And I'll take this opportunity to make and note a small revision in my last post, where I let myself be hurried a bit towards the wrap-up. I'm starting to poke at some questions about "freedom" and "justice," and the extent to which they are synonymous, or even compatible, with the reduction of conflict. The trick, ultimately, is to fill out a balanced account of relations in a free society, a task made difficult by Proudhon's uneven development of his own analysis.
Here's the rewritten paragraph:
It appears, in a strange turn, that the danger inherent in a free market, built on systems which reduce conflict, might well be "communism"--not the communism of goods-in-common, not the systems of Marx or Kropotkin (except to the extent that they fail in non-economic ways), but the "community of interests" that Proudhon and Josiah Warren both warned against. Dejacque suggested anarchist-communism as a logical product of individual egoisms. Indeed, most of the attempts to downplay the individualist element in communist anarchism are ignorant smears. So the suggestion is not so far from ones made by "communists" of one sort or another. But there's a tough knot to be unraveled here, one that tangles up communism and free markets, pits despotism against anarchism, in the interest, ultimately, of the latter.In the original, of course, it is followed (perhaps a little abruptly), by speculation on the questions that Proudhon might have for present-day anarchists. Untangling the indicated knot is a task for other days, but perhaps it is useful today to point it out, highlight it as one of those places to which it will be necessary to return shortly.