Autonomy, Consensus, and Revolution: Call for Entries, for May G8 Chicago, 2012

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Autonomy, Consensus, and Revolution: Call for Entries, for May G8 Chicago, 2012

Autonomy, Consensus, and Revolution: In the process of consensus, the voices of the oppressed can be stifled, as well as those of the Third Worlds. In this movement against the corporations and for radical political democracy, we do not overlook economic and social democracy as well. We must represent the needs of the Third World and fight for the rights and autonomy of women, workers, people of color, youth, and LBT.

Call for Entries - 2012 G8/NATO Chicago

Autonomy, Consensus, and Revolution:

Philosophy of Revolution & Organisation in Libertarian Socialism
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For too long, the masses have been held prisoner by a a theoretical crisis in revolutionary philosophy. On one side, authoritarian socialists who argue for a top-down hierarchical "transition period" in which a technocratic elite centrally plan society and whose central authority magically "withers away"; on the other, anti-intellectual and anti-organizational Marxists, anarchists, nihilist, who argue for an eclectic revolution which smashes the state, giving birth to a state-less, classless society free of all forms of oppression without any form of mediation between capitalism and freedom. Both suffer from a middle-class distrust of the "worker" and tend to substitute themselves for the self-activity of the oppressed or leave everything to spontaneity and give nothing to theory, thus see no reason to take responsibility for changing reality in a meaningful way.

But a third way is possible! People Not Profit and sees a transition period which mediates social relations between capitalism and anarchism is necessary, but that it must be grounded in a democratic revolution of the workers at the point of production. This worker democracy, whose form changes in every historical moment and place, creates the basic form through which all other forms of oppression can be worked out. Only the spontaneous uprising of the people, in their fight for self-determination, both before and after the revolution, can prevent the worker democracy from degenerating into another form of state-capitalist repression as did in Russian Revolution. The Vanguard of the revolution must be the self-determination of the masses - these spontaneous organizations and uprisings; meanwhile, the party, or philosophy/ers, can continue to play a role in exploring the new possibilities in thought and action these uprising create and how they show the path to a classless society, so long as they are willing to give up their privilege and submit to the consensus of the communes.

After so many counter-revolutions have arisen from within the revolution, it is clear that additional revolutions must also emerge within the revolution, as new passions and forces rise up to smash all forms of oppression created by the division of mental and manual labor in society (one class who makes decisions, and another who must follow them). It is also clear that we cannot leave to chance the question of "What Happens After the Revolution?" We also cannot avoid fighting against all forms of oppression, as we can only get beyond capitalism if we overthrow it in its totality. We need a theory of revolution that unites these struggles before and after "the revolution".

A new uprising around the word, from Egypt to Spain to South Africa to Wall Street, is experimenting in new forms of democratic organisation, and attempting to put theory into practice. The Movement spreading across the world questioning the validity of capitalism also questions our own theory and practice. People Not Profit sees this as a challenge to revolutionaries as well - to work within the new forms of resistance - consensus decision-making - to achieve a new theoretical consensus that can move us forward. We trust in the process of the collective mind to create something greater than any individual.

But in the process of consensus, the voices of the oppressed can be stifled, as well as those of the Third Worlds. In this movement against the corporations and for radical political democracy, we do not overlook economic and social democracy as well. We must represent the needs of the Third World and fight for the rights and autonomy of women, workers, people of color, youth, and LBT.

Mission:

People Not Profit exists to deepen the radicalization of the anti-Globalization, Acampada, Indignados, and the new Occupation movements sweeping the world, including Occupy Wall Street in the New York and Take the Square in Madrid. We aim to do this by not just keeping the abolition of capitalism in the discussion, but by agitating for more participation by unemployed and poor workers, POC/Blacks, and others locked out of not just the economic and political system, but Left or radical formations as well.

Networking:

People Not Profit endorses the World Libertarian Socialist Network, and encourages anarcho-socialists, libertarian marxists, and libertarian socialists to work together with the workers and the oppressed in non-sectarian ways to reach a new theoretical consensus that can help guide radical activity. Both People Not Profit and WLSN try to be a space for the self-determination of the idea of freedom, radical praxis, and debate that arise from this new vision of the transition period and the role of revolutionaries who reject vanguardism. Opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of People Not Profit or WLSN.

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People Not Profit is a space for the self-determination of the ideas of freedom, praxis and debate that arise from a vision of the self-determination of the masses and the role of revolutionaries who reject vanguardism.

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Feb 7 2012 18:34

This is a particularly muddled statement seeming to argue for the primacy of working class struggle at one point (apparently held back by a crisis in revolutionary philosophy of all things!) but mixing this with an apparent 'equality of oppressions' line elswhere and with an overemphasis on democratic forms as opposed to communist content.

But the linked 'Libertarian Socialist Network' website does have some useful material on it including some of the WSM/SPGB's better contributions and commentaries on the contributions of Paul Mattick and Karl Korsch as well as material related to recent USA occupations and workplace struggles. This site is a bit like libcom although perhaps a bit wider in it's inclusion of a 'parecom' listing but no leftcom listings (despite recognition of this tendency in the introduction). Worth a look.

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Feb 7 2012 20:02
Revolting Rebel wrote:
We must represent the needs of the Third World and fight for the rights and autonomy of women, workers, people of color, youth, and LBT.

Assuming this is LBT in the same sense as LGBT (ie lesbian/gay/bi/trans), is there a reason for the omission of the G?

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Feb 8 2012 03:43

I'm sure it was just a typo, there's numerous typos throughout the post, they happen.

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Feb 11 2012 03:35

Sorry for the typos, we are only two disabled, unemployed workers who can't afford a printer right now. Sorry to admins, is there a propper place to post call for entries. LGBT - don't know why the t got cut off.

Your confusion may be in thinking this is a statement, but this is a call for people to fill in the blanks. We do not claim it is a philosophical crisis, but an ideological debate which creates two false opposites and tries to hold human consciousness prisoner.

We are not confused. Self-determination - freedom is the focus of every statement made. We are asking, what is the autonomy of the oppressed to the collective of the commune? In Occupy, which groups should be autonomous, and which are not. What is the relationship of race, class, gender, age, etc., before and after the revoltion? What is the relationship of groups like Libcom and Solfed, born from theory, to spontaneous groups like Occupy Wall Street?

Also, we are clear that worker democracy is not a representative system, but worker control at the point of production. We argue that this is not enough to call society truly anarchist and all forms of oppression must be eliminated in order to prevent the return of state capitalism. Again, the uniting thread is self-determination before and after the revolution, and call for a theory of women, black, worker, youth, and LGBT autonomy before and after the fall of the state.

Please do not misrepresent our ideas.