The Working Class History project has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of an important new set of works by Anton Pannekoek.
We need your help publishing The Workers’ Way to Freedom and Other Council Communist Writings, by Anton Pannekoek, edited by Robyn K. Winters. This is a compilation of important works, most of which have never been published before in this format. At a time when workers around the world are standing up and fighting back, it has never been more important to look back at those who came before us, and learn from their experiences. This book clearly lays out the ideas of one of the key theoreticians of council communism—a Marxist theory which, rather than taking over state power, emphasizes working-class self-emancipation through workers’ councils.
The Workers’ Way to Freedom is an extensive text by Pannekoek laying out the fundamentals of council communism, written in around 1935, never previously published in its entirety. It has been lovingly transcribed from the original handwritten source material by Working Class History contributor Robyn K. Winters.
Also included in the work are a curated assortment of essays, articles and letters which highlight other aspects of Pannekoek's ideas, which resonate with issues the working class faces today, and provoke discussion and debate. Some of these texts had been previously published online, but most of them included errors and edits. In this compendium, these works have been typed up from archival sources and original materials over a three-year period by Winters on their commutes to work, and in fragments of time they could grab from their employer while working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Learn more about the book, preorder a discounted copy along with other discounted books at here on our Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wrkclasshistory/the-workers-way-to-freedom/