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Democracy, Radical Democracy, and Anarchism—A Discussion

  • Posted on: 13 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

Review of Markus Lundstrom, Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy

Reviewing Lundstrom's "Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy" leads to a discussion of what "radical democracy" could mean and whether anarchists should support it. Some anarchists oppose "democracy" of any sort because they regard "majority rule" as inherently oppressive and un-anarchist. This view is criticized and rejected in favor of a view of anarchism as democracy without a state.

National Self-Determination, Internationalism, and Libertarian Socialism

  • Posted on: 9 January 2018
  • By: thecollective

Some anarchists and libertarian Marxists oppose the concepts of national self-determination and national liberation. They argue that these slogans deny class struggle, endorse nationalism, is contrary to anarchist principles, and lead to Leninism. I respond to these arguments, saying that anarchists should be in solidarity with the people of oppressed nations without endorsing their nationalist leaders.

The Revival of U.S. Socialism – And an Anarchist Response

  • Posted on: 8 January 2018
  • By: thecollective

There has been an increase of U.S. interest in “socialism,” especially among young adults. What is the significance of this? What does “socialism” mean to people? Why is this happening now? What is holding back the development of a socialist movement? What should be the reaction of anarchists and other anti-authoritarian socialists?

The Limits of Hegemony

  • Posted on: 3 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

Review of Jonathan M. Smucker, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals
How can we build an effective popular movement to change society? That is the subject of this book, which has been widely praised. In my opinion, it has important and profoundly true things to say, but is politically unbalanced and mistaken in certain ways.

An Anarchist Defense of National Self-Determination and Liberation

  • Posted on: 14 November 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Wayne Price

Some anarchists and libertarian Marxists oppose the concepts of national self-determination and national liberation. They argue that these slogans deny class struggle, endorse nationalism, is contrary to anarchist principles, and lead to Leninism. I respond to these arguments, saying that anarchists should be in solidarity with the people of oppressed nations without endorsing their nationalist leaders.

Free Speech, Democracy, and “Repressive Tolerance”

  • Posted on: 9 July 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

There has recently been controversy on the Left over "free speech" for right-wingers (not necessarily fascists). Should it be supported or physically opposed? Some leftists have revived interest in the ideas of Herbert Marcuse on "repressive tolerance" and why it should be opposed. Marcuse's theory is reviewed and arguments are raised against it from a revolutionary anti-authoritarian perspective.

Individualist Anarchism vs. Social Anarchism

  • Posted on: 29 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by Wayne Price

This C4SS discussion about anarchism and democracy has been intriguing—even though I am one of only two writers who have regarded them as compatible concepts. The brief essay by Grayson, “Demolish the Demos,” is especially useful. It clarifies what is at the root of the disagreement among anarchists about democracy. The basic issue, I believe, is not what we mean by “democracy” but what we mean by “anarchism.” It is the commitment to an “individualist” interpretation of anarchism which lead to a rejection of radical democracy. I believe that this leads, contrary to anyone’s intentions, in an authoritarian direction.

The First International and the Development of Anarchism and Marxism

  • Posted on: 15 June 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

Anarchism originated in the 1st International, through the Marx-Bakunin split.

There are recent histories of the First International researched from anarchist perspectives, which balance the dominant Marxist narrative. Both sides had their strengths and weaknesses, but overall the anarchists had the better program.

The Vision of Revolutionary Anarchism

  • Posted on: 29 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

Under the title, "The Two Main Trends in Anarchism," a selection of my writings has been published in Greek. ΟΙ ΔΥΟ ΚΥΡΙΕΣ ΤΑΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΑΡΧΙΣΜΟΥ. The writings are taken from Anarkismo, except for the following, which was written originally for the new book. It focuses on the centrality of a vision of freedom, cooperation, and happiness in the program of anarchist-socialism.

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