An Essay on Collectivist Economics

(By: Bruno Lima Rocha)

This essay is the beginning of an attempt to develop a left libertarian approach toward an economic model, specifically to a model which is compatible with the political formations of Democratic Confederalism, also referred to as Libertarian Municipalism. At this stage the goal is the development of a working set of tools of analysis, and foster learning among the Libertarian Left. To this end I submit this relatively simple text to provide accessible notions for those struggling to build a society based on Democratic Confederalism.

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Interview about Rojava – Topics for Debate: Questions about the Strategic Scope

[Editors Note: A dear friend and supporter of ours from Brazil, Dr. Bruno Lima Rocha, established contact with a series of organizations involved in the social revolution taking place in Kurdistan. Mainstream media sources have largely failed to cover the social process, though news have been able to break the radio silence. This is the second internview we publish in this series
It should also be said that minor grammatical errors were corrected (as neither participant in the interview is native to english). But most is left in the original form, for fear of losing accuarcy.]

Interview about Rojava – Topics for debate: Questions about the Strategic Scope

Introduction: Since the Kobanê siege started I have dedicated several hours per week to understand and divulgate as much as possible about this social revolution, initiated in a combination of Democratic Confederalism and the Syrian civil war. As a militant, I always have been involved in international solidarity. As an Arab descendant, I always have been trying to find a reliable left-wing force combining direct action and internal democracy. Continue reading

The American Propaganda System & What ‘We’ Should Do About It

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(By: Victor Herzfeld)

The amount our daily communication and discourse – be it familial, social, commercial, or political – which is made through technological mediums as opposed to face to face communications is expanding exponentially. ‘The media’ has become an immersive communicative environment. This has become so clear that it is thought of as a truism. It should also be clear that the American media system is no friend of the Left’s aspirations for a post-capitalist self-managed society. However, increasingly it appears that the media system is incompatible with democracy even it’s most minimal liberal formulation. This begs the question, what do we (leftists) do about it. Continue reading

Bombs in Santiago and the Urgent Need of Deep Reflection

(by: Felipe Ramirez; Translated by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

Note: On September 8th, a bomb blew up in a metro station of Santiago, Chile. Although the city has witnessed more than 200 explosions over the last five years, this was the first time in which the targets were civilians—until now all the bombs attacks had been directed towards “symbolic targets” as banks, churches, and police stations. However, both the hour of the explosion (2:30pm) and the place were the bomb was left (one of the most transited metro station in Santiago) made this terrorist attack the most serious one. The blast injured 14 people, one of who—a female janitor who had direct contact with the bomb, which was put in a trashcan—lost several fingers of his hand. Even though three people were accused three weeks ago, the investigations are still in progress.

In this article the libertarian journalist Felipe Ramirez examines the incident, developing a lucid analysis of different hypothesis that might explain the terrorist attack. Then he concludes with some reflections on the role that the Left should play before incidents like this.

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About the problems posed by the concrete class struggle and popular organisation

(By: José Antonio Gutiérrez Danton, first published at anarkismo.net in 2005)

A former member of the Chilean OCL deals, in general, with the problems posed by concrete class struggle and popular organisation for anarchist communists. It aims to raise a number of questions – in an orderly and systematic fashion – that are important and necessary to think of a revolutionary alternative in a concrete place in a concrete time.

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Against Slander and Insult – We Need Strategic Concepts to Strengthen an Open and Respectful Discussion and Conflict Culture.

(By: Heinz-Jürgen Voß, first published at: dasendedessex, translation: Antje Dieterich)

[A short background information at the bottom by: Antje Dieterich]

Some days ago, I released an appeal for solidarity for a collegue of mine, who was insulted in such a drastic manner I could not have imagined just some years ago. Now, I am getting the answer. The right-wing author Akif Pirinçci is now attacking me too, with slander and crude insults. Continue reading