So I've been reading this board for a while now, and you've all become a lot more critical of anarchism recently.
I understand that a lot of you are state-socialists (Marxist-Leninists, Stalinists, e.c.t), which I don't have anything against necessarily.
Despite my anarchism I am more than willing to cooperate with a state-socialist, and would even be willing to temporarily drop my anarchism if a socialist state was proven to be efficient and not corrupt like all off the capitalist states, knowing that the end goal of state socialism is communism, which is anarchistic anyway.
So, I would like to ask a few questions to you guys.
And I know that this is Zig Forums, so I should prepare myself for getting burned to at least some degree, but it would be cool if you could respond to this thread respectfully (in the words of Sasha Baron Cohen) as to prevent the discord from becoming confused by stupid rivalry bullshit.
So anyways, here are my questions:
When the revolution occurs, instead of going after each individual capitalist organization, why don't you just go for the state?
The state's powers is the main thing which allows private-property rights to stay intact.
Would it not simply be more efficient to destroy the main headquarters of the state government and simply fall back on the organized working class to form their own anarchist delegates and then establish federations for the delegates to communicate with each-other (I suppose this would assume that the working class was organized anarchically before this take-over occurs)?
Fighting back against the police and the military in this process wouldn't be as hard as you think. The police and the military will always be a minority in society.
The police for example could easily be destroyed by an organized working class as the proles will always outnumber them.
This is because the state relies more on the fear of a Hobbes style state of nature emerging if the state were to loose its control, rather than its armed forces, which is only really designed to beat down the minority of law-breakers.
As far as the military is concerned, their artillery could easily be taken care off through some home made explosives (you'd be surprised by what you can make with just the stuff in your home) and some well planned guerilla warfare tactics.
And again, the proles will always outnumber them, this time because most of the population needs to be entirely focused on production so most people can not be made to become soldiers.
And lastly, it is the state which provides the armed forced their legal authority to act in society anyway. That in itself would servery weaken them.
Not to mention how dis-coordinated this minority of state-agents would be after their centralized bases of communication has been destroyed. An organized working class would destroy these confused people with guns, stumbling about for someone to give them orders.
How do you Plan to Prevent your Socialist Government From Becoming Corrupt?
While I empathize with and agree that some level of authoritarianism and militarism would be needed after a socialist revolution (whether through the state or through anarchism), how would you safeguard against your socialist state from abusing it's newly found level of authority and militaristic power (even the most authoritarian of socialists can't deny that this screwed up socialist states like the USSR, Cuba and socialist China to at least some degree)?
And once the material conditions have been met in order to implement full communism how can you be sure that this state which you have granted so much power over everyone else will be willing to have itself wither away and bring about communism?
How Would A Fully Communist Society Politically Function Once Achieved?
A fully communist society is classless, moneyless and stateless.
How would this society politically function?
And why could these political methods not be applied now in the form of anarchism?
So that's all my questions.
I won't be able to respond immediately because I have stuff to do, but I will get back to this thread as soon as possible.
And sorry for any spelling mistakes