George Walford: Repudiation

S.i. identifies the ideology underlying anarchism as that of repudiation. Two examples:

  • In fact, we regard the notion of Marxist and Anarchist traditions as only holding back revolutionaries today who hold on to either of them – an important element in the development of revolutionary ideas is the rejection of past ideas… revolutionaries today need to REJECT more than they accept of BOTH traditions.(‘Subversion,’ in Discussion Bulletin No. 51)
  • Referring to a mention of the (American) Socialist Labour Party in one of its earlier issues, the Socialist Standard assures us ‘It was not meant to suggest we had some political affiliation with them. In fact, of course, we are opposed to them as we are to all other political parties.’ (Socialist Standard Oct. 91)

from Ideological Commentary 56, May 1992.