Anarchist economics - Abraham Guillen

PDF book about the economics of the Spanish libertarian collectives 1936-1939.

Submitted by working class … on March 1, 2012

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Spikymike

11 years 12 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on March 2, 2012

If this is the same text previously published under the title 'Anarchist Economics: An alternative for a world in crisis.' by the ISEL/La Presa then there was a reasonably good critical review of it's 'capitalist self-management' theme in the old Subversion journal No 12.

Perhaps Steven could be pursuaded to add this to the Subversion articles in the library in the interests of a bit of contraversy!!

It would also help to link up with the still current 'I'd like a moneless system but...' thread and some others debating 'communism ' versus 'mutualism'.

Spikymike

7 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on January 18, 2017

The Guillen pamphlet used to be widely distributed by UK anarcho-syndicalists in the UK and the principles on which it is based are still supported by some, so the Subversion critique of it (available on this site) is certainly still valid. An improved attempt at describing the possibilities of how production and distribution might be organised on libertarian communist lines in the modern world but still from an anarcho-syndicalist perspective has been made by some SolFed members here:
www.solfed.org.uk/solfed/the-economics-of-freedom and is worthy of a critical read.

klas batalo

6 years 10 months ago

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Submitted by klas batalo on April 11, 2017

I think mostly it is because Anarcho-syndicalism as a movement seems to have had taken on aspects of both a collectivist and libertarian communist economic program. I'm going to have to reread the SolFed piece.

klas batalo

6 years 8 months ago

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Submitted by klas batalo on June 6, 2017

There is also this by him:

https://zabalazabooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/principles_of_libertarian_economy_guillen.pdf

klas batalo

6 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by klas batalo on July 4, 2017

I sympathize with Subversion's critique but isn't the collectivist "each according to their contribution" formula what Marx described as "a stowaway from capitalism that will vanish as work becomes more automated and enjoyable, and goods become available in abundance."

It seems this framework that the collectivist anarcho-syndicalists engaged in was basically similar to what Marx thought of as the lower stage of communism.

Spikymike

6 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on July 5, 2017

klas,
Different historical periods of course - I suppose there are some comparisons but then Marx wasn't a 'federalist' as the anarchists traditionally argue.

klas batalo

6 years ago

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Submitted by klas batalo on February 3, 2018

Or maybe the early stage of communism as according to Marx most might consider collectivist today?