我们每天醒来，上班，接过任务。我们坐着工作，计算着何时回家，何时周末，何时放假，做着白日梦。或者更糟糕，我们没找到工作，靠着 救济勉强度日。我们为一张账单焦虑不安，为赚取租金四处奔波，事实上每个月末我们银行存款只有那么丁点变化。我们怀疑能否在将来一天成家立室，想了想或许 是明年吧。我们为政府再次发起战争而愤怒，因为我们被无视了。我们看着气候变化的新闻，想象不出孩子的未来。1
问题在于，我们每天都在重建一个不服务于我们的世界，而且是失控的世界。我们不再是人类，我们是人力，是一个机器上的齿轮，这个机器只有一个目的： 利益。对利益的无尽追求使得我们深陷在枯燥的工作中，或者失业时四处游走寻找工作。这使得我们每月都要为房租或者房贷思虑。这使得这个星球环境灾害频发， 而世界领袖自命不凡。
在这个世界，每样东西都 有价格。每天，越来越多的东西进入市场。一个世纪前，这个东西是汽车，今天连DNA和地球空气都有价格。对于生命中愉悦我们的东西——友谊，爱，玩乐—— 有标上价格的想法那就是荒谬的，甚至是可憎的。这会令我们感到荒谬，是因为市场运作的原则与我们生活运作的原则并不相同。市场力量使得亿万饥荒和食物过剩 能同时发生。数百万人无法承担起治愈艾滋病的药物，而制药公司在营销和管理上花费过半的预算。市场不能辨别人类的需求，除非需求能用现金交易。获得现金的 唯一方法是为老板打工或者申请救济。为工资而工作，我们的身体和智力进入了市场，成为了可以买卖的东西。
当我们工作，我们创造的东西比放在市场上卖的还要多。但是我们没有得到符合创造价值的回报，否则就没有什么东西作为利润留给老板了。如果公司不能得 到足够的利润，它就会倒闭，我们被解雇，资金投资到别处。老板的利益和我们的利益不是一致的。市场的问题不是价格太高或者供应不足。问题是踏跺规则或者太 少。问题是所有物品都有价格。在市场的世界里，人们的需求多样只因那些富人能用金钱满足自己。所有政府为维护这个秩序而运作，有时抛出民主和福利的萝卜， 有时挥舞独裁和战争的大棒。这不是属于我们的世界。
每一天都有普通人在反击。工人组织罢工，占领反抗，在这个非人道的世界为人类需求而站起来奋争。这个网站就是为他们而建。你们。我们。除了劳动力没 有别的可以卖，除了枷锁没有别的可以失去的人们。被寂静的世界无时无刻不被吸着血的人们。当我们为我们的需求奋起抗争，我们能够预见一个不同的世界，一个 遵循“从人人各尽所能发展成人人各取所需的社会”原则的世界。一个属于自由和社区的世界——自由共产主义。
libcom是自由共产主义（libertarian communism）的缩写，自由共产主义是我们认同的政治理念。自由共产主义是伴随人类社会发展，紧密绞合的互助和团结的政治表达。人类互助的倾向贯穿 整个社会。每天细微之处都可做例证，人们组织集体聚餐，在楼梯间帮助陌生人抬婴儿车。人们也可以更直白的方式表达自己，例如工人团结罢工声援另一地方的工 人团体，就像2005年英航行李搬运工为盖特美食公司员工做的那样。工人们也可以爆发并发展成社会中有影响力的力量，如同这些工人运动，2001年阿根 廷，今天的希腊，1980年韩国光州，1974年葡萄牙，1968年法国，1956年匈牙利，1936年西班牙，1917年俄罗斯，1871年巴黎……
我们首先认同工人们团结互助和抗争的历史，无论他们是不是作为一个自由共产主义者去运动（如西班牙革命的工人）。我们也受到别的理论上和实际上的传 统的影响，例如无政府共产主义，无政府工团主义，极左，左翼共产主义，自由马克思主义，议会共产主义等。我们支持撰写者和组织，包括卡尔马克 思，Gilles Dauvé, Maurice Brinton, Wildcat Germany, Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, prole.info, Aufheben, Solidarity, the situationists, Spanish CNT等。
libcom.org is a resource for all people who wish to fight to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions. We want to discuss, learn from successes and failures of the past and develop strategies to increase the power we, as ordinary people, have over our own lives.
We wake up every day to go to work, taking orders from a manager. We sit at work counting down the minutes until we go home, counting down the days until the weekend, counting down the weeks until our next holiday, wishing our lives away. Or worse, we can’t find a job, so we have to scrape by on benefits. We worry about paying the bills and making rent and we always seem to have the same bank balance at the end of every month. We wonder if we’ll be able to put anything by to one day start a family, and think maybe next year. We get angry about the latest war the government’s decided to start, and they’re ignoring us again. We watch the latest news on climate change and wonder if our children have a future.
The problem is that every day we recreate a world that wasn’t built to serve our needs and is not under our control. We are not human beings, we are human resources, cogs in a machine that knows only one purpose: profit. The endless pursuit of profit keeps us stuck in boring jobs, or looking for them when we’re out of work. It keeps us worrying about the rent or mortgage payments every month when our homes were long since built and paid for. It keeps the planet on course for an environmental disaster as climate change accelerates and world leaders pontificate.
In this world, everything has its price. Every day, more and more things enter the market. A century ago it was automobiles, today even DNA and the Earth’s atmosphere have a price. For those things which we enjoy most in life – friendship, love, play – the idea of giving them a price is absurd or even obscene. The idea strikes us as absurd because the market does not work by the same principles we do. ‘Market forces’ leave hundreds of millions starving in a world with surplus food. Millions die of preventable diseases while pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than basic research. The market does not recognise human needs unless they are backed up with cash. The only way to get the cash is to work for a boss or claim benefits. By working for a wage, our own bodies and minds enter the market as things to be bought and sold.
When we work, we create more things which can be sold on the market. But we don’t get paid the full value of what we create, otherwise there would be nothing left over as profit for the bosses. If the company can’t make big enough profits, it will shut down, we will be made redundant and the money will be invested elsewhere. The bosses’ interests are not the same as ours. The problem with the market is not that prices are too high or supply too short. The problem is not too much regulation or too little. The problem is that everything has a price. In the world of the market human needs only feature if those humans happen to be rich enough to satisfy them. The world’s governments all work to uphold this order, sometimes with the carrots of democracy and welfare, sometimes with the sticks of dictatorship and warfare. This is not our world.
Every day, ordinary people are fighting back. Workers organise, strike, occupy and revolt, standing up for human needs in an inhuman world. This site is for them. You. Us. Those of us with nothing to sell but our labour power and nothing to lose but our chains. Those of us whose lives this deadening world sucks dry like a vampire. When we stand up for our needs, we foreshadow a different world, a world based on the principle ‘from each according to ability, to each according to needs.’ A world of liberty and community – libertarian communism.
The name libcom is an abbreviation of “libertarian communism”, the political idea we identify with. Libertarian communism is the political expression of the ever-present strands of co-operation and solidarity in human societies. These currents of mutual aid can be found throughout society. In tiny everyday examples such as people collectively organising a meal, or helping a stranger carry a pram down a flight of stairs. They can also manifest themselves in more visible ways, such as one group of workers having a solidarity strike in support of other workers as the BA baggage handlers did for Gate Gourmet catering staff in 2005. They can also explode and become a predominant force in society such as in the events across Argentina in 2001, in Portugal 1974, Italy in the 1960s-70s, France 1968, Hungary ’56, Spain 1936, Russia 1917, Paris 1871…
We identify primarily with the trends of workers’ solidarity, co-operation, direct action and struggle throughout history, whether they were self-consciously libertarian communist (such as in the Spanish revolution) or not. We are also influenced by certain specific theoretical and practical traditions, such as anarchist-communism, anarcho-syndicalism, the ultra-left, left communism, libertarian Marxism, council communism and others.
We have sympathies with writers and organisations including Karl Marx, Gilles Dauvé, Maurice Brinton, Wildcat Germany, Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, prole.info, Aufheben, Solidarity, the situationists, Spanish CNT and others.
However, we recognise the limitations of applying these ideas and organisational forms to contemporary society. We emphasise understanding and transforming the social relationships we experience here and now in our everyday lives to better our circumstances and protect the planet, whilst still learning from the mistakes and successes of previous working class movements and ideas.
The site contains news and analysis of workers’ struggles, discussions and a constantly growing archive of over 16,000 articles contributed by our 10,000+ users ranging from history and biographies to theoretical texts, complete books and pamphlets. We have incorporated several other online archives over the years, and in addition have hundreds of exclusive texts written or scanned by or for us. We are completely independent of all trade unions and political parties; the site is funded entirely by subs from our volunteer administrators and donations from users.
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