In today’s revolutionary movement, “Theory” is no longer an exclusive pantheon of old white men canonized by the even older white institutions of academia. The ongoing democratization of production has given the means to publish critical texts in a wide variety of formats from anyone on anything, in nearly any region or language.
Sure Marx is there too- he contributed greatly, put a lot of important socioeconomic concepts into words, and foresaw some key historical developments. But he was not a prophet of some sort, and some of his theory has been reasonably put into question by historical developments since then- particularly because Marxism hasn’t
really caused Communism yet.
To put it bluntly, the critiques of Marxist theory can’t really be resolved by Marxist theory itself.
For me, this is Anarchism’s role in the so-called “March of History”. Anarchism today is the response to the failings of revolutionary history so far. This is likely a large part of why anarchism has become more prevalent in global radical praxis over the last couple decades at least. As an ideology it is constantly growing, evolving, and improving itself- better now than it ever was before.
As an analysis of the current condition of global social struggle, with it’s contributions coming from countless individuals from all walks of life rather than from a handful of idealized historical pedagogues, Anarchism is a far more relevant philosophy on the struggle of the masses than Marxism or Maoism alone could ever be in today’s world.
Anarcho-Saiyanism, the zine (PDF)