Add new comment

All that Ziq writes about state socialism (really state capitalism in practice) and Marxism-Leninism (Stalinism, including orthodox Trotskyism) is true. So is their reference to authoritarianism even in Marx's Marxism. Anarchism has nothing in common with these.

But there has also been a libertarian-autonomist tradition in Marxism (whether we agree with it or not), from William Morris to C.L.R. James and the council communists. And there has been a tradition within anarchism which has agreed with aspects of Marxist theory (such as its political economic analysis of how capitalism works) from Bakunin onward. Unlike Ziq, I and others think that anarchists can learn much from aspects of Marxism, without agreeing with its statist, centralist, and authoritarian program.