Racial oppression is rooted in capitalism. White people are not oppressed as white people, but do suffer from capitalism in other ways. White anti-racism cannot only be based on moral values but must also be related to their own oppressions caused by capitalism.Continue reading Why Racism? Why Anti-Racism? – Can White People be Allies of People of Color?
An anarchist view of the U.S. rebellion against police actions and racism.Continue reading A Raging Fire in the United States – by Wayne Price
During the late 1930s, Leon Trotsky and John Dewey, a leading U.S. liberal, wrote essays on the relation of means and ends in politics, and on whether Leninism led to Stalinism. I am going to discuss these works from an anarchist perspective.Continue reading Wayne Price: Our Morals and Theirs – Means and Ends in Anarchist, Liberal, and Marxist Morals
**Many people regard anarchism and socialism as contradictory programs. This is based on the conception of “socialism” as state ownership of the economy. Yet historically, anarchists have regarded this program as “state socialism” or “authoritarian socialism.” They have rejected such views in favor of “anarchist-socialism” or “libertarian socialism.” This concept of anarchism as a variety of socialism remains important today in opposition to pro-capitalist “libertarianism” and to “democratic socialism”–that is, reformist state socialism.**Continue reading Are Anarchists Socialists? – Should Anarchists be (Libertarian) Socialists? Should Socialists be Anarchists?
In the 1980s I participated in a “dialogue” about anarchism and Marxism. Re-reading my writing now, when I am a revolutionary anarchist, I think that much of what I wrote then was wrong–with one exception. I went over certain key issues, such as the strengths and weaknesses of Marxism, the state, the revolutionary party, election participation, and national liberation–topics which are still important for anarchists and other radicals to consider and debate.Continue reading Some of My Past Political Mistakes – Re-evaluating a 1985 Dialogue on Anarchism and Marxism
The idea of a “Green New Deal” has been raised in response to the threat of climate and ecological catastrophe. Two such proposals are analyzed here and counterposed to the program of revolutionary libertarian ecosocialism.Continue reading A Green New Deal vs. Revolutionary Ecosocialism
A review of Peter Gelderloos’anarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.Continue reading Review of Peter Gelderloos, “Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”
There are almost no books on anarchism and African-American liberation, which makes this an exceptional work. It places racial oppression at the center of U.S. society, interacting and overlapping with all other forms of oppression and exploitation. The strengths and weaknesses of the work are reviewed.
Response to Saul Newman, “Anarchism, Marxism, and the Bonapartist State”. A review of the nature of the State as understood by anarchists, especially as proposed by the tendency called “post-anarchism.” This is done through a review of the opinions of Saul Newman, a leading proponent of post-anarchism, in his work, “Anarchism, Marxism, and the Bonapartist State.” The post-anarchist view is opposed by the class theory of the state, versions of which are raised by traditional, revolutionary anarchists and by Marx.
In order to understand government politics, it is necessary to have a theory of the state. The essay reviews classical anarchist and Marxist views of the class-based, pro-capitalist, nature of the state. But there are also non-class and non-capitalist influences on the state. These need to be integrated into a class theory of the state.