Libertarian Communism is the true communist movement. It is quite different from the Marxist-Leninist "communist" movement which did not initiate communism in the USSR and China but actually a form of state capitalism, where the government, not the working people, controlled all property and production.
Libertarian communists are also called anarchists. Anarchists are opposed to capitalism and the state, and they believe the working class must organize to overthrow capitalism and replace it with an egalitarian, libertarian system where each person's autonomy and individuality is fully realized and allowed to flourish, and human community and solidarity is fully realized. Three similar movements are known as council communism, autonomism (autonomist marxism) and the Situationist International. All of these movements advocate the self-emancepation of the working class, and are opposed to using the electoral process to gain political power, preferring revolution.
Libertarian communism is not a new idea... it is a term that has been used at least as far back as the first decades of the 1900's.
New movements like the Libertarian Party and so-called anarcho-capitalism represent right-wingers who wish to steal the basic words and ideas of anarchists and make them stand for capitalism and a government of bosses and corporations. These people claim to be for a "free market", but this simply means corporate domination of all areas of life, a weak labor movement, and environmental destruction all over the planet. Only an organized anarchist and libertarian communist movement will defeat them.
Marxist-Leninist, Stalinist, Maoist and Trotskyist movements try to steal the ideas of socialism from anarchists and working class people and turn them against them, creating a hierarchical, authoritarian state that is communist in name only. Again, only an organized anarchist and libertarian communist movement will ensure victory against these advancing "red fascists".
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
-- Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British Author)
A CELTIC FIRE
Through a revolution’s teeth gleaming
astride the bottlenecked off-ramp;
an engine revs against the steady tread
of a shallow-visioned status quo.
The engine up against the fast-food-mumbling,
half-caf-drumbling of Mocha-Ice-Frapacino,
A stirring perfection of Chomsky’s shadow,
Goldman’s tall-froth over corporatism
spattering down upon injustice,
Berneri cuffing the rageful-Hummer’s-hood
rejecting the child-sized-Happy-Meal of freedom
Comes blazing the ember of a Celtic Fire!
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