The late Lucio Colletti discusses the content of Marx's early writings and how their late emergence influenced Marxism and the reinterpretation of Marx.
Written as an introduction to the Early Writings volume of the Penguin Marx Library; London, 1975.
a strange (and sad) story:
a strange (and sad) story: Colletti was one of the leading non-dogmatic marxist thinkers in Italy in the 1960ies but than abandoned marxism, moved to the right and died as an MP for Berlusconi's Forza Italia in 2001: http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/OPE/archive/0111/0048.html
Hmm, Colletti may have been
Colletti may have been "non-dogmatic" in a number of ways but what evidence is there that he saw communism as anything distinct from the state capitalism of the Lenin and the vanguardism of the traditional communist parties? Before he rejected Leninism entirely for mainstream capitalist politics, he had exited Stalinism only to flirt with Trotskyism - but, apparently did not go as far as even Trotsky in the sense that he failed to admit that Stalinist parties the world over had agents of counter-revolution for many years at the time
Steve Redhead Article quoting Perry Anderson interview
Sure, join Communist Party, meet exciting, interesting people and ... lead them down the road to Stalinist counter-revolution...
I would note that Colletti also seems to blame the excesses of the Stalinists on their adherence to Hegelianism. It seems like their class interests as members of a ruling party would be a much clearer force. Colletti's anti-Hegelianism is considered the epitome of philosophical perfection. Without claiming that I have any monopoly on effective practice, I say this kind of thing seems inherently removed from practice.