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A community for the discussion of news and links pertaining to political philosophies of Libertarian Socialism.

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  3. This is a community for the discussion of news and links pertaining to political philosophies of Libertarian Socialism. Libertarian socialism is a group of political philosophies that promote a non-hierarchical, non-bureaucratic society without private property in the means of production. An alternative to State Socialism and to Right-Libertarianism. Join us if you too believe Egalitarianism to be the optimal base for a society.

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    Public Space, Public Safety and Who Is This 'Public' Anyway?

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    Capitalist Austerity and It's Impact

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    Radical Solidarity : Embracing Queer Liberation

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    The Civil Fleet Podcast: Solidarity in Bosnia (Part II) – We're going back to Bihać to hear more from the refugees/migrants/People-on-the-move trapped in the Balkan country, and from the No Name Kitchen volunteers acting in solidarity with them

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    What’s your argument against the fact that non authoritarian socialist regimes were short lived and immediately overthrown

    Found in https://www.1828.org.uk/2023/02/16/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-tribes-of-the-far-left-part-2/ :

    “The big mistake they make is to believe that the authoritarian character of those regimes was simply the result of deliberate policy choices, as opposed to an inevitable outcome which is inherent in the system, and which does not depend on the intentions of the individuals in charge. They believe that Lenin, Mao, Kim Il Sung et al just “misinterpreted” Marx, turning Marxism into a top-down philosophy when it was really meant to be the opposite.

    “Libertarian” Socialists admire short-lived socialist regimes, which were overthrown before they could fully enact their programme (e.g. Salvador Allende’s Unidad Popular in Chile, Revolutionary Catalonia, the Paris Commune), as well as failed socialist leaders who never came to power at all (e.g. the Polish-German communist Rosa Luxemburg). They believe that those were the “true” Marxists, who would have made socialism work if only they had been given a proper chance.

    Marx and Engels believed that the “workers’ state” they had in mind would be a transitional arrangement, which would, over time, become superfluous, and wither away, giving way to a stateless society. The most radical “Libertarian” Socialists, the Anarcho-Communists, want to skip that intermediary stage, and dismantle the state straight away. “

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    The Civil Fleet Podcast (Ep58) – In this episode we hear how activists in Bosnia support refugees there, and how they document EU border violence. We also hear from some of the people trapped in the Balkan country, who tell us about their journeys across Fortress Europe. Find in all Podcast apps!

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    2024/06/09
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    Against Organisationalism

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    Are there any LibSoc parties up for election in the 2024 EU Parliament election?

    From what I’ve seen there are many communist, pro big state parties, but not many left, libertarian parties. I want to vote, so if there are none is it alright to vote for a more authoritarian alternative?

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    2024/06/02
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    Nationalism | Mutual Aid Works

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    what is Libertarian Socialist POV on gun ownership and rights

    i was hoping to see which side for socialism i seem to be right for, as for my beliefs, i believe in little to no government intervention, but also corporations being unethical with practices and exploiting workers for profit, and that goods and services shouldn't be monopolized

    however i tend to have my beliefs when it involves guns, and it seems like a heavy topic to ask, and hope for the perspective of fellow comrades here

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    Basic Bakunin : Bakunin's Relevance Today | Mutual Aid Works

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    It Is NOT Another Election We Need !

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    Basic Bakunin : Anarchy | Mutual Aid Works

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    Basic Bakunin : Revolutionary Organisation | Mutual Aid Works

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    How is Libertarian Socialist not an oxymoron?

    I was referred to this sub by someone in r/PoliticalDebate in response to my question there. Sorry if this has been asked, but I didn't see a FAQ.

    When I hear "Libertarian", I think of:

    • Little to no intrusion into people's private lives by the state. Decriminalization of victimless crimes like drug possession and prostitution, minimal policing outside of what is necessary to protect life and limb, and private property. There's a lot to like here.
    • Laissez-faire attitudes toward business and the economy. Low taxes and very little regulation.
    • Ultra-wealthy people who don't want to pay taxes or spend money protecting their workers or the environment.

    When I hear "Socialist" (assuming Marx, not Denmark), I think of:

    • Prohibition on private ownership of the means of production. Private citizens may own a house or a car, but not a business.

    • Centrally-planned economy. Collective farming, five-year plans, top-down management, etc.

    • Totalitarian government (which is necessary given the need for absolute, unquestioned control over the economy)

    • Limited freedoms to preserve the power of the state. I know this wasn't Marx's intention, but there is no example of historical socialism without strict social control.

    My questions to you are:

    1. How do your definitions of "libertarian" and "socialist" differ from mine? I assume they must.
    2. In a libertarian socialist economy what mechanisms ensures that goods are distributed to those who need them? Do you envision competition and a profit motive, or would there have to be some level of central planning?
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    Basic Bakunin : Unions | Mutual Aid Works

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    I'm searching for people interested in creation of remote, horizontal game dev worker cooperative

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    2024/05/10
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    Why do libertarian socialists oppose vanguard parties, and what definition do most use?

    I support a vanguard party in that it’s a democratic organization focused on organizing leftists, working electorally as a voice for the left, etc. I don’t see why we wouldn’t want a organized body to hopefully foster awareness against capital and organize revolution. Now I personally don’t use the term vanguard often since it has somewhat of an authoritarian undertone, but by it I just mean an explicitly leftist party that is run democratically (potentially with mechanisms such as recalling delegates), and that works to unify leftists in common goals (ex: the pro Palestinian protests) and to have a revolution be organized. Sorry if I am repeating myself, I just don’t want to be talking about 2 different forms of organization.

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    02:31 UTC

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