A4. ARE MUTUALISTS SOCIALISTS?
Mutualists, like other classical anarchists, originally considered themselves libertarian socialists. That is, they believed
in the labor theory of value, and they believed that the laborer was entitled to the full product of his labor.
Some mutualists have abandoned the labor theory of value, and prefer to avoid the term "socialist." But they still retain
some cultural attitudes, for the most part, that set them off from the libertarian right. Most of them view mutualism as an
alternative to capitalism, and believe that capitalism as it exists is a statist system with exploitative features.
Many groups today share mutualist ideas, without embracing the full libertarian socialist heritage of classical anarchism.
We welcome cooperation with all of them, where we share common goals, to reduce exploitation and centralization and increase
Right-libertarians and anarcho-capitalists, while arguably not part of the genuine historical tradition of anarchism,
sometimes share mutualist ideas. Many of the more intellectually honest members of the libertarian right acknowledge the largely
exploitative nature of the present capitalist system, and share the mutualist belief that its exploitative nature is the result
of state intervention on behalf of capital and other privileged groups. We welcome cooperation with them also, where we have
areas of agreement.