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Workers' Councils Paperback – November 1, 2002
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Pannekoek was a recognized Marxist theorist and one of the founders of the council communist tendency and a main figure in the radical left in the Netherlands and Germany before and after World War II. Pannekoek wrote Worker's Councils during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Pannekoek is best known for his writing on workers' councils. Pannekoek regarded these as a new form of organization capable of overcoming the limitations of the old organs of the labor movement, the trade unions and social democratic parties. Basing his theory on what he regarded as the practical lessons of the Russian revolution, Pannekoek argued that the workers' revolution and the transition from capitalism to communism had to be achieved by the workers themselves, democratically organized in workers' councils.
Pannekoek was a sharp critic of anarchism, social-democracy and Lenin and Leninism. His analysis of the failure of the Russian revolution was that after Lenin and the Bolsheviks came to power, they crippled the soviets (aka "worker's councils").Read more ›
You may not agree with everything in this book (especially you capitalists), but it is worth checking out just for the alternative viewpoint. The ideas the author puts forth in this book are not things that are touched upon in the mainstream media or business press. In fact, those outlets fear these ideas for the very reason that it puts power back into the hands of the people.
There are better books written on the downfalls of capitalism, but there are few books on workers' councils that are this good. It doesn't dictate, and it does its best to loosely guide, which is exactly the kind of plan you need when it comes to workers' councils, as every situation could be different.
Another fine book from AK Press.
"Left" thinkers and activists like Rosa Luxemburg, Amadeo Bordiga, and Anton Pannekoek -- the Dutch astronomer who wrote *Workers' Councils* and another recently reprinted work, *Lenin as Philosopher* -- began a proletarian auto-critique of revolutionary practice whose influence stretched from *Living Marxism*, the journal a young Noam Chomsky cut his political teeth on, to the "workerists" of 70s Europe and today's "anti-globalization" movements around the world.Read more ›
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this is a good book if youre interested in the practical aspects of worker's power but it can be a bit dry. the edition you see above has several interesting interviews as well.Published 1 month ago by ParlorBolshevik
This rare work is a must to anyone interested in Marxist theory. Workers Councils shows the corruption and depravity in both Western Capitalism and Soviet "Socialism". Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Sid Barret