djones at uclink.berkeley.edu
Wed Feb 1 01:32:03 MST 1995
I am sure that I have not been alone in my appreciation for Alex Trotter's
thoughtful missives. For those of you who have been similarly intrigued by
the theorists in Alex Trotter's last post (which was a while go; hence,
reprinted below), I finally found a book in which some of them are
discussed in English (many of them wrote in Dutch, Italian and French):
Maximilien Rubel and John Crump, ed. 1987. NON-MARKET SOCIALISM IN THE 19TH
AND 20TH CENTURIES (London: MacMillan Press). Chapter contents: Intro
essays by the authors,Anarcho-Communism, Impossibilism, Council Communism,
As I mentioned previously, the Dictionary of Neo-Marxism, ed. Robert
Gorman, is also helpful.
>I would definitely say, begin with Marx himself, and particularly the
>young Marx. Manuscripts of 1844 is good; if it forces you to read Hegel
>as well so much the better, since he was a great influence (both
>positive and negative) on Marx. See the German Ideology for Marx's
>confrontation with the milieu of Young Hegelians in Germany. Compare Marx
>with other currents issuing from Hegelianism (e.g., anarchists such as
>Stirner and Bakunin). Other background: French socialisms, particularly
>utopians like Fourier.
> As for marxism, consult the later Engels and German Social
>Democrats (Kautsky, Bernstein), but be wary of these guys. Likewise with
>the Russians--Plekhanov, Lenin, Trotsky, Bukharin, etc. Something
>definitely worth studying is the confrontation between marxism and
>populism in Russia in the late 19th century-early 20th century. For
>"western marxism" there's the left fractions that detached from the
>Second and Third Internationals--Rosa Luxemburg & Spartakus, Amadeo
>Bordiga, Dutch & German council communists.
> For post-WWII marxism and marx-influenced movements, check out
>Socialisme ou Barbarie (Castoriadis), Situationist International, the
>Italian autonomists, and figures such as Jean Barrot and Jacques Camatte.
> For marxist influence on various aspects of culture, see the
>Surrealists, Wilhelm Reich, Antonio Gramsci, and the Frankfurt School.
> Of course I'm leaving a lot out (like the economic material,
>which is certainly important in Marxism, but which bores me!)
>Happy trails of discovery,
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