libertarian socialism

Book review - Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red

A review of Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta and David Berry (eds) Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-230-28037-3 (hb)

Socialism or Your Money Back: Articles from the Socialist Standard 1904-2004

Socialism or Your Money Back: Articles from the Socialist Standard 1904-2004

Published by The Socialist Party to mark the centenary of its formation, Socialism or Your Money Back presents a " . . .running commentary from a socialist perspective of the key events of the last hundred years as they happened. Two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the General Strike and the rise of Hitler are covered, as are the civil war in Spain, Hiroshima, the politics of pop, democracy and the silicon chip, and much more.

Government in the future - Noam Chomsky

Text of Noam Chomsky's 1970 lecture on the possibilities for a libertarian socialist society and against both liberal capitalist and state socialist alternatives.

The Proletarian Public - The Practice of Proletarian Self-Emancipation [1996] Peter Critchley

"... I wanted to write on the proletarian transformation of politics and the tradition of 'socialism from below'. I share that commitment to working class self-emancipation and autonomy, and so gathered materials for a thesis on proletarian order... hoping to inform a little, inspire and just pay tribute to... all those who breathed fire and life into socialism. "

A history of socialist thought - G.D.H. Cole

All of G.D.H. Cole's five volume (in seven parts) series chronicling the history of socialist thought from 1789 to 1939.

The socialist programme - Socialism Reaffirmed

Second text by Socialism Reaffirmed, later renamed Solidarity, laying out a libertarian socialist programme. Breaking with the politics of social democracy and Trotskyism, it tries to set forth the tasks of the socialist revolution and aims at eliminating the road which the working class can take to emancipate itself. Published around 1960.

A history of socialist thought: volume III, part II - The Second International 1889-1914

A History of Socialist Thought: Volume III, Part II

G.D.H. Cole's second volume chronicling the history of socialist thought from 1889-1914.

Libertarian socialism: a better reconciliation between self ownership and equality - Nicholas Vrousalis

Libertarian Socialism - Political Compass

Socialists believe that equality, community and economic democracy can only be achieved by a system of joint ownership of the means of production. These property rights do not, as such, pass judgement as to what rights individuals have to their own person. Libertarians believe that individual liberty and autonomy are only coextensive with a set of stringent rights to the person and its powers. These property rights do not, as such, pass judgement as to what rights individuals have to the external world. Bringing libertarianism and socialism together is therefore, in principle, possible. This paper is an attempt to take this further step.

After Six Years of Authoritarian Revolution - Max Nettlau

In this short essay written during the 1920s, Max Nettlau discusses the psychological and political impacts of the success of the Soviet dictatorship and the eclipse of libertarian socialism on the workers of Europe, claims that the “taste for freedom” is “almost dead”, predicts that any European revolution in the circumstances of his time would be an authoritarian revolution, and calls for a worldwide libertarian initiative to “create a new mentality” that should embrace all those “movements that still have a basis in voluntarism, free association, federation, the coexistence of various opinions, free experimentation, abstention from the state, and real internationalism”.