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The Libertarian Communist No. 19

The Libertarian Communist No. 19

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No. 19 July to September 2012 -

A Discussion Bulletin for and of the Anti State, Non Market Socialist/Anarchist sector. Aim: the creation of a World wide Libertarian Communist Society
No. 19 July to September 2012 -

A Discussion Bulletin for and of the Anti State, Non Market Socialist/Anarchist sector. Aim: the creation of a World wide Libertarian Communist Society

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The Libertarian
Communist
----------------------------------------------------------A Discussion Bulletin for and of the Anti State, NonMarket Socialist/Anarchist sector
Aim: the creation of a World wide Libertarian Communist Society.
WHY THE MARKET SYSTEM IS INCOMPATIBLE
WITH A FREE SOCIETY.
Issue 19: July to September 2012£1.20
 
2TheLibertarian
Communist
Issue19JulytoSeptember2012ThepurposeofTheLibertarianCommunististopromotediscussionamongsttheAntiState,NonMarketsectorirrespectiveofwhetherindividualsorgroupsconsiderthemselvesasAnarchist,CommunistorSocialistasallsuchtitlesareinneedoffurtherqualification.Ifyouhavedisagreementswithanarticleinthisoranyotherissue,wishtooffercommentorwanttocontributesomethingelsetothediscussionthenpleasegetintouch.Ifany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,lettersandcomments.Youcandothisbycontacting
(please note the new emailaddress) libcom.bulletin@yahoo.co.uk
orwritingtoRayCarr,Flat1,99PrincessRoad,Branksome,Poole,DorsetBH121BQ.
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Contents
Page 2
:
Welcome to Issue nineteen
Page 3:
Is the Market System failing or is it incompatible with a free society?
Page6:
Krisis: The Return of the State as Crisis Administrator
Page8:
Is there a link between Reformism and Revolution: Laurens Otter
Page9:
Reply to Laurens
Page11:
The Libertarian Communist on libcom.org 
Page11:
SPGB in the May Local Elections
Page12:
Notes on the Pensions Struggle: David Dane
Page13:
An Open Letter on Unity: Joe Hopkins
Page16:
From World in Common: (1) Against the Politics of the Euro
Page17:
From World in Common: (2) The Anarchist Case against Terrorism: You can’t blowUp a Social Relationship
Page19:
Anti State, Non Market Directory of Groups
Hi and Welcome to Issue 19.
This issue starts off with a critique of the market system. It focuses on an article in the N YeXaminer which is of interest in as much as that whilst itself critiquing a blog in the New YorkTimes it goes further than merely opposing “free market capitalism” and provides ammunitionagainst capitalism in general. To those of us in the ASNM sector these criticisms will be veryfamiliar but of interest because of where they are coming from. The point is to keep suchdiscussion alive and widen the agenda. Following on from this and very much related we have acontribution from Krisis 2009 which outlines how the present crisis stems not just from aparticular sort or sector of capitalism but has its base in the system itself. A letter from LaurensOtter raises some interesting points and in particular the question of whether reformism basedon direct action should be considered in a more positive light than that based on parliamentarymethods. This is followed by two short pieces; one on a brief mention of this bulletin thatfeatured on libcom.org and a piece on the same site about the performance of the SPGB in thelocal elections in May. Whilst some LC readers may consider that contesting elections is a wasteof time we have come to the conclusion that the methods used for putting over the case for a
 
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TheLibertarian
Communist
Issue19JulytoSeptember2012
free communist society should be open to discussion. On the surface these election results wereencouraging but the hard work will come now the elections are over. We have an article fromDavid Dane on the current state of the struggle to oppose the changes to the pension system.David’s analysis seems to mirror what many others are saying namely that if such a struggle isto continue let alone progress the action has to be diverted from the official
 
trade unions toaction based on self organisation, the question is have the unions succeeded in fucking up thefight already. Joe Hopkins weighs in with an article to keep the discussion going on the need foran
 
 “umbrella” grouping
 
for our sector in which he responds to some of the points made by MartinBashforth. We
 
finish with
 
a couple of posts on the World in Common forum; one on the socialconsequences of the 2012 European football championship and one on Anarchism and Terrorism.Unfortunately we can only include a small piece of the latter due to its length but we feel it iswell worth including and we hope that readers who have not already read the whole article willseek it out. This is a section that we hope to continue with showing the relationship between this journal and the World in Common project.*****************************************************************************
Is the Market system failing or is itIncompatible with a Free Society?
SupportersofCapitalismclaimthatitisthemostrationalandnaturalwayofrunningmodernsociety.Thisclaimisbasedonthefactthatthesystemofthe“freemarket”isbothdemocraticbasedonliberaldemocracywherethepeopleelectgovernmentsandthemarketisthebestandmostrationalwayofallocatinggoodstomeetpeople’sneeds.Thisclaimcomesunderincreasedscrutinywhen,asatpresent,theeconomicsystemofcapitalismisinturmoil.Atpresentitisnotmerelytheeconomicsystemthatisbeingscrutinisedbutthepoliticalsystemthatupholdsit. AnexampleofthiscriticalanalysisofcapitalismisanarticlebyMichaelMcGeeheewhichappearedintheNYTimeseXaminerinFebruaryofthisyear.ThiswasacritiqueofablogwhichappearedintheNewYorkTimesafewdayspreviousbyThomasEdsallentitled
“IsthistheEndofMarketDemocracy?
ThearticlebyMcGeeheewentfurtherthanEdsallcontributioninquestioningthefutureofcapitalism.Itquestionscapitalisminthefollowingareas:isthemarketcompatiblewithademocraticsystem?Isamarketeconomythebestmethodofmeetingpeoplesneeds?Itcallsfortheopeningupoftheagendatoincludeanticapitalistseconomists,ratherthanjustthosewhoareseekingtorearrangethemarketsystem.WhilstthisdiscussionisbasedonthesituationintheUnitedStatesofAmericaitisobviouslyapplicabletoso-called“Freemarket”Capitalismasawhole.Whilstweintheantistatenonmarketcommunist/anarchistsectorwouldgofurtheritisimportantthatthistypeofdiscussioniscontinuedandenlargedupon.
The Market Economy andDemocracy.
Theterm“MarketDemocracy”,McGeeheesuggests,isan
“Oxymoron” 
as
“marketsareantitheticaltodemocracy” 
.Marketsystems,hesuggests,areclosertosocialDarwinism,everypersonforthemselves,thesurvivalofthefittest,meaninginthiscasetherichest.
“Itsuffers“ 
,headds,
“froma“fuckyou,Igottagetminementality,orwhatwascalledthenewspiritoftheageinthe19 
th 
century:gainwealthforgettingallbutself”.
Incontrast,McGeeheeadds,democracyshouldbeaboutpeoplehavingsomecontrolovertheirownlivesandwealthshouldhavenomoreinfluencethanskincolour.Thefactthatwealthdoeshaveamajorsayintheso-calleddemocraticprocessshowshowitfunctions.EdsallinhisblogintheNewYorkTimeswroteaboutpeoplebeingabletochoosebetweentwoopposingideologiesbutwhatif,heasked,the“Freemarket”systemwasfacingfundamentalchallengesthatthosecompetingforpoliticalpowerwerefailingtoaddress.Thepointisthattheexistenceof
“twocontrastingideologies”
contestingpoliticalpowerintheUSA,Britainoranyotherso-called“MarketDemocracy”,doesnotexist,oratleastasMcGeeheesuggestssuchcontrastsarelimitedtosuchanarrowspectrum,sonarrow,wewouldsuggest,astomaketheminvisible.In“marketdemocracies”,wealthdistortsanymeaningfuldemocracyatall.McGeeheetakesupthispointbylookingattheworkofThomasFergusonandhisbook
TheInvestmentTheoryofPartyCompetitionand 
theLogicofMoneyDrivenPoliticalSystems,1995.

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