A video about ‘Who will do the unpopular tasks?’ and ‘Will people work enough?’
About Commonist Signals, Dangers of Central and Decentral Planning & Commonist Coordination via a Polycentral Network

A podcast that we very much enjoy ist Future Histories, there is an international/english version now. Many episodes aren’t about post-work models, but still one can learn a lot!


Ursula K. LeGuin: The Dispossed (Book, 1974) | Probably still the best novel about a anarchist society, thought-provoking and theoretically interesting.

Pjotr Kropotkin: The Conquest of Bread (Book, 1892) | A classic of anarcho-communist thought.

Alexander Bergman: ABC of Anarchism (Book, 1929) | Another classic of anarchist thought that Bergman wrote after his experience of bolshevist Russia, some utopian remarks in the later third. Also of interest Emma Goldman’s account “My disillusionment in Russia“.

Erich Mühsam: The Liberation of Society from the State: What is Communist Anarchism? (Book, 1932) | Mühsam participated in the Munich council republic and lays some foundations in this book.

Parecon (Participatory Economics) | Michael Albert (2003): Parecon: Life After Capitalism; Critic by Christian Siefkes | Often described as anarchist utopia with worker and consumer councils, but still forces people to work via wages.


Anitra Nelson: Beyond Money – A Postcapitalist Strategy | (Book, 2022)  | Nelson gives some ideas about a decentral kind of coordination beyond wage labour and money.

Council Communism

Group of International Communists of Holland (GIK): Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution (Book, 1930) | A relatively detailed, but unfinished, idea of decentralized work time planning, but still forces people to work via equal wages.

Anton Pannekoek: About Worker Councils | (Book, 1947)  | Pannekoek is a well-known council communist. His book doesn’t describe council organisation in detail, but it is a nice introduction.

Gift Economy

Genevieve Vaughan: Homo Donans (Book, 2006) | Vaughan describes a ‘maternal economy’ based on gift rather than exchange.

Cory Doctorow: Walkaway (Book, 2017) | A novel about leaving capitalism and building a post-scarcity gift economy. Although we don’t consider post-scarcity a precondition for post-work, the book still offers many interesting insights and thoughts.