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By Sam Mbah

African Anarchism covers quite a lot of subject matters, together with anarchistic parts in conventional African socieites, African communalism, Africa's financial and political improvement, the lintering social, political, and financial results of colonialism, the improvement of "African socialism, the failure of "African socialism, and a potential technique of resolving Africa's ongoing crises.

African Anarchism covers a variety of subject matters, together with anarchistic components in conventional African socieites, African communalism, Africa's fiscal and political improvement, the lintering social, political, and monetary results of colonialism, the improvement of "African socialism, the failure of "African socialism, and a potential technique of resolving Africa's ongoing crises.

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The balance sheets of the different socialist states and the various regimes that came to power bespeak lack of achievement, and the same, sometimes even worse, authoritarian inclinations that characterized the erstwhile colonial states and colonial masters. All of the reactionary germs of marxist state socialism present in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, North Korea, China and Cuba were present in Mrican state socialism, even in its most primitive stages. And, uniquely, Mrican state socialism elevated ethnic (tribal) and religious sentiments to the level of state ideology.

Not only because of the accuracy of his predictions as to what socialism would look like, if it were ever to come into existence, but even more to the point, because the reasoning on which he based these predictions, reinforced by the historical evidence of the past halfcentury, seems almost unanswerably persuasive. 17 But having said that, it's still worthwhile to elucidate the parallels between anarchism and marxism. Conor McLoughlin outlines some of them: "Both systems were founded on the idea of historical materialism, both accepted the class struggle, both were socialist in the sense of being opposed to private property in the means of production.

Political leadership, not authority, prevailed, and leadership was not founded on imposition, coercion, or centralization; it arose out of a common consensus or a mutually felt need. Leadership developed on the basis of family and kinship ties woven around the elders; it was conferred only by age, a factor which, as we shall see, runs deep in communalism. In Mrica, old age was-and still often is--equated with possession of wisdom and rationaljudgment. Elders presided at meetings and at the settlement of disputes, but hardly in the sense of superiors; their position did not confer the farreaching sociopolitical authority associated with the modern state system, or with feudal states.

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