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I am clueless. How does the political and economic system work?
first, anonymous, please tag your posts so that people understand what the context for the question is (economics, after-the-revolution would both make sense here, apparently)

second, since there is a wikipedia entry on collectivist anarchism, which is apparently what you're talking about, i'm not sure what you're really asking? no one here identifies with that kind of anarchy, which sounds like communism-without-the-transition-period (as marx envisioned it, i guess?)... so this probably is not the best place to just dump that question and bail. why are you interested in it? does @ collectivism seem like a good vision of the future to you? if so, then we might have an interesting disagreement, but you'll have to engage a bit more, it seems.

or if you want to understand more how it worked historically (like in the spanish revolution), then clarifying that would probably get some of our historians engaged...

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To keep it simple:

Anarcho-collectivism->There are wages, to each according to his contribution. It was supported by Bakunin.

Anarcho-communism->No wages, to each according to his need. It was supported by Kropotkin.

Anarcho-collectivists think that value should be set and some kind of currency could be established, for example, labour-time vouchers (Check Cincinnati Time Store and anarchist Spanish organization of the economy during the civil war).

Anarcho-communists think that the value isn't only established by work, but that it depends on other factors, so it isn't measured properly, or it isn't desired to be set.

Personally, I think anarcho-communists are right there, because we can check the marginalist revolution in economy to see that subjective values are more efficient and people value products not only for the amount of social work involved.
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