council communism

Jan Appel

A short biography of Jan Appel, a German council communist.

Towards a history of the German Communist Workers Party (KAPD)

A history of the German Communist Workers Party (KAPD), a council communist organization that exists in Germany during the 1920s.

Anarchism and the Spanish Revolution - Helmut Wagner (GIK)

An article written by the German council communist Helmut Wagner in April 1937 criticizing extensively the political developments in Spain during the civil war and within it the role played by the anarchists and their organizations. This article first appeared in Ratekorrespondenz, the official publication of the Gruppe Internationaler Kommunisten (GIK) based in Holland, before appearing in Paul Mattick's International Council Correspondence in June of that same year.

Anton Pannekoek and Socialism Of Workers' Self-Emancipation (1873-1960) - John Paul Gerber

John Paul Gerbers thesis on Dutch left communist Anton Pannekoek.

Living Marxism

Partial archive of Living Marxism, a council communist publication that proceded International Council Correspondence and ran from 1938-1942.

Council communism: political-economic transformation and initial revolutionary measures – Philippe Bourrinet

A brief introduction to the history and some important theoretical contributions of council communism, including a discussion of the Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution, Pannekoek’s Workers Councils, and Paul Mattick’s views on the issue of labor-time accounting, and some comments on the continuing relevance of council communism.

The bitter victory of council communism - Gilles Dauvé

Gilles Dauvé on information, ideology and self-management.

Value, time and communism: re-reading Marx - Gilles Dauvé

Dauvé re-examines Marx and looks at some of the contradictions in his work on work, value and labour-time.

International Council Correspondence - United Workers Party of America

Partial online archive of International Council Correspondence, a council/left communist publication of the United Workers Party of America in the 1930s.

What is to be done: the wrong question - Roi Ferreiro

A reexamination of the relation between theory and practice after the destruction of the workers movement and a proposal for a new way of looking at the questions of consciousness, reformism, organization, substitutionism, sectarianism, spontaneity, autonomy and theory from the perspective of a new council communist revolutionary movement defined as “the total self-transformation of the revolutionary class by way of struggle”.