Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 10, 2012, 11:55 a.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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Libertarian Socialism is logical and just.
Libertarian Socialism, aka Anarchism, is just a logical and reasonable way to organize society. It is the ideas of Libertarian Socialism that we must base the new and sustainable society (which must be established at some point in the future) on.
Let’s look at some of the core principles of Anarchism/Libertarian Socialism:
- Building democracy from below.
That means a society where people have a right to a democratic say in the things they’re a part of and affected by, and that this democratic say is proportional to how much one is affected and part of things. And since the workplace and the community in which we live in is what we’re most involved in, and spend most of our time and energy, it logically follows that democracy should be organized from below thru democratically run workplaces and communities, cooperating in networks with other communities.
- Focusing on both collective, as well as individual rights.
Meaning that individuals should be free to do what they want as long as they don’t harm others, but at the same time, when people organize and do things together, focus on the collective deciding things together based on consensus and democratic process.
- Seeking to dismantle all illegitimate hierarchies and tyrannical systems.
That means opposing, not just state tyranny, but also private tyranny – capitalism and the concentration of private power and domination.
Anarchism doesn’t mean ”chaos” or ”lawlessness” or other such nonsense; that’s just propaganda. The word Anarchism actually means ”without rulers” and is about creating a highly organized society in which individuals have a right to participate in their community and workplace.
It’s about dismantling the hierarchical structures which allow some individuals to control and dominate others, and replacing them with an egalitarian, solidaric society where all individuals are in control of their own lives.
This is just common sense if you think about it. There shouldn’t be anything controversial about this. These are perfectly reasonable and logical ideas.
The only reasonable thing to do is working to create a free, just, solidaric and sustainable participatory democracy where the people are in control.
A classless, egalitarian organization creates a better society.
By creating a classless, egalitarian society, all the people will have lots of freedoms and possibilities in their lives. People will be able to enjoy the benefits that exist in a modern technological society. It would be a society with good and decent social safety nets and workers' rights. People would feel less insecure and stressed; no one would fear losing their home income and possessions etc. Poverty would cease to exist, causing much less crime, conflict and violence. Consumerism and the hunt for profit would be replaced by solidarity and cooperation. People wouldn’t be treated like cogs in a machine, but could instead live out their true potential based on their own creative wants and capacity.
In a wealthy, modern society we should organize it so that everyone can have a decent life.
Libertarian Socialism is about creating REAL freedom.
Right-wingers, republicans, people like Paul Ryan, Ron Paul and others, all advocate a society which in reality would lead to a more corporate-run society. They want to privatize more services and give HUGE tax cuts to the wealthy and the huge corporations. And then they claim that their policies would lead to more freedom.
Well, they’re way off. The non-elected financial elite - the wealthy and the huge corporations - getting more power over the economy and our workplaces has nothing to do with freedom in my opinion. The financial elite will get more freedom, that’s true, but they’ll get it on the expense of others. The workers, the students, the senior citizens, most of the population in fact, will get their freedoms infringed because of these policies.
The way I see it true freedom is:
True freedom is one that does not infringe the freedom of others.
The Revolution Starts Now, people!