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international / the left / review Thursday August 03, 2017 13:43 by Wayne Price 2 comments (last - monday august 21, 2017 03:05)
Libertarian Socialism is the brand of socialism which opposes statist, authoritarian, and oppressive varieties of socialism. It is anti-statist, radically democratic, self-managing, and humanistic. It blurs the boundaries between anarchism and Marxism, especially between class-struggle anarchist-socialism and libertarian-autonomist Marxism. These 15 essays place libertarian socialism in the context of various anarchists, syndicalists, council communists, decentralists, and libertarian communists--examining their views and histories. read full story / add a comment
COSTRUIRE RETI DI UGUAGLIANZA E LIBERTA' E VINCOLI DI SOLIDARIETA', RICONQUISTARE SPAZI COLLETTIVI DI CONFLITTO E DI RISCATTO, RIGUADAGNARE NELL'ORIZZONTE DEL POSSIBILE UNA SOCIETA' PIU' GIUSTA
italia / svizzera / la sinistra / opinione / analisi Tuesday June 27, 2017 21:44 by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA
Alle organizzazioni politiche anticapitaliste che hanno come orizzonte una società egualitaria fondata sulla libertà non sfuggirà la necessità sempre più pressante di costruire situazioni di cooperazione e di coordinamento per sostenere quelle forze sociali che sono il tessuto reale dell'alternativa di oggi e di domani.
Il comunismo, quello libertario, è sempre all'ordine del giorno. read full story / add a comment
This article looks at the centenary of the Labour Party in New Zealand/Aotearoa and the outcome of the party's actions in that time. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Friday April 01, 2016 11:45 by Wayne Price 2 comments (last - saturday april 09, 2016 07:23)
There is a new approach on the U.S. Left, which rejects both capitalism and state socialism. In several ways it resembles anarchism. It has been promoted by The Next System Project, and has been critiqued recently by Sam Gindin--who makes some insightful comments, but also demonstrates limitations. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Friday February 26, 2016 21:49 by Wayne Price 3 comments (last - friday march 04, 2016 03:39)
In recent decades, there have been efforts to "rehabilitate" the U.S. Communist Party as an historical model for the Left. Anti-authoritarian socialists and anarchists find this troubling. Whle the CP did some good things it also did some very bad things. A brief summary of its history demonstrates that and explains why this is. read full story / add a comment
international / the left / opinion / analysis Thursday January 28, 2016 21:48 by William T. Hathaway
We'll be most successful by using both legal and illegal tactics but keeping the two forms separate. Illegal direct action is sometimes necessary to impair the system, impede its functioning, break it in a few places, open up points of vulnerability for coming generations to exploit. As groups we should do only legal resistance. Since we have to assume we are infiltrated and our communications are monitored, illegal acts must be done alone or in small cells without links to the group. Security is essential. Police may have the identity of everyone in the group, but if members are arrested and interrogated, their knowledge will be very limited. The principles of leaderless resistance (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaderless_resistance) provide the most effective defense for militants. read full story / add a comment
Commentary on a recent draft document on the strategy and vision of the Democratic Socialists of America, from the viewpoint of revolutionary libertarian socialism (anarchism). read full story / add a comment
Ma c'è vita a sinistra se questa vive sta nel conflitto sociale diffuso e reticolare, sistematico e costante, in grado di esprimere crescente radicalità dal basso, indirizzata verso la riappropriazione e l'autogestione di risorse comuni, patrimoniali e ambientali, culturali ed economiche, che sa proporsi come elemento esogeno di rottura democratica e libertaria di netto segno anticapitalista, nei territori e nel paese. read full story / add a comment
grèce / turquie / chypre / la gauche / opinion / analyse Monday February 09, 2015 17:25 by Organisation Socialiste Libertaire (Suisse)
La victoire de SYRIZA est un événement politique, non seulement pour la Grèce, mais pour l’Europe. Il s’agit d’une avancée importante dans la période que nous traversons. Le positionnement politique d’une fraction importante du salariat et du peuple, fût-il à travers le vote et la politique de délégation, n’est pas rien. Il y a un engagement des classes populaires dans ce processus politique. Ne pas sous-estimer cette expression, ne pas la mépriser est nécessaire. Cela n’enlève rien à la fermeté et à la clarté d’une politique qui opte pour l’autonomie populaire. L’action directe de masse, la prééminence du rapport de force sont premières. La question centrale est de viser toujours le déploiement du contre-pouvoir, de la contre-hégémonie, avec à la clef la construction du pouvoir populaire. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / anarchist communist event Friday April 25, 2014 06:36 by Syndicalist
Our intention with this call is to create a welcoming space where we can engage in an exchange of ideas with the broader public. We call on groups and individuals from all social anarchist and anti-authoritarian tendencies to join us to help plan and build this contingent. read full story / add a comment
Dogmatism is a manifestation of theoretical and/or ideological deficiencies, such as idealism (metaphysics), sectarianism, elitism or followership. It’s a significant obstacle to working class emancipation, which we must identify and comprehend in order to combat it. There are several variants and expressions, including:
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Have you daydreamed about being a member of an intergenerational social justice organization like the Order of Phoenix? Do you want Dumbledore to be your mentor?
Have dementors ever burned you out to the point where you doubted your ability to take on the Voldemorts of our world? Do you find yourself analyzing Dumbledore’s Army for lessons on developing liberatory vision, culture, leadership, and organization?
Me too. Let’s develop our magic, build our liberation movement, and defeat the Voldemorts in our world. I’ll meet you in the Room of Requirement, and until then, here are my top lessons from Harry Potter for social justice organizing.
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américa central / caribe / la izquierda / opinión / análisis Saturday August 17, 2013 13:42 by Julián Arenales
Un artículo contra el Poder, que hace referencia al análisis del capitalismo de Marx, la corrupción, las elecciones y los "líderes". Desde Costa Rica, América Central, pero como reflexión general. read full story / add a comment
italia / svizzera / la sinistra / appello / petizione Monday May 13, 2013 17:05 by Ignazio Leone 2 comments (last - tuesday may 14, 2013 03:08)
Oggi a Bologna si svolge un incontro sulla scorta di un appello, o meglio di una "proposta di lotta" come subito viene chiarito dagli estensori dello stesso, per un movimento anticapitalista e libertario.
L'ennesimo appello di una sinistra allo sbando che non sa più a che santo votarsi? Può essere.
L'ennesimo tentativo di creare un partitino per ex leaders in cerca di ricollocazione dopo i vari tsunami elettorali? Può essere. read full story / add a comment
This is a piece we’re sharing originally posted to Machete 408 by Adam Weaver. It is a review/summation piece is being released in conjunction with a forthcoming piece by Scott Nappolas which presents an extensive discussion of Lenin’s concept of democratic centralism. read full story / add a comment
The terrain is changing beneath our feet. Since the collapse of the majority of the “official communist” regimes, the world has witnessed both events and ideas that have undermined the former dominant thinking within the left. The Zapatistas, Argentina in 2001, South Korean workers movements, Oaxaca in 2006, the struggles around anti-globalization, and Greece’s series of insurrectionary moments have increasingly presented challenges to traditional left answers to movements and organization. In previous eras Marxist-Leninism was the nexus which all currents by default had to respond to either in agreement or critique. Today, increasingly anarchist practices and theory have come to play this role.
As a member of an anarchist political organization, a friend once told me I in fact was practicing democratic centralism. This was perplexing, because the group had no resembling structures, practices, or the associated behaviors of democratic centralism. However, I was told that since we debated, came to common decisions, and acted on that collective democracy, we were in fact democratic centralist. This kind of productive confusion led to questions about the concept, and why the target of democratic centralism has shifted. This move, the shifting conceptual territory of core concepts of a certain orthodoxy, comes up repeatedly not only with democratic centralism, but also surrounding ideas like crisis, dialectics, the State, and class. The resulting cognitive dissonance caused me to investigate attempts at reinvigorating the concept of democratic centralism (democratic centralist revisionism), and understand truly what it is, where it came from, and how it has been practiced. read full story / add a comment
italia / svizzera / la sinistra / documento politico Monday March 11, 2013 19:43 by Consiglio dei Delegati FdCA
All'indomani delle elezioni apparentemente più inutili della storia repubblicana, si aprono gli scenari più fantasiosi in un presente drammatico. Tutti si sono dimenticati del paese reale, quello delle fabbriche che continuano a chiudere, i bollettini ISTAT che parlano di un paese ormai alla canna del gas hanno assunto carattere di ritualità, i suicidi dei disoccupati e le stragi per finanziamenti negati sono in cronaca. Gli attori sociali tacciono, i media cicalecciano in attesa di capire quale coniglio uscirà dal cappello istituzionale. read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / a esquerda / opinião / análise Monday October 29, 2012 21:06 by Organização Resistência Libertária
O sistema capitalista de dominação e perpetuação da desigualdade em que vivemos, gerenciado pelo Estado, renova sempre suas formas de opressão, de exploração e de avanço do Capital. O Estado, através de ações governamentais, tem implantado medidas paliativas e pretensamente "populares", que contrariando o seu discurso de melhoria de vida e desenvolvimento econômico, traz inúmeras perdas às camadas mais pobres. read full story / add a comment
Compared to many places in Europe, the socio-political situation in Poland is quite tragic with nearly complete right-wing ideological hegemony and attacks on workers' rights and access to public services which go years beyond the reforms just being introduced in the rest of Euope. With little social response to it. As part of one of the few organized pockets of resistance, I try to focus and try to go forward, yet taking a sober look around, the forces that are gaining as the crisis worsens are from the right and extreme right, while the left flounders and the anti-authoritarian movement struggles to keep afloat during a period of social resignation. read full story / add a comment
On May Day, 2012, march as a Popular Front in Montpelier, Vermont in support of:
*Healthcare as a Human Right!
*The Right To Safe Local Farm Food!
*Justice For Migrant Farm Workers!
*The Right For Vermont Workers To Organize!
*The Right of Vermont's Daycare Providers To Organize!
*The Right To A Livable Wage!
*Save Our Post Offices!
*Abenaki/Native American Tribal Forests!
*Renewable Energy Now!
*Justice For Those Impacted By Hurricane Irene!
*Freedon and Unity!
*A People's Democray!
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