views of Karl Marx, who in the mid-19th century predicted that, hopefully, the propertyless proletariat would "expropriate the expropriators
Mill, Marx's account of the dispossession of the peasantry, and his dream of "the expropriation of the expropriators
," and the theories of imperialism of Joseph Chamberlain and Lenin.
In an interview in 1970 she was more explicit in her own preference for private rather than capitalist or socialist ownership of property than she had been in The Human Condition: "Our problem today is not how to expropriate the expropriators
, but, rather, how to arrange matters so that the masses, dispossessed by industrial society in capitalist and socialist systems, can regain property" (Crisis 175).
The article also sheds new light on some important events in Stalin's career, especially the circumstances surrounding his departure for Batumi in late 1901; on the question of which party committees he served on and when; and on the prehistory of his notorious group of expropriators
Israelis should remember the claims filed by Jews against the expropriators
of their property in Europe.
Is this tendency of consuming without producing not in part the reason why beggars (like the petty thiefs, street-bums and prostitutes with whom they are often associated not only in the melodramatic imagination but also in much nineteenth-century poetry as studied by Anne-Emmanuelle Berger and Patrick Greaney, among others) are seen as so particularly threatening and offensive for the class of rentiers and other expropriators
of surplus value?
Orwell argues in The Road to Wigan Pier, for example, that those on the Left needed to talk less "about 'class consciousness,' 'expropriation of the expropriators
,' 'bourgeois ideology,' and 'proletarian solidarity,' not to mention the sacred sisters, thesis, antithesis and synthesis; and more about justice, liberty, and the plight of the unemployed" (214).