Smashing the Orderly Party
Sub-titled “An Anarchists’ Critique of Leninism,” this zine does what it sets out to do—presents a critique of the political theory of Leninism. It provides a good overview of why anarchists are against Leninists and the failings of Leninism as a political theory. It covers both historical aspects and contemporary aspects of Leninism. Compared to other texts on the topic it doesn’t dwell on history, but rather seeks to show how Leninism both in its historical and contemporary manifestations is an authoritarian and reformist theory that fails to challenge the state and capitalism.
Although we should not back down from critiquing authoritarian socialists, we should recognize their relative weakness in the current context. It can be important for anarchists to establish the autonomous space for anarchy by distancing themselves from the Left.
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