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Beyond the Party: The evolution of the concept of “the Party” since Marx – Junius Collective (Pour une Intervention Communiste)

An essay by Pour une Intervention Communiste on the origins and development of the concept of “the Party” in the Marxist tradition, with critical analyses of the contradictions of Marx’s and Engels’ vacillations on this issue, and their partial responsibility for the subsequent career of the Party concept in its permutations at the hands of Liebknecht, Bebel, Kautsky, Lenin, Trotsky and Bordiga (social democratic continuity, the dictatorship of the Party), and its radical yet insufficient reformulations by Luxemburg, the KAPD and others (“return to Marx”, “historic Party”, the “Marx Party”—or even the “Debord party”) as a revolutionary minority whose goal is to promote proletarian autonomy.

Anti-Bolshevik communism – Paul Mattick

Anti-Bolshevik Communism by Paul Mattick

A collection of works by Paul Mattick. Communism aims at putting working people in charge of their lives. A multiplicity of Councils, rather than a big state bureaucracy is needed to empower working people and to focus control over society. Mattick develops a theory of a council communism through his survey of the history of the left in Germany and Russia. He challenges Bolshevik politics: especially their perspectives on questions of Party and Class, and the role of Trade Unions.

Karl Marx's Capital

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Otto Rühle's 1939 abridgement of the first volume of Marx's Capital.

1848 The Year of Revolutions- George Woodcock

George Woodcock charts the events of the revolutionary wave that swept Europe in 1848. Assessing their political characters, their accomplishments and defeats.

Conversation with a hairdresser’s assistant - Wilhelm Reich (1935)

In the 1930s Wilhelm Reich developed the theory that it was possible to explain the basic concepts of Marxian economics without employing complicated terms and arguments. As an example of his attempt at this, an article he wrote in 1935 under the pseudonym of 'Ernst Parell' for the 'Zeitschrift für politische Psychologie und Sexualökonomie' (vol.2, No.1), published in exile in Denmark.

Theorie Communiste

This text, an introduction to TC, was written for a group of 'young Lyonnais' carrying out a 'theoretical reflection on the German and Italian Lefts' and was published in TC 14.

Dziesięć tez o marksizmie dzisiaj - Karl Korsch

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Tekst napisany w 1950 r., po tym jak Karl Korsch odrzucił ortodoksyjny marksizm.

Marksizm Pierwszej Międzynarodówki - Karl Korsch

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Niemiecki marksista Karl Korsch o Pierwszej Międzynarodówce (Międzynarodowym Stowarzyszeniu Robotników). Tekst napisany w 1924 r.

Tezy Frakcji Komunistów-Abstencjonistów Włoskiej Partii Socjalistycznej

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Tezy te zostały opracowane w 1920 przez Amadeo Bordigę, który reprezentował frakcję Komunistów-Abstencjonistów w Włoskiej Partii Socjalistycznej (PSI) - frakcja ta dążyła do utworzenia nowej partii komunistycznej, w opozycji do skorumpowanej frakcji parlamentarnej PSI (Turati i Modigliani). Komunistyczna Partia Włoch (PCd'I) powstała w 1921, lecz w interesie jedności przyjęła stanowisko II Kongresu Trzeciej Międzynarodówki (tzw. "rewolucyjny parlamentaryzm" a nie abstencjonizm).

The spectral figure of Amadeo Bordiga: a case study in the decline of Marxism in the West - John Chiaradia

John Chiaradia's 1972 dissertation on the left communist Amadeo Bordiga, specifically his political activities between 1912 and 1926, when he played a major role in the Italian Socialist party and later in the Italian Communist party, from which he and thousands of other anti-Stalinist communists were later expelled.