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OfflineDigitalDuality
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Communist Anarchism
    #2638118 - 05/04/04 08:14 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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Forward
I consider anarchism the most rational and practical conception of a social life m freedom and harmony. I am convinced that its realization is a certainty in the course of human development.

The time of that realization will depend on two factors: first, on how soon existing conditions will grow spiritually and physically unbearable to considerable portions of mankind, particularly to the laboring classes; and, secondly, on the degree in which Anarchist views will become understood and accepted.

Our social institutions are founded on certain ideas; as long as the latter are generally believed, the institutions built on them are safe. Government remains strong because people think political authority and legal compulsion necessary. Capitalism will continue as long as such an economic system is considered adequate and just. The weakening of the ideas which support the evil and oppressive present-day conditions means the ultimate breakdown of government and capitalism. Progress consists in abolishing what man has outlived and substituting in its place a more suitable environment.

It must be evident even to the casual observer that society is undergoing a radical change in its fundamental conceptions. The World War and the Russian Revolution are the main causes of it. The war has unmasked the vicious character of capitalist competition and the murderous incompetency of governments to settle quarrels among radons, or rather among the ruling financial cliques. It is because the people are losing faith in the old methods that the Great Powers are now compelled to discuss limitation of armaments and even the outlawing of war. It is not so long ago that the very suggestion of such a possibility met with utmost scorn and ridicule.

Similarly is breaking down the belief in other established institutions. Capitalism still 'works', but doubt about its expediency and justice is gnawing at the heart of ever-widening social circles. The Russian Revolution has broadcasted ideas and feelings that are undermining capitalist society, particularly its economic bases and the sanctity of private ownership of the means of social existence. For not only in Russia did the October change take place: it has influenced the masses throughout the world. The cherished superstition that what exists is permanent has been shaken beyond recovery.

The war, the Russian Revolution, and the post-war developments have combined also to disillusion vast numbers about Socialism. It is literally true that, like Christianity, Socialism has conquered the world by defeating itself. The Socialist parties now run or help to run most of the European governments, but the people do not believe any more that they are different from other bourgeois regimes. They feel that Socialism has failed and is bankrupt.

In like manner have the Bolsheviks proven that Marxian dogma and Leninist principles can lead only to dictatorship and reaction.

To the Anarchists there is nothing surprising in all this. They have always claimed that the State is destructive to individual liberty and social harmony, and that only the abolition of coercive authority and material inequality can solve our political, economic and national problems. But their arguments, though based on the age-long experience of man, seemed mere theory to the present generation, until the events of the last two decades have demonstrated in actual life the truth of the Anarchist position.

The breakdown of Socialism and of Bolshevism has cleared the way for Anarchism.

There is considerable literature on Anarchism, but most of its larger works were written before the World War. The experience of the recent past has been vital and has made certain revisions necessary in the Anarchist attitude and argumentation. Though the basic propositions remain the same, some modifications of practical application are dictated by the facts of current history. The lessons of the Russian Revolution in particular call for a new approach to various important problems, chief among them the character and activities of the social revolution.

Furthermore, Anarchist books, with few exceptions, are not accessible to the understanding of the average reader. It is the common failing of most works dealing with social questions that they are written on the assumption that the reader is already familiar to a considerable extent with the subject, which is genera By not the case at ale As a result there are very few books treating of social problems in a sufficiently simple sad intelligible manner.

For the above reason I consider a restatement of the Anarchist position very much needed at this time - a restatement in the plainest and clearest terms which can be understood by every one. That is, an ABC of Anarchism.

With that object in view the following pages have been written.

Paris,1928.




Link found for the entire book here:
http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bright/berkman/comanarchism/whatis_toc.html

Thoughts?


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InvisibleXochitl
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Re: Communist Anarchism [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #2638313 - 05/04/04 09:10 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I havent read any Alexander Berkman in years. I still have my dusty copy of "The ABC of Anarchism" and "Berkman Reader" on my bookshelf. I disagree with Berkman and Kropotkin and the rest of the social anarchist had to say about markets, but I think they are quite right on regarding statism, free association, nationalism, and laissez-faire capitalism. I tend to agree more with the individualist anarchists.

I agree with Max Stirner when he says in The Ego and its Own: Communism, by the abolition of all personal property, only presses me back still more into dependence on another, to wit, on the generality or collectivity . . . [which is] a condition hindering my free movement, a sovereign power over me. Communism rightly revolts against the pressure that I experience from individual proprietors; but still more horrible is the might that it puts in the hands of the collectivity.

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Re: Communist Anarchism [Re: Xochitl]
    #2638337 - 05/04/04 09:16 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I'm actually a full supporter of voluntary communism. For example, the use and existence of the peer-to-peer model on the net, which actually has applications outside of technology.

any system that incorporates communism to me is great, but not when forced. I think it can only work in small communities of volunteers. As babies are born, all it would take is one to fuck it all up.

Communism has always appealed to me because i've always been a fan of community effort and compassion, and co-operation/compromise people can display. But like i said, it only works on a voluntary basis.

I don't think communists are always correct in matters of capitalism, but i think they make great critics of it. Many communinist philosophers predict that capitalism will eventually cave in on itself or burn itself out. It might be hundreds, or even more, years off, but i can pretty much agree with that assumption.


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Re: Communist Anarchism [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #2638357 - 05/04/04 09:20 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

right on


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Re: Communist Anarchism [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #2639101 - 05/05/04 12:08 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

In the mean time, communism has shown itself as a failed ideal. As you say it only takes one baby to be born to screw it all up. Capitalism on the otherhand works in concert with the human nature of greed. It will last into all ages.


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Re: Communist Anarchism [Re: Ekstaza]
    #2639468 - 05/05/04 01:34 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Capitalism is telescopic in nature, continually increasing the need for more speeed and time dedication. Compare say... the 50s to today. Now you have the 2 parent 40-60 hour work week, and 24 hour economy. As globalization continues its needs will increase.

Capitalism will burn itself out eventually. None of us will ever live to see it though. Neither will our kids, or our grandkids.

Capitalism's only true enemy is itself, any system can be incorporated into it, and it thrives, communism can form and the need for competition and greed break straight through to create elites. Lets take Linux for example. Linux was formed off the basis of collabortative effort. Linux is communistic in its creation and evolution. Yet it fits right into america's capitalism as a commodity.

Capitalism doesn't stop. And until human beings realise that our Ego cannot be sated, and realize that eventually it will do more damage than good, then maybe it'll change.

But the change will have to be voluntarily and quite a worldwide recognition. Which is next to impossible.

But let me make myself clear. Communism has its faults, libertarians do, socialism does, democracy does, any form of economy and/or government has its faults. There's no such thing as a perfect or near perfect system that fits humanity.

I didn't post this b/c i support communistic anarchism. I posted this b/c political theory is interesting to talk about, just so we're clear.

I don't really allign myself with an idealology, though i'd say i am liberal (non dem, non green) by american standards.


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Re: Communist Anarchism [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #2640328 - 05/05/04 05:55 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

i just hope i can find someplace far away to hide out till it blows over.


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