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(en) New Libertarian Communist Organisation in Britain? Issue 1 of Revolution!

Date Fri, 01 Jul 2005 08:05:39 +0300


To: <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Subject: New Libertarian Communist Organisation in Britain? Issue 1 of Revolution!

Revolution! seeks to be a starting point for libertarian communist
organisation in Southampton and beyond. We reject the idea of a party
of professional revolutionaries, or a party in which a small and highly
committed elite dominate the iscussion and direction of the organisation.
This first issue seeks to draw together those who would consider
themselves libertarian communists or anarcho-communists and who agree
with the ‘basic ideas’. If you are looking for something different
from what’s on offer already and fancy the idea of starting something
new, then please get in contact and let’s form the basis of a future
organisation capable of influencing the struggle.

This is the editoral from a new 'paper' started to produce to try to
create a new platformist anarchist group in Britain. If you, or anyone
you may know, are interested then please get in contact.

The ideological unity necesary for effective organisation
will be built around the basic ideas which, although not set in
stone, are likely to remain largely the same as those in the text
below.

Let the first Issue speak for itself and look forward to hearing
from anyone interested in the idea(s).

M.

REVOLUTION!
For Libertarian Communist Organisation
Issue 1
Editorial


This inaugural issue of Revolution! suffers from the fact that it
has been produced quicker than we would have liked due to
the calling of an election and a desire to be both relevant and
take our own advice i.e. organise! It it is hoped Revolution! will
develop into a regular publication capable of attracting to it a
committed readership primarily consisting of politically
conscious workers.

Revolution! seeks to be a starting point for libertarian
communist organisation in Southampton and beyond. It has
limited resources in terms of time, finance, resources and
numbers. Most workers have jobs, kids and various other
commitments that preclude them spending every waking
moment engaged in political activity and the driving force
behind Revolution! is no different. An organisation that is truly
democratic needs to be fully accessible to the average worker
in terms of their ability to partake in internal discussion and
undertake the organisational functions necessary for the group
to operate effectively. We reject the idea of a party of
professional revolutionaries, or a party in which a small and
highly committed elite dominate the discussion and direction
of the organisation.

This first issue seeks to draw together those who would
consider themselves libertarian communists or
anarcho-communists and who agree with the ‘basic
ideas’. If you are looking for something different from
what’s on offer already and fancy the idea of starting
something new, then please get in contact and let’s form
the basis of a future organisation capable of influencing the
struggle. Revolution! has no detailed position papers as yet,
and much work needs to be done. We hope to develop these
over the next couple of years through discussion both internal
and external. There are many excellent resources available
today, for example the Workers Solidarity Movement’s
webpage and associated links. Some of these may form the
springboard for discussion that generates position papers. We
will also, of course, involve ourselves in campaigns that
aren’t simply front organisations for the SWP, or others of
that ilk, and seek to relate to other workers, as and when, they
engage in struggle. In all these things we will be conscious of
our size and resources when deciding what to relate to at a
given time.

It must be apparent to most that, given revolt can erupt
suddenly and take us by surprise, the revolution is not on the
cards in the short, or medium, term. We do not see activity for
activity’s sake as being helpful, or productive in any way,
since it all too often leads to demoralisation, confusion and
burnout. With the above in mind Revolution! will take the time
necessary to develop properly argued positions, educate itself,
establish meaningful links with other workers and make
Revolution! an established part of the scene.

Finally, we invite you to write to/for us! Send letters (of disgust
or support) and articles, to the contact address below. We aim,
initially at least, to publish all we receive given the financial
constraints we work under (don’t be afraid to send money
as well!). Articles must agree with the basic ideas, or be
submitted in the spirit of genuine discussion aimed at
developing libertarian communism, letters need not be. Should
you wish to distribute more copies just ask and we’ll send
you some.

At the moment the only way to contact Revolution! is by email
at: libertariancommunist@hotmail.co.uk
The basic ideas


Please note that the words socialism, communism, and
libertarian communism are used as equivalents when referring
to the post-revolutionary society.

1) Capitalism is a class system based upon the exploitation of
workers by bosses. Put simply, we don’t get paid what our
labour is worth and the boss pockets the difference. The ruling
class maintains its control in the economic, political and
ideological spheres through the apparatus of the State; Army,
Police, Government, Parliamentary ‘Democracy’,
Education, Media etc. This control changes from subtle to
blatant dependant on how much we challenge the system.

2) We support working class struggle against capitalism,
whatever form it takes, whilst realizing that the power to
fundamentally change society in a libertarian communist
direction lies with collectively organised workers. It is workers
in the factories and offices that will deal the decisive blow by
seizing control of their workplaces directly and organising
society afresh from the bottom up.

3) Capitalism cannot be reformed into communism neither can
it be by-passed. It needs to be replaced by democratic workers
self-government. The ruling class will not sit back quietly and
allow this to happen and they are unlikely simply to be swept
from power peacefully. Violent revolution and civil war are an
inevitable phase of the creation of a libertarian communist
society.

4) We believe that in order for a revolution to succeed workers
democracy is central. Indeed workers’ democracy is
fundamental to socialism. This is the central lesson of the
Russian Revolution. The belief, genuinely held by many good
activists today, that the Party can act for (or replace) the class
in certain circumstances is fundamentally flawed and opens
the door to counter-revolution.

5) In order to promote communism in the future we have to
organize as revolutionaries now. We recognize that there are,
and will be, many different political currents within the
revolutionary section of the working class and seek to
maximize joint activity among these, as well as with the class
as a whole. We also see the need to organize our own distinct
current in a way that leads to theoretical and practical unity in
relation to the class struggle. We thus invite comrades to join
in an attempt to forge a libertarian communist organisation
capable of playing, in the future at least, an important role in
the battle of ideas.

6) We are principled opponents of Imperialism and support all
the oppressed in their struggle against it. In the present day
attempts by Imperialism at neo-colonialism and its attendant
pillage and plunder of resources we see the defeat of the
Imperialists as being a key to opening up the possibility of
revolution. Our slogan is ‘Smash Imperialism! &endash;
Bring the War Home!’

7) We support the right of nations and cultures to exist without
external oppression, domination or occupation and seek to
actively fight the oppressors. We do not equate the violence of
the Imperialists or oppressors with the violence of those
resisting oppression or occupation. As in all other struggles
libertarian communists stress the centrality of working class
self-organisation and seek to break workers from the idea that
they have the same national interests as their ruling class.

8) We are opposed to all immigration controls and for the
granting of asylum on request. The working class is now, more
than ever, a global class and we fight for the right of our
brothers and sisters to travel in order to escape persecution or
poverty.

9) We are against all forms of oppression: Racism, Sexism,
Homophobia etc. are tools used by our rulers to divide us.
Oppression of any one section of our class by another weakens
us in our fight against the real enemy &endash; the ruling
class. We support the right of the oppressed to organise
however they see fit. We do not see cross-class alliances as the
means of liberation for working class members of oppressed
groups. We challenge bigotry and discriminatory behaviour
amongst workers and seek to build a unified workers
movement.

10) The existing trade unions, irrespective of their origins, act
to dampen down working class activity by promoting reliance
upon union leaders and the negotiating process. They have
become an integral part of modern capitalism and the
leadership forms a bureaucratic grouping within it that has its
own aims and material base. Existing unions cannot be used to
create communism, neither can they simply be ignored or
by-passed. We advocate genuine rank and file control and
direction of the struggle to the extent that it is possible given
the general and specific conditions at the time. We involve
ourselves in our workplaces in ways that promote workers
self-activity and this may involve being shop stewards. At all
times we seek to promote workers control of their own struggle
and do not set ourselves up to speak for them (without being
mandated to do so). We consistently seek to make links
between the particular struggle and the general need for a
communist society, i.e. we look for the points of politicisation
in each struggle.

11) Production for profit rather than need leads to the pollution
of our environment, the contamination of our food and the
destruction of many of the planet’s ecosystems. We have
the ability and power to finally stop this ongoing destruction, as
workers, rather than as consumers. We believe that in a
communist society workers will choose to create for
themselves an environment that is both pleasant and safe to
live in.

12) The capitalist education system is used to ensure the
ideological hegemony of the ruling class as well as a general
subservience to authority. Its aim is to produce compliant and
controllable workers for the offices, the factories and the front.
Home schooling networks, whilst providing the possibility for
children to take control over their learning are not a practical
solution for the majority of workers. We support attempts by
students and schoolchildren to resist petty rules and authority,
to fightback against cuts and the growing privitisation of
education and to actively take control of their learning
environments.

The other articles in this issue are

* What is Libertarian Communism?
* Don't Vote - Organise!
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Submited to anarkismo.net by Martin Monday, May 30 2005,
libertariancommunist-A-hotmail.co.uk

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