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Section 1: Defining Anarcho-Syndicalism 1c. Why do anarcho-syndicalists oppose participation in statist politics?

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Section 1: Defining Anarcho-Syndicalism 1c. Why do anarcho-syndicalists oppose participation in statist politics?

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Anarcho-Syndicalists are opposed to participation in parliamentary politics because they agree with Benjamin Franklin, who noted, at least a hundred years in advance of the earliest anarchist philosophers, that the primary purpose of the State [1] is “to protect property from the majority.” Although Franklin was writing from the point of view of one who wanted to protect the privileges of the rich and powerful, his analysis of the social role of the state was essentially identical to that of those who later developed the foundations of the philosophy of anarchism, which was to become itself the foundation for the methodology of anarcho-syndicalism. Like the anarchist philosophers who developed the initial hostility to the State due, in part, to its role as a weapon of class warfare, anarcho-syndicalists too regard the State as a profoundly anti-worker institution. Like Benjamin Franklin, Anarcho-Syndicalists view the primary purpose of the State as being the defence of private property

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