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The Red Bureaucracy: Authoritarian Socialism vs Libertarian Socialism

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Published on May 23, 2014

In anticipation of comments suggesting Leninists and anarchists should 'unite against the capitalists':
http://greatmomentsinleftism.blogspot...

Notions of anarchists and statists 'uniting' against the capitalists have a pretty clear conclusion every time - the statists get their way and the anarchists get thrown under the bus.

In anticipation of Leninists calling me an anti-communist, let me reiterate that I am criticising authoritarian socialism for advocating means which are ineffective in establishing communist ends. I think it is true that the system created in the USSR and so on was merely replacing one hierarchy with another, however unlike anti-communists I do not believe it follows from this that hierarchy is somehow inevitable or written into our genetics. Hierarchy is, however, written into the state.

Introduction: 0:03
Defining Socialism: 0:46
Defining The State: 1:43
Libertarian Socialism: 2:20
Authoritarian Socialism: 3:38
Revolutionary Socialism - A Libertarian Socialist Analysis: 4:55
Identification: 5:44
Justification: 8:06
The Efficacy of State Power: 8:37
The Necessity of State Power: 16:55
Conclusion: 21:41

Sources:
Lenin - Draft Decree on Workers' Control, October 1917
https://www.marxists.org/archive/leni...

Replacing, absorbing and superseding the machinery of workers' control
http://www.chomsky.info/articles/1986...

Lenin - The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin...

Petropavlovsk Resolution
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/russ...

Soviet figures on Kronstadt
Pukhov Kronshtadtskii miatezh v 1921 g. Leningrad, OGIZ-Molodaia Gvardiia

Lenin on state capitalism in Russia
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin...
https://www.marxists.org/archive/leni...

Maurice Brinton - The Bolsheviks and Workers' Control: The State and Counter-Revolution
http://libcom.org/files/Maurice%20Bri...

Augustin Souchy - Testimonies of Cuban Revolution
http://www.iww.org/history/library/Do...

Frank Fernandez - Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/librar...

John Holloway - Change The World Without Taking Power
http://www.edtechpost.ca/readings/Joh...

Peter Marshall - Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism
https://libcom.org/files/Marshall%20-...

Alexander Skirda - Nestor Makhno--Anarchy's Cossack: The Struggle for Free Soviets in the Ukraine 1917-1921
http://www.amazon.com/Nestor-Makhno-A...

Michael Malet - Nestor Makhno in the Russian Civil War
https://libcom.org/files/%5BMichael_M...

Frank Mintz - Anarchism and Workers' Self-Management In Revolutionary Spain
http://www.akpress.org/anarchismandwo...

Given that all of these sources of my claims come from anti-capitalist authors, can nobody in the comments claim that this is 'bourgeois propaganda', please.

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