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I.8 Does revolutionary Spain show that libertarian socialism can work in practice?

I.8 Does revolutionary Spain show that libertarian socialism can work in practice?

Yes. Revolutionary Spain "shows you what human beings are like when they are trying to behave as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine." [George Orwell, Orwell in Spain, p. 254] At the heart of the transformation were the CNT (the National Confederation of Labour, an anarcho-syndicalist union) and the FAI (Iberian Anarchist Federation). As Murray Bookchin put it:

I.7 Won't Libertarian Socialism destroy individuality?

I.7 Won't Libertarian Socialism destroy individuality?

No. Libertarian socialism only suppresses individuality for those who are so shallow that they cannot separate their identity from what they own. However, be that as it may, this is an important objection to any form of socialism and, given the example of "socialist" Russia, needs to be discussed more.

I.6 What about the "Tragedy of the Commons"?

I.6 What about the "Tragedy of the Commons"?

The term "Tragedy of the Commons" is a phrase which is used to describe why, according to some, commonly owned resources will be destructively overused. The term was first coined by Garret Hardin in December 1968. ["The Tragedy of the Commons", Science, Vol. 162, No. 3859, pp. 1243-1248] It quickly became popular with those arguing against any form of collective ownership or socialism and would be the basis for many arguments for privatisation.

I.4 How could an anarchist economy function?

I.4 How could an anarchist economy function?

I.5 What could the social structure of anarchy look like?

I.5 What could the social structure of anarchy look like?

I.3 What could the economic structure of anarchy look like?

I.3 What could the economic structure of anarchy look like?

I.2 Is this a blueprint for an anarchist society?

I.2 Is this a blueprint for an anarchist society?

I.1 Isn't libertarian socialism an oxymoron?

I.1 Isn't libertarian socialism an oxymoron?

I.0 Section I Introduction

Section I - What would an anarchist society look like?

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