In late march a group called International Organization for a Participatory Society or IOPS for short was founded. It embraces values of self-management, egalitarianism, solidarity, diversity, ecological husbandry and internationalism. As an organisation it intends to create international solidarity between individuals and group that are attempting to create an anti-capitalist and voluntary society as well as create dialogue and action on the ground.
Noam Chomsky described the organisation as follows : "IOPS strikes the right chords, and if the opportunities it opens are pursued with sufficient energy and participation, could carry us a long way towards unifying the many initiatives here and around the world and molding them into a powerful and effective force."
So far it has 873 members and counting.
For more details click the links below...
This thread has descended into a discussion of class anyalsis due to my response to this comment
"If this is a commonly held opinion among people who prescribe to Parecon, then my beliefs are much less in line with it then I thought. Honestly, sort of appalled to hear this from somebody who (I'm assuming) considers themself an anti-capitalist. Do you really think that the ruling class could possibly ever have the same interests as the working class? Do you think that capitalism is just a situation of poor management and that if we all just got together and talked it out we could abolish it? Who do you think enforces capitalism if it's not actually in anybody's best interest? I'm not saying that individual bourgeois will never come over to our side, but do you seriously believe that a revolution against capitalism wouldn't be opposed by the very people who run it for their own interests?"
with "Marxian notions of ruling and working class no longer apply to western europe and are very outdated, hence why neo marxists now accept the middle class as existing as well as the underclass. I think that a movement can include working class, underclass, middle class and even members of the upper class, e.g Kropotkin who was born a Prince but nonetheless revolted against his upbringing."
By this I was stating that an anti-capitalist movement doesn't have to come about once the working class unite against the ruling class and that I don't think there exist only these two classes. I do accept many other aspects of marxist theory such as the internal contradiction of capital or that wage labour alienates workers and so forth.
Members of IOPS come from many different political backgrounds be they socialist, marxist, anarchist and so forth. As stated on the IOPS website "It centrally addresses economics/class, politics, culture/race, kinship/gender, ecology, and international relations without privileging any one focus above the rest." I was therefore arguing that economic/class relations are not the most important but part of many issues which we face, and to focus solely on class is to ignore other aspects of social inequality and struggle. I apologise if people took this to mean that I felt that Marx was completely obsolete or that class is not important, I do think class is important but providing that it is one of many equally important issues.