Anarchism vs. Marxism?
I recently read "Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution" and Daniel Guerin's short book simply titled "Anarchism". These books have sparked a newfound personal interest in anarchism, but now I'm wondering what to read next. Years ago I picked up Max Stirner's "Ego and Its Own", but I remember being unimpressed and thought Stirner was somewhat naive and misanthropic. At that point, I basically dismissed anarchism and didn't think a great deal about it.
As a Marxist-Leninist, I am interested specifically in how anarchism could work in practice: for instance, how can a decentralized revolution prevent an organized, reactionary counter-revolution? I was also wondering what kind of contradictions would possibly arise if anarchists liberated an area, but remained surrounded by capitalist-controlled lands: wouldn't this make that liberated area a de facto state, even if the anarchists claimed otherwise? How would an anarchist foreign policy function in action? Was the Paris Commune an example of anarchism in action, or the first example of a "workers' state", as Marx argued?
I've read critiques of anarchism from Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, etc, but I would really like to hear from a firsthand anarchist perspective. I feel as though my goals are basically the same as those of Goldman, but I just don't see how to avoid a transition period between capitalism and a classless society. I also wonder if "the State" as the enemy is dealing in abstractions.
Again, I'm not being argumentative in any way...I am very interested in finding out more about anarchism and how it might look in practice. Thanks in advance for any comments!