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  Libertarian Socialism
Libertarian Socialism recognizes that the concept of "property" (specifically, the means of production, factories, land used for profit, rented space) is theft and that in a truly libertarian society, the individual would be free of exploitation caused by the concentration of all means of wealth-making into the hands of an elite minority of capitalists.
Libertarian Socialism is an anti-authoritarian form of socialism and the main principles are liberty, freedom, the right for workers to fraternize and organize democratically, the absence of illegitimate authority and the resistance against force.
Libertarian socialists are against all forms of coercion, state and capitalist, and do not seek to regulate human behaviors by way of the state, including such issues as possession of firearms, drugs, sexual conduct between consenting individuals, and related issues.
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  Libertarian socialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Libertarian socialism is any one of a group of political philosophies dedicated to opposing any form of authority and social hierarchy, in particular the institutions of capitalism and the State.
Libertarian socialists believe that all social bonds should be developed by individuals who have an equal amount of bargaining power, that an accumulation of economic power in the hands of a few and the centralization of political power both reduce the bargaining power—and thus the liberty of the other individuals in society.
Libertarian socialists in conjunction with Marxists dispute the notion that capitalist economic relations arise spontaneously in the absence of suppression, but in fact require active political suppression in the form of property law that is enforced either by a state or by private force (see: Property is theft).
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 Socialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In this period, socialism emerged from a diverse array of doctrines and social experiments associated primarily with British and French thinkers—especially Robert Owen, Charles Fourier, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Louis Blanc, and Saint-Simon.
These social critics saw themselves as reacting to the excesses of poverty and inequality in the period, and advocated reforms such as the egalitarian distribution of wealth and the transformation of society into small communities in which private property was to be abolished.
Criticisms of socialism range from disagreements over the efficiency of socialist economic and political models, to condemnation of states described by themselves or others as "socialist." Many economic liberals dispute that the more even distribution of wealth advocated by socialists can be achieved without loss of political or economic freedoms.
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Libertarian Socialism recognizes that the concept of "property" (specifically, the means of production, factories, land used for profit, rented space) is theft and that in a truly libertarian society, the individual would be free of exploitation caused by the concentration of all means of wealth-making into the hands of an elite minority of capitalists.
Libertarian Socialism is an anti-authoritarian form of socialism and the main principles are liberty, freedom, the right for workers to fraternize and organize democratically, the absence of coercion and the resistance against force.
Libertarian socialists are against all forms of coercion, state and capitalist, and do not seek to regulate human behaviors by way of the state, including such issues as possession of firearms, drugs, sexual conduct between consenting individuals, and related issues.
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 Libertarian socialism : Libertarian Socialism
Libertarian socialism is a political philosophy dedicated to opposing what its advocates regard as illegitimate forms of authority and social hierarchy[?], most famously the institution of government.
Libertarian socialism should not be confused with Libertarianism either: the two philosophies are only alike in their professed love of liberty, hence the similarity in name.
The basic philosophy of libertarian socialism is summed up in the name: adherents believe that management of the common good (socialism) is necessary, but that this should be done in a manner that preserves individual liberty and avoids concentration of power or authority (libertarianism).
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 I.1 Isn't libertarian socialism an oxymoron?
Therefore, real libertarian ideas mean that workers control the work they do, determining where and how they do it and what happens to the fruit of their labour, which in turn means the elimination of wage labour.
In 1920, von Mises declared socialism to be impossible on the grounds that without private ownership of the means of production, there cannot be a competitive market for production goods; that without a market for production goods, it is impossible to determine their values; and that without knowing their values, economic rationality is impossible.
Therefore, social anarchists do not appeal to "altruism" in their struggle against the de-humanising effects of the market, but rather, to egoism: the simple fact that cooperation and mutual aid is in our best interests as individuals.
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 I.1 Isn't libertarian socialism an oxymoron?
This assumption, as is often true of many objections to socialism, is based on a misconception of what socialism is, a misconception that many authoritarian socialists and the state capitalism of Soviet Russia have helped to foster.
The elimination of wage labour is the common theme of socialism (in theory at least, anarchist argue that state socialism does not eliminate wage labour, rather it universalises it).
Therefore, rather than being an oxymoron, "libertarian socialism" indicates that true socialism must be libertarian and that a libertarian who is not a socialist is a phoney.
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 I.7 Won't Libertarian Socialism destroy individuality?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Libertarian socialism only suppresses individuality for those who are so shallow that they can't separate their identity from what they own.
A libertarian organisation, one that is based upon participation and self-management will encourage a strong personality, one that knows his or her own mind, thinks for itself and feels confident in his or her own powers.
A libertarian re-organisation of society will be based upon, and encourage, a self-empowerment and self-liberation of the individual and by participation within self-managed organisations, individuals will educate themselves for the responsibilities and joys of freedom.
www.anarchistfaq.de /secI7.html   (6728 words)

  
 Which Way To The Revolution: Anarchism or Socialism : NC Indymedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Anarchism emerged in the mid-19th century as the libertarian wing of the workers’ movement.
Generally I like to divide anarchism into three easy to understand pieces: the end goal of libertarian socialism, the critique of capitalist and hierarchical society and it’s also a means to move from one to the other.
The end goal then is libertarian socialism, this is where everybody has an equal say in making decisions that affect them and where everybody is assured of equal access to the benefits of society.
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 Libertarian Socialism
Libertarian Socialism differentiates itself from "Anarchy" as a movement only in that it specifically focuses on working class organisation and education in order to achieve human emancipation from the fetters of capitalism.
The term "libertarian" goes back at least to the 17th and 18th century religious debates regarding free-will versus pre-destination, and was used at that time to refer to persons who believed that individuals had full liberty to act as they saw fit.
Libertarian Socialism is an anti-authoritarian form of socialism and the main principles are liberty, freedom, the right for workers to fraternize and organise democratically, the absence of illegitimate authority and the resistance against force.
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 On Libertarian Socialism
Consequently, all libertarians (classical liberals) are either minarchists or anarchists (depending on the degree to which they believe the government can function as defender of individual rights without simultaneously violating individual rights).
However, libertarian is not a synonym for anarchist, and libertarian socialism is a contradiction in terms.
Libertarian political theory starts with two aspects of reality: The first is that resources used in the satisfaction of human needs and wants are limited and inhomogenous.
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 Socialism: Theory and Practice - Anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
After socialism was in full swing, Marx reasoned that the state would ‘whither away’.
Therefore, it is often referred to as libertarian socialism - Libertarian for its emphasis on the ending of government interference in the lives of the people, socialism for its roots in the belief of equality.
Christian socialism’s thesis is the complete renunciation of all violent, stereotypically anarchist tactics.
www.the-wood.org /socialism/anarchism.htm   (901 words)

  
 The Fallacy of 'Libertarian Socialism'
Underlying libertarian socialism is a different and distinct notion of politics which rests on the belief that it is only through interaction with others in political activity and civic action that individuals will fully realise their humanity.
In fact, socialism must be the most ironic use of language in the history of human linguistics: it is the advocacy of the complete replacement of social interaction with political interaction, the very negation of civil society itself.
Even the most libertarian society plausibly imaginable will have force backed prohibitions against the unjustified use of violence, which is to say (in very crude and simplified terms) libertarian law deals with 'that which you may not do without consent of the person to or with whom you are doing it'.
www.libertarian.co.uk /lapubs/polin/polin186.htm   (2143 words)

  
 Libertarian Socialism -- A Contradiction, or a Plausible Principle?
To many free market libertarians, the title “libertarian socialist” is an oxymoron but the first libertarians of the nineteenth century viewed the combination of these two words as consistent and principled.
For Tucker and other libertarians, socialism was a body of explanations and demands to address labor problems through radical changes in capitalism.
The libertarian socialists soon found themselves split into two camps: the individualists who remained true to Proudhonian mutualism and the collectivists represented by the anarcho-communists (Bakunin, Kropotkin, Malatesta, Goldman).
www.progress.org /2003/libsoc01.htm   (818 words)

  
 Libertarian socialism? | Samizdata.net
Socialism constrains liberty in so very many ways that the liberty that is left seems to me to be an echo of the original idea...
It may be that libertarians should actively seek a higher public profile in Britain to combat the adulteration and debasement of their views in the media.
Libertarianism is not an end point but a political framework, it inherently doesn't have a lot to say about development that doesn't cause death or injury.
www.samizdata.net /blog/archives/003542.html   (7224 words)

  
 Mises Economics Blog: libertarian socialism?
Socialism as an ideology was and is the opposition to private property:
Ironically, though, his definition of socialism was far too broad to be practical in defining socialism, since he defined it broadly enough to include himself, but what he advocated to achieve the ends that socialism aimed for, was capitalism according to dictionary definitions.
In attacking socialism, the right libertarians seem to be attacking a meaning that is much different than the historical one - one that is still used by mutualists.
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 I.8 Does revolutionary Spain show that libertarian socialism can work in practice?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
This attempt at libertarian socialism, like all experiments, had its drawbacks as well as successes and these will be discussed in the next section as well as some of the conclusions drawn from the experience.
This increase in union membership reflects increased social struggle by the Aragonese working population and their attempts to improve their standard of living, which was very low for most of the population.
Either they committed themselves to the solutions offered by social revolution, regardless of the difficulties involved in fighting both fascism and international capitalism, or, through fear of fascism (or of the people), they sacrificed their anarchist principles and revolutionary objectives to bolster, to become, part of the bourgeois state.
www.anarchistfaq.de /secI8.html   (19759 words)

  
 Open Directory - Society: Politics: Socialism: Libertarian Socialism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Libertarian Communism - Isaac Puente's classic introduction to anarchist ideas on a free society by the noted C.N.T. militant and activist who was shot by the fascists in 1936.
Libertarian Socialism - An article explaining and defining the concept of libertarian socialism..
Young Libertarian Socialists Home Page - This is a site for people who are interested in libertarian socialism / anarchism.
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 Libertarian Socialism - article from the Swedish "SAC Newsletter 1995"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The former believing that it is the states responsibility for society's administration either through a proletarian dictatorship or by elected representatives.
But a libertarian socialism can be regarded in many different ways - as anarchism, or as libertarian communism according to Kropotkin's thoughts.
Notwithstanding that nowadays syndicalism is not dominant within the workers movement in any country it is in our opinion indispensable: it is through the syndicalist organisations that the visions of true emancipation is kept alive.
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