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July 2020

A recent discussion article, Council communists of the world, organize (the workers, or yourselves?), was based on following historical document of the communist left:
June 2020
  • Willy Huhn, Lenin als utopist (1948) in Dutch language, see below for German original and English translation

LEFT WING COMMUNISM, NOT an infantile disorder, our new site in construction, invites to a discussion on council communism and the revolution in Russia, starting from Wagners 'Theses'. We have added documents on the historical context and a biography:

    Annoucement by aaap.be:

May 2020

February 2020

Some recent books on the period of transition

We draw your attention to some recently published books by an author and publisher, who is new to the milieu interested in the Communist Left: Hermann Lueer and publisher Red & Black Books in Hamburg. When giving introductions to Marxism throughout Germany, Lueer was regularly asked about the alternative to capitalism. In search of an answer, Lueer discovered Grundprinzipien kommunistischer Produktion und Verteilung by Gruppe Internationaler Kommunisten (G.I.K.) of 1930.

In his homage to the work of the G.I.K. under the same title, Lueer gives a current introduction to the actual core of the work of the G.I.K.: how can the 'association of free and equal people' (Marx in Capital), or in his 1871 writings about the 'Commune'-organization, or how in 1917 the 'council organization' can gain and, above all, retain power over the means of production? After all, in Russia the workers soon lost power over the enterprises.

The answer lies in the fact that reformism in social democracy ignored Marx' and Engels' view, particularly in Marx' Critique of the Gotha Programme, of an economy with working hours as a measure of production and, initially, also consumption. Instead, reformism accepted Hilferding's view, which suggested that in socialism economy should be organized as a General Cartel, the organizational form of highly developed capitalism, i.e., controlled by economic specialists. Lenin took over this view and realized it in Russia, with which the dictatorship over the proletariat was a fact.

Lueer's tribute to the work of the G.I.K. is now available in three languages: German, English and Dutch.

Lueer's tribute does not address various criticisms since the republishing in 1970 of the first edition in German in 1930. Especially that of Paul Mattick in his introduction to this reprint, followed by Gilles Dauvé and finally Raoul Victor. Victor's text of 2016 'in response to Kees' under the title The Economy in the Transition to a 'Communist' Society (*), served the German-speaking group Freundinnen und Freunde der klassenlosen Gesellschaft as a starting point for their discussions of 21-3-2018: Umrisse der Weltcommune. On the group's website, Kosmoprolet, a discussion was published, including Lueer's contribution Kritik von Hermann Lueer an den Thesen zur Weltcommune (20-1-2019). It is typical of the quality of this discussion contribution that Kosmoprolet was forced to ask Victor for a position, which appeared as Arbeitszeitrechnung und ökonomische Rationalität in einer postkapitalistischen Gesellschaft (4-11-2019). It is curious to see that the reply by Lueer, Antwort an Raoul Victor, was not posted on the Kosmoprolet website until now, nor has been it included in the book KLASSE, KRISE, WELTCOMMUNE. Beiträge zur Selbstabschaffung des Proletariats with all other contributions. It seems therefor that Victor does not have an answer, and certainly not the Freunde as an organization, while it is clear from other contributions to the discussion that some do share the views of the G.I.K.

Hermann Lueer has meanwhile published the first German translation of the Dutch second edition of Fundamental Principles in book form: Grundprinzipien kommunistischer Produktion und Verteilung, and its first English translation: Fundamental principles of communist production and distribution.

These translations are of great significance. As explained in The G.I.C. and the Economy of the Transition Period - Introductory Article, the 1935 second edition in Dutch was supplemented with fragments in reply to certain critics and misunderstandings. Amongst others, the supposed 'utopian character' of the propositions of the G.I.K., the question of 'equality', on the dictatorship of the proletariat, and on libertarian communism. Important information on the agrarian question in the Russian and in the German Revolution was added. This edition was the last edited by the G.I.K. and therefor is its final answer to the objections at the time raised against its positions.

(*) Originally in French, 12-10-2011. For an answer, not from Kees, see Over het scherm rolden ... (June 2016) third contribution (in Dutch), English translation.

November 2019

  • Anton Pannekoek, Marxisme et darwinisme, traduction de l’allemand, édition et notes (octobre 2019): Philippe Bourrinet. Avec une introduction critique de 14 pages du traducteur et éditeur.
  • Spartacus, Weekblad van de Communistenbond ‘Spartacus’, 1947, Trotski en de vakvereniging.

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December 2018

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March 2018

  • Der Kommunist - Flugzeitung der Kommunistischen Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands (Sachsen)", ab Nr. 19, April 1920, Flugzeitung der Kommunistischen Arbeiterschaft Ostsachsens”, ab Nr. 49, Dezember 1920, Organ der Kommunistischen Arbeiterschaft Ostsachsens und der Allgemeinen Arbeiter-Union Gross-Dresden (Revolutionäre Betriebsorganisation” Nr. 53, Dezember 1920 Nr. 54, Januar 1921 Nr. 56, Januar 1921.
  • Willy Huhn Lenin und die russische Revolution.

January 2018

  • Willy Huhn Lenin als Utopist, sehe auch Buchbesprechung Gester “Auf der Suche nach Rosas Erbe. Der deutsche Marxist Willy Huhn (1909-1970)”, Berlin, Die Buchmacherei, 2017.

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Other languages: see Goldners site breaktheirhaughtypower.org.

December 2016

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October 2016

September 2016

  • Marxism and state communism. The withering away of the state - G.I.C. 1932.
    Pamphlet never translated into English before, the Group(s) of International Communists critising Lenin 'The State and the revolution.'
    Part of this text was integrated into 'Basic principles of communist production and distribution'.

August 2016

  • In dutch language only: Anton Pannekoek "Friedrich Adler" 1916 (met een inleiding "individueel terrorisme of proletarische massastrijd tegen de imperialistische oorlog?"). Ajoute en francais:
    "A mettre en parallèle avec un texte de Bordiga, qui lui soutient l’action terroriste de Friedrich Adler... «Fritz Adler, notre camarade, de ceux que nous connaissons et aimons, qui a adhéré à Zimmerwald, qui a reproduit à la main le Manifeste de la minorité socialiste autrichienne lu par beaucoup d’entre nous non sans larmes d’émotion et d’enthousiasme… Ce n’est pas un fou, pardieu ! … Son acte fut le corollaire de sa – de notre – campagne internationaliste. Le fait est une propagande plus efficace que les mots… Friedrich Adler est des nôtres. Il appartient au prolétariat international, dont il est devenu le symbole». Bordiga, «Adler», L’Avanguardia, 5 novembre 1916, in Scritti..., op. cit., p. 290-291."

Traductions de l’allemand, édition, illustrations, notes et texte d’introduction.

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