The Bolsheviks and workers' control: the state and counter-revolution - Maurice Brinton

Leading Bolsheviks Lenin and Trotsky.
Leading Bolsheviks Lenin and Trotsky.

A remarkable pamphlet by Maurice Brinton exposing the struggle that took place over the running of workplaces between workers and the new state in the Russian Revolution.

Submitted by libcom on April 26, 2005

In doing so not only does it demolish the romantic Leninist 'history' of the relationship between the working class and their party during these years (1917 - 21) but it also provides a backbone to understanding why the Russian revolution failed in the way it did.

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From this understanding flows alternative possibilities of revolutionary organisation and some 26 years after the original was written this is perhaps its greatest contribution today. For this reason alone this text deserves the greatest possible circulation today and we encourage you to link to it, download the text or otherwise circulate it.

The text of this pamphlet was scanned and HTML'd by a number of anarchists to mark the 79th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 1996. It's original author was not an anarchist, but belonged to the sister groups 'Solidarity' and 'Socialism or Barbarism' (France) which were libertarian marxist. The text was scanned from the 1975 Black & Red (Detroit) addition. As far as we're aware Solidarity no longer exist, the address given in the original text for contacting them was Solidarity (North London) 123 Lathom Road, London, E.6

The Russian Revolution in is entirety from 1905 to 1917 continues to be one of the great periods of history for the struggle for freedom by the working class against the capitalist class. Now that Leninism is finally dying it is up to anarchists and other libertarian communists to rescue the positive and negative lessons of that great revolution from the distortions of the left and the right. The book is a vital contribution to writing the real history of the revolution.

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klas batalo

13 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by klas batalo on November 13, 2010

http://zinelibrary.info/bolsheviks-and-worker-control

zabalaza FTW!

David in Atlanta

11 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by David in Atlanta on September 28, 2012

There is a new, over-priced but don't tell the publishers i said that, print edition.
http://oooabooks.org/

Steven.

11 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on September 28, 2012

20 bucks does seem a bit ridiculous

za.mrefu

11 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by za.mrefu on September 29, 2012

Well, 20 bucks is only the list price... hopefully amazon will discount it at some point. The publishers website offers free shipping too, so that helps a little. I got the new print edition to replace my old 70s Black Rose copy, and it is a much better looking and feeling book. The type is easier to read too. You can find the old Black Rose edition cheap used, but it honestly is hard to read, I'm glad I got the new one. Glad to see this book back in print!

syndicalist

11 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by syndicalist on November 10, 2012

Wanna puke.....Scroll down and read how early on into the revolution the Bolsheviks saw the need for directorships rather than workers control .....

On the Question of the Trade Unions and their Organization
1 April 1920

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5. CURRENT TASKS OF THE TRADE UNIONS

http://www.marxists.org/history/ussr/government/party-congress/9th/01.htm

Resolved: April 1, 1920
First Published: Spravochnik partiinogo robotnika 1,38-40

AES

10 years 3 months ago

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Submitted by AES on January 26, 2014

I've added a pdf of the original printed in 1972 by Solidarity (4.88 MB)

Spikymike

6 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on November 24, 2017

Always think if some have read Brinton's book here for they first time it is worth them moving on also to then read this debate; https://libcom.org/history/factory-committees-1918-chris-goodey-debates-maurice-brinton and this book: https://libcom.org/library/red-petrograd-revolution-factories-1917-1918-sa-smith

doug

6 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by doug on November 26, 2017

I agree, Spikymike. Not read Red Petrograd, what are your thoughts on it?

Spikymike

6 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on November 26, 2017

The Smith book, as I recall, is well worth reading for some nuanced consideration of the different political tendencies approach to the factory councils (many of which were made up of a good selection of rank and file Bolsheviks) as well as other historical details. Turns out that Smart was the tutor of Simon Pirani who spoke at the London Anarchist bookfair and who's book I hopefully intend to read over Xmas if it turns up in my stocking!

doug

6 years 6 months ago

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Submitted by doug on November 26, 2017

Revolution in Retreat? Yes, it's excellent bit of scholarship. I was sorry to miss him speak in Glasgow not that long ago.

Also, on a different topic, see he's got a book coming out next year: "Forthcoming in 2018: a book on the global history of fossil fuel consumption since 1950, published by Pluto Press." This is the field he lectures in.

Spikymike

5 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on October 22, 2018

Well I eventually finished reading the Simon Pirani book mentioned above and it is excellent. Linked here:
https://libcom.org/history/russian-revolution-retreat-1920-24-soviet-workers-new-communist-elite-simon-pirani

IkeIke356

1 year 11 months ago

Submitted by IkeIke356 on June 22, 2022

added a complete PDF of the original 1970 Solidarity edition