The following posts are all the essays which comprise my book “The Reclamation of Communism.” I have posted them in reverse order so that they will read, in descending order, from the first essay to the last, as they appear in the book. Of course they can all be understood as standalone essays, but for the best context begin reading with the essay below titled “The Reclamation of Communism,” and keep reading as they descend from there.
This is the most common anarchist ideology. It has it’s roots in the French revolution, but developed out of the Anarchist section of the First International Communist Assembly. It was arguably made most popular, and heavily influenced by Peter Kropotkin’s “The Conquest of Bread.” In which Kropotkin describes how a fully Communist society may be achieved, and how it could work, as well as refuting arguments against Communism, such as the common belief that communism causes people to be lazy or kills creativity. Kropotkin also diverged from many traditional Anarchists in his refutation of all forms of currency, even the “labor notes” favored by Bakunin.
Anarcho-Communists advocate for communism, just like Marxists, Leninists, Luxemburgists, and other Communists. However, “AnComs” differ in their rejection of a Transitional-State all-together. Anarcho-Communists believe that Communism can be achieved directly out of a revolution of the working class. Like other forms of Anarchism, Anarcho-Communists not only reject the necessity of a Government as a State, they believe that these State-type-Governments actually perpetuate Capitalist systems, and cannot ever lead to Communism. AnComs do not believe that any State-type-Government will ever, or can ever, “wither away.” They believe that Government as a State must be deliberately dismantled by the working class instead, and immediately replaced by Governmental systems that are not, to paraphrase Friedrich Engels: “held above the people.”