Since this issue has been literally flogged to death I wish to
make only two points. One is that a great many anarchists myself
included, adopt a critical stance to Bakunin's legacy as well as
towards the anarchist movement generally. Our rejection of Marxism
is not monolithic. Many anarchists openly recognize that Marx made
some very important contributions to revolutionary thought.
In giving the impression that anarchists, generally, view Marx
and Marxism as the incarnation of all evil, Ulli
is setting up a straw man that ban easily be knocked down.
He does the same thing in portraying anarchists as "advocates
of a secret network of cadres" which conludes with his matching
Bakunin up with Stalin. In over five years of involvement with the
anarchist movement I have only met one anarchist who liked this
idea on organization and he dropped out of sight quite some time
ago. We anarchists overwhelmingly advocate federalism as the basis
for organization just as Bakunin did in most of his writings.
The Red Menace can be a great paper but not if its writers
continue to engage in the kind of vindictiveness which underlies
an identification of someone like Bakunin with a butcher like Stalin.
For Anarchist Communism,
Published in The
Red Menace, Number 5, Summer 1980.