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Is Anarchism ever going to happen in real life?

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I mean, what do Anarchists do in order to free themselves and people? How would we stop the government and such? Yeah, I lack the knowledge of this kind of things. But, all I want to know is whether we are going to abolish government, state power, etc. one day, and how are we going to do that? Are you doing anything right now in order to achieve that?
asked Apr 29, 2013 by anonymous
edited Apr 30, 2013
i believe searching for "practical" and maybe "practice" would turn up some posts you'd find interesting.

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It has already happened in real life. During the famous Spanish Civil War many different groups of Anarchists and Marxists worked to keep Franco's army and the fascists at bay. Most of the parties were anarcho-syndicalists so it was a pure revolution of the working people.

http://www.isreview.org/issues/24/anarchists_spain.shtml

George Orwell actually fought in the conflict with the Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista (P.O.U.M.) and wrote a great account of the events called, Homage to Catalonia.

Your question though is rather vague and leaves too much open. The events of the Occupy protests were just a precursor to much larger revolts that will come within the next two-three years. Occupy didn't solve the problems but it brought the people together under a common issue that has not been resolved. The same issues still persist and the people want real action this time. The next major demonstration across the nation could easily turn violent, we just need to be ready for the worst. What all Marxists, Anarchists, revolutionaries need to do now is just prepare and make their presence at the new demonstrations. The common working class people don't know much about these ideologies so right now we need to work on educating ourselves so that when the next protests start we can be there to show the working class that we all fight for them.

The problem is that ideas like anarcho-syndicalism and Marxism are so demonized that the common people don't understand that parties like that fight for the interests of the people. We all have a common goal, overthrowing the tyrannical plutocracy. Our current system is rife with corporate shills who would sell the lives of thousands of people just to make their pay checks larger.
answered May 7, 2013 by Spectre (110 points)
"Most of the parties were anarcho-syndicalists so it was a pure revolution of the working people."
This statement is ridiculous. Only one "party" was anarcho-syndicalist: the CNT-FAI. Like all Marxist/Socialist parties, the POUM had a union affiliated to it, but it was not anarcho-syndicalist. It was Marxist. Even if "most of the parties were anarcho-syndicalist" that still wouldn't have made the fight against Franco "a pure revolution of the working people" - whatever that might mean. There were non-revolutionary elements in the CNT-FAI, just as there were non-revolutionary elements in the POUM, the Left Republicans, the Catalan nationalists... By non-revolutionary I mean not interested in the irreversible destruction of capitalism and statecraft.

The problem ISN'T "that ideas like anarcho-syndicalism and Marxism are so demonized that the common people don't understand that parties like that fight for the interests of the people." The problem is that some people still think there's such a thing as "parties that fight for the interests of the people." What parties are those? Which interests? Who's "the people." You just sound like a generic socialist when you use amusingly archaic terms like "the tyrannical plutocracy." I don't even think you know how funny that sounds.
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