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2. E.A. Preobrazhensky’s Book Anarchism and Communism, 1918

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This chapter begins with the fact that anarchists are continuously repeating in their brochures, newspapers and speeches that they oppose any and all coercion along with any state-power as an organ of violence. The anarchists' struggle against the proletarian state, at a time when this state has yet to complete its work of suppressing the resistance of the exploiters, has the inevitable effect, whatever their intention, of making them allies of the counter-revolutionaries. In the economic sphere, matters are even worse. The ultimate economic ideal of anarchism is simply a petty-bourgeois variant of capitalist commodity-economy and represents a step backwards even by comparison with developed capitalism. In order to clarify differences between the communist and anarchist programmes for the economic reconstruction of society, the chapter briefly sketches the tasks of communism in the realm of production and distribution.

Keywords:anarchism; anarchist economy; autocratic-landlord state; communism; communist economy; proletarian state



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