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  • Communism and Capitalism are the Same Thing: A Story

    The Philosopher Between the Capitalist and the Communist

    Chapter 25 : Half of a World

    By Punkerslut

    Image by luca savettiere, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License
    Image: By luca savettiere, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License

    Start Date: February 18, 2014
    Finish Date: October 21, 2014

         The Communists and the Capitalists in Anarchia had split into halves. Both Benjamin and Emma were begged by their people to do something about the situation. It wasn't just the begging of a few revolutionaries. It was the begging of mothers and fathers with families, it was the begging of isolated spirits of revolt amidst a mass of society, it was the begging of children who would never know their parents, it was the begging of the disenchanted, the lost, the forgotten, the ignored. Emma and Benjamin felt every word. "They are my people, so I must follow them," [*1] they each thought to themselves. And so Anarchia was divided. The one side Communist on the Left, the other side Capitalist on the Right. Like a planet separated into two hemispheres by some cartographer's fingers, or a tree split down its center by lighting, there was no longer the world of the Anarchists. There was only the half-world of Anarcho-Communists and the half-world of Anarcho-Capitalists.

    *1. Unknown, although often attributed to Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin and a Maoist general from the People's Republic of China.

         Spargo had convinced Emma of an agreement and promise by Solon and the Athenian Communist Party that she could return and rejoin the city with her people, just as Benjamin had been convinced of the same thing by Agent 354, even if Benjamin only knew her as "Ally." The Socialists, the Cooperativists, the Unionists, and even the "pure Marxists" and "out-and-out Anarchist-Communists" were all to be welcomed back to Athens, Spargo carrying a letter promising as much with a seal of approval from the Chairman of the Communist Party. The Farmers, the Professors, the Small Shopkeepers, and even the "purely-military trained" and "entirely undisciplined Anarchist-Capitalists" were to be forgiven and accepted back at Babylon. Agent 354 held signed letters from Hammurabi and the General from the Babylonian Military Academy to prove her claims to Benjamin. The dreams of the workers in Anarchia now shifted towards Athens, and those of the poor peasant and the middle-class intellectual shifted back towards Babylon.

    Image by Glenn Halog, CC BY-NC 2.0 License
    Image: By Glenn Halog, CC BY-NC 2.0 License

         "Oh, my friends, it is time for us all to depart, I suppose," a random voice could be heard among the crowds, breaking the silence of an overly solemn departure meeting with a turn of sarcasm and humor. But it was this splitting into halves that both Benjamin and Emma were taking very seriously. She gave speeches that confirmed the feelings of her people, he spoke in a way that touched the thoughts of his people. Her pamphlets against his newspapers, her incantations against his reiterations, her activity against his dignity, the Anarchists were truly split. Spargo and Agent 354 remained on scene to guarantee that they would accomplish what they were tasked with. The rage and ferocity and tearfulness and argumentativeness of the atmosphere only tinged them more and more with secret smiles and hidden happiness. As the suffering and disagreement of all increased, the happiness and pleasure of those two increased.

         The final decisions were being made, the votes were being counted, the Anarchists were making their future. Emma stood with the Communists, Benjamin stood with the Capitalists. It was already clear to everyone what the referendum results would be, everyone could already tell that the vote for splitting was going to pass. It was announced, met with a mixture of grief and joy, some of the shouts not clearly one or the other. The Anarchists had decided to no longer live in Anarchy, and to return their respective homes of Athens and Babylon. And just at that moment, when Emma and Benjamin were shaking hands, in their parting moment of farewell, in the distance they could see something -- there was a hooded man rushing up to them, panting and out of breathe, sweat rushing down his forehead and vapor out of his lungs. "Stop! Stop!" he shouted, "You can't do this!" It was the Philosopher.

    Image by Glenn Halog, CC BY-NC 2.0 License
    Image: By Glenn Halog, CC BY-NC 2.0 License

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