These standard attempts to link anarchism and libertarian socialism to the Soviet Union are utterly idiotic simply because of the fact that these libertarians were the first ones to condemn Bolshevik authoritarianism. Even prior to that, Mikhail Bakunin was critical of the excessive hierarchical elements of Marxist organizational principles and warned that such elements could be utilized by the authoritarian. The predictions of these individuals were in many ways prophetic, and the response from the novice anti-socialist is to compare anarchist organizational principles to the Soviet Union?Russia has already become a Soviet Republic only in name. The influx and taking over of the people by the 'party,' that is, predominantly the newcomers (the ideological communists are more in the urban centers), has already destroyed the influence and constructive energy of this promising institution - the soviets. At present, it is the party committees, not the soviets, who rule in Russia. And their organization suffers from the defects of bureaucratic organization. To move away from the current disorder, Russia must return to the creative genius of local forces which, as I see it, can be a factor in the creation of a new life. And the sooner that the necessity of this way is understood, the better. People will then be all the more likely to accept [new] social forms of life. If the present situation continues, the very word 'socialism' will turn into a curse. That is what happened to the conception of equality in France for forty years after the rule of the Jacobins.
This is of course consistent with their observation in Cooperatives, Worker-Owned Enterprises, Productivity and the International Labor Organization that "worker-owned enterprises equal or exceed the productivity of conventional enterprises when employee involvement is combined with ownership."
The current economic expansion began when the government got control over the national oil company in the first quarter of 2003. Since then, real (inflationadjusted) GDP has nearly doubled, growing by 94.7 percent in 5.25 years, or 13.5 percent annually.