Paul Mattick

Root & Branch # 7

Issue 7 of the US libertarian marxist journal. Undated but published late 1978/early 1979.

Transcribers note : The strapline on this issue was 'A libertarian marxist journal'—on the previous issue it had been 'a libertarian socialist journal'.

Authority and democracy in the United States - Paul Mattick

Authority and democracy in the United States - Paul Mattick
Paul Mattick shows that corresponding to the absence of a socialist movement in America is the absence of fascistic movements as attempted resolutions of extreme class conflict. The complacency of the American working class, however, depends upon continuing capitalist expansion. Thus, the limits imposed by the developing crisis create the possibility of a break with the belief that politics can be safely left to the bourgeoisie.

An article by Paul Mattick Sr. published late 1978/early 1979 in Root & Branch magazine (No. 7).

Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory

Keynesian economics claimed to have overcome the problem of economic depressions. However, as Mattick argues that crises are inherent within capitalism and that neither the market nor Keynesianism can stop "the steady deterioration of the economy". Written in 1974, Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory is one of Mattick's most valuable contributions to the Marxist critique of political economy and radical theory in general.

Radical America #03.04: Alternative education project, July-Aug. 1969

Constituent articles:

- RA Conference report
- Science fiction in the age of transition (Maglin, Arthur)
- Some comments on Mandel's Marxist economic theory (Mattick, Paul)
- Genetic economics vs. dialectical materialism (Howard, Dick)
- R.E. vision #8, part II (Levy, D. A.)
- Where is America going? (Mandel, Ernest)

An interview with Paul Mattick, Jr. in New York, 1991

An interview conducted in New York on November 17, 1991, by Hannu Reime with Paul Mattick Jr about his father, Paul Mattick Snr and his ideas on council communism and the Bolsheviks against the background of the demise of the Soviet Union.

HR: Your father1 belonged to the relatively little known tradition of council communism that was born after the First World War. What was, briefly, their analysis of the nature of Bolshevism?

  • 1. Paul Mattick (1904-1981).

Paul Mattick Snr bibliography

Bibliography of texts by council communist Paul Mattick.

These are the English language citations from the complete Paul Mattick Sr. bibliography, grouped alphabetically beginning with A and ending with LE. The numbers correspond to the citations in the full bibliography; omissions in numbering indicate a text in another language.

Marxism: Last refuge of the bourgeoisie? - Paul Mattick

Extracts of Paul Mattick's book on Marxism.

Review of James Burnham's The Modern Machiavellians - Paul Mattick

Paul Mattick's critique of The Modern Machiavellians. by James Burnham. Published by John Day Co., New York, 1943.

James Burnham’s second attempt to purge himself of the misunderstood Marxism of his earlier years is slightly more successful than his first effort, The Managerial Revolution. In the latter book, he still tried to explain the problem of power in economic terms, although no longer from the social point of view of Marx but from that of the technocrats.

Introduction - Paul Mattick

1970 introduction to the book, by Paul Mattick.

The collectively written book presented below, The Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution, is now being published for the first time in forty years. Its authors, members of the Group of International Communists of Holland (GIKH), participated in the council movement.

Translator's introduction to the 1948 Chilean edition of Anton Pannekoek's Lenin as Philosopher - Lain Diez

A brief introduction to Pannekoek’s book on Lenin that defines the council communist tendency of Marxism as the long awaited bridge between Marxism and anarchism that promises to heal the rift of the Bakunin-Marx split in the First International. Written in the form of short “theses”, the text begins with a critical assessment of Trotsky’s opposition to Stalinism, supports Luxemburg’s and Mattick’s anti-Leninist critiques with regard to spontaneity and ends by agreeing with Karl Korsch’s negative identification of Leninism with social democracy as both being opposed to emancipatory socialism.

Translator’s Introduction to the 1948 Chilean Edition of Anton Pannekoek’s Lenin as Philosopher – Laín Díez


A few years before falling victim to an assassin’s blade, Trotsky placed the stamp of his opinion on Marxist literature in the following terms: