Below can be found links to articles published on the E&L website related to ‘What is Communism’?

1. WHY EMANCIPATION AND LIBERATION – 

Emancipation and Liberation are heady words. Yet it is vital that we give serious consideration to what we stand for, not merely what we are against – RCN collective statement

2. ROADS TO FREEDOM – OR DID MARX CHANGE HIS MIND? – Bob Goupillot

3. WELL, THE CRISIS OF CAPITALISM HAS ARRIVED – SO, WHAT DO WE DO NOW – Allan Armstrong for the RCN

(This article outlines the immediate relevance of a communist/republican socialist vision and strategy in the light of the post-2008 crisis of capitalism)

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Debates within the commune

(the commune was an openly communist organisation, which included marxist autonomists, dissident trotskyists and republican communists (RCN). Whilst the RCN made a growing impact in the SSP pursuing a socialist republican ‘internationalism from below policy’, highlighted in two Republican Socialist Conventions, those, particularly from an old Militant background, did not want their understanding of socialism questioned. So, whilst remaining a platform in the SSP to further advance republican socialist politics, the RCN also joined the commune to advance communist politics and hosted three Global Commune conferences in Edinburgh)

a) THE GLOBAL COMMUNE

b) REPORT OF THE FIRST GLOBAL COMMUNE MEETING – Mary McGregor for the RCN

c) REPORT OF THE SECOND GLOBAL COMMUNE MEETING

Follow-up debate

i) THE COMMUNIST CASE FOR INTERNATIONALISM FROM BELOW – Allan Armstrong and Bob Goupillot (RCN), Clifford Biddulph (dissident trotskyist)

ii) THE SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERNDUM DEBATE Part 3 – Allan Armstrong and Bob Goupillot (RCN), Barry Biddulph (dissident trotskysist), Joe Thorne (autonomist marxist)

c) THE THIRD GLOBAL COMMUNE EVENT – TRADE UNIONS IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY

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DEBATING THE POSSIBILITY OF COMMUNISM, Allan Armstrong, Bob Goupillot and Iain Roberson (RCN)

6. COMMUNISM AND HUMAN NATURE, RCN

7. THE REPUBLICAN COMMUNIST NETWORK (SCOTLAND) – WHAT WE STAND FOR

8. COMMUNIST RELATIONS TODAY, CAPITALIST RELATIONS TOMORROW Iain Robertson (RCN)

9. EXPLOITATION, OPPRESSION AND ALIENATION: EMANCIPATION, LIBERATION AND SELF-DETERMINATION- Allan Armstrong (RCN)

10. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE RCN’S ‘WHAT WE STAND FOR’ – RCN

11. MORE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE RCN’S ‘WHAT WE STAND FOR’ – RCN

12. NEW RCN STATEMENT

13. WHAT IS SOCIALISM/-ANSWER FROM A HUMANIST MARXIST POINT OF VIEW – Kevin B. Anderson, International Marxist Humanists

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The RCN has also published a pamphlet, by Bob Goupillot and Iain Robertson

14. WHY COMMUNISM IS POSSIBLE – £1 including p&p

15. COMMUNISM – THE EVER PRESENT SPECTRE WITHIN CAPITALISM – The Communist Tendency: Our Analysis and Draft Political Programme – Allan Armstrong and Brian Higgins (RCN) January 1999 – £1 including p&p

The two together for £1.50 including p&p

These two pamphlets are directly available from the RCF

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