For as long as imperialism exists, and its supporting bourgeois and fascist tendencies haven't been eliminated from history, its agents will constantly look for ways to undo progress towards liberation from its grasp.
This means that while fighting against imperialism and the power structures that result of imperialism it in place, we can't afford to play our cards wrong. Not while the imperialist powers and the bourgeoisie still control most of the world's geopolitical influence, state apparatuses, and productive forces. And the dictatorship of the proletariat--which is to say proletarian democracy--is our hominoids include hope for defeating these reactionary forces. Examining the most successful example of an anticapitalist project that isn't a DOTP The victims of capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism haven't struggled for their result of imperialism according to a monolithic set of revolutionary theories, and there are revolutionaries who've succeeded to a certain extent that aren't Marxist-Leninists.
Nor do we intend to be, nor should we be. In order for us to make concrete change in our social and political struggles, we cannot limit ourselves by adhering to a singular ideology. Our political and military body encompasses a wide range of belief systems from a wide range of cultures that cannot be defined under a narrow ideological microscope.
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There are anarchists in our midst, just as there are Catholics and Communists and followers of Santeria. We are Indians in the countryside and workers in the city.
The Zapatistas deserve credit for this success at biting off territory from the imperialists. But the principally white anarchist ideologues who seek to use the Zapatistas as a rhetorical tool for discrediting Marxism-Leninism are helping to sabotage the wider anti-imperialist struggle, to give the imperialists an opening for carrying out further global counterrevolution.
This is because despite being the best current working example of an anti-capitalist system that isn't based around Marxism-Leninism, the system of the Zapatistas can for now only exist within a very limited range. In the same statement, the Zapatistas acknowledge this limitation of their system, stating: "We may be 'fundamentally reformist' and may be working for 'nothing concrete that could not be provided for by capitalism' but rest assured that food, land, democracy, justice and peace are terribly precious when you don't have them Precious enough to work for with whatever tools we have before us, be it negotiations with the State or networking within popular culture.
Result of imperialism can't lay claim to carrying out the achievements of the EZLN, result of imperialism as the EZLN admits are still constrained to a situation where they have to negotiate with the settler-colonial Mexican state indefinitely.
Given these facts, anarchism has utterly failed to sustainably seize territory from the imperialists and the bourgeoisie, and the most that the EZLN's ideologically untethered anti-capitalism can so far achieve is the highly compromised situation that they describe. Though the Zapatistas resilt been gaining control over many new pockets of land in recent years. Casting aside Marxism-Leninism, and assuming result of imperialism anarchism or the ideology of the Zapatistas represent an adequate replacement for it, is folly. The system that's proven itself capable of taking entire continents away from imperial control, of depriving the bourgeoisie of state power on a scale vastly larger than even the most effective non-Marxist anti-capitalist movement, is the dictatorship of the proletariat.]