"All this shows how mistaken you are, comrade Lenin, in alleging that we, the anarchist-communists, don't have our feet on the ground, that our attitude towards 'the present' is deplorable and that we are too fond of dreaming about the future. What I have said to you in the course of this interview cannot be questioned because it is the truth. The account which I have made to you contradicts the conclusions you expressed about us. Everyone can see we are firmly planted in 'the present,' that we are working and searching for the means to bring about the future we desire, and that we are in fact dealing very seriously with this problem."
Thanks, now I know I can skip reading Makhno's biography. What a dork.
that's not how money works
Pic related is prety important for 20th century anarchism, but also (and perhaps even moreso, despite having a more comphrensive theoretical basis) 20th century (Marxist) communism.
Makhno went smashie smashie and found himself without a proper post-smashie smashie system. If you read accounts of of Free Territory political cohesion (e.g. libcom.org/history/kontrrazvedka-story-makhnovist-intelligence-service-vyacheslav-azarov), you'll see that Makhno was not only forced to form a state-like body to oversee it, but created a system of labor camps for political enemies and an intelligence service to scout them out and even hired a personal protegé of hundreds of men using currency from any source (Russian roubles, White Ukranian hryvinia, etc.) but his own territory's.
Meanwhile, despite the fact that Marxists had a plan, their plan either did not last or failed to deliver so tremendously that a return to a form of capitalist production became a necessity.
No. He presided over several years of war communism, which was the period of Dual Power (class party controls the state, decentralized universal militia and Soviet worker's councils have control over production and distribution). Abolishing the Soviets (or rather, diminishing their administrative muh privileges and thus relevance) happened years later and was motivated by Lenin and the central committee's desires to implement NEP and modernize the Russian economy, which was ill equipped for more than incredibly basic subsistence post-WW1 and it was deemed needed to be prepared against the threat of the still active Whites and the rise of fascism.