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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #47)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:30 PM

86. I'm a libertarian socialist

 

so speaking for myself: as I do not think radical revolutionary transformation of society is a productive approach to achieving the goals of libertarian socialism, my view is that if tomorrow the libertarian socialists were 'in charge', nothing much at all would change. At least not initially. Initially we would be enabling people at the local level to take control of their own lives through the creation of grass roots democratic institutions in the workplace, in the neighborhood, at every level of social interaction. The goal is to build a voluntary cooperative and sustainable world economy, but that is a long term goal. In the short term it is important to evolve the current social institutions in that direction rather than fall into the pitfall of romantic revolutionary destruction and the nightmare of authoritarianism that is the inevitable consequence. In other words for quite some time there would still be taxes, money, state socialism and state capitalism.

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