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AN HOME PAGE FOR EAST MEDITERRANEAN LIBERTARIANS
Class war anarchists, Marxist autonomists, Communist libertarians, etc.
DO SOMETHING NOW TO INCREASE YOUR LIBERTY

FOR FREEDOM NOW!!!

Class war against all kinds of repression, exploitation and marginalization
Against colonialist Zionism, and all other reactionaries of the region

FOR FREEDOM FROM CAPITALIST IDEOLOGY
Get the police-man out of your head

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OPINIONS


"Non-anarchist" Marxist Libertarians

X wrote:

"To me, "Marxist" and "libertarian" are oxymorons! Every Marxist-inspired revolution was manifestly elitist,resolutely *betraying* whatever revolutionary ideals they espoused before they came to power. But I can see where my critiques would tick you off, obviously, if you hold your Marxism close to your heart."
Whether you like it or not X., there exists genuine libertarian currents within marxism, as for instance the council communist one and large parts of the autonomous marxist tradition.

One of my disagreements with these is on their "ultra- anarchism" regarding the organizational question. I have others, still I would claim that if more anarchist had been more open to learn from these currents, we had also seen less of elitist tendencies within contemporary anarchism.

It might also be interesting for you to know that the critique of anarchism coming from another, very old and peculiar marxist tradition, manifested in the pre-leninist Socialist Party of Great Britain (don't get mislead by the term party), is for example that Makhnovischina in the Ukraine had too much in common with the Bolshevism.

You also have other contemporary currents who refuse to call themselves either marxist or anarchist, but take whatever they find valuable within both traditions.

All of the above are anti-statist, and also, with the exception of the SPGB, anti-party. (The latter however define their party as an "organization of equals. There is no leader and there are no followers.") The council communist and marxist Anton Pannekoek wrote in 1941: "We claim that there is an internal contradiction in the term 'revolutionary party'. Such a party cannot be revolutionary. It is no more revolutionary than the creators of the Third Reich."

I have written something like this before to this list. I may have to repeat it further on. To refute all of marxism is a great dis-service to anarchism.

One may disagree with council communists, who sees no other role for revolutionaries than that of spreading information on actual working class struggles, but you cannot label it elitist or authoritarian.

H.

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