Jacques Camatte

Interview with Jacques Camatte (2019)


A 2019 Cercle Marx interview with Jacques Camatte discussing Amadeo Bordiga, May '68, capital, and other subjects. Translated by Lucas Aubain for Radical Reprints, 2021. Original source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKCoo7KoIew&ab_channel=CercleMarx

Bordiga and the Fate of the Species

Jacque Camatte's 2020 preface to The Economic and Social Structure of Russia Today by Amadeo Bordiga

This World We Must Leave and Other Essays - Jacques Camatte

Challenging post-Marxist essays translated and reprinted from Jacques Camatte's journal Invariance.

Bordiga and the passion for communism – Jacques Camatte

Jacques Camatte’s 1972 essay on Amadeo Bordiga, discussing the Italian Marxist’s notorious “invariance”, his “hermeneutics” of “the precise connection between the proletariat and theory”, his “prophetic vision” of the communist future, his identification of the party with the class, his disdain for the cult of personality, his “anti-gradualism”, the impact of the publication of the Grundrisse and the Economic Manuscripts of 1844 on his thought, his precocious environmentalism, his anti-individualism, and his failure to recognize the significance of May ’68, pointing out that despite all his contradictions and limitations “his works are full of starting points for new research”.

The shade of swords - Jean Casseur

Article on nihilism, and the loss of community and meaning. First published on the now-defunct Ritual magazine website, June 2015.

Transición - Jacques Camatte & Gianni Collu [1969]

En este artículo Gianni Collu y Jacques Camatte retoman los conceptos de dominación (o subsunción) formal y dominación real del capital, tratados originalmente por Marx en el capítulo Vi inédito del tomo I de El Capital. referida a la reconfiguración de la actividad productiva sobre los designios del valor en proceso. Publicado en Invariance, año 2, serie I, nº 8, 1969. Traducción de Comunización Ediciones

Mayo-Junio de 1968: El Descubrimiento – Jacques Camatte

Traducción al español de “Mai-June 1968: le devoilement”, aparecido en Invariance (Serie III, 1977). En este artículo Camatte trata los sucesos de las revueltas de mayo-junio como la revelación, implícita y explécita a la vez, de un contenido emergente en la revuelta de la especie humana en su oposición al capital, a saber: rechazo de toda forma de representación y rol asignado por el capital, nuevas formas de comunitarismo, etc.

Introduction to the 1974 edition of Amadeo Bordiga’s “Economic and social structure of Russia today” - Jacques Camatte

Introduction to the 1974 edition of Amadeo Bordiga’s “Economic and social struct

Here, for the first time in English, is Camatte’s introduction to the 1974 edition of Bordiga’s, and the Italian Left’s, long study on the nature of the Russian revolution. Camatte provides a very brief outline of the perspective that Bordiga took on in order to answer this question. Camatte also provides his own commentaries on the nature of capital today, not all of which we fully agree with.

The KAPD and the proletarian movement – Jacques Camatte

A 1971 essay on the KAPD, its positive features (its break with the ideology and practice of social democracy) and its shortcomings (“ideology of the producers”), with discussions of, among other things: Lenin’s Infantile Disorder; the KAPD’s relations with the Third International; National Bolshevism; the AAU and AAUE; the KAPD as vanguard party; the counterrevolution, Stalinism and fascism; the crucial importance of Germany for the proletarian revolution; the KAPD’s influence on the communist currents of the 1960s; and the next, “human revolution” entailing the “abolition of the proletariat” (communism: “the mode of production in which the goal of production is man himself”).

Dialogue with Bordiga – Jacques Camatte

In this 1988 essay, Jacques Camatte reassesses the continuing relevance of Bordiga’s emphasis on the need for a “radical break” (scisma) with democracy—a view that Camatte maintains is “not the exclusive property of the extreme right”—which, since the prospect for communist revolution was nullified by the victories of the United States in the two world wars, must now, according to Camatte, serve as the presupposition for another radical break—a break with the culture that is the product of the Enlightenment and its cult of science and productivity—and our reconciliation with nature.