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Anarchism: A Marxist Criticism

by Edward Ward
Issue No. 2269

John Molyneux sets out to give a rational and intelligent response to the growing popularity of anarchism, as both movement and ideology.

He offers an extremely clear understanding of the history and philosophy of anarchism.

His analysis spans from Mikhail Bakunin to the Spanish Civil War, right up until the Arab Spring. It picks at anarchism’s weaknesses, but never forgetting its attractions.

It is a useful tool for understanding the intrinsic differences between the often misunderstood anarchist movements and Marxism.

While some authors on the left dismiss anarchic ideals as chaotic and reactionary, Molyneux at points praises the movements for what they are. But he also stands strong in his defence of capturing the state, organisation and refutation of ultra‑individualistic ideology.

This is a must-read for anyone curious about anarchism. This critique of an ever-growing movement could not have come at a better time.

Anarchism: A Marxist Criticism
By John Molyneux

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Tue 13 Sep 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2269
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