Renouncing Slavery for Dummies — > Intro to libertarian communism

What is Libertarian Communism?

As Rousseau once said, “to renounce liberty is to renounce being human, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duty” – Capitalism is despotism, domination, exploitation, in a single word: slavery –  the utter renouncement of ones Liberty, ones humanity.

Wage Labor is mearly a name; Wage Slavery is a fact. To those who renounce their slavery and the slavery of humanity, Libertarian Communism is for you.  To those who renounce ecological exploitation, Communism is for you. To those who believe in equality and brotherhood, Communism is for you.

Libertarian and Communism are both historically loaded terms. To understand them together, you must understand them apart.

Libertarianism is a Social Philosophy. Social means society; in sum all of our inter-relations and as such libertarianism is not just bound to a single institution or relationship between people, it is a way of life, a means of interacting with one another bound to every aspect of life. As a Social Philosophy at its core is a rejection coercion, oppression and exploitation. Coercion means to force onto another by forceful or cultural means, compliance and obedience. In such Coercion is the opposite of Liberty. Oppression is the exercise of authority as to restrain and individuals freedom. Exploitation to use an individual as an object, similarly to a mine, to ascertain something for yourself. Libertarianism is often used synonymously with Anarchism – a stateless society. Between Right-Wing Libertarianism (expressed in Ron Paul, Libertarian Party America) and Left-Wing Libertarianism (Expressed in Anarchism and certain trends of Marxism) is the difference between Negative Liberty and Positive Liberty. Right-Wing Libertarians would have a Society where individuals would have a freedom to — exploit, oppress, etc. — whereas the Left-Wing would have a a Society where individuals would have a freedom from — exploitation, oppression, etc.

Communism is a mode of production. To put that in some historical context, Hunter – Gather Societies, Feudalism and Capitalism are all independent modes of production. Unique to Communism is the abolition of Property (a distinction here between personal possessions) and its place, communal ownership of all industries, supermarkets, roads, railways, etc. Accordingly to “Communal “Ownership”, nothing is really owned by anyone, but held in common to one another. As such, in a a communal society, nothing can be bought or sold as nothing is actually owned. In a Communist society, you take as you please from the community and give back accordingly – hence the dictum “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. Marxism and Communism are often used interchangeably with one another, this is wrong, rather Marxism is the study behind the forces of the “Real Movement towards Communism”. The kernel of Communism is a classless society.

Together, Libertarian Communism would mean a radically different world then the one we have today. Together they mean a Stateless, Classless Society under the basis of Freedom, Liberty, Solidarity and Equality for all people and animals. Our desire is to not to turn today’s poor into today’s wealthy. Our desire is not to pull down the present rulers to put new rulers in their place. We want to abolish poverty, domination and exploitation to provide abundance for all. Such a goal is already possible with the productive capabilities at hand and with the knowledge already possessed by mankind. We want production for use and enjoyment, not profit and exploitation. Communities will ascertain what the requirements of the people are in food, clothing, housing, transport, healthcare, education, books, art, theatres – anything and everything the people desire. Generally necessity comes first, and then follows the means of amusement, culture, leisure, etc. We want control of the workplace by workers’ themselves, not oppressive and exploitative agents. The working class taken in the most general sense means those who partake in truly productive work – employees, farmers, scientists – which under Libertarian Communism, will indefinitely be the master of managing, directing and regulating the process of production. We want the distinction between those who give orders and those who carry them out to be abolished. In such an end to: Authority, Domination and Privilege. Government would pass from being centrally administered nation-states consisting of executive and legislative bodies to a federally organized confederation of directly democratic councils both executive and legislative at the same time. In Libertarian Communism, true democracy becomes an everyday operation. In place of Capitalist society, with its classes and distinctions, we shall have a free association in which the free development the individual is the condition for the free development of all.

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Reflections on the Port Struggle 2011 – 2012

Following the Roots…
The upfront and in your face Class War that began in Wisconsin gave impetus to the Bourgeois on a national and international level to begin, continue and extend Economic and Social Austerity Measures. While economic austerity measures are direct means to alleviating the crisis of political economy and the most well-known forms of austerity, let us explain firstly what we mean by “social austerity”. In an effort to reverse the fall of the rate of profit, the ruling class undercuts workers’ rights to organize for better wages as to facilitate the overproduction of commodities with relatively little to no loss in the profits of the Capitalist. Parallel to this the ruling class can expect dissent and ferment amongst workers. So taxes are alleviated to the working class to facilitate an expansion of the Police State which in turn suppresses them. The Tottenham, L.A. and Seattle Riots/Actions against the heightening of the Police State following Wisconsin and the Arab Spring in the face of worsening economic conditions is a sure sign that this a material reality of the world we live in and that there is a medium of struggling against the state in these measures that is class based and not activist based. Continue reading

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The Boom and Bust of Class Struggle

Perspectives on the Occupy Movement from September – F. 29

Boom and Bust. It’s Class Struggle on Crack. One minute you’re at the top. Next minute you’re passed out on the floor.

The Occupy Wall Street movement had its origin in the reactionary tactics of the ruling class: the suppression of unions in Wisconsin, the burdening of the working class with the debts of the ruling class, the expanding war machine in the face economic austerity and suppression of civil rights, the amping up of the Police State parallel to the rise of social movements – all this in an attempt to reverse the fall in the rate of profit, to facilitate continued overproduction of consumer products in a hope that the oppressed remains subdued. Internationally it belongs to the same continuum of struggles such as Greek, Egyptian, Spanish and French — i.e. what holds these struggles in common is there affinity to the tactics of Occupation and General Assembly against the traditional means of class struggle: Unions, Workers’ Councils, etc. The source of which is in the reconstitution of the working class in all Western countries post 1980 – the rise of neoliberalism which burdened the East and South with hard manufacturing labor and reduced the Western proletariat to mostly precarious and casualized work – which eliminated point of production class struggle almost entirely in the Western World. To speak in the same fashion about China, India or much of the east for that matter would be ignorance and revolutionary dogma; there Unions, Mass Associations with similar formations if not identical to Workers’ Councils are arising and taking the forefront of the struggle.
Beginning in September, Occupy boomed rapidly across the Americas and abroad in only a number of weeks, showing that it was not some unreal formulation concocted in the lab of professional activism but represented popular anger against the “one sided- class war”. To the working class, it seemed therefor legitimate as it refused to affiliate with any political formulation – Left, Right or Radical – rather it was simply populist and therefor moldable, spontaneous and truly in its interests.

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A Party in the Streets

A Commentary and Reportback on the Feb. 29 Demonstration
Autonomous Workers’ Group

You can label this as just another Liberal Occupy March that identifies only Corporate Influence on Government and not Capitalism as a broader disease on society, or you can recognize this as an interesting progression of up and coming activists towards more radical tactics and mentalities. Continue reading

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Leap Struggle – An International Report of Class Struggle from Chicago, to Spain, to China

European Trade Union Confederation “Day of Action” – F.29
Autonomous Workers’ Group

In early February, The European Trade Union Confederation called for Direct Actions to occur all over the Eurozone in protest of the austerity measures planned by the EU Economic Summit that would be convening March. 1st. Of the demands for the callout were:

–>    An International Recovery Plan with emphasis on Quality Job building for Youth and Adults  (Editor’s note: an end to precarious and casualized work)
–>    A dynamic European Industrial Program that places emphasis on advancing a “Green Economy”
–>    Budget Balancing for the Long Haul
–>    A guarantee to social rights
–>    A minimum Tax Rate for Companies in the EU
–>    An intensification of the fight against Social and Wage dumping

“Enough is enough. Austerity measures do not work,” said ETUC leader Bernadette Segol. “We have alternatives, and Europe must work for employment and social justice. And we haven’t had that until now,” Segol said at a demonstration in Brussels attended by Hundreds of Union members.

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First issue of “Let’s Break their Haughty Power” is out!

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Valentines Jail Solidarity Demo Report back

Anonymous

On February 14th a group of about 20 people dressed in black gathered outside the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland. We banged on pots, pans, buckets, and various other improvised noisemakers for about an hour and a half to let the people inside know that the had not been forgotten. Kids inside the jail were seen pounding on windows, giving thumbs up, and holding signs in the windows that read “fuck pigs.” At one point there was a massive two-person paper mache dragon with light-up eyes and nostrils spewing silly string out of its mouth. That was totally unexpected and awesome, and definitely brought up everyone’s spirits. A banner reading “Prisons are the new plantations – freedom 4 everyone” was hung over the wall facing the cells. The lid to a trashcan was thrown over the outer wall, taking out one of the metal props for the (unelectrified) double wire running the perimeter of the wall.

In solidarity with prisoners everywhere! Until all are free!

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