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Joseph Déjacque's 1858 essay outlining a firmly anarcho-communist philosophy, against the mutualism of Proudhon.

No, it is not the product of their labors to which the workers have a right. It is the satisfaction of their needs, whatever the nature of those needs. Joseph Déjacque

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The Monopoly board of the city: Grenfell Tower - where was the HCA, government housing regulator??

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The Homes & Community Agency(HCA) is the UK state regulatory body for social housing; its job is to monitor the performance, finances and provision of services of landlords. Missing from the media coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster so far is any discussion of what relation the HCA has to this horror story of corporate murder. Given the years of complaints from Grenfell tenants(1) about their landlord the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation(KCTMO)(2), we can reasonably ask why the HCA never stepped in to investigate the terrible tenant-landlord relationship and the many fire safety complaints tenants had flagged up repeatedly before the fire broke out.

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