Gilles Dauvé

What next? - Troploin

Gilles Dauvé and Karl Nesic look back over 12 years of their Troploin project and where to go from here amidst austerity and working class defeat.

troploin stands at a turning point. We owe it as much to us as to our friends and readers to assess what we have been trying to do for the past twelve years. While troploin remains a common project of Karl Nesic and Gilles Dauvé, they have preferred to assess the situation separately.  

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.

Some left theorists have claimed that the council communist tradition actually advocated a self-managed capitalist economy, rather than a truly communist one.

Reflections on The Call - Léon de Mattis

The need for communism traverses the entirety of the society of capital. The merit of Call lies in taking note of this, and of trying to design strategies which live up to this realization.1

  • 1.Call’ was published by The Invisible Committee in 2004, references in the text are given to the English translation available here: http://www.

In this world, but not of this world - Gilles Dauvé

Gilles Dauvé discusses his 1972 essay Capitalism and Communism, Marxism and the state capitalist countries of the 20th century, the position of workers today.

In this world, but not of this world

Editor's note

Communisation - Troploin

An attempt to describe what Troploin means by "communisation."

What is meant and what do we mean by "communisation" ? Actually, we have often dealt with this theme, for instance in our answers to the German group Revolution Times' questionnaire, published in English as What's It All About ? (2007), and in other texts, including A Contribution to the Critique of Political Autonomy (2008).

Re-collecting our past - La Banquise

Street barricades - Paris 1848

A summary of historical tendencies towards communism from 1848 to 1984 - via 1917 and 1968.

"[i]Most of this issue of La Banquise is devoted to a summary of the modern revolutionary movement. Summing up the past, including the recent past, and taking soundings of the contemporary period in order to recognise some of its basic tendencies, is essential in order to know who and where we are.

On the globalisation movement - Gilles Dauvé

Gilles Dauvé looks at the 'globalisation movements' of the early 21st century, their critique of capitalism and vision of revolution, in an introduction to a 2003 Swedish collection of his texts.

Something has happened since the second edition of these essays in 1997: an “anti-capitalist” movement has become popular since the Seattle riots in 1999.1

  • 1. For an historical account and assessment of the anti-capitalist movement, see Aufheben, n.10, 2002.

Capital and state - Gilles Dauvé

An extract of "The communist movement", 1972, on communism, capital and their relation to the capitalist state.

A section from Le mouvement communiste, Editions Champ Libre, 1972, Troisième partie : Révolution et contre-révolution., pp 166-176.

In for a storm: a crisis on the way - Troploin

2007 article on the state of global capitalism and the possibility of rupture.

Historical forecasts are usually wrong, Marxism-inspired ones no exception.

Notes on Trotsky, Pannekoek, Bordiga - Gilles Dauvé

Anton Pannekoek

Comments on the politics and contributions to revolutionary communist theory of Leon Trotsky, Anton Pannekoek and Amadeo Bordiga.

It may be interesting to examine these three men, not as individuals, but as standpoints, because in the eyes of many people who try to understand something in our time, they represent three different situations and analyses.