Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 30, 2012, 4:50 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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Anarchism, or Libertarian Socialism if you will, is just a logical and reasonable way to organize society. It is the ideas of Libertarian Socialism that we must base the new and sustainable society (which must be established at some point in the future) on.
Let’s look at some of the core principles of Anarchism/Libertarian Socialism:
- Building democracy from below.
That means a society where people have a right to a democratic say in the things they’re a part of and affected by, and that this democratic say is proportional to how much one is affected and part of things. And since the workplace and the community in which we live in is what we’re most involved in, and spend most of our time and energy, it logically follows that democracy should be organized from below thru democratically run workplaces and communities, cooperating in networks with other communities.
- Focusing on both collective, as well as individual rights.
Meaning that individuals should be free to do what they want as long as they don’t harm others, but at the same time, when people organize and do things together, focus on the collective deciding things together based on consensus and democratic process.
- Seeking to dismantle all illegitimate hierarchies and tyrannical systems.
That means opposing, not just state tyranny, but also private tyranny – capitalism and the concentration of private power and domination.
Anarchism doesn’t mean ”chaos” or ”lawlessness” or other such nonsense; that’s just propaganda. The word Anarchism actually means ”without rulers” and is about creating a highly organized society in which individuals have a right to participate in their community and workplace. It’s about dismantling the hierarchical structures which allow some individuals to control and dominate others, and replacing them with an egalitarian, solidaric society where all individuals are in control of their own lives.
This is just common sense if you think about it. There shouldn’t be anything controversial about these ideas. What’s controversial is the existing unsustainable society where the financial elite and the corporations have a huge control over our lives. The policies of the right and center-right who want to keep it this way; the policies of ultra right-wingers like Ron Paul and Paul Ryan who want to give corporations even more power, that’s what’s controversial.
So, the reasonable thing to do is working to create a free, just, solidaric and sustainable participatory democracy where the people are in control.
Workers’ self management – a crucial factor in building a libertarian socialist society: