To the Democratic Party as an institution, I have no loyalty. To the many, many Democratic activists who have struggled for years to serve as the conscience of their party, I extend my hand in solidarity. To Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, I give my thanks, because he has heard the voices of Occupiers all over this nation and he has actually listened.
The premise of anarcho-syndicalism depended on the trade unions to not only go from strength to strength, but to evolve along participatory and democratic lines, so that companies came to be governed from within by their own workers without hierarchical structures.
Social anarchism is another term for a family of political philosophies also known as libertarian socialism or left-libertarianism. “Anarchism” is usually misunderstood as a synonym for (or an attempt to create) chaos or “anarchy.” If you think of social anarchism in those terms, you'll be way off the mark.
What exactly is “libertarian socialism”? How can a political philosophy be libertarian and socialist at the same time? Isn't libertarianism all about achieving the maximum in personal freedom, while socialism places certain restrictions on freedom?
People say the Occupy movement doesn't have a clearly defined message, but they're wrong. In everything from the way the movement is organized to the goals its members hope to achieve, the Occupy movement operates within a tradition of political philosophy known by several different names: left-libertarianism, libertarian socialism, social anarchism or anarcho-syndicalism.
First there was segregation. After the courts and reasonable citizens acknowledged that separate was, in no shape or form, equal, many school districts took on the practice of busing. Decades on down the line, a newer practice-- which was not intended to be for racial reasons-- has turned segregating school children into a "personal choice."
Ever since I can remember, the most common term associated with the United States congress is gridlock. Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to get it together on anything. And, while the gridlock has been crippling in the past, it’s even worse now that the United States has to agree on a deficit reduction package. The bi-partisan panel led by Senator Patty Murray from Washington State couldn’t agree on a deal. And, like a married couple, both parties are fighting over who was responsible for the breakdown of the original deal.
The Democrats are in favor of more taxes for the wealthiest Americans, but neither party seems to have a specific plan for re-structuring the tax codes for the United States' largest corporations.