Anarchists are convinced that it is futile to try to seize state power. In anarchistic thought the state is a tool of capitalism and cannot be revolutionary. It simply must be overthrown. The Communists are convinced that it is futile to seek revolution through unions alone. State power must be apprehended either by force or through the ballot box. Has not history shown that unions tend toward conservatism? Is it not the case that unionism has rejected radicalism in favor of mild reformism that merely makes capitalism a little more humane for labor? On the other side, Anarchism can point to the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union as proof that statist socialism cannot work.
Truly, this is a valid point of departure for Anarchists and Communists. Perhaps, though, there is more than one path to create a new world. And perhaps we all could stand a little stronger with two legs instead of just one. Personally, anarcho-syndicalism resonates more with me. Since I’ve spent a large portion of my last four years at work, and don’t have a lot of faith in the political system, it makes sense to channel my action at the workplace organizing and sharing ideas with fellow workers. However, some people really believe in the political system and are honestly seeking to use the state apparatus to make a difference for poor and working people. I will not spend time disputing them. Our time would be better spent pursuing our chosen avenues to enact change. And when our paths criss-cross and converge from time to time we can shake hands as comrades and wish each other “God speed” as we move forward.