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Freedom Revolution In 1922 Emma Goldman complained Soviet Russia had become the modern socialist Lourdes to which the blind and the lame the deaf and the dumb were flocking for miraculous cures1 The Russian Revolution was the first occasion where decades of revolutionary ideas could be applied to real life What was theory was now practice The struggle between the two concepts of revolution - the statist-centralist and the libertarian federalist - moved from the realm of the abstract to the concrete The question thrown up by the October revolution is fundamental Once capitalism has been defeated how is communism to be achieved While there are certainly faults to be found with aspects of the anarchist movement at least it cannot be criticised for getting the basics wrong Anarchists have consistently argued that freedom and democracy are not optional extras Rather they form part of the conditions necessary for the growth of communism What is socialism How does one create a communist society The answer lies in our conception of socialism What is meant by socialism The classic definition is that of society run according to the dictum from each according to hisher ability to each according to hisher needs To anarchists material equality is one dimension to socialism but there is another of equal importance that of freedom The world has enough wealth to provide for all our material comforts Socialism seeks to liberate people from the constant worries about mortgages or landlords the rising cost of living and the numerous other issues trivial yet vital that grind us down in our daily life Whats more socialism must also give us the power to control our own lives power to take control of our own destinies For our entire lives from school to the workplace we are forced to obey somebody elses order treated like children or bits of machinery Human beings have great potential but for
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