The Libertarian Communist Issue 14 May to July 2011
outside of the working class. Whilst this journal would not endorse all of the views in thisarticle we would hope that it will provoke discussion. In “
Why is Robin Cox not Growing”
gives a blunt critique of Robin’s two part article Why the WorldSocialist Movement is not growing. Perhaps her piece begins in a rather personal mannerbut consider this for yourselves as well as how you see this discussion developing. Perhapswe have not heard the last on this issue. In the article
Workers Control in the SpanishRevolution 1936
looks at the self management process in Spain duringthe revolution considering its successes and short comings by examining two industriesthat of the transport system and the health service. The author of
Revolution: threestrategies, three groups of theory
. As its title implies it sets out brieflydifferent strategies for pursuing revolution and hopefully readers will be encouraged to pickout the bones and contribute to the discussion in future issues. Finally we are reminded of what the class struggle really means with an article by
which was postedon World in Common in April which deals with the terrifying consequences of the defeat of a strike by workers at the Ssangyong motor company in Pyongtaek in South Korea in 2009.Alan Woodward’s article on Workers’ Control is very timely as in the next issue the plan isto have a few articles on the subject of workers self management focusing on the roleworkers’ co-operatives can play as embryos of a self managed society. Can co-operativesbe useful in this role or are they either doomed to financial failure within capitalism ormore or less bound to end up as, or even more, exploitative than capitalist enterprises? Areco-operatives so constrained in a society dominated by capital that they are useless as abarometer for how a self manage society could function or are such experiments absolutelynecessary if we are ever to convince people that a free/self managed society is apossibility? This discussion will start without any preconceived answers. What we arelooking for is a critical analysis of co-operatives and their uses and limitations. If you wouldlike to contribute something to this discussion whether pro or anti co-operative than feelfree to send in your article to the email or postal address listed at the top of this page.
Letter: More on the Money Thing
Dear Lib ComIt is gratifying to myself, as must it alsobe to Mr Carr, that notice has been takenby SPGBers of my short piece,
, in Lib Com 10. This year’sconference is asked
to “reaffirm … thatthe aim of the Socialist Party is notabolition of money”.
Sadly, this food forthought has not been digested. Themotion continues that the aim instead isthe
“supercession of the market as ameans of allocating goods andresources”
The money thing and theDistributionist Heresy are therebyreaffirmed in full. To reiterate themessage: communism means thecollective ownership of the means of production, socialised distribution(abolition of the market mechanism)being a product resulting therefrom andsecondary thereto.Pay attention boys!
Kathy SummersonProblems of RevolutionReconsidering organization and therole of communists
In recent years an increasing number of people have begun questioning the acceptedknowledge, of whatever form, on organizationand the role of communists in the classstruggle. Both new and veteran militants alikeare seeking out the best way to move forwardout of the capitalist quagmire we face. Thiswelcome development reflects the beginningsof a renewed proletarian awakening. In the