Anarchism; more popular than marxism?

Philip L Ferguson PLF13 at
Wed Dec 8 21:46:09 MST 1999

I would say that in some countries, most particularly some of the most
developed capitlaist countries, this is probably true at present.

I would say this is the result of very negative social/economic trends.

The working class suffered hammer blows in the 1980s and is weaker
organisationally and in terms of consciousness than in decades, maybe at
any time this century.  It is in these conditions that all kinds of middle
class trends gain ground/move into the vacuum.

The anarchists of today, moreover, are not like the revolutionary
anarchists of Durruti in Spain or even the anarchists Marx had to contend
with.  Compared to today's young anarchists, Bakunin looks good.

What strikes me about the anarchist milieu in NZ is that it is a bunch of
declassed blank generation members.  They are by and large virulently
anti-working class, especially hostile to workers who actually commit the
original sin of having jobs.

They organise daft campaigns like 'No shopping days', which is also
anti-working class.  And when they aren't engaged in non-shopping or
smoking dope they are out destroying GM potato crops.  They have turned
know-nothingness into a lifestyle option and political - in fact apolitical
- stance.  They are happy to be ignorant and want to stay that way.

They're liked a scruffied up version of the middle class which lives off
surplus-value and does everything possible not to know, or face up to then
fact, they are doing this.

Their rage is incoherent and wants to stay that way.

When the next generation of workers gets itself together and the class
moves to the centre of politics again, the blank generation anarchists will
be reduced to complete irrelevance again, just as they were the last time
the class was in motion.

Philip Ferguson

PS: Which is not to say that Marxists shouldn't learn to throw bricks and
be prepared to do so on *relevant* occasions.

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