Libertarian Communism

Connected to Libertarian Communism: Between Anarchism, Leninism, and Democratic Socialism

Libertarian communism marks out a distinct standpoint borrowing from, and yet differentiated from, other political positions like anarchism, democratic socialism, and leninism.

It stands for a social system where ordinary working people have taken control of society, the workplace, and government, and run it democratically through a federation of workplace democracies, and possibly other mechanisms such as community councils or raw direct democracy.  It stands for a system in which a state may still tentatively exist, but it is increasingly chipped away through replacing its bureaucracies with citizen participation.  It could arguably be called minarchist communism.

  • Libertarian communism is more radical and redistributive than democratic socialism, or could be said to be synonymous with the most consistent strains of that tradition.
  • Libertarian communism is more libertarian and democratic than leninism, or could be said to be synonymous with the most consistent, historically accurate and faithful strains of that tradition.
  • Libertarian communism is more formal and structured than anarchism, or could be said to be synonymous with the most coherent, organized, and serious strains of that tradition.

Libertarian communists oppose all oppression while placing a special focus on economic justice, class struggle, and overturning the capitalist system or other class structures that are at the heart of all social problems.

Libertarian communists build organizations, movements, and scenes, and educate others about libertarian communism, while also recognizing that life as an ordinary person in this system is hard, and some of the most important things to do are simply to survive and have a good time.

Libertarian communists believe in the goal of a stateless society while making immediate compromises with a minimal state, ever to be chiseled down. Libertarian communists support the use of the state in the present for providing social services such as welfare or universal healthcare.  Depending on the situation it may, or may not, make tactical sense to support candidates for office.  Libertarian communists believe in the ultimate goal of a stateless society but also want the garbage collected and to keep the decommissioned nuclear power plants from melting down, so for now accept the compromise of a direct-democratic, minimal government based on a working-class takeover of the economy, also known as workers’ councils or soviets, similar to libertarian municipalism.

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