11 Facts About Anarcho-communism


Anarcho-communism, known as anarchist communism, is a political philosophy and anarchist school of thought that advocates communism.

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Anarcho-communism developed out of radical socialist currents after the French Revolution, but it was first formulated as such in the Italian section of the First International.

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Anarcho-communism wrote that the life natives lived was "anarchy", this being the first usage of the term to mean something other than chaos.

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Anarcho-communism wrote that there were no priests, courts, laws, police, ministers of state, and no distinction of property, no way to differentiate rich from poor, as they were all equal and thriving cooperatively.

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Anarcho-communism advocated the abolition of private property through the "expropriation of the whole of social wealth" by the people themselves and for the economy to be co-ordinated through a horizontal network of voluntary associations where goods are distributed according to the physical needs of the individual, rather than according to labor.

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Anarcho-communism supported the expropriation of private property into the commons or public goods to ensure that everyone would have access to what they needed without being forced to sell their labor to get it, arguing:.

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Anarcho-communism saw anarchism as more complex than that, that anarchist tendencies are not mutually exclusive as the platformists saw it and that both individualist and communist views could accommodate anarchosyndicalism.

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Anarcho-communism entered into internal debates over the organization issue in the post-World War II era.

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Anarcho-communism has been critical of a simple call for workers' ownership of workplaces and their administration as cooperatives.

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Anarcho-communism proposes that the future society be organized territorially through free communes instead of industrially through workers' unions.

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Anarcho-communism calls for a decentralized confederal form in relationships of mutual aid and free association between communes as an alternative to the centralism of the nation-state.

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