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Berlin Courts’ Logic Supply Dangerously Low

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An interview with Lars Röhm about the fine against the FAU Berlin

In April, the FAU Berlin was charged 200 Euros for referring to itself as a union in its statutes. In December 2009, an injunction had been issued forcing them to remove the word union from all their publications. However the banned word remained in the statutes until mid-March as a change there would have taken several months. The management of the Babylon Mitte Cinema filed for the charges in February 2010. The injunction was also filed for by the same cinema’s management during a labor dispute with its employees, which the FAU Berlin was supporting. This is the first time that a workers’ association has been banned from calling itself a union in Germany. Lars Röhm has been the secretary of the FAU Berlin since 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

The Dead End of Nationalisation: how state ownership of industry does not, never has, and never will serve working class interests

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This post originally featured in Direct Action #46 Spring 2009

For over a century now all sorts of social democrats, Stalinists and Trotskyists have espoused the view that the state can be used to bring about a communist society through reforms and/or seizing the state on behalf of the workers. This has often been dubbed by libertarian communists as “state socialism”. One of the staple demands of this statist strategy is the nationalisation of banks and other industries, bringing them under the direction of the state. This is usually disguised in leftist terms like “public” or “social” ownership, offering the illusion of a “worker’s state”.

However, state ownership of industry is in no way a communist measure – by communism we mean a society free of state direction and based on direct democracy, common ownership and production for need, not want. Nationalisation takes control out of the workers’ hands and into those of the state, which bolsters the rule of class over class. In the Soviet Union, as in the West, there was still a small boss class who gained profit from the labour of the mass of the population. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm