Telekommunisten Manifesto

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Dmytri Kleiner:

"The first step in the revolution of the working class is to develop a network of enterprises where people produce for social value and share as equals, and to build and expand the economic size of these enterprises to raise the organized proletariat to the position of being the dominant economic class. Only when workers control their own production can we win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its expanding economic power to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to decentralise all instruments of production into a common stock directly in the hands of those whose production depends on it.

Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of structuring our enterprises on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; which appear economically insufficient and untenable, and contrary to our ends, but which, in the course of the movement, impose further transformations upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionising the mode of production.

These measures will, of course, be different in different communities.

Nevertheless, in most communities, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Mutualisation of all instruments of production and application of all rents to mutual purposes.

2. Establishment of a guaranteed income in the form of a dividend paid to each member of the community equal in amount to their per-capita share of all mutually collected rent.

3. The right to membership of all who contribute their labour and awarding of membership only by contribution of labour, not by inheritance, purchase or transfer of any kind.

4. A binding agreement with all member enterprises to forgo all private ownership of their own productive assets and instead take possession of what they need by renting it from the mutual common stock.

5. Establishment of a mutual bond market, where bonds are sold at auction for the purpose of building the common stock of productive assets.

6. Development of resources that put the means of communication and transport in the hands of all members.

7. Provide to all enterprises the opportunity to acquire and extend the available instruments of production to the greatest degree possible.

8. Equal opportunity of all to participate and produce.

9. Abolition of all the distinction between producers and consumers and and the transformation of relations from market based transactions to generalized distribution, where production of social value takes precedent over the production of goods for sale.

10. Establish knowledge and skill sharing networks and systems of support for all members, and provide opportunities to develop skills by contribution production.

When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been distributed in the hands of a vast association of the whole world, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another. If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organise itself as a class, if, by means of a organisation, it makes itself the ruling class, and, as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class.

In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all." (