Forum Post: PART II: Workers’ Self-Management & Workplace Democracy – A Step Towards HUMAN LIBERATION
Posted 3 months ago on Jan. 29, 2013, 2:11 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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As I pointed out here, there have been many examples of libertarian socialist, or libertarian socialist-like communities working just fine. In other words, it’s not a question of whether we can achieve a free and just society based on workers’ self-management & workplace democracy, but how we most effectively can get there (I mentioned some of the things I think we should focus on in the struggle for such a society here).
The reason why a society should be based on workplace democracy and other libertarian socialist values, is that it liberates humans. By creating a participatory democracy in which people are in control of their own lives, work and community, people will be free from authority and domination, and no longer treated like cogs in a machine. The more workers and communities organize to democratize the workplaces, creating cooperatives, and implementing a more co-operative economic system, the closer we’ll come to human liberation.
As we move in this direction, and have as a goal to create a society with democracy on all levels, controlled from below thru democratically controlled workplaces, neighborhoods, communities and so on, we’ll be able to implement more rights and freedoms for the population. The right to control and manage your own workplace together with your colleagues, and the right to participate in your community and have a say in how the economy is run would obviously be essential, but also, as we move towards this participatory democracy, other rights like free health care, free education, free public transportation, decent social security and so on, could be implemented as well. This is perfectly doable; our society has such enormous technology, wealth and resources. A lot of this wealth is as we know now concentrated on the wealthy and the 1%, so a redistribution of wealth should certainly be included in this struggle for freedom.
If we move in this direction; if we work to implement a sustainable society based on workplace democracy and other libertarian socialist ideas and values, we’ll be moving towards a society where people get more and more control over their own lives; we’ll be moving towards human liberation!