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  1. Against Anarchism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    A critical theory of the public sphere should incorporate neo-anarchism’s best insights, while rejecting wholesale anarchism. Neo-anarchism fails to sustain the tension between fact and norm required by a critical theory.
  2. Anarchism: How Not to Make a Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1997
  3. Anarchism in the Rear-view Mirror
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    This is not an attack on the militancy of our libertarian comrades. This text is an attempt to clarify our practices to avoid repeating the historical mistakes of the labor movement, addresses the comrades who are beginning to make a synthesis between Marxism and anarchism.
  4. Anarchism and Marxism
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Political movements focused on achieving human liberation through political action.
  5. Anarchism vs. Marxism: A few notes on an old theme
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1978
    Anarchist critiques of Marxism typically reveal a lack of knowledge of what Karl Marx actually wrote, resulting in sterile denunciations of a straw-man opponent.
  6. The "Anarcho-Liberal"
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    The diversity of the global justice movement is undeniable, but to the extent its prominent intellectual voices represented broader trends, we can see the crystallization of a new type of radical that would come to prominence on the Left. The reconfiguration of the Left at the end of the twentieth century created a void. The “anarcho-liberal” filled it.
  7. Bakunin vs. Marx
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1978
    The anarchist-Marxist split started with Bakunin, who systematically misrepresented Marx's positions.
  8. The Bakuninists at Work
    An account of the Spanish revolt in the summer of 1873

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1873
    This series of articles was written in the wake of the events in Spain during the summer of 1873, which were the culmination of the Spanish bourgeois revolution of 1868-74. Engels focused his attention on the involvement of the Spanish Bakuninists in the abortive cantonal revolts organised in the south and south-east of the country by the Intransigents, an extremist republican grouping that advocated the partition of Spain into independent cantons.
  9. Black Bloc
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    People who engage in protests wearing black clothing and masks and engaging in property damage. The tactic was developed in the 1980s by anti-nuclear activist autonomists, and was subsequently adopted by some anarchists, as well as some right-wing groups such as the autonomous nationalists of Europe. Black blocs lend themselves to infiltration by police and agents provocateurs, and it has often been alleged that their primary function, whether intentional or not, is to provide a pretext for police repression.
  10. Critique of Syndicalist Methods
    Trade-Unionism to Anarcho-Syndicalism

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1998
    Bonanno's 1975 meditation on the means to be used in pursuit of the anarchist project. Emphasizes the utility of unions in propagating capitalist control of industry and agriculture.
  11. Debating how to change the world
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    A review of Wobblies and Zapatistas, by Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic.
  12. In Defense of Leninism: Anarchist Organization and Vanguardism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2007
    The question of what, if any, type of revolutionary organization is necessary has always been a thorny one for anarchists.
  13. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution
    Volume I: State and Bureaucracy

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1977
    A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
  14. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution
    Volume IV: Critique of Other Socialisms

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
    Much of Karl Marx's most important work came out of his critique of other thinkers, including many socialists who differed significantly in their conceptions of socialism. Draper looks at these critiques to illuminate what Marx's socialism was, as well as what it was not.
  15. Listen Anarchist!
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1988
    Bufe criticizes many of the failings of the anarchist movement in North America, in theory and in practice.
  16. Marx, Bakunin, and the question of authoritarianism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Marx characterized the International as "a bond of union rather than a controlling force" and considered it "the business of the International Working Men's Association to combine and generalize the spontaneous movements of the working classes, but not to dictate or impose any doctrinary system whatever."
  17. Marx versus Bakunin
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
  18. Marxism vs. Anarchism Part 5
    From 1848 to the Bolshevik Revolution

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1996
    Seymour analyzes the syndicalist movements - which emphasized that the main obstacle to social revolution lay in the organizational weakness of the anarchist movement and the disorganization of the working class in general - that preceded World War I.
  19. Marxism vs. Anarchism Part 6
    1914-1918: Imperialist War and the Realignment of the Left

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1996
    The conclusion to a six part series, this article deals with how the formation of the Communist International, under the profound impact of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, culminated the realignment of the left which had begun in August 1914.
  20. The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1906
    Luxemburg writes that "the mass strike in Russia [in 1905] has been realised not as means of evading the political struggle of the working-class, and especially of parliamentarism, not as a means of jumping suddenly into the social revolution by means of a theatrical coup, but as a means, firstly, of creating for the proletariat the conditions of the daily political struggle and especially of parliamentarism. The revolutionary struggle in Russia, in which mass strikes are the most important weapon, is, by the working people, and above all by the proletariat, conducted for those political rights and conditions whose necessity and importance in the struggle for the emancipation of the working-class Marx and Engels first pointed out, and in opposition to anarchism fought for with all their might in the International."
  21. A Movement Without Demands?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    We claim that far from being a strength, the lack of demands reflects the weak ideological core of the movement. We also claim that demands should not be approached tactically but strategically, that is, they should be grounded in a long-term view of the political goals of the movement, a view that is currently lacking. Accordingly, in the second part of this text, we argue that this strategic view should be grounded in a politics of the commons.
  22. No Cheers For Anarchism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A successful movement requires compromise, organization, and yes, even leadership, to actually get things done, none of which appeal to anarchists.
  23. Platformism & Bolshevism
    Pamphlet published by the International Bolshevik Tendency: A polemic against platformist anarchism

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2002
  24. The Political Is Political: In Conversation With Yasmin Nair
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    An activist and writer based in Chicago, Nair is one of the founders of Against Equality, a group that was born in 2009, initially as an online archive of pieces that were critical of the gay-marriage movement and mainstream gay politics.
  25. The Politics of Impatience: An open letter from anarchists to the anarchist movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Militancy and dramatic tactics require trust, and trust is built by humbly listening to people who have their own ideas and plans for their liberation. It is now more than ever, exactly because of the urgency of the crisis created by capitalism, that we need to be careful that our actions are as respectful, strategic, and collectively discussed and agreed-on as possible.
  26. Red Menace #3
    Volume 2, Number 2 - Spring 1978

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1978
    A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
  27. Red Menace #4
    Volume 3, Number 1 - Winter 1979

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1979
    A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
  28. Root & Branch: A Libertarian Socialist Journal, #4
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1973
  29. The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
    A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
  30. Slippery Slopes (the Anarchists in Spain)
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    Written in 1939 by a member of FORU (Regional Workers Federation of Uruguay), this book — a scathing indictment of the leaders of the Spanish CNT and FAI for their “betrayal” of anarchist principles — contains, in addition to official documents and proclamations of the CNT and FAI and articles from the Spanish and international anarchosyndicalist press.
  31. Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism an Unbridgeable Chasm
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    For some two centuries, anarchism -- a very ecumenical body of anti-authoritarian ideas -- developed in the tension between two basically contradictory tendencies: a personalistic commitment to individual autonomy and a collectivist commitment to social freedom. These tendencies have by no means been reconciled in the history of libertarian thought. Indeed, for much of the last century, they simply coexisted within anarchism as a minimalist credo of opposition tothe State rather than as a maximalist credo that articulated the kind of new society that had to becreated in its place.
  32. Socialism and Anarchism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1889
    Morris repudiates the anarchist view that freedom from authority means the individual doing what he pleases under all circumstances. This, he says is "an absolute negation of society".
  33. The Spanish Revolution, Past and Future: Grandeur and Poverty of Anarchism
    Howe the Working Class Takes Over (or Doesn't), Then and Now

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Looking at the Spanish Revolution, arguably the richest and deepest social revolution of the twentieth century.
  34. Staatlichkeit & Anarchie in der Spanischen Revolution
    Proletarische Revolution statt Staatsverneinung

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
  35. The Two Main Trends in Anarchism
    Alternate Tendencies of Anarchism

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The broad anarchist tradition of class struggle anarchism overlaps with libertarian interpretations of Marx.
  36. Why illegalism is stupid
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Doing illegal things makes us look like criminals in the minds of most people.

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