1969 reprint of a text published jointly by Socialism Reaffirmed (later Solidarity), Socialisme Ou Barbarie, Unita Proletaria and Pouvoir Ouvrier Belge following their May 1961 meeting which attempted to redefine socialist objectives and methods of struggle in the conditions of the early 1960s.
The pamphlet 'Socialism or Barbarism' was published in 1962 by the Socialism Reaffirmed group (which subsequently renamed itself Solidarity). They later republished it in 1969 as Solidarity pamphlet #11 with a new introduction, which is the one included here.
This pamphlet gives an excellent account, analysis and debunking of conspiracy theories and proposes a practical alternative for poor, black and working class people for emancipation.
In this pamphlet first published in Switzerland in 1959, Gaston Leval depicts a transitional society—largely modeled on the Spanish collectives of 1936-39—characterized by: a confederal structure of vertically and horizontally integrated enterprise committees and industrial federations; economic planning; the use of “symbolic money” wages “to facilitate and regulate distribution”; the crucial importance of agriculture and thus the persistence of a certain amount of private property in the agricultural sector; the vital role of cooperatives; and the primacy of consumption over production.
The top ten reasons to be optimistic, politically, no matter how bad the situation seems at present.
As those of you who know me will know, I am a very pessimistic person, politically speaking. For the time being I think that we, meaning both the working class and those of us who are the minority of the class who want to create a free, communist society, are pretty much fucked.
Collectivizations: The constructive achievements of the Spanish Revolution. Essays, documents and reports - Augustin Souchy and Paul Folgare
Now available in English for the first time, this survey of industrial and agricultural, urban and rural collectives in libertarian Spain, written by the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the CNT, Augustin (Agustin in Spanish) Souchy, and Paul Folgare (or Polgare, a/k/a Pal Partos), first published in Spanish in 1937 by Tierra y Libertad, complements the more well known works of Gaston Leval and Sam Dolgoff, and despite its blatantly propagandistic purposes, nonetheless frankly acknowledges some of the shortcomings of the collectivization process, which the authors generally characterize at one point as “collective capitalism” and in another instance as “the socialization of poverty”.
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)