Divide and conquer or divide and subdivide? How not to refight the First International – Mark Leier

A pamphlet by labour historian Mark Leier (author of Bakunin: The Creative Passion) which looks at the similarities and differences of the two leading figures of the First International, Mikhail Bakunin and Karl Marx. Leier suggests that the differences are often exaggerated by anarchists and Marxists alike, and that revolutionaries today can learn a great deal from both figures' strengths and weaknesses.

The dictatorship of the proletariat - Joseph Weydemeyer

Article on proletarian dictatorship first published in 'Turn-Zeitung', New York, January 1st 1852. Written by Joseph Weydemeyer (1818-1866), a Prussian military officer and socialist who emigrated to the US after his participation in the failed revolution of 1848. In the US he was active in the early, American workers' movement, was a proponent of abolitionism and racial equality, and became a lieutenant colonel in the Union army during the Civil War.

Responses to Marx's Capital: from Rudolf Hilferding to Isaak Illich Rubin

Collection of primary sources dealing with the reception of the economic works of Karl Marx from the 1st to the 3rd International. The documents, translated for the first time from German and Russian, range from the original reviews of Capitals 1 to 3 and Theories of Surplus Value, to debates between Marxist economists and the bourgeois academic representatives of the theory of marginal utility and the German historical school.

Time, labor, and social domination: a reinterpretation of Marx's critical theory - Moishe Postone

A significant text of modern value-form theory. Moishe Postone undertakes a fundamental reinterpretation of Karl Marx's mature critical theory. He calls into question many of the presuppositions of traditional Marxist analyses and offers new interpretations of Marx's central arguments.

Commentary on the Manuscripts of 1844 - Amadeo Bordiga

Bordiga’s 1959 commentary on Marx’s 1844 Paris Manuscripts.

What’s in a name? - O. Oblomov

Article by 'Oblivion Oblomov', first published on the Ritual Magazine site, taking a critical look at the supposed obsolescence of Marxist theory, the 'outdatedness' of Marx.

Down with the Bourgeois Republic! Down with Its Constitution! – Amadeo Bordiga

An article from 1947 by Amadeo Bordiga in which he discusses the debate over the constitution of the new Italian republic, the role of religion and secularism in Italian history, the opportunism of the Communist Party, “conformism” in Italian politics, the incompatibility of religion and socialism, the idolatry of the “sacred and inviolable” rights of the “Individual”, the fraud of political decentralization (which he correctly saw as opening the door of politics to the Mafia), the “demagogic appeal to labor” in modern “totalitarian” ideologies (the goal of the workers movement is “a society founded not on labor, but on consumption”), the illusion of self-management, etc.

Silences on the suppression of workers self-emancipation: historical problems with CLR James's interpretation of V.I. Lenin

Matthew Quest, writing for Insurgent Notes, details CLR James' treatment of Lenin across decades of James' work. While CLR James broke with with Trotskyism and Trotsky as well as the Leninist party form, he never properly broke with Lenin or his works.

Dialogue with Bordiga – Jacques Camatte

In this 1988 essay, Jacques Camatte reassesses the continuing relevance of Bordiga’s emphasis on the need for a “radical break” (scisma) with democracy—a view that Camatte maintains is “not the exclusive property of the extreme right”—which, since the prospect for communist revolution was nullified by the victories of the United States in the two world wars, must now, according to Camatte, serve as the presupposition for another radical break—a break with the culture that is the product of the Enlightenment and its cult of science and productivity—and our reconciliation with nature.

Towards the Final Jubilee: Midnight Notes at Thirty Years Craig Hughes (Ed.)

Midnight Notes at Thirty Years.

A pamphlet published on the occasion of an anniversary meeting
between Midnight Notes Collective and Friends (2009)
commemorating 30 years of Midnight Notes.