We don’t know if we’ll win: history is made by human beings, and where human beings are concerned, nothing is inevitable. But because people do make history, we know that it is possible to build a new world, and we strive to realize that possibility.
What is Libertarian Socialism?
Radical Digressions (www.diemer.ca) is my personal website/notebook/blog.
I live in Toronto, where I am co-ordinator of the Connexions project (www.connexions.org), a left-wing information portal dealing with social justice, human rights, civil liberties, ecosocialism, radical political theory, and libertarian socialism, as well as many other topics. Connexions features an extensively indexed online library, a directory of progressive groups and websites, and an event calendar. We also maintain the Connexions Archive, a physical archive of documents and books, created to preserve the history of grassroots movements for social change. Most of the collection comprises English-language materials from Canada from the 1960s to the present.
My politics: I am a libertarian socialist. My goal is the end of capitalism and its replacement by socialism, ‘an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.’
Socialism is fundamentally about expanding the realm of freedom to the greatest possible extent. It requires ridding the world of capitalism, which crushes human lives and potential while increasingly threatening the planet. The malignant heart of capitalism is capital, so ending capitalism means eradicating capital. Social reforms, no matter how valuable and worth pursuing, cannot in themselves defeat capitalism. That requires a revolution: the overthrow of the rule of capital and the state forms through which it rules. Revolution can take many forms, but a socialist revolution inescapably means ripping off the straitjacket of capital’s political and legal structures. Capitalism’s contradictions are pushing us down the road to destruction. We have to end it before it destroys us.
I like: Summer rain. Crisp snow. Soaring birds. Dark chocolate.
I dislike: Cruelty. Hypocrisy. Selfishness. Dumplings.