book reviews

Review – Anarchist Encounters: Russia In Revolution

A must read for anyone who really wants to understand the Russian Revolution, and whose enquiring minds are not deterred by Leninist orthodoxy.

The Coming Insurrection: An identity-based construction and existential alternative – Alain C.

A 2009 critique of the sensational anarchist best-seller, The Coming Insurrection, in which the author claims that it is not its “ideas” or “worldview” that are what is most important about the book, but rather the fact that it is essentially an appeal for an identity-based politics, a “permanent drunkenness of the Ego” that postulates an abstract, socially undifferentiated “being” that is supposed to find itself at home in a paradise worshiping its “fetish”, “identity”, and the author concludes that the total elimination of this harmful tendency is “one of the goals of a communist revolution”.

Industrial Worker (Summer 2016)

The Summer 2016 (#1777, Vol. 113, No. 3) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Der Sozialismus in Frankreich im siebzehnten und achtzehnten Jahrhundert - Hugo Lindemann

Socialism in 17th and 18th century France, pp. 750–862 in Die Vorläufer des neueren Sozialismus (ed. Kautsky, 1895) vol. 1, part 2. (+ a review by Bax)

Whatever happened to Dear old Lenin?

I read a book by Lenin and I made some notes. The emphasis in the quotes are mine.

Drei Kleine Schriften über Marx - Karl Kautsky

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Kautsky reviews three short books on Marx:
Max Beer, Karl Marx, Eine Monographie. Berlin, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaft 1918. 108 S.
Hermann Müller, Karl Marx und die Gewerkschaften. Ebenda 1918. 106 S.
Robert Wilbrandt, Karl Marx. Versuch einer Einführung. ('"Natur und Geisteswelt" 621). Leipzig, Teubner 1918. 135 S.