A chapter on the economic of libertarian communism that argues that distribution is one of the key aspects defining communist economics, and exploring the different approaches to communist distribution across the broad libertarian communist current.
(From a chapter published in the AK Press book the Accumulation of Freedom)
Libertarian Communism, the Aspiration of Classes in Struggle
E-book by Adam Buick and John Crump on capitalism and its revolutionary alternative.
Capitalism is an exchange economy in which most wealth, from ordinary consumer goods to vast industrial plants and other producer goods, takes the form of commodities, or items of wealth that have been produced with a view to sale on a market.
An introduction to anarchist commmunism by German anarchist Erich Mühsam.
The first two parts of an ambitious three-part pamphlet series discussing communism and in particular the necessity of communism being a moneyless system.
[i]Originally published in France in 1975-1976 under the title, Un monde sans argent: le communisme, in three parts in three separate pamphlets, of which the above text constitutes Part Two.
A Review of Jared Diamond's 'The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?'
(First published in the Times Higher Education Supplement)
Two texts which outline the basis of a non-state and non-market socialism. Extremely councilist in its orientation, though it covers issues that the historical councilist theorist would have had little or no interest.
You can purchase a hard copy from author Jim Davis from Lulu.
The last essay completed by the veteran Vietnamese council communist, written in 2004 when he was 91 years old, is a brief introduction to the history of peasant revolts in China, with special emphasis on their Taoist origins and utopian and libertarian inspirations, and features many interesting quotations from historical and religious texts.
Ancient Utopia and Peasant Revolts in China – Ngo Van Xuyet
About the Author
Ngo Van Xuyet (Born in Tan Lo, 1913; died in Paris, 2005)
This brief survey of the historical and philosophical differences between authoritarian and libertarian communism, written by the anarchist historian Max Nettlau in 1928, exemplifies the “anarchism without adjectives” which, confronted by the Bolshevik experience, reacted by reasserting the particularly liberal and pluralistic roots of the anarchist tradition and denouncing the “doctrinaire rigidity” that hinders the formation of “the great union of all men of good will” that is the only force that can successfully oppose the worldwide trend towards barbarism and fascism.
Authoritarian Communism and Libertarian Communism - Max Nettlau
Preface: Max Nettlau, or The Choice of Modesty – Federica Montseny
Blessed are those whose souls are transparent, whose lives are honest, and whose hearts are pure; for theirs is the kingdom of the earth.
This article tries to go beyond the usual Kronstadt debate between Trotskyists and anarchists on why the Russian revolution failed. It includes sections on: workers' control, soviet democracy, the Red Terror, the 1921 workers' revolt and 'Stalinism'.
BEYOND KRONSTADT - THE BOLSHEVIKS IN POWER
An understanding of the Russian revolution is vital for any understanding of why the left failed in the 20th century. Yet most discussion amongst revolutionaries never goes beyond the usual argument about the Kronstadt rebellion.
Vincent Cassel's portrayal of Dr. Otto Gross in the film, The Dangerous Method, is very powerful. However, it doesn't say much about the real Otto Gross - who, despite his many flaws, managed to combine interests in Stirner, Nietzsche, Freud, Kropotkin, 'sexual revolution', feminism and the German Communist Party (in its early more left-communist phase). He was also an important influence on Jung, Kafka and Berlin Dada.
Here is an interesting article by Gottfried Heuer, and a classic article by Gross himself describing the revolutionary potential of psychoanalysis, years before Reich, Marcuse, Fromm or Laing:
THE DEVIL UNDERNEATH THE COUCH: THE SECRET STORY OF JUNG'S TWIN BROTHER - Gottfried Heuer