Anarchists have significant differences with Karl Marx and many marxists, (especially of the leninist tradition) in both theory and organisation. However, Bakunin and many other Anarchists recognised the contribution of Marx in his ‘Critique of Political Economy’. It is a tool of the working class to critique capitalism, and to analyse class composition for future struggles. Here are the pdfs available of his major works, (Michael Heinrich’s introduction is a good place to start):
In the struggle against Capitalism, church and state, colonialism and racism are essential in maintaining class hierarchies. Racism is used by these bourgeois institutions as a social control mechanism. This divides the working class and proletariat along lines of skin colour, with the supposed civilisational hierarchies of the European elites. Today people of colour and indigenous people remain largely margininalised and poor in the Global North and the Global South. The concept of whiteness itself, is based on false cultural and class unity of European people. Here are some useful pdfs on this struggle:
In the struggle against the bourgeoisie, it is essential to address the power relations and imbalances between genders and sexualities. Under Capitalism, the Patriarchal family serves an important role in reproducing wage labour and providing emotional labour. This is essential to the reproduction of the nuclear family and the maintenance of the workers ability to perform paid labour. Here are some good texts on socialist feminism and sexuality, from both Marxist and Anarchist perspectives:
Here are some documents on the Australian labour movement and class history. These help us both in knowing where we are now, where we have come from and where we are going as a class.
Here are the writings of the great communist anarchist Peter Kropotkin. They have inspired many generations of people seeking freedom from tyranny. Ak press have a good anthology, called ‘Direct Struggle Against Capital‘, (https://libcom.org/library/direct-struggle-against-capital-peter-kropotkin-anthology), also well worth a read. ‘The Conquest of Bread‘, ‘Words Of A Rebel‘ and ‘Revolutionary Pamphlets‘ are a great place to start:
Here are the writings of the strategist and tactician, Errico Malatesta. A friend of Bakunin in his youth and a theorist in his own right. His writing has inspired many generations of Anarchists, being particularly good for popular agitation:
Here are the writings of Mikhail Bakunin. He was the founder of the international anarchist movement during the first socialist international. Bakunin’s writings are foundational in terms of anarchist thinking concerning organisation, critique and strategy: