“Science & Society”, Mr A. H. Nimtz & Bakunin

René BERTHIER
samedi 3 février 2018
par  Eric Vilain
popularité : 14%

I felt the need to write a few pages to complete somehow my “Social-democracy
and Anarchism” [The Merlin Press Ltd], freeing myself from the requirements
an author is obliged to comply to in a published book.
So one must on no account take what follows as a response to Mr. Nimtz,
because his article actually does not call for an answer.

Besides, I realize that there is something unfair and disproportionate in answering
80 pages to a three-page article. But, as I have said, I do not seek to reply to
Mr Nimtz but to comment on his argument which is, in my opinion quite
paradigmatic of the pre- and misconceptions within academic and Marxist circles.

Mr Nimtz’s argumentation is symptomatic of the dominant Marxist attitude and
of the Marxist discourse, ignorant of facts, archaic, dogmatic, arrogant, devoid of
any critical spirit. I found it necessary to publicize the libertarian point of view on
the issues Mr Nimtz raises so that the reader can have access to another approach.

There is a sort of 1) academic ; and 2) Marxist monopoly on these questions
which I find a bit irritating. This is why I do not feel compelled to proceed with the
customary politeness and reserve which academics use in their writings – besides
the fact that I am not an “academic” [1]. (...)

There is no better way to situate the gap between the Marxist vision and the anarchist view of history than to quote Marianne Enckell :

“One of my hopes, and one of the reasons why I became a historian is that
should stop the dialogue of the deaf between Marx and Bakunin, between
dogmatic Marxists and frantic Bakuninists, and that should improve the
political questions that were raised over a century ago in the IWA. Too often the
disciples look backward, hammering out phrases of their mentors who are
nothing but fixed representations.” (Marianne Enckell, Interrogations n° 1, décembre 1974.)



[1René Berthier is a French anarcho-syndicalist militant, member of the CGT printing Federation since 1972. He held mandates for many years as a shop steward, as president of his union and at a national level. He has also been a member of the French Anarchist Federation since 1984.


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