Red and Black Notes is an attempt at offering an anarchist communist perspective on current issues and events.

“Anarchism does not derive from the abstract reflections of an intellectual or a philosopher, but from the direct struggle of workers against capitalism, from the needs and necessities of the workers, from their aspirations to liberty and equality, aspirations which become particularly alive in the best heroic period of the life and struggle of the working masses.”

Peter Arshinov, Nestor Makhno and others, 1926, Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft)

Anarchism is a political tradition that fights for a self-managed, socialist and stateless society, in which all contribute freely according to ability, and through which all have full access to the material basis for pursuing their individual and collective fulfillment.

In this libertarian socialist society, individual freedom is harmonized with communal obligations through cooperation, directly democratic decision making and social and economic equality. Economic production would occur under worker self-management, and would be coordinated within a system of participatory decentralised planning, that would be directed to meet human needs within ecological limits, rather than to generate private profit.

Libertarian socialism can only be created by the class struggle of the vast majority of society (the working class) against the tiny minority that currently rule. The existing ruling class will never freely surrender power. The achievement of libertarian socialism requires revolution.

A successful revolution will require that anarchist ideas become the leading ideas within the working class. This will not happen spontaneously. Anarchists must work to make our ideas the leading ideas or, as it is sometimes expressed, to become a “leadership of ideas”.

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COVER IMAGE: Anarchists march on the streets of Barcelona, 1936, during the Spanish Revolution.