The ideas of anarchism have a long history on the left. They have inspired and influenced thousands of radicals across many generations. Yet experience has shown that anarchism – even at its most heroic – is inadequate as a theory for understanding society, or as a method for changing it. So how can we realise the vision of a classless, stateless, and fully emancipated society?
This reader puts together some of the best contemporary Marxist writing on the topic.
John Molyneux's work welcomes the revival of interest in radical ideas in recent times, but puts forward a systematic critique of anarchist approaches to the state, political organisation, and the individual. He examines the record of the anarchist movement in its 160-year-long history, and also tackles contemporary debates such as consensus decision-making and small-group direct action.
Also included are articles by Paul Blackledge and Mick Armstrong, forming an educational package perfect for those investigating the Marxist analysis of anarchism.