council communism

Political and social writings - Cornelius Castoriadis

A three volume selection of Castoriadis' political writings from a combined period of 1946-1979. These volumes cover a broad range of topics: from the nature of the USSR's "bureaucratic capitalism", to the history of the old workers' movements, to self-organised working class struggle in the post-world war two era.

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”.

Reorientation and perspectives - beyond "class consciousness..." - Group of Council Communists of Galicia

In this 2006 programmatic statement, the Group of Council Communists of Galicia offer their assessment of the continuing validity of the principles of council communism and the world-transformative process that leads to communism by way of the simultaneous transformation of humanity, which they describe as “the first revolution in history in which the new economic conditions also presuppose the full development of the human being as the productive force of his material life”.

The Self-Liberation of the Proletariat Is the Collapse of Capitalism! – Revolutionary Communists (Grupo de Comunistas de Consejos de Galiza)

A 2004 programmatic statement by a Galician council communist group, which observes that “social change and self-transformation proceed in tandem in real revolutionary practice”—for which purpose certain “useful elements” of “western psychology and the currents of eastern spirituality” can help us confront the challenges of life in capitalism—and “the spiritual transformation of life and the material transformation of life [are] indissolubly linked, as parallel and interacting processes and realities”, but that only “class struggle” enables the proletariat to “become capable of advancing its own self-transformation”, which is presently of an “experimental nature”.

Anarcho-Syndicalist Council Communism

A piece from a socialist humanist comparing both the anarcho-syndicalist politics of Rocker and the council communist politics of Pannekoek.

Marx’s critique of socialist labor-money schemes and the myth of council communism’s Proudhonism - David Adam

Anton Pannekoek

In this article, David Adam takes aim at Gilles Dauvé's critique of the council communists, which has been influential in the communisation milieu.