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An Infantile Disorder<sup>1</sup>: Anarchism And Marxism

Saul Newman

in The Politics of Postanarchism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748634958
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652846 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634958.003.0003
An Infantile Disorder1: Anarchism And Marxism

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This chapter re-examines the debate between anarchism and Marxism. It argues that anarchism provides an alternative theory of state power, one that sees the state as a largely autonomous political dimension which is not reducible to a class analysis or to the dominant mode of production. This alternative conceptualisation of the state led, during the nineteenth century, to a major dispute between anarchists and Marxists over revolutionary strategy and political organisation, a controversy that has become more significant today with the exhaustion of the Marxist-Leninist project. The chapter also develops a postanarchist approach to the autonomy of the political, contrasting this with various post-Marxist and neo-Schmittian perspectives that do not adequately address the problem of state sovereignty.

Keywords: Marxism; anarchism; state power; state sovereignty; revolutionary strategy; Marxist-Leninist project

Chapter.  11627 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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