A reader I compiled from various texts online of the AAUD/AAUD-E.
The Communist Left in Germany1918-1921 by Gilles Dauvé and Denis Authier
Paul Mattick and Council Communism by Claudio Pozzoli
Council Communism by Mark Shipway
The Councilist Movement in Germany (1914-1935): A History of the AAUD-E Tendency by CICA
Preliminaries on Councils and Councilist Organization by René Riesel
The Origins of the Movement for Workers' Councils in Germany by GIC
Program of the AAUD
Extracts from the Guidelines of the AAUD
Guidelines of the AAUD-E
I suppose I should have
I suppose I should have clarified that some of these are just selections that directly mention the AAUD or unionens, instead of the entire text of the piece.
Nice one! Your work is
Your work is greatly appreciated.
Quote: Juan Conatz
lol, was wondering when
lol, was wondering when someone was gonna notice that
This mentions them quite a
This mentions them quite a bit too: http://libcom.org/library/bourgeois-proletarian-revolution-otto-ruhle
Jared wrote: This mentions
Yes this piece is really good! Was translated by CWO who are pretty damn close per se in continuation from KAPD Essen Tendency/ the original 4th Communist Workers International aka the KAI. (fuck yah!)
Anyway mainly it is a really good piece, and should sorta be included.
I didn't include writings
I didn't include writings from individuals from that period, just historical overviews and organizational documents. At some point, I could make a supplement of writings from members around that era (and later).
This is more meant as a jumpoff, to then get into the writings from people in the groups.
-For example, there were 2 IWW members that came to Germany, were in the AAUD and joined and came up with something called 'National Bolshevism', which is different from the kind we know, but apparently inspired the 'left wing' of the Nazis. Only one article I'm aware of has been translated by them.
-The AAUD-E had a splitoff that I've seen described as anarchist, anti-organizational, and anti-intellectual. They ended up abolishing their group, but ran a paper, almost none of which has ever been translated.
-Also, is there any info out there about the group of council communists (that included Paul Mattick) that were in the IWW and heavily involved in unemployed movements? I came across this and never knew about that.
there is definitely more down
there is definitely more down the mattick line there.
there are some links in that wiki that lead to some pretty interesting scans.
i have also heard about these two other things. there is definitely more in a bunch of the readers about the national bolsheviks and some other writings too, mostly about how the main people got kicked out of kapd or something.
yeah i think i remember the split from AAUD-E too but very obscure.
A Wob just sent me
A Wob just sent me this
Left-wing splinter groups in the Weimer Republic
Quote: I didn't include
Thanks for all your current and future efforts! Really valuable
I've also built up the AAUD
I've also built up the AAUD tag in the library. There were some texts that mention them extensively that weren't tagged.
Nice one! Just one question:
Just one question: Why nothing on KAPD?
Kont, read Juan's post above
Kont, read Juan's post above and read between the lines. From what I can tell Juan's interest is in the connections between IWW and German left, which was mainly through figures of Hamburg left and more specifically workplace organisation.
sabotage wrote: CWO who are
hmm, i think CWO lean more toward the Italian left communists and not as much the KAPD Essen tendency?
I remember reading that PM dropped out of activity in IWW partly due to McCarthyism and anti-communist hysteria...
Harrison wrote: hmm, i think
Yes that's right, but when the group was formed the reverse was the case. Sabotage is right that the group (or more precisely RP, who merged with Workers Voice to found the CWO) translated that Ruhle pamphlet. The name CWO was in reference to the influence of the German left on the group.
Juan Conatz wrote: A Wob just
This looks really interesting. Thanks for posting for it.
Kontrrazvedka wrote: Nice
Because they're a political organization and therefore not as interesting?
Perhaps these scans should be
Perhaps these scans should be uploaded. They are pretty amazing read like I said earlier just if because it represents the council communist current that existed in the USA. :D
A neat note about these is that Paul Mattick at the time was very close to the circles around the KAUD and the GIKH (I believe Pannekoek was too in retrospect) and so a lot of the theory behind the United Workers Party and later just the "Council Communists" group seems reflect of that, i.e. seeing the party or revolutionary grouping just being an advanced minority of militants with revolutionary consciousness and that obviously fighting organizations of the proletariat in the Soviets and the "Committees of Action" (which seems an English translation for the factory organizations/Rate phenomenon) were where it was at. That such an organization was just the instrument of encouraging work in that direction, a catalyst like the syndicalists would say.
So obviously many of us have
So obviously many of us have been reading over this stuff...so now I have a question or two...
What lessons do we think we can learn from the experience of these general worker's unions (unionen) that were set up in Germany?
A main tenant of revolutionary syndicalism is fighting here and now, not only in a revolutionary situation, I'm agnostic on if that is problematic or not.
My main question is the unionen were based on ideally organization by factory and economic region, i.e. the goal was to organize as class wide as possible.
This supposedly at least to some left communists like Dauve, was in counter-position to the syndicalists at the time who still either wanted to organize by trade or by industry.
In both cases there could be a case for accusations of "workerism" which more accurately could be described as focusing to much on the productive sector and not reproduction as well.
The call to organize on a class wide basis still seems valid to me. It seems to extend from such an argument that we should have generalized organization on the terrain of the whole community, with specialization as needed.
Is this compatible with a revolutionary syndicalist perspective, or does this supersede it?
i would think there comes a
i would think there comes a point at the height of class struggle where it is necessary to completely drop wage demands. if an anarcho-syndicalist union cannot fulfil that (not saying it can't), then a new mass union / coordination would have to be created to fight solely communist struggles.
if so, no reason why they couldn't mix membership between them as needed, much like the FAUD and AAUD did in Germany.
As to economic region organising (i don't live in country predominantly defined by factory work), i'm not really sure. It kind of feels academic for me where i live, without the presence of a mass communist movement active in the workplaces. Probably for the purpose of encouraging the break with capital, class wide organisation would be the best to agitate for and organise expropriation and defence, but industrial federations would still be needed to organise the flow of production under workers control.
sabotage wrote: The call to
Maybe this is over my head, but I don't see why this wouldn't be compatible with a revolutionary syndicalist perspective. I know in the IWW there have been attempts with more or less success to organize people outside of the workplace: the unemployed, squeegee folks and panhandlers, students, and prisoners. Not to mention groups like SeaSol, which I tend to think of as a syndicalist organization, which spend as much time organizing tenants as workers. I think efforts like these should be encouraged and expanded.
This article sort of gets at that idea: http://recomposition.info/2012/08/19/winning-the-war/
will have a look if there are
will have a look if there are poems by the leading AAUE member Oskar Kanehl translated into English ... another fellow traveller of the AAUE during the early 1920ies, Max Herrmann-Neiße lived in London from 1933 up to his death in 1941, some of his poems from this period are translated into English but these are not particularly radical
a reliable account on the
a reliable account on the disintegration of the AAUE can be found in Hans Manfred Bock's two studies on the topic (only in German, see below) and in some works on Rühle's biography
* Syndikalismus und Linkskommunismus von 1918 bis 1923. Ein Beitrag zur Sozial- und Ideengeschichte der frühen Weimarer Republik
* Geschichte des „linken Radikalismus“ in Deutschland. Ein Versuch
Entdinglichung wrote: poems
better than poems by a leading AWL member ? :lol:
redsdisease wrote: sabotage
real quick, i guess i also just wonder what folks think about this in regards to workplace organizing by region, essentially if a corridor or geographic based campaigns, maybe coupled with industrial unionism makes sense. and by unionism i actually mean it more in this organization self-organized by the workers themselves which brings out the best spirit of the german experience and other syndicalist experiences.
i definitely think there should be larger community unionism as well. i do wonder since a big theme here is the non separation of the political and economic, if there should really be a separation other than objective ones between the idea of the proletariat split between producers and consumers. i've brought this up in other threads before but it would make sense to be to have general coalitions that could include community unions and workplace unions. because if we are talking really about "class" unionism focused on the gathering the widest span and struggle then really it would seem we need to find ways to organize the whole class in support of more atomized fights.
they are definitely better (but less good than the poems of Max Hermann-Neiße who was one of the leading expressionist poets) ... due to the attachment of a couple of writers and artists to Pfemfert's Die Aktion, first the KAPD and than the AAUE had quite a number of fellow travellers in the world of art e.g. the playwright Carl Sternheim during the early 1920ies ... a list of contributors to Die Aktion 1911-1932: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Aktion#Published_artists_and_writers ... I would love to own the journal's reprint
Die Aktion literature and art
Die Aktion literature and art connections i thought were very impressive... especially its interrelationship with the 'cologne progressives'.
what about Gorter's poetry? any good in your view?
Harrison wrote: Die Aktion
the further he became involved into politics, the more the literary quality of his poems declined ... same with Henriette Roland-Holst
Harrison wrote: Die Aktion
some in English translation: http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/18433 ... pretty sentimental stuff
some reflections from that book about aaud, faud, iww etc in germany on this thread are deff worth a look
this is also quite an enlightening thread
These last two links lead me
These last two links lead me to find this:
Last link dump for tonight!
I know they were not the AAUD
I know they were not the AAUD or the AAUD-E but the KAUD were the regroupment of fractions of both and the KAPD and were founded upon the unitary model of the AAUD-E but with added specificity as being a Communist Workers Union, and did not see themselves as the future structure of society like the IWW's OBU (which was a feature both AAUD and AAUD-E shared.) Anyway this piece is interesting for continuity and because the Situationists later praised them for this position:
OH SHIT and apparently they
OH SHIT and apparently they took on the long held anarcho-syndicalist position!
12. Quoted by H. M. Bock: Geschichte des “linken Radikalismus” in Deutschland, Suhrkamp Verlag, No. 645, p. 145.
the AAUD lead one major
the AAUD lead one major strike in 1927: of sailors in the German fishing fleet, Ernst Schneider / Ikarus was the leading figure of the AAUD's sailors' union at that period, some copies of its paper 1927-29 here ... unfortunately, there is no literature about that strike