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(en) Public Discussion on Anarchist Communism in Turkey

Date Wed, 19 Apr 2006 11:55:00 +0300


On the 15th of April Black Red Notes magazine (BRN) organized in Baska Kultur Evi
a discussion on “Anarchist Communism and Class Struggle”. About 50 people attended
the panel discussion and some had to sit on the floor due to the lack of seats. A
representative from BRN and then writer Volkan Yarasir gave a speech.
The BRN representative analyzed why Leninism was inadequate in the struggle for a
communist society and summarized the anarchist communist alternative. His criticism
targeted four main points: the lack of a theory of hierarchy and representation in
Marxism-Leninism, positivist epistemology, teleological and economic determinist
understanding of history and democratic centralism as an organizational practice.
Volkan Yarasir touched on the similarities between successful labor movements of today
and revolutionary experiences at the first half of the 20th century which created a
libertarian alternative to capitalism. He emphasized the importance of learning
from the working class and summarized the three important features of successful
movements: direct action, direct democracy and independence of the movement.
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