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

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

 

DEBATES 

i) FREEDOM COME ALL YE – WHY WE NEAD A TRLKY HUMAN AND DEMOCRATIC COMMUNISM   – Allan Armstrong

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

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

 

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OTHER ARTICLES

 

TIME, LABOUR AND THE OVERCOMING OF DOMINATION:REFECTIONS ON MARTIN HAGGLAND’S, THIS LIFE, SECULAR FAITH AND SPIRITUAL FREEDOM – Peter Hudis 

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

COMMUNISM AND HUMAN NATURE, RCN

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

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

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

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

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

NEW RCN STATEMENT

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

WHY COMMUNISM IS POSSIBLE – £1 including p&p

In addition we have a stock of COMMUNISM – THE EVER PRESENT SPECTRE WITHIN CAPITALISM – The Communist Tendency: Our Analysis and Draft Political Programme written by Allan Armstrong and Brian Higgins and published in January 1999 – £1 including p&p

The two can be bought together for £1.50 including p&p

These two pamphlets are directly available from the RCF

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