Mikhail Bakunin sure does have a lot to say when it comes to Marxism. As one of Marx’s earliest critics, his excerpt on this topic really lets him share his perspective. This excerpt really doesn’t go too much into detail of Marxism but basically just criticizes the system. A quote I found that said a lot, “Always in the name of that ‘sovereignty of the people’ which from now on will be the platform from which all who aspire to control the masses will operate” (p.259), really shows how Bakunin saw the marxist as artificial and believed these people to be power hungry dictators. They were extremely patriotic and worshiped their government on a shrine. Bakunin continues on to refer to Marxist states as Marxist prisons. He stands firm that he believes Marxism is a a complete phony and deceiving art towards the masses that just dominates and imprisons the people.
On the other hand, there is Fabian Socialism, this society sought for a form of socialism but instead of through revolution which was more Marx, through a more peaceful approach. The Fabians slogan for this socialism was, Gradualism. Fabians “sought to bring about socialism not by revolution but gradually and peacefully gaining public influence and popular support”(p. 270). This group were more romantic and wanted a trust between government and the people. George Shaw makes it seem as if this society were more pure and innoncent.
These two societies are similar in that they both do have a focus on some form of socialism. Marxism seemed as though they promoted socialist laws and looked out for the wealthy as well as the laborers, but mostly was pointed out that they wore mask and basically exploited the people. Fabian Socialism which still exist today, seemed like they really did have the interests of all people in mind and was a much trustworthy and loyal system to follow.