A Critique of State Socialism by Michael Bakunin and Richard Warren

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Republication of A Critique of State Socialism by Michael Bakunin and illustrated by the extraordinarily talented artist Richard Warren. Originally published by Orcadian publisher Cienfuegos Press (Sanday, Orkney, 1981) and long out of print, this digital edition clearly shows how Bakunin’s classic critique of state socialism — that all statist approaches to social change are doomed to authoritarian results — composed a century and a half ago, was borne out by the events of the 20th century. Just as Bakunin’s concerns about power-hungry socialists and communists proved prescient, this comic retains its value today, when new politicians and parties are attempting to co-opt popular movements. We should never forget the hard-learned lessons of the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War: those who would wield state power, whether in the name of the people or any other abstraction, can only be obstacles to liberation, if not actual foes of it. Readers who lack context for 20th century history may find some passages a little perplexing—who was Oswald Mosley, exactly? But if nothing else, this comic provides points of departure to learn about many of the most fascinating and pivotal events of that era.

ChristieBooks will shortly be re-issuing a limited edition of 100 copies of this title (£12.00 inc  p+p). Orders will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.