Bordiga & Italian communism

Yurii Colombo ycolombo at
Fri Sep 15 02:09:01 MDT 1995

Dear Alex,
You did much questions. I'll try to give you my impressions about Bordiga
and Bordigism but not in only one message because it's impossible.
The preliminary questions: I saw the translations in english of Borgiga
writings. There aren't serious apparatus criticus. The Bordiga "writings"
are at 80% conferences, speeches, etc. and his followers never "clean" them.
In his writings , after the second world war, there are many references to
day by day life in Italy in the '50 or '60. In some situations he use the
neaples dialect,a nd so on. Furthermore he reject segnature their works and
articles, and for this till now there isn't a complete bibliography of his
works.(Peragalli is preparing it). In Italy published only a complete
biography about Bordiga by a long-standing CP historian. (a bad Biography, I
want tell you)
Now I must run to work. In the afternoon I will continue with a little
biography of Bordiga. The tile will BORDIGA (I).

>A few questions for Nello and any other Italian revolutionists on this list:
>I'm seeking information about Bordiga and the bordigists, who are so
>little known in the United States. I am familiar with B. almost entirely
>through the work of his one-time protege Jacques Camatte. I have also
>seen some copies in English of the theoretical organ of the International
>Communist Party, from which I was not able to glean much, except that
>their line seems almost, though not quite, leninist--more ultraleft, yet
>still committed to the idea of a party, albeit one more suited to the
>conditions of western Europe rather than Russia.
>How would you characterize bordigism? From what I can tell, Bordiga's
>notion of a party was something like a general staff without an army.
>What is the concept of "organic centralism" and how does it differ from
>the leninist "democratic centralism"? Also, how would you compare
>bordigism with trotskyism?
>Apropos of the 'red vs. green' or 'red *and* green' discussion, I have
>also heard that Bordiga had an interest in environmental matters unusual
>for someone of the Comintern generation. If that is true, it is easy to
>see how those concerns of his may have influenced Camatte, who broke with
>marxism and bordigism but still holds Bordiga in much higher regard than
>Lenin or Trotsky.
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