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Post – #Anarchism on the State — An Anarchist Critique

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.

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An Anarchist View of the Class Theory of the State

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.

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Some Lessons from Revolutionary History

Review of Loren Goldner, Revolution, Defeat, and Theoretical Underdevelopment: Russia, Turkey, Spain, Bolivia (2017). A review of a book by a libertarian Marxist sympathetic to anarchism who analyses four revolutions in the 20th century and discusses their lessons.

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Democracy, Radical Democracy, and #Anarchism—A Discussion

Review of Markus Lundstrom, Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy.

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The Limits of Hegemony

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.

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