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The Libertarian Communist No.11 November-December 2010

The Libertarian Communist No.11 November-December 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."
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The Libertarian
 
Communist
 
Free or Donation
Issue 1iNovember/December
2010
Aim: the creation of a Worldwide Libertarian CommunistSociety.
A Discussion Bulletin for the Anti State, Non Market Sector 
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 any
 
The Libertarian Communist Issue 11 November/December 2010
article 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: Help. Page 3: Opposing the cuts: what should the strategy of the anti state, non marketsector be?Page 4: Toward A Libertarian Socialism: Chris FaatzPage 7: Problems of Revolution: Parliament and Revolution: some issues to reflect on:Ricardo MondPage 9: Opposition to cutbacks: French workers lead the way.Page 10: Leaflet from France: We are One, let’s be All!Page11: Contact details for groups in the anti state, non market sector.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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As impossible as it may seem the end of 2010 is not that far off. This is alreadyissue 11 of The Libertarian Communist, a project that started back in March2009. It began as a way of discussing issues after I had left The Socialist Party(SPGB, Clapham) at the end of 2008 and then moved quickly to become adiscussion bulletin for the anti state, non market socialist/anarchist sector. Thebulletin is distributed by email or hard copy and thanks are due to onesupporter who places it on the internet. It is pleasing to report that thereadership has increased steadily since March 09.The other day I was readingthe editorial of a 2007 edition of Black Flag (BF) and I was struck by the factthat more professional outfits face similar problems to publications such as TheLib Com. They were making the point that how often BF appeared, its size andquality, depended on supporters sending their articles in, they also made thepoint that whilst they felt there was a need for BF continuing as anindependent journal they would be happy to merge with other journals toproduce one good quality anarchist magazine. Personally I think there arebenefits in a number of class struggle anarchist journals being available ratherthan all merging in to one as variety is no bad thing. I not only read Freedom,Resistance, Organise, Black Flag, Direct Action and also the Socialist Standard,I also try and sell them, though in the Bournemouth/Poole area where I live thisis no easy task.
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The Libertarian Communist Issue 11 November/December 2010
So is there a future for The Libertarian Communist? Well, I would like to thinkso because as far as I know there is nothing else around that is specially aimedat the anti state, non market sector rather than being specifically anarchist orsocialist and whose aim is to focus on the similarities of those two strandsrather than on their differences. If there is another such publication than, yes, Iwould discuss the possibility of a merger, the aim was always to take likeminded people on board. Yes this is an appeal for articles, because it issupposed to be a discussion journal and the better issues have been where wehave had articles from two or three people. Our readership is probably mostlyactivists and they have that name because they are busy running aroundpromoting ideas and stirring the working class into self activity. So I would liketo remind people that any articles sent in do not have to be freshly written, soif you have written something sometime ago that you think would be suitableor you know of something that someone else has written that they would likepublicised then please get in touch. It would be good to hear from you,otherwise its back to searching through places such as World in Common andLibcom.org for suitable material.
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Opposing the cuts: What shouldthe strategy of the anti state,non market sector be?
A point that should be made whendiscussing the present capitalistrecession and our response to it,leaving aside the fact that it is globaland our response must be organised onthe same dimension, is that for manysections of the working class thesystem is never out of recession. Evenat present just when the axe is poisedand ready to be swung we hear talk onthe daily propaganda programmes thatpasses for news under capitalism thatthe economy is coming out of recession. The questions that need tobe asked in relation to this are firstly;what precisely is meant by this?Secondly; who is going to benefit fromthis supposed upturn? So the point isthat the crisis is not a short-termproblem but has been and is ongoing.In truth any so-called upturn is just interms of increased profits for someamong the parasite class and if we arereally lucky a few more part-time £6 anhour jobs. Just how lucky can we get?That groups within our sector should beproviding workers opposing the threatto their working and living conditionswith their full support is not a matterfor debate. How we go about this ismore problematic as was indicated by acouple of articles in Freedom,
[issue7118, September 25
th
].
The first of these,
Persistently Protesting” 
,
concerned a demonstration outside theTUC conference in Manchester on theopening day. The following day the TUCannounced that it was to organise acampaign against the cuts. Thiscampaign ranges from the opinion of Bob Crowe that it must include co-ordinated strikes and civil disobedienceto that of Les Bayliss of Unite whothought this would amount to suicide.Presumably Bayliss feels that the TUCshould send a delegation to meet withthe likes of Cameron and Clegg andthey would see the error of their waysand withdraw all proposed cuts. Thetype of campaign that would emerge isindicated by most of the groupsrepresented in the demonstration, theSocialist Workers Party (SWP) with its “Right to Work” banners, refashioned “Communists” (meaning moresupporters of state capitalism), trade
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