Posted 2 years ago on March 1, 2012, 10:20 a.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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Now, like I explained in the article ”Why Capitalism Must Be Abolished” Capitalism must be, yes you guessed it, abolished. Capitalism is exploitative, immoral, undemocratic and dehumanizing. This is intolerable. It must be replaced. But by what?
In my opinion Capitalism must be replaced by democracy - real democracy, that is. Not just where you put a piece of paper in a box every 2nd year, and then letting people in suits in charge for the rest of the years to come, but where people actually participate in the things they´re part of and which affects them. A society where people are in control of their own lives, workplaces and communities.
There´s a name for this society, in which people are in control of their own lives: It´s called Libertarian Socialism or Left Libertarianism if you will; or as ”francismjenkins” here on ows.org wanted to rename it: ”Participatory Democracy”; and that´s what it is - a real active democracy in which people really participate in the things they´re a part of. Libertarian Socialism is about building democracy from below, making democratic influence proportional to how much things affect you. That means democratic control of workplaces, democratic control of communities, democratic federations of different cooperating communities, and so on.
This would be a society where people could be creative and contribute based on their own abilities and where we focus on people´s needs instead of short term profit. This participatory democracy would encourage the good things in us, creating a solidaric society on all levels: workers, workplaces, unions, communities, federations not any longer being encouraged to only look after themselves and striving for as much money and material goods as possible, like it is in capitalism, but instead cooperating for a best possible society for everyone, democratically run by the participants.
So to sum up: Capitalism must be replaced by a solidaric, decentralized, free society building democracy from below - making people in control of their own life. Anyone who likes the idea of real participatory democracy in which people are in control of their own lives and work, should work for Libertarian Socialism.