What does Libertarian Socialism entail?

Austin, Andrew austina at SPAMuwgb.edu
Fri Oct 13 20:25:58 MDT 2000

The libertarianism Chomsky has in mind is derived from quasi-anarchist
continential liberal philosophy. This is why Chomsky is fond of classicial
liberals like Jefferson and Smith. The idea of libertarian socialism
satisfies several of Chomsky's values, to wit, anarchism, rationalism,
individualism, and an anarcho-syndicalist conception of democratic
socialism. Chomsky likes all this because it fits with his theory of human

What does it entail? Chomsky seems to have different ideas at different
times, but he is fond of the Spanish Revolution.

As for the difference between Marxism and socialism it is probably accurate
to say that Marx was a communist who saw socialism, as he understood it, as
a means to an end. There are several others notions of socialism, and Marx
and Engels criticized these passionately. I don't think Chomsky's vision of
socialism fits with Marx's vision of transcending alientation.

Andrew Austin
Green Bay, WI

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Sharra
To: marxism at lists.panix.com
Sent: 10/13/00 4:56 PM
Subject: What does Libertarian Socialism entail?

About Chomsky, Chris Brady wrote:
>But his solutions
>are typically anarchist, or as he sometimes refers to them "libertarian

1. I am wondering if somebody can enlighten me on what entails a
such as "libertarian socialist". Does the libertarian bit come in
of the tendency to resist "authority" in the quest for absolute

2. What is the difference between Marxism and Socialism? The recent
biography on Karl Marx by Francis Wheen says there are up to 57
of Marxism. Isn't socialism one of them? How?

I would appreciate any references, but tempered with your individual


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