left communism

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

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

The Development of "Left Communism" Until 1921: Soviet Russia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania - Ronald I. Kowalski

Ronald I. Kowalski's doctoral thesis on left communism in Russia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

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

John Paul Gerbers thesis on Dutch left communist Anton Pannekoek.

Why We Need a World Party - Donald Parkinson

As a long-term goal communists should work towards a world party organized around a minimum/maximum programme that can tolerate factionalism while maintaining independence from bourgeois and reformist parties.

Towards a communist left - Communist League of Tampa

An article about elements of the U.S. radical left by the Communist League of Tampa.

When interventions die: wobbling towards 'old beardism'

A response to some of the articles written by 'Wobbling Towards Communism', an informal group of left communists in the IWW.

'Communism... is the affirmation of a new community': notes on jacques camatte - Chamsy el-Ojeili

This article by Chamsy el-Ojeili gives a broad overview of the thought of Jacques Camatte from his Marxist phase in the Italian Communist Left tradition to his orientation towards primitivism. There is focus on Bordiga's theory of the communist party, Camatte's rejection of democracy, and his understanding of communism as "Gemeinwesen".

Democratic centralism, the Workers Opposition, clandestine opposition movements, the crisis in the party, Kronstadt and the end of the revolutionary period in Russia - Michel Olivier

A short essay on the left opposition in the Bolshevik Party in Russia from 1919 to 1927, focusing mostly on the Democratic Centralists and the Workers Opposition.

Teaching old dogs new tricks: Counter-theses and theses - Amadeo Bordiga

In this 1952 article from the “On the Thread of Time” series, on the eve of a split in the Internationalist Communist Party, Amadeo Bordiga sets forth his refutations (“theses”) of the innovators who stray from the correct doctrine of Marxism with their “dangerous improvisations” (“counter-theses”) in the fields of history, economics and philosophy—modestly claiming that his arguments might be rendered more “clear and convincing” if one were to devote “seven years” of “study and activity”, “seven hours a week”, to the task—with an ample selection of provocative epigrammatic comments on such topics as World Wars Two and Three, communism, bureaucracy, totalitarianism, ideology, etc.

On the construction of socialism - Nikolai Osinsky (Valerian V. Obolensky)

In this text first published in the journal of the Bolshevik left communists, The Communist, in April 1918, Osinsky attacks Lenin’s economic policies (which he attributes to Lenin’s erroneous support for the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty) from a “left” perspective that champions working class supremacy in the “organization of production” (in the economic councils, etc.), advocates a policy of rigorous nationalization and promotion of “heavy industry” (coal, steel, railroads), and concludes that economic reconstruction cannot be directed towards Russian “self-sufficiency”, but must be oriented towards the goal of the victory of the international proletarian revolution.