[Marxism] RE: Marxism is Fascist: How to Refute This?

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Mon Oct 17 08:06:41 MDT 2005

Two suggestions:

First, take a look at Trotsky’s “Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight 
It.” Since this is an early collection of mostly short essays, it 
should be supplemented by later ones. Go to 
http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/1930-ger/ for both.

What you will find is that the people you are talking to have no idea 
what they are talking about. They are using the word “fascism” to mean 
repression in general, without understanding the social roots of 
fascism or for more suspect reasons. They are opposed to revolution in 
general and prefer a self-satisfied existence as permanent critics of 
everything. The defeat of capitalism and the creation of a workers 
state is far from their agenda.

Second, not all anarchists have this opinion. In fact, most people 
declaring themselves anarchists don’t do it out of opposition to 
Marxist ideas or Marxist organizations, but simply because they prefer 
to operate without the constraints of an organization. They read, 
discuss, and then act as they feel impelled to. They don’t believe that 
creating an ideologically unified party of education, participation, 
and action is needed.

You might try to figure out why this particular group of self-described 
anarchists hold this opinion.

Anarchists who systematically attack Marx, usually do it because they 
have a different program, one that they fear will not stand the light 
of Marxist analysis. Instead of defending “Marxism” or “Leninism” or 
“Trotskyism,” ask them to explain their positive ideas; then compare 
them with yours as you study further.

Brian Shannon

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