Pannekoek and Gorter's Marxism

Pannekoek and Gorter's Marxism

A lengthy introduction to the marxism of Pannekoek and Gorter, followed by five translated texts from these two authors.

From the back cover: "Anton Pannekoek and Herman Gorter were known throughout revolutionary Europe of the1910s and 1920s as the leading spokesmen for 'council communism'. They argued then for the primacy of the workers' own organisations, defending their importance against the parliamentarists and the bolsheviks who saw in the party the nub of working-class organisation, and against the anarchists who saw anatheme in all organization.

"The council communists were important enough in their day to provoke Lenin into attacking them in a celebrated pamphlet, 'Left-Wing Communism, An Infantile Disorder'. They are of particular interest today when conventional ideas about party organisation are coming under critical scrutiny.

"This volume contains representative texts by Pannekoek and Gorter, translated into English for the first time by the editor."

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Jul 17 2017 00:46


  • "We must therefore engage in the fiercest struggle against both the Third International and the Russians ... and the snydicalists, anarchists and the like. Neither possess a tactic based on the class relations of Western Europe and North America."

    Herman Gorter

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Jul 20 2017 19:20

Thanks so much for putting this up. I've been wanting to read it for a while, but it's difficult to find.

Jul 20 2017 22:24

Yes. thanks too. I remember reading this as a kid.


Jul 20 2017 22:50
Devrim wrote:
Yes. thanks too. I remember reading this as a kid.

gee, i used to read books about baseball grin