anonymous asked:

what are you thinking about communism? what are the diffrences between communism and anarchy? do you think anarchy can be more logical than communism in this century?

That’s easy: the difference is just that one of the two forms is political, the other economic. 

Anarchism is a political theory which aims to create anarchy, which is defined by Proudhon as “the absence of a master, of a sovereign.” In other words, anarchism is a political theory which aims to create a society within which individuals freely co-operate together as equals. As such, anarchism should not be defined as a “social chaos” or a return to the “laws of the jungle.”
Anarchism holds that the state is undesirable, unnecessary, and/or harmful and advocates a stateless society instead, often based on self-governed voluntary institutions or non-hierarchical free associations. Anarchism rejects the state, authoritarianism, and hierarchical organization in general.

As a social system, communism is a type of egalitarian society (opposed to capitalism) with no state, no private property and no social classes. In communism, all property is owned by the community as a whole, and all people enjoy equal social andeconomic status. Perhaps the best known principle of a communist society is “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”.
In Marxist-Leninist terminology, communism and socialism refer to two different socio-economic systems. Socialism is a system in which the state, controlled by the working class, owns the means of production; the USSR for example claimed to be socialist in this sense. Communism, on the other hand, refers to a classless society in which private property and the state have been abolished. Marxist-Leninists believe that socialism is a transitional form of society, which will bring about communism.

Merging the two concepts you got:

Anarcho-Communism, Social anarchism or Libertarian Communism, is a political ideology related to Libertarian socialism that sees “individual freedom as conceptually connected with social equality and emphasize community and mutual aid.
Anarchist communism stresses egalitarianism and the abolition of social hierarchy and class distinctions that arise from unequal wealth distribution, the abolition of capitalism and money, and the collective production and distribution of wealth by means of voluntary associations. In anarchist communism, the state and property would no longer exist. Each individual and group would be free to contribute to production and to satisfy their needs based on their own choice. Systems of production and distribution would be managed by their participants. The abolition of wage labor is central to anarchist communism. With distribution of wealth being based on self-determined needs, people would be free to engage in whatever activities they found most fulfilling and would no longer have to engage in work for which they have neither the temperament nor the aptitude.

Now of course you can have both things separate: the absence of a government, is what usually happens during civil wars, which keeps the violence as a single rule and puts all against all (or the vision of a supreme class society where the State is replaced by private interests, that’s what libertarians claim); and you can also have State socialism, where inequality is institutionalized behind a semblance of equality and the absence of real democracy (what happened in the former Soviet Union).

Anarchy on the other hand is a mythical vision that proposes to establish a new humanity on the suppression of the use of force of the state of law, and of the economic establishment: capitalism, a obsolete system that crushes the weak, the wast majority of people. There are some anarchist theories that, just like the libertarians, imagine the abolition of the State without the establishment of an egalitarian communist society, but they are few (mostly some individualists and primitivists).
However since its inception the anarchist movement has worked hand in hand to the struggles of workers, of the oppressed, and of the suffering people.
The common goal of the anarchist class war, shared by all the main anarchist currents, is communism (the institution of a classless and egalitarian society).
Although the Socialists have the same objective, the main difference between anarchists and socialists is the fact that according to the anarchists the abolition of the state is a priority because it serves for the creation of a communist system (based on direct democracy, solidarity, cooperation, mutual aid and class equality), while the Socialists propose an intermediate stage that is precisely socialism, with the state run by the workers (represented by the party, as happened in the USSR, which in fact has kept intact the class society - overturning the ownership of the means of production - the monetary system and the hierarchy).



Victor Horta, La Maison du Peuple, Brussels, (1896-1899)

 This ambitious project which housed offices, shops, café and the very well documented auditorium (located on the second floor, which proved to be a relatively unhappy solution), was commissioned by Emil van de Velde and the Belgian Social Democratic Workers Party with much of the construction costs contributed by the party members themselves.

Fifteen craftsmen worked for eighteen months on the iron work, and to make this construction possible, Horta drew no less than 8,500 square meters of plans.

The building was completed in 1899 and due to the highly experimental combination of brick, glass and steel the structure was considered a master work.

Sadly, in spite of an international protest movement of over 700 architects, the building was demolished in 1965, it’s components scattered throughout the vacant lots lying on the outskirts of the city.


Kshama Sawant to deliver Socialist response to State of the Union
January 28, 2014

Tweet your followers, message your friends, and call your neighbors, because Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant will be delivering tonight’s Socialist response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address!

President Obama is scheduled to start speaking around 6:00 pm (Pacific), with the official GOP response (from WA’s own Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers!) scheduled to start around 6:45 pm, followed by the Tea Party Caucus response about 20 minutes later. So Sawant will start her Socialist State of the Union around 7:15ish, give or take.

Remember to check out all of The Stranger’s SOTU coverage beginning at 6 pm tonight on Slog and on Twitter, and ending with Sawant’s live address. So much fun!

UPDATE: Turns out Sawant’s address will be streamed from the Seattle Channel’s studios—better video quality for her, fewer bragging rights for us. Ah, well. I’ll update with the new links and embed codes as soon as they are available.


From the #SawantResponse Facebook event: You will be able to watch it over at her official Seattle City Council website: We expect to begin between 7:30 and 8pm, more details to come!