Anabaptists: Communists or Anti-state?

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    I may need to just go back and re-listen to the lecture, but I noticed in a the “Jesus Christ as an anarchist” discussion that you mentioned that the Anabaptists were very anti-state. But I just read an article the other day (I think on lewrockwell, maybe Mises) that the Anabaptists were some of the first communists by abolishing private property. This seems very pro-statist just as long as the Anabaptists are in charge. I might be making Marxist more synonymous to Communist than I ought to as well…

    Jason Jewell

    Some Anabaptist groups held property in common, but for the most part this was not a statist measure. There was no state apparatus to redistribute wealth forcibly. (I am excepting extreme examples like the Anabaptist takeover of Munster in the 1530s.) Think of it as something akin to a monastery, where those who join agree to renounce title to material possessions.

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