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  Left communism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Left Communism is a term describing a whole range of communist viewpoints which oppose the political ideas of the Bolsheviks from a position which is asserted to be more authentically Marxist and proletarian than the views held by the Communist International after its first two Congresses.
The Italian Left Fraction was for the rest of the 1930s led by Ottorino Perrone, although it was fiercely opposed to the cult of the personality which was developing in the Comintern around Stalin in these years and resisted similar pressures in its own organisation.
Left Communists entered a period of constant decline from this point onwards, although they were somewhat rejuvenated by the events of 1968.
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 Left communism
Left Communism is a description of a range of communist viewpoints which oppose the political positions of the Bolsheviks from a position which is asserted to be more authentically Marxist and proletarian than the views held by the Communist International after its first two Congresses.
Left Communism first came into focus as the left wing of the Communist movement in or around the Communist International in 1918.
The Italian Left Communists would be the actual tendency to name Left Communism at a later stage in their development but when the Communist Party of Italy was founded they were actually the majority of Communists in that country.
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 Communism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Communism refers to a conjectured future classless, stateless social organization based upon common ownership of the means of production, and to a variety of political movements which claim the establishment of such a social organization as their ultimate goal.
Communism carries a strong social stigma in the United States, due to a history of anti-communism in America.
According to the Marxist argument for communism, the main characteristic of human life in class society is alienation; and communism is desirable because it entails the full realization of human freedom.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Communism   (3457 words)

 Learn more about Communism in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Communism is a theory and system of social and political organization that dominated much of the history of the Twentieth Century.
In theory, communism is a classless society in which all property is owned by the community as a whole and where all people enjoy equal social and economic status.
An obvious distinction between this idealic view of primitive man and communism however, is the criminalization of religion, which while clearly found in communism, has never been a component of the cultures of indigenous peoples in their natural state, for whom religion and ritual were a vital cultural component.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /c/co/communism.html   (1030 words)

 Left communism
The Italian Left Communists were the tendency which named Left Communism at a later stage in their development, but when the Communist Party of Italy was founded they were actually the majority of Communists in that country.
Many small currents to the left of the mass Communist Parties collapsed at the beginning of the Second World War and the Left Communists were intially silent too.
This was objected to by Trotsky, as he held this was not the position of the Opposition which was instead Bolshevik-Leninist i.e., Trotsky identified the Left Opposition as the orthodox Leninist current in contra-distinction to both the Left Communists and the Stalinist centrist faction.
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 Encyclopedia: Left Communism
Religious communism is a term used by some Communists that claim that before communism became associated with atheism, the word communism was mainly used by religious groups.
The New Left is a term used in political discourse to refer to radical left-wing movements from the 1960s onwards.
Communism is now mainly understood to refer to the political, economic, and social theory of Marxist thinkers, or life in conditions of Communist party rule.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Left-Communism   (1043 words)

 Left-Wing Communism Subject Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
The “orthodox” criticism of Left Communism is contained in Lenin’s 1920 book: “Left-Wing” Communism – An Infantile Disorder and the classic statement of the position of Left Communism is contained in Herman Gorter’s response: Letter to Comrade Lenin.
Left Communists have tended to reject participation in Parliament by revolutionaries, even declaring that the workers have “gone beyond” as well as holding that such participation inevitably corrupted the representatives of workers put into Parliament.
Left Communists have also tended to hold that revolutionaries should not participate in “yellow” or conservative trade unions; this policy was actually implemented by the Comintern in the late-1920s/early-1930s when separate “Red” unions were set up.
www.marxists.org /subject/left-wing   (1311 words)

 ipedia.com: Left communism Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Left Communism is a description of a range of communist viewpoints which oppose the political positions of the Bolsheviks from a position which is asserted to be more authentically Marxist and proleta...
In 1941 the Italian Fraction was reorganised in France and along with the new French Fraction came into conflict with the ideas which the Fraction had propagated from 1936: of the social disappearance of the proletariat and localised wars, etc. These ideas continued to be defended by Vercesi in Brussels.
The confusion between the two currents was made worse by the tendency of some Trotskyists to call themselves Left Communists, which was made most explicit in the case of the Spanish section of the International Left Opposition which named itself the Left Communists of Spain (ICE).
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 Lenin's Left Wing Communism
The isolation of the various communist parties from the working class, and the inexperience of their members and leaders, meant that these organisations fell easy prey to the 'disease' of ultra leftism­to believing that they could ignore the job of patiently winning workers to revolutionary politics.
However, the mass of workers in 1920­who had moved to the left­still believed that their interests could be met by parliamentary means.
The 'lefts' were opposed to any such joint activity, which they saw as capitulation to reformism.
pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk /sr199/leftwing.htm   (916 words)

 Anarchy - Left Communism or State Department Surrealism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
I was mystified at his presumption that it was the immediate personal responsibility of, or that it was possible for, a few hundred revolutionaries world-wide to solve the immediate organizational problems of millions of wage workers in the absence of mass collective struggles.
By attaching himself to the FOR, Schwartz could gain notice among Trotskyists as the author of the most extreme left English language publication close to the Trotskyist spectrum, and guarantee himself a place in the future as a wax mannequin in the ludicrous icepickhead pantheon that was so dear to his heart.
Left communism is virtually unknown in the United States, even to intelligent functionaries of the national security state.
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 Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder - Condemnation of the renegades to come - Chapter I
It was the «senile disorder» of communism, that led the revolutionary organism to the present death, its results being far more detrimental than the ruinous crisis of the IInd International.
From the standpoint of communism repudiation of the Party principle means attempting to leap from the eve of capitalism's collapse (in Germany), not to the lower or the intermediate phase of communism, but to the higher.
The Italian Left had since 1919 resolutely fought such an antimarxist thesis, that was later condemned at the IInd Congress in the resolution on soviets or factory councils, to which it will be worth going back to.
www.sinistra.net /lib/upt/comlef/ren/renegadece.html   (4438 words)

 Informal Communist Discussion
The words "communism" and "socialism" are commonly mis-used to describe a society in which a popular revolution against the ruling class and foreign imperialism results in a radical transformation of property relations and an improvement in the living conditions of the masses.
The coming revolution in communications, now in its earliest stages, is already beginning to demonstrate its potential to influence the development and interaction of Marxist (and would-be Marxist) organizations.
In the next decade or so, the communications revolution holds promise to completely transform the "left ecosystem" at present consisting predominantly of squabbling sectarian grouplets, craven reformists and the just-plain confused.
communism.org   (3867 words)

This may be seen in the case both of the party of the Spartacists and the Left proletarian wing of the "Independent Social-Democratic Party of Germany," which is waging an incessant struggle against the opportunism and spinelessness of the Kautskys, Hilferdings, Ledebours and Crispiens.
From the standpoint of Communism, the repudiation of the party principle means leaping from the eve of the collapse of capitalism (in Germany), not to the lowest or intermediate, but to the highest phase of Communism.
Frankly admitting a mistake, disclosing the reasons for it, analysing the conditions which led to it, and carefully discussing the means of correcting it--this is the sign of a serious party; this is the way it performs its duties, this is the way it educates and trains the class, and then the masses.
www.magister.msk.ru /library/lenin/lenin03e.htm   (14068 words)

 Infoshop.org - MYEP - Left Communism or State Department Surrealism?
But by the fall of 1983 the only publication in the United States or Canada close to a left communist perspective outside of the ICC was a bulletin called The Alarm, produced in San Francisco by the Fomento Obrero Revolucionario Organizing Committee in the United States (FOCUS).
I was mystified at his presumption that it was the immediate personal responsibility of, or that it was possible for, a few hundred revolutionaries world- wide to solve the immediate organizational problems of millions of wage workers in the absence of mass collective struggles.
In The Alarm, Schwartz used the term ``left communist'' incoherently, as if this term referred to all those who weren't Stalinist who claimed to be communist, including the POUM and various Trotsky- ists.
www.infoshop.org /myep/munis_meese.html   (11081 words)

 The Mustache on the Left-(fascism & communism same evil; liberal name-calling)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
His conversion to fascism was not a renunciation of this legacy, but a modification of it: he came to see solidarity with one's Nation rather than with one's Class as the key to breaking the hold of "liberal capitalism" over the modern world.
The story of the deep historical and conceptual links between communism and fascism was a theme of Hayek's famous The Road to Serfdom and has been detailed by a number of scholars, most notably A. James Gregor in The Faces of Janus: Marxism and Fascism in the Twentieth Century.
They hated capitalism for the very same reason they hated communism: its internationalism, its tendency to dilute one's allegiance to Nation and Race; Nazism was, one might say, the original anti-globalization movement.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-bloggers/1317366/posts   (3786 words)

 Left Wing Communism - an infantile disorder?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
We don't create a value-based hierarchie between the different currents of this communist left (italian left, called "bordigist", and german and dutch left [KAPD, GIC]).
Its chapters have to be revised and enlarged, and certain formulations that lack clarity or that show a kindred spirit, have to be corrected as to give an objective and lucid view of this current.
The groups or interested individuals could - in creating their own site devoted to this Left - by their practise stimulate the political, theoretical reflexion on present capitalist society, and on the means to find in time a way-out from a world that goes to the abyss.
www.left-dis.nl   (317 words)

 Steven Wright, (1980), Left communism in Australia
The left communists, isolated in a re-established Europe after 1923, numbering only hundreds where before had been tens of thousands, abandoned the party-form altogether and chose instead to keep alive the memory of the "pure" form of proletarian counter-power the Workers' Councils.
The point of communism was not to suppress the division of labour union the purely formal level of "workshop democracy" here one only retained the distinction between "burgher" and "citizen" but to abolish labour itself as a sphere separate from praxis.
Alan Barcan's survey of the Australian left during this period notes that the Socialist Party of Australia could still be found on the Sydney Domain on Sundays, while Paul Brissenden, in the 1957 introduction to his history of the IWW, mentions the continued existence of an Australian Administration.
www.left-dis.nl /uk/dawson.htm   (13627 words)

 Ayn Rand, Anti-Communism, & the Left
Also, as a tremendously successful self-made woman, long before the ascendancy of political feminism, she is invulnerable to the typical feminist mode of gender argumention against "dead white males." These inconveniences make it preferable for the Left to ignore Rand, which mostly they can and have, given the minority and ignorable status of libertarianism.
Another of Rand's sins against the Left and still of current interest was her willingness to testify as a "friendly witness" in the 1947 hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Acitivies (HUAC) on Communist infiltration of Hollywood.
While Communism failed and fell in the real world, in the make-believe world of Hollywood Communist propaganda succeeded quite nicely, and many people still believe that the HUAC investigations were "witch hunts" for non-existent enemies or well-meaning idealists.
www.friesian.com /rand.htm   (7994 words)

 AK Press :: Topic :: Left Communism
Political advisor, historian, community worker, and international cricket player, Roberts moved from the Caribbean to Montreal in the early 60s.
There he was instrumental in pushing forward the agendas of Black Power, political theory (with CLR James), and community.
At a time when political paradigms are collapsing, and the death of Marxism and the Left is proclaimed, Insurgencies offers an intellectually invigorating and historically wide-ranging appraisal of the real legacy and promise of revolutionary thought and practice.
www.akpress.org /2005/topics/leftcommunism   (683 words)

 Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative :: AK Press
In May '68, a student protest at Nanterre University spread to other universities, to Paris factories, and in a few weeks, to most of France.
At the center of the fray, from the beginning, was Daniel Cohn-Bendit, expelled from Nanterre for his agitation.
Obsolete Communism was written in the five weeks immediately following the French State regaining control.
www.akpress.org /2000/items/obsoletecommunism   (168 words)

 "Left" communism abandons Marxism-- www.communistvoice.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
-- "Left" communist from Britain (Jock Daborn of the CWO) denounces
Empty "left" phrases about the trade unions (criticism of "left" communism and the LAWV) (35K)
versus the "left" communist denial of national freedom
home.flash.net /~comvoice/00LeftCommunism.html   (109 words)

 Left-Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
"Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder was written in April, and the appendix was written on May 12, 1920.
Between July and November 1920, the book was re-published in Leipzig, Paris and London, in the German, French and English languages respectively.
"Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder is published according to the first edition print, the proofs of which were read by Lenin himself.
www.marxists.org /archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc   (255 words)

 Infoshop.org - MYEP - Love and Treason - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
In my high school library, in a photographic biography of Trotsky, I found a brief account of the life and adventures of the anarchist Nestor Makhno, a partisan fighter in the Russian Civil War.
Makhno was an enigma to my 14-year old Guevaraist consciousness, since this was the first time I'd read of forces qualitatively to the left of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution.
So in radical Berkeley my options were identical to what I'd left behind in the ‘burbs: I worked pumping gas, flipping burgers and washing dishes to pay my rent.
www.infoshop.org /myep/love_index.html   (1646 words)

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