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The Libertarian Communist No.9 July-August 2010

The Libertarian Communist No.9 July-August 2010

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A Discussion Bulletin for the Anti State, Non Market Sector", with the aim being "the creation of a World wide Libertarian Communist Society."
A Discussion Bulletin for the Anti State, Non Market Sector", with the aim being "the creation of a World wide Libertarian Communist Society."

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The LibertarianCommunist
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Issue 9 July/August
2010
Aim: the creation of aWorld wide LibertarianCommunist Society.
A Discussion Bulletin for the AntiState, Non Market Sector 
 
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The purpose of The Libertarian Communist is to promote discussion amongstthe Anti State, Non Market sector irrespective of whether individuals orgroups consider themselves as Anarchist, Communist or Socialist as all suchtitles are in need of further qualification. If you have disagreements with anarticle in this or any other issue, wish to offer comment or want tocontribute something else to the discussion then please get in touch. If anyarticle focuses on a particular group then that group has, as a matter of course, the right to reply. So please get in touch with your article, lettersand comments. You can do this by contactingcom.lib.org@googlemail.com or writing to Ray Carr, Flat 1, 99 Princess Road, Branksome, Poole, DorsetBH12 1BQ.
Contents
Page 2: After the Election.Page 4: Letters: More on Libertarian Communism/SPGB 1970s: KAZPage 4: Industrial Unionism : Mike YoungPage 6: Problems of Revolution: Labour Time Vouchers or Free AccessPage 9: Industrial News (1): ITUC Survey of Trade Union Rights 2010Page 10 (2): Tea workers face imprisonment from Ethical Tea CompanyPage 11/12 News and Contact details from the Anti State, Non Market Sector
After the Election
Well the election is done and dusted, bloody good job too. The sight of all thosepoliticians going around, shaking peoples hands, holding babies, making promisesthey have no intention of keeping even if they could and general arse licking duties fora few weeks is enough to make your stomach churn and when its going on for weeksyou begin to wonder if that carving knife you have in the draw is sharp enough to putyou out of your misery but then maybe putting your foot through the TV screen willsuffice. This time the speculation dragged on as tweedle-Dave and tweedle-Dum (asFreedom May 22
nd
accurately described them) settled the basis of their elected jointdictatorship to represent the interests of capital in the U K for as long as the pactholds. We are all only too aware of what the Con-Lib Dem coalition has in store for usand its nothing too pleasant but the same would have been on offer no matter whichbunch of thugs had assumed power.The most exasperating thing, especially for those who reject the profit system in allits guises, is that like so many things within capitalism, (but the election lasts longer),we know what we are forced to go through is a charade. The media, who seem to bemore influential with every election this time we had the dreadful leadership debates,put forward the notion that the election was democracy in action; the result would be
 
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the voice of the people. Well if this was democracy you can stuff it where the sundoesn’t shine. Is it possible that the term democracy can be given to a system whereonce every four or five years people get the opportunity to elect a government whowill run a system which can only operate in the interests of a minority and to thedetriment of the majority? Can it be a democracy when you have a choice betweentwo or three parties who all stand for the same thing? The only difference betweenthis and a one party state is that in the latter you are not allowed to stand against theruling party whilst in the former the agenda is controlled so that real alternativescannot be meaningfully discussed. Is it democratic when the mostVital
 
question of all, that of who ownsand controls the means of producingand distributing the means of life isnever even raised? This election like allothers here and in other parts of theworld will leave the ownership of thosemeans in the hands of a few verywealthy individuals and corporations.No democracy in this sphere meansthat democracy does not exist. Why,we may ask, do the majority of peoplein elections worldwide (those whobother to vote) vote for thecontinuation of a status quo which isclearly not in their interest? Part of theanswer is that the same minority whoown the means of wealth productionalso own the means of promoting andperpetuating the dominant ideas insociety. The state and the class itrepresents control such institutions asthe education system and mass media,that same mass media that promoteselections as democracy in action.So how might we go about overcomingthis problem where because a majorityof workers have accepted thatcapitalism is the only system possiblethey find it inconceivable that thesolution to their problems lays outsidethe confines of that system? How do weget them to think outside of this box? Inpart the answer to this is that it is theirinvolvement in struggles within thesystem that forces people to confrontand challenge the notion thatcapitalism is the only system possible.However the point has to be made thatthe class struggle is not a simplisticprocess whereby it inevitably leads topeople challenging the system.Involvement leaves some peoples ideasunchanged and some involved in bitterconfrontation can turn to reactionaryideas. Having said that our involvementin such struggles and engaging withpeople in a variety of activities isindispensable if our ideas are tobecome more influential and workersare to gain the confidence needed tochange society.Writing almost fifty years ago MauriceBrinton makes some suggestions thatare still relevant today
[See MauriceBrinton: Revolutionary Organisation inWorkers Power, Page 50, AK Press
2004]
. Firstly, he suggests we need tocommunicate to workers involved inconflicts details of other workersstruggles. This can be done as Brintonsuggested, through the revolutionarypress but today we have a wider varietyof methods at our disposal via theenhanced world-wide communicationsnetwork. This also includes bringinginformation about workers’ strugglesworldwide as well as making available adetailed history of the class struggle. This helps workers involved inconfrontations realise that what theyare facing is nothing new and drawlessons from the past. A second pointraised by Brinton is the way we involveourselves in everyday struggleswhether in the workplace, communityor in anti war movements and today wewould have to add ecological issues.Such involvement has severalobjectives. The first is obviously tosecure victory for the workers involvedbut it is important to encourage peopleto organise themselves rather thanapplying a detailed blue print for howworkers should conduct themselves.However, as Brinton argued, this doesnot mean drawing back from presentingour own ideas and trying to convinceworkers about the wider implications of 

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