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The differences there are between Anarcho-Communism and Anarcho-Syndicalism are very minor. Most Communists I know are also Syndicalists and vice versa.
Anarcho-Syndicalism is a movement focused around workers’ struggles. It emphasises the importance of worker’s self-management towards the class struggle. It advocates workers organising themselves into revolutionary unions which will become the base unit for the new society. Through struggling in their workplaces they will develop confidence, consciousness and competence as they continue to strive for greater and greater concessions from capitalism.
Eventually there will come a point where the capitalists are not willing to concede anymore because to do so will prevent them from making a profit on the worker’s labour. This is the point where the interests of workers and capitalists meet head on and can only be reconciled via revolution, the complete upheaval of society and the abolition of capitalism.
Anarcho-Communism is a movement towards creating a classless, stateless, moneyless society where private property is abolished and all production is organised based of human need not profit. Communists also emphasis the importance of class struggle and worker’s self-management and may or may not support unionism.
As to where the two differ: There are a wide range of beliefs within Anarcho-Communism, including Insurrectionism which reject large-scale organisations such as unions. There are also Syndicalists who advocate a collectivist or mutualist economy as opposed to full communism. That’s just a brief explanation of the differences, there are definitely more nuanced differences that I don’t have time to go into now.
Overall I think the differences between the two can be summarised as: Anarcho-Communism is the goal, Anarcho-Syndicalism is the means to achieving that goal.
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