Last Editorial - Radical Chains

Margaret Thatcher and John Maynard Keynes

"The message that the end of stalinism and the defeat of communism are the same has not been effectively contested. Yet the irony is that if the working class had never tended to communism, the likes of Hobsbawm, Marxism Today, the official communists parties or even Stalin's USSR would have been neither possible nor necessary."

Communization and the abolition of gender

Communization and the abolition of gender

"Present day civilization makes it plain that it will only permit sexual relationships on the basis of a solitary, indissoluble bond between one man and one woman, and that it does not like sexuality as a source of pleasure in its own right and is only prepared to tolerate it because there is so far no substitute for it as a means of propagating the human race." Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

The abyss opens: The rise and fall of Keynesianism - John Holloway

The state of the world economy is proving John Maynard Keynes right in his claim that capitalism requires significant state spending to prosper.

The fabric of struggles - Benjamin Noys

Introduction to 'Communization and its discontents' by Benjamin Noys

Communism: points for consideration - L'Insecurite Sociale

First published in 1984 in France by L’Insecurité Sociale, this essay on the nature of communism—punctuated by four illustrative quotations from Moses Hess, Gerrard Winstanley and William Morris—claims that capitalism “has only one insuperable contradiction: the human species”, and defines communism as the “tendency towards human community” that “is a constant feature of human history and has repeatedly assumed concrete forms”.

Communization As a Way Out of the Crisis - Bruno Astarian

In this short essay written in 2009, Bruno Astarian defines “communization” as the direct establishment of communism, and denies the need for a “transitional” regime: first, he says, the proletariat will launch insurrectionary expropriations “to assure its own survival” in response to the crisis; then after the crisis has been overcome by the free distribution of stored goods, production will resume in the form of “production without productivity” (without accounting) and “consumption without necessity” (without the fear of scarcity or poverty), in a new society where “free distribution … breaks with all separations” in the form of “a single unified free activity”.