Ecological collapses, social implosion, proliferation of insurgencies: the seams of the world-system are cracking everywhere. It is now understood: we believed in Nature since we had been separated from it, as we believed in Society in order to be able to exist. It is this double belief, which we called modernity, that is irreparably failing.Continue reading The world returns: Outlines of an anti-politics
“By its very nature, [wage] labour is an unfree, inhuman and unsocial activity, conditioned by private property and creating private property. The abolition of private property will not become a reality until it is conceived as the abolition of labour”.Karl Marx, On Friedrich List’s book ‘The National System of Political Economy’, 1845
Continue reading The alienated telework
“Under the conditions of private property [work] is alienation from life, for I work to live, to make a living. My work is not life.”Karl Marx, Notebooks of Paris, 1844.
**Many people regard anarchism and socialism as contradictory programs. This is based on the conception of “socialism” as state ownership of the economy. Yet historically, anarchists have regarded this program as “state socialism” or “authoritarian socialism.” They have rejected such views in favor of “anarchist-socialism” or “libertarian socialism.” This concept of anarchism as a variety of socialism remains important today in opposition to pro-capitalist “libertarianism” and to “democratic socialism”–that is, reformist state socialism.**Continue reading Are Anarchists Socialists? – Should Anarchists be (Libertarian) Socialists? Should Socialists be Anarchists?
Zoe (AKA Anarchopac) join’s Breht for the second installment of our sub-series “In Dialogue With Anarchism”. Topics include: Anarchist social theory, organizationally-minded tendencies within anarchism, the Marxist and Anarchist conceptions of the State, our different organizing strategies, whether or not we can work together, and more!Continue reading #Anarchism and #Marxism: In Dialogue with #Anarchopac
The following editorial is the last known piece of writing by Rosa Luxemburg. It was written just after the Spartacus uprising was crushed by the German government and in the hours prior to the arrest and murder of her and Karl Liebknecht by the Freikorps.Continue reading Today: 100 years after #RosaLuxemburg was killed – Her last known piece of writing
A Libertarian Communist analysis of the Great Leap Forward under Mao Tse-Tung and the Chinese Communists which aims to show that the Great Leap Forward was a capitalist project rather than a socialist, or communist one.Continue reading The Capitalist Nature Of The Great Leap Forward
Reflections on the 1918 German revolution at the CWO/ICT Public Meeting in London (November 17 2018).
Excellent text from Gilles Dauvé outlining the development of capitalism, and communism as the real movement in everyday life which tends towards the abolition of wage labour. Capitalism would be too happy to see us change our lives locally while it carries on globally. Because it is a central force, the State has to be demolished by central action. Because its power base is ubiquitous, it must be extinguished everywhere. Communisation will combine both dimensions… or fail.
Many points in this piece doesn’t necessarily reflect our views. But we still think it’s an interesting read – A response to the comments and criticisms of our article “Autonomism: Cutting the Ground From Under Marxism“.
Many points in this piece doesn’t necessarily reflect our views. But we still think it’s an interesting read – The building of a new mode of production which is based on the self-activity of all people cannot be delegated to any body – not even a working class party. It is only through the mass organs of working class life that a new society can be built. Communism cannot be brought in by decree but is the living product of a mass collective consciousness struggling towards new forms of social organisation.