In a predictable outcome, The Anarchist Café, an attempt at promoting anti-capitalist ideals, has announced its closure after just one year of operations.
The owner of the café, Gabriel, self-proclaimed “The Anarchist,” bemoaned the lack of generational wealth and seed capital from what they deem as ethically bankrupt sources.
The admission exposed the fundamental contradiction of their anti-capitalist stance. Without the support of the very system they despise, the café struggled to weather the quiet winter season and failed to achieve long-term sustainability.
The website wrote in a statement:
It’s been an amazing experience, connecting with so many great community members, sparking desperately needed debate, raising the blood pressure of Conservatives (that includes you, ‘anarcho-capitalists’ and ‘Libertarians’), fulfilling the dream of most service workers by not having to tolerate the presence of professional class-traitors (pigs and military), and experimenting with living and working in ways that don’t enthusiastically embrace the pure misanthropy of Capitalism. Unfortunately, the lack of generational wealth/seed capital from ethically bankrupt sources left me unable to weather the quiet winter season, or to grow in the ways needed to be sustainable longer-term.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Pop Coffee Works, my coffee supplier and landlords, for their generosity and patience; they could easily have sold this space, or rented for more than twice what they’ve charged me, so this place wouldn’t have existed without them. They roast the best coffee in the city, so please continue to support them if you buy coffee beans. I would also like to thank my partners, friends, and family for their huge amounts of support, without which I’d honestly be dead, or at least unhoused by now, my awesome suppliers for providing the books/art/merch that have been such a huge part of what this place is, and all the customers who have given their very vocal, and of course financial, support over the past year.
The Anarchist has been a huge success in every way I hoped, and has given me so much inspiration and education that I plan to put to use in future projects. Keep an eye on the instagram page to see what I end up doing next!
F*ck the rich. F*ck the police. F*ck the state. F*ck the colonial death camp we call “Canada”.
Gabriel a.k.a The Anarchist
In stark contrast to The Anarchist café’s attempt to undermine capitalism, free markets have proven time and again to be the most effective and efficient economic system.
By providing consumers with choices, encouraging competition, and rewarding innovation and hard work, capitalism fosters prosperity and progress.
The demise of The Anarchist café should serve as a reminder for those who believe in dismantling the very system that has enabled the success and growth of countless businesses. It is a testament to the enduring strength and adaptability of capitalism, which continues to drive economic growth, create jobs, and uplift societies around the world.