What We Believe

Our members are anarchists, anarcho-communists, communalists, syndicalists, democratic confederalists, social ecologists, council communists and others interested in municipalist politics. That's a lot of isms to say within our ranks are wide variety of left-libertarian voices. We don't agree on everything.

Like the rest of the DSA-LSC, we believe deeply in the principles of freedom, solidarity and democracy. Without them, our organizing efforts are best, ineffective, and at worst, radical liberal lifestylism.

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We welcome anyone interested in free left thought with new perspectives on libertarian socialism who lives or works in the five boroughs, Northern NJ, Long Island, the Hudson Valley or Southern Connecticut to join us. Our General Assemblies are open to the public, but voting is reserved for section members.

Anarchist, communist and collectivist ideas are not mutually exclusive—although the collectivist anarchists advocated compensation for labour, some held out the possibility of a post-revolutionary transition to a communist system of distribution according to need.

Anarcho-communism, also known as anarchist-communism, communist anarchism and libertarian communism, is a theory of anarchism that advocates abolition of the state, markets, money, private property (while retaining respect for personal property)

Anarcho-communism developed out of radical socialist currents after the French Revolution,

Anarcho-syndicalists view labour unions as a potential force for revolutionary social change, replacing capitalism and the state with a new society democratically self-managed by workers. The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are workers' solidarity, direct action and workers' self-management. Anarcho-syndicalists believe that only direct action—that is, action concentrated on directly attaining a goal as opposed to indirect action such as electing a representative to a government position—will allow workers to liberate themselves.

Individualist anarchism refers to several traditions of thought within the anarchist movement that emphasise the individual and their will over any kinds of external determinants such as groups, society, traditions and ideological systems. Individualist anarchism is not a single philosophy, but it instead refers to a group of individualistic philosophies that sometimes are in conflict.