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Marx's views overlapped with anarchists in his goals at least: a society without the state, classes, capitalism, wages, or any other form of oppression. But his strategy was for the working class and its allies among the oppressed to take centralized state power--either by getting elected to the existing state, or by overthrowing it and creating a new state, the "dictatorship of the proletariat." This was the point on which he split the First International with Bakunin. This doesn't mean that anarchists cannot learn from aspects of Marx's Marxism. Certainly Bakunin respected Marx's political economic analysis of how capitalism worked, his historical materialism (without the determinism), his class analysis, and other aspects--without agreeing to Marx's statism and centralism. And there has long been a libertarian-humanistic minority trend among Marxists who have politics similar to anarchism.