The Role Of Power In Marxism And Anarchism

1772 Words 7 Pages
To effectively interpret theorist conceptualizations of power we must first understand power as a social construction. This is an important concept to acknowledge when attempting to understand the role of power in both Marxism and Anarchism. We must acknowledge each theories different idea of power distributions between individuals and authorities. Despite Marxist and Anarchist similarities they differ in ideas of the role of ‘the state’ and they conceptualize the use of power structures differently, one through direct action and the other through expecting capitalism’s own self-destruction. Williams and Shantz and Karl Marx offer different ways to understand power; both works raise questions regarding how we can dismantle, redistribute, or reproduce power structures as individuals. Individuals create and reproduce power structures. Because power structures are socially …show more content…
An anarchist-sociologist “would not only be interested in studying the ‘bad’ and ‘good’ potentialities of society, but advocating for and working to reduce the bad and spread the good” (Williams and Shantz, 2011:18). This raises the question of who decides what is “good” and “bad” within our society. Since there are no universal morals is it problematic to assume what most individuals consider “good” or “bad”? Will labeling what is good and bad still establish a power structure and hierarchy? How can we reconcile our individual differences in an anarchist society without ‘the state’? Who will we look too if we do not seek answers from bureaucracies, foundations, or governments first? Although Williams and Shantz offer insights to how we as individuals can change and liberate ourselves from ‘the state’ it does effective address how we can actually put anarchy into

Related Documents