Anti-Capitalist Cafe That Let Customers ‘Pay What You Can’ Closes Down

  • The Anarchist, a coffee shop in Toronto, Canada, that functioned on a “pay what you can” system, will close at the end of the month after slightly more than one year in business.
  • Gabriel Sims-Fewer, the owner of The Anarchist, said in an expletive-filled announcement on the company’s website that he appreciated the opportunity to experiment with “living and working in ways that don’t enthusiastically embrace the pure misanthropy of capitalism.”
  • He blamed the failure of his anti-capitalist business venture for the lack of “seed capital” from “ethically bankrupt sources,” which left him “unable to weather the quiet winter season, or to grow in the ways needed to be sustainable longer-term.”
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