Overview Libertarian socialism is a Western philosophy with diverse interpretations, though some general commonalities can be found in its many incarnations. Its proponents generally advocate a worker-oriented system of production and organization in the workplace that in some aspects radically departs from neoclassical economics in favor of democratic cooperatives or common ownership of the means of production (socialism). They propose that this economic system be executed in a manner that attempts to maximize the liberty of individuals and minimize concentration of power or authority (libertarianism). August 17, 1860 edition of libertarian Communist publication Le Libertaire edited by Joseph Déjacque. In a chapter recounting the history of libertarian socialism, economist Robin Hahnel relates that thus far the period where libertarian socialism has had its greatest impact was at the end of the 19th century through the first four decades of the twentieth century. Anarchism
Communalism (political philosophy)Communalism (spelled with a capital C to differentiate it from other forms) is a libertarian socialist political philosophy coined by author and activist Murray Bookchin as a political system to complement his environmental philosophy of social ecology. Communalism proposes that markets and money be abolished and that land and enterprises - i.e., private property - be placed increasingly in the custody of the community – more precisely, the custody of citizens in free assemblies and their delegates in confederal councils. (However, Communalists retain respect for personal property.) The planning of work, the choice of technologies, the management and distribution of goods are seen as questions that can only be resolved in practice. While renowned as an influential thinker of social anarchism for much of his life, beginning in 1995, Bookchin became increasingly critical of political anarchism, and in 1999 took a decisive stand against anarchist ideology.
Create Livable Alternatives To Wage SlaveryWelcome to CLAWS. We're a pro-leisure and anti-wage-slavery collective of people dedicated to answering the question "why work?" We actively promote alternatives to the wage slavery mindset and what we call "The Cult of the Job" which equates a job with "making a living". Does a 40 hour work week constitute wage slavery? Richard Stallman made some interesting comments that touch on wage slavery and quality of life in his 29 May 2001 talk at New York University. I've been giving this a lot of thought. I think that one of the important aspects of this page is to make you think about wage slavery. Me, I'm considering become a juggler at ren faires. First lets identify problems with the current system: You are either hired or not hired. My biggest problem is that minimum investment. wage slavery is more about living an inhuman life and participating in the exploitative systems to survive. See also: TurnOnTuneInDropOut, ChoosingSatisfactionOverMoney
Bertrand RussellRussell led the British "revolt against idealism" in the early 20th century. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore, and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. With A. N. Russell was a prominent anti-war activist; he championed anti-imperialism and went to prison for his pacifism during World War I. Later, he campaigned against Adolf Hitler, then criticised Stalinist totalitarianism, attacked the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, and was an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament. In 1950 Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought Biography Early life and background Young Bertrand Russell Childhood and adolescence University and first marriage Early career Russell in 1907.
Wage SlaveryQuote: "It is a negatively connoted term used to draw an analogy between slavery and wage labor, and to highlight similarities between owning and employing a person." You're attacking a literal interpretation of a figurative comparison. So of course, no one literally means to say that wage laborers are actually slaves in every sense of the word. Again, you are focusing on obvious differences between the two, while ignoring many intriguing similarities. You say wage laborers can easily do something else if they don't like their wages, yet it's often the case that there exists a lack of feasible alternatives for very low-skilled workers, such that they have very little options to choose from. Of course if you "agree" to sell your labor, you aren't a slave. I don't think anti-wage-slavery implies some notion of entitlement of compensation. Do people choose the families into which they are born? This example actually works very much against your position. In conclusion:
Wage slaveryWage slavery refers to a situation where a person's livelihood depends on wages or a salary, especially when the dependence is total and immediate. It is a pejorative term used to draw an analogy between slavery and wage labor by focusing on similarities between owning and renting a person. Similarities between wage labor and slavery were noted as early as Cicero in Ancient Rome. With the advent of the industrial revolution, thinkers such as Proudhon and Marx elaborated the comparison between wage labor and slavery in the context of a critique of societal property not intended for active personal use, while Luddites emphasized the dehumanization brought about by machines. Treatment in various economic systems Adam Smith noted that employers often conspire together to keep wages low: Capitalism and secondarily on: Communism Both American and Russian media described the USSR as a communist or socialist society. Fascism Psychological control
Greek Town Implements Revolutionary Barter System Without EuroActivist Post Greece continues along a path toward self-sufficiency that could very well see them break free from their debt servitude. In the wake of their pillaging by international financiers, Greeks who have realized that protesting is likely to bring little relief have begun to implement barter systems to meet their local community needs. Through a combination of decentralization from the Euro, free markets, local cooperation, and the creation of a new currency based on productivity, markets like the one below in Volos are leading the charge to a restoration of the principles that build truly sustainable economies. This is an encouraging sign, and one that is replicating throughout austerity-ridden economies the world over. International currencies are increasingly being rejected in the face of reduced living standards through inflation and outright theft by global banksters.
What Happened to the 40 Hour Work Week?Does anyone work a 40 hour work week anymore? You know, the comfortable, predictable “9 to 5” that we often complained about during more certain times? Apparently fewer employees than ever still have this luxury, and if current trends continue, fewer still will have it in the future. An article by Seth Fiegerman on Yahoo Finance earlier this month, The End of the 40-Hour Work Week confirms these changes in work schedules and the forces behind them: “Higher-level workers are increasingly being asked to put in 50 hours or more a week…while lower income workers are often forced to work fewer hours but at jobs with irregular schedules, according to a comprehensive report from the Center for American Progress…Driving these changes…are companies turning lower-level full-time jobs into part-time employment to cut costs, savings that come at the expense of workers — and their families — losing the traditional schedules and financial benefits that come with full-time employment.”
Remind Me Again — Why Do We Need Economists?Robert A. Johnson, executive director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is greatly exercised by the failures of the economics profession. He believes that economists have performed a Great Disservice To Mankind (see below). Can economics be morally centered? We didn't find out just now about great wealth & income inequality in the United States because an economist (Joe Stiglitz) finally figured out what's going on, and then wrote a book about it... So even in the wake of the 2008 crisis, many economists haven't engaged in a needed reevaluation of economic values. This is all fine, as far it goes. It is in this light that the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) recently engaged with Union Theological Seminary in New York City with the goal of creating a new conversation to delve into the human issues we must explore to have a truly meaningful economics. Theology? In a time of economic despair we cannot afford to place a premium on elegant mathematical models.