intellectuals

An interview with Noam Chomsky on the Spanish revolution - Jorell A. Meléndez Badillo (2009)

In this 2009 interview originally published in Spanish, Noam Chomsky answers questions about military options and international factors in the Spanish Civil War, the role of the Stalinists in suppressing the revolution in Spain, the attitudes of intellectuals with regard to the revolution and their historical role more generally, and the chances for another libertarian revolution.

Rebellion and conservatism: the lessons of 1984 - Jean-Claude Michéa

A transcript of a 1995 talk in which Michéa discusses the continuing relevance of the ideas of the self-proclaimed “tory anarchist”, George Orwell, featuring: Orwell’s concepts of “generous anger” and “common decency”; the moral bankruptcy of the “totalitarian intellectuals” whose desire for power was rooted in resentment; the left’s disastrous “uncritical approval” of “the mechanization” and “unlimited modernization of the world”; and concludes the talk with a call for a “critical conservatism”, which Michéa characterizes as “one of the necessary pillars for any radical critique of supermodernity and the synthetic ways of life” it is imposing on us.

From workers autonomy to social autonomy: the experience of Socialisme ou Barbarie. An interview with Daniel Blanchard - Amador Fernández-Savater

Daniel Blanchard (a/k/a Pierre Canjuers) discusses his experience as a member of Socialisme ou Barbarie during the 1950s and 1960s in this undated interview published in 2008.

Ideology and class struggle - Pierre Guillaume

A classic restatement of the views of Marx and Engels on ideology and the formation of class consciousness, contrasting them with the diametrically opposed views of Kautsky and Lenin, published in the French journal Spartacus in 1977 by the owner of La Vieille Taupe bookstore and the publishing house of the same name, formerly a member of Socialisme ou Barbarie and Pouvoir Ouvrier and an important figure of the ultra-left during the 1960s and 1970s, who was later to become notorious for “Holocaust denialism”.

David Graeber Interview with ReadySteadyBook

David Graeber

Radical academic David Graeber speaks to ReadySteadyBook about his ideas on Marxism, his expulsion from Yale University and anarchist anthropology.

The Twilight of Vanguardism

David Graber looks at how intellectual vanguardist attitudes have continued into an age when revolutionary vanguardism is meant to be a thing of the past.

Anarchism and Anti-Intellectualism in Russia - Paul Avrich

Excellent article by historian Paul Avrich on anti-Intellectual tendencies in Russian anarchism

The function of intellectuals in society and their task in the proletarian revolution - Franz Seiwert and Franz Pfemfert

A debate on "intellectuals". Seiwert, an artist, writes a somewhat incoherent anti-intellectual piece and Pfemfert, editor of Die Aktion responds with a critique.

Corrupting left intellectual culture. Essay - Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings’ 1994 essay in Here & Now magazine highlighting the need to modernise radical theory.