Cranko wrote (edited )

Easiest way for me to respond here is just to link you to some folks' short-ish essays who have done it for me already, then add a couple points:

Listen, Marxist!

Socialism: Let’s Not Resuscitate the Worst Mistake of the 20th Century

I don't agree with everything here and the essays aren't directed only at Marx but it's better for me than writing an essay right now and there is stuff directed only at Marx.

Marx's work is built on Hegel's metaphysics which is state-centric, and implies that progress exists and that the model for progress put europe ahead of the rest of the world. For Hegel, black people were not even included in history. Importantly Marx's notion of progress from Hegel necessitated that all societies pass through industrialism before they could reach communism, which is nothing short of ecocidal.

His work is class-reductionist, workerist, and vanguardist - these three harmful ideas fit together in a triad of self-reinforcing ideology that allow the vanguard to claim authority in expertise and start practicing for being a politician.

On top of the racism that ziq mentioned, Marx is grossly antisemetic in his famous text On The Jewish Question, and regularly frames things hierarchically in an ethnocentric and pateralistic way. This is before we talk about how he was personally and how he treated anarchists, which I think the linked articles will touch on.


Cranko OP wrote

Came across this strange text today. Posting about it just because the first line was an interesting assertion:

Anarchism is by far the least broadly understood ideology and the least studied academically. Though highly influential, both historically and in terms of recent social movements, anarchism is regularly dismissed. Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach is a welcome addition to this growing field, which is widely debated but poorly understood. Occupying a distinctive position in the study of anarchist ideology, this volume – authored by a handpicked group of established and rising scholars – investigates how anarchists often seek to sharpen their message and struggle to determine what ideas and actions are central to their identity. Moving beyond defining anarchism as simply an ideology or political theory, this book examines the meanings of its key concepts, which have been divided into three categories: Core, Adjacent, and Peripheral concepts. Each chapter focuses on one important concept, shows how anarchists have understood the concept, and highlights its relationships to other concepts. Although anarchism is often thought of as a political topic, the interdisciplinary nature of Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach makes it of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences, liberal arts, and the humanities. Benjamin