Leon Mattis on class struggle, and specifically when and how struggles can have communist content.
Communisation is not a prophecy. It is not the declaration of some future or other. Communisation is nothing but a certain perspective on the class struggles taking place right now.
First volume of the Communist Interventions series published by the Communist Research Cluster. This first reader deals with the history of European socialism and communism and is in PDF format.
From http://communistresearchcluster.wordpress.com/ on 14 January 2014
An explanation of the meaning of “territory”, illustrated in its historical, social, economic and political context from the times of Cleisthenes to today’s pathological “anti-cities” and mutilated rural areas, as the dynamic unity of humanity as transformative agent and nature as abstract totality, and its significance for the “anti-developmentalist critique” that seeks to reunify the these two aspects of the world in a two-pronged struggle to restore the emancipatory nature of the city (the agora, “city air makes one free”) and the salutary aspects of rural life (the commons, etc.), a struggle that goes by the name of “territorial defense”, the pivot of the modern social revolution.
A Brief Explanation of the Concept of Territory and Its Implications – Miquel Amorós
I. The Concept
The Chinese mountain Lushan is often enveloped in clouds and it is often hard to get a good look at it. Su Dongpo, a poet of the Song Dynasty, said, in verse:
“How could one tell what Mt. Lushan really looks like
when one is in the midst of the mountain all along?”
A brief statement concerning the relation between consciousness, collective struggle, emancipation and the attainment of “a democratic, free and egalitarian world society”, from the French group, Démocratie Communiste (Luxemburgiste).
Self-emancipation and Consciousness – Démocratie Communiste (Luxemburgiste)
An appeal in favor of the principle of a nonviolent revolutionary movement based on means-and-ends reasoning, with references to Marx and Luxemburg.
For a Nonviolent Revolution – Démocratie Communiste (Luxemburgiste)
“An end which requires unjustified means is no justifiable end” (Karl Marx).1
- 1. Karl Marx, Rheinische Zeitung, No. 135, Supplement, May 15, 1842.
Partial online archive of Endnotes, an irregular communist theoretical journal produced by a discussion group of the same name based in Britain and the US.
A member of the Russian aristocracy and the best known of the revolutionaries before Lenin, Kropotkin originally serialized the story of his life and work for The Atlantic Monthly magazine, from September 1898 through September 1899, and when published in book form, it became his best known work.
From his privileged childhood to his role in upending the social order during the turmoil of the late-19th-century Europe, this is an extraordinary firsthand account of a fabled time and place, told by a writer of exquisite insight and talent.