Written in Red

| March / April 2006

Publications of the sectarian left

Communism lives. You wouldn't know it by visiting a typical library or newsstand, or by reading daily papers. The Berlin Wall fell, the USSR disintegrated, and capitalism won. So goes common thinking.

Look carefully, though. Pockets of resistance survive, perhaps in your very neighborhood: barterers, gleaners, gift givers, people who live simply or act like anarchists and communists, whether or not they call themselves so. Envisioning the demise of oligarchy, the death of capitalism, and a world beyond electoral politics, some swear by self-rule alone. Others believe chiefly in the power of collective action and maybe even idealize a revolution in which workers seize control.