This introduction is to briefly clarify what exactly the purpose of
these documents are.
In addition to the points of political principle that we outline in our "About Us" section these papers give an indication of the kind of methodology and organisational practices we advocate. Position Papers are also used to help expand and clarify our points of principle into both theoretical and practical
approaches to specific movements, struggles and ideas. It is our hope
that both of these serve as useful tools for criticism, communicating
our ideas and organisational work both inside and outside our
These positions are not carved in stone. Ideas must constantly be
debated and, even more importantly, tested in action. Without new
ideas there can be no progress. There is always room for disagreement
on policy and for the expansion of policy. If members were to find
themselves in major disagreement on several major areas of policy we
would encourage them to leave. We are not an organisation which
attempts to hold together people of widely differing ideas. Position
Papers that are no longer considered to be representative of the views
of the association or have not been debated after three years are held
on-line but labelled as "no longer relevant".
No one can predict or plan in advance how a revolution will occur.
The working class as a whole most exercise it's democratic control and
no organisation can substitute itself for the class. We are certainly
not one which would attempt to do so. These are a set of ideas which
we hope will win influence within the class. They are not any kind of
programme or carefully planed blueprint for revolutionary success. The
anarchist communist programme can only be located in the tasks
emerging from constructive activity and organisational work within the
class. The freedom of workers is ultimately the responsibility of the
No Longer Relevant
Reference texts form the theoretical platform from which Collective Action's ideas are drawn. We consider the below publications to be an excellent representation of the tradition in which we operate.
Social Anarchism and Organisation by the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Anarchist Communists: A Question of Class by the Federation of Anarchist Communists (Italy)
Tangled Threads of Revolution: Reflections on the FdCA's "Anarchist Communists: A Question of Class" by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)
The Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft) by the Group of Russian Anarchists Abroad
Manifesto of Libertarian Communism by Georges Fontenis, Federation Communiste Libertaire (France)