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Smashing the state versus the "state machine"

As part of the work on revising AFAQ, I've spent some time recreating the Marxist theory of the state and comparing it to the anarchist one as well as the version Lenin expounded in "State and Revolution". As noted, I've come to the conclusion that the SPGB (and its sister parties) are right -- Lenin distorted Marx's theory.

Hal Draper, Numpty!

(I've changed the title from Muppet to Numpty, which is a good Scots word meaning "Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others." I've also taken the opportunity of improving the writing somewhat.)

Mutual Aid -- suggestions please!

I've been asked by Freedom Press to do the introduction to their new edition of Kropotkin's Mutual Aid.

I can cover the political aspects of it well enough, how it fits into communist-anarchism as well as how others have misrepresented it. I was wondering if anyone could suggest some resources on how it has stood the test of time in biology/evolutionary circles?

Many thanks!

Cutting wages and solving the crisis...

While it has not become widespread, yet, we are sure to see calls for wage cuts to solve the current economic crisis. We must, apparently, tighten our belts in order to make more profits for the idiots who got us into this mess...

Yet, it is hard on the surface to advance such a call. As one left-wing Keynesian notes:

"This dismal experience comes on top of three decades of wage stagnation during which household income only grew because of longer working hours and having both household heads work."

Another letter to Weekly Worker

Well, the debate in the CPGB's Weekly Worker continues. Here is my follow up letter, covering the basics. If anyone is interested in the subject, my article critiquing the SWP's analysis of the rise of Stalinism should be consulted:

How the Revolution was Lost?

This is being printed (over three issues) in Black Flag just now.

Anyway, here is the letter.

Dear Weekly Worker

Now with added pirates!

Now with added pirates!

Headlines I did not expect to see:

Pirates release French yacht crew

Off the coast of that "anarcho"-capitalist utopia, Somalia. I wonder if the ideologues will using that as a selling point? I can just see it now:

"Not only does anarcho-capitalism hold the possibility of voluntary slavery, you can also be a pirate! Just like in the movies..."

Letter to Anarchy

Well, I seem to have pissed off Lawrence Jarach of Anarchy magazine. Not sure how, exactly. Maybe it was my letters critiquing their attacks on Platformism a few years back. If you are interested, they are:

Letter to Weekly Worker

I send letters reasonably often. I've just sent one to the UK based Weekly Worker on the Russian revolution. They edited it down, and cut out a couple of key points. Their version can be found here. They removed a key quote from Engels and the awkward fact that the Bolsheviks onslaught against the soviets started before the civil war, amongst others...

Is there much point in doing this? Does it have in impact? Or is it water off a duck's back?

Anyway, here is the letter in its original form.

Worth doing?

Well, I could have a blog. Would this be of interest to anyone bar me?

I'm currently revising section H of An Anarchist FAQ and I've confirmed my opinion that Lenin not only distorted the anarchist theory in "State and Revolution", but also Marxist theory as well. The social democratic vision of revolution was, in fact, the orthodox Marxist one -- so the SPGB are right!


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