Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX9637
"Anarchist communism" is a term used by some anarchists to describe their vision of a future society. The term, like the related terms "libertarian communism" or "libertarian socialism," has been used to distinguish this vision of the future society from the so-called "Communism" that existed in the former Soviet Union, its satellite states, and in China. Because these states appropriated the terms "Socialism" and "Communism" as labels for authoritarian Stalinist state-capitalist regimes, those who adhere to the original vision of Communism have felt a need to clearly distinguish what they stand for from Stalinist "Communism."
All of them refer to the project of creating a future society in which capitalism, private ownership of the means of production, and the capitalist state are abolished and replaced by common ownership of the means of production, direct democracy, and a horizontal network of voluntary associations and workers' councils with production and consumption.