book reviews

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.

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman, annotated and introduced by Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman [Book review]

Review of the annotated and expanded edition of Berkman's classic Prison Memoirs, which came out in 2017.

In what words speak? - Norbert Guterman

Seven books on Nazi atrocities. Reviewed in Commentary magazine, July 1946.

The ordeal in France - Norbert Guterman

Norbert Guterman

Four books on occupied France. Reviewed in Commentary magazine, October 1948.