An archive of Libertarian Communist, a paper produced by the UK Libertarian Communist Group (formely the Anarchist Workers Association and Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists) in the late 1970s, following on from Libertarian Struggle/Anarchist Worker. Originally digitised by the Sparrow's Nest.
Libertarian Communist, paper of the Libertarian Communist Group
An archive of Libertarian Struggle/Anarchist Worker, the paper produced by the Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists/Anarchist Workers' Association prior to the name change, can be found here. While the majority of the AWA went into the Libertarian Communist Group, a minority regrouped as the Anarchist Communist Association and began producing a different paper, Bread & Roses, which can be found here. A brief history of all these groups is given in the article Anarchist Communism in Britain, 1870-1991.
Libertarian Communist #1 (January-February 1978) + special supplement on Russia 1917
The first issue of Libertarian Communist. WIth articles on wage struggles to keep up with inflation, struggles in the health sector and hospital occupations, a left unity conference, the developing politics of the Libertarian Communist Group (formerly Anarchist Workers' Association), reviews of Alexandra Kollontai and the Campaign for Real Ale, international news from Italy, Uruguay, and South Africa, a firefighters' strike, Greater Manchester Police suing a community paper for libel, a special supplement on Russia 1917 and more.
Libertarian Communist #2 (July 1978) + special supplement on France 1968
The second issue of Libertarian Communist, with articles on teachers' union NUT and education struggles, workers' democracy, apartheid in South Africa, anti-racism and the Anti-Nazi League, reviews of pamphlets by hospital workers and the National Women's Aid Federation, a special supplement on France 1968, and more.
Libertarian Communist #3 (October 1978) + special supplement on "Socialism and Democracy"
An early issue of Libertarian Communist, un-numbered but possibly issue 3. With articles on the state, the balance of power in the class struggle, the Persons Unknown trial, the Mujeres Libres, a review of Peggy Kornegger on feminism and anarchism, repression in Bulgaria and the history of the anarchist movement there, a debate about the Libertarian Communist Group, its paper and its future, a review of a Big Flame pamphlet on Italy, the Anti-Nazi League, and a special supplement on socialism and democracy. Notable for the LCG's endorsement of left electoral candidates.
Libertarian Communist #4 (Spring 1979) + special supplement on Spain 1936
Issue #4 of Libertarian Communist, with articles on public sector wage struggles, local authority maintenance workers, workplace hazards, the Anti-Nazi League, an interview with members of the Troops Out Movement about mass demonstrations in Northern Ireland, Victor Serge, a review of EP Thompson's The Poverty of Theory, international work with other European revolutionaries against the "bosses' Europe" of the EEC, a special supplement on Spain 1936 and more.
Libertarian Communist #5 (Summer 1979)
Issue #5 of Libertarian Communist, with articles on the newly-elected Thatcher government's policies, an interview with a militant in the public sector union NUPE, steelworkers' struggles in France, the revival of the CNT in Spain, a review of Beyond the Fragments, two reports from Italy, an anti-nuclear gathering in Scotland and more.
Libertarian Communist #5 - special supplement on "Sketching the Limits of Trotsky"
"Sketching the Limits of Trotsky", a special supplement produced accompanying Libertarian Communist issue #5 with an evaluation of Trotsky's life and ideas.
Libertarian Communist #6 (Autumn 1979)
Issue #6 of Libertarian Communist, with articles on the new Thatcher government's cuts and the need for an anti-cuts movement, the declining British economy, nuclear power, new technology and redundancies, Northern Ireland and the Troops Out movement, a review of Towards a Fresh Revolution by the Friends of Durruti Group, East Timor, the student movement and more.
Libertarian Communist #7 (Winter 1979/1980)
Issue #7 of Libertarian Communist. With articles on mass unemployment, the need for a mass anti-cuts campaign, the Labour Party and Labour left after their election defeat, Northern Ireland, a review of a pamphlet about the class nature of the Soviet Union, reviews of books by the Marxist-Humanists CLR James and Charles Denby, an anti-cuts group planning to run candidates in the Leeds local elections and more.
Libertarian Communist #8 (1980)
Issue #8 of Libertarian Communist, the final issue and the first to appear in a new magazine-style format. With articles on CND, heightened tensions in the Cold War, a review of a pamphlet about the wealthy, a history of the Irish labour movement, a special supplement on the peasantry in Spain, Mexico and China, a report on a congress of the refounded CNT and the tensions within that organisation, Italy after Negri's arrest, the anti-cuts grouping the Liberarian Communist Group backed in the Leeds council elections, and more.
Libertarian Communist special issue: Subversity
Subversity, a special issue of Libertarian Communist aimed at new students. With articles on critical analysis of the university, Northern Ireland and the demand for troops out, workers' control, the fight against racism and sexism, student involvement in struggles against education cuts, and more.