Asad Haider and Salar Mohandesi's introduction to a series of letters between Anton Pannekoek and Cornelius Castoriadis.
In early 1953 Cajo Brendel, a Dutch council communist affiliated with a group known as Spartacus, visited the members of Socialisme ou Barbarie (Socialism or Barbarism) in Paris.
Marx’s critique of socialist labor-money schemes and the myth of council communism’s Proudhonism - David Adam
In this article, David Adam takes aim at Gilles Dauvé's critique of the council communists, which has been influential in the communisation milieu.
Some left theorists have claimed that the council communist tradition actually advocated a self-managed capitalist economy, rather than a truly communist one.
Influential text by council communist Anton Pannekoek published for the first time in English. Originally published in 1916 the journal of Zimmerwald Left (Verbote).
I noticed with great pleasure that you have published in your review Socialisme ou Barbarie a translation of my letter annotated with critical remarks in such a way that involves your readers in a discussion on fundamental questions. Since you express the desire to continue the discussion, I am sending you several remarks on your response.
Your letter has provided a great satisfaction to all the comrades of the group; satisfaction of seeing our work appreciated by a comrade honored as you are and who has devoted an entire life to the proletariat and to socialism; satisfaction of seeing confirmed our idea of a profound agreement between you and us on the fundamental points; satisfaction finally of being able to discuss with you and o
Dutch council communist Anton Pannekoek on the relationship between the revolutionary party and the working class.
The old labor movement is organized in parties. The belief in parties is the main reason for the impotence of the working class; therefore we avoid forming a new party - not because we are too few, but because a party is an organization that aims to lead and control the working class.
1909 text by council communist Anton Pannekoek about Marxism and evolution.
1920 text by Anton Pannekoek criticising the Communist Party.
1919 text by council communist Anton Pannekoek on social democracy and communism.
The Road Followed by the Workers Movement
1915 call to action by left communist Anton Pannekoek.
“Until now, the philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways;
the point, however, is to change it.”
Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach