Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy New
$13.68
  • List Price: $18.00
  • Save: $4.32 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Workers' Councils has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Workers' Councils Paperback – November 1, 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback, November 1, 2002
$13.68
$8.31 $5.94

The Numberlys Best Books of the Year So Far
$13.68 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Workers' Councils
  • +
  • Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present
Total price: $27.54
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Robert F. Barsky is Professor of English, French, American Studies, and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent (1997, 1998) and The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower (2007, 2009), both published by the MIT Press. His other books include Constructing a Productive Other (John Benjamins 1994);Introduction à la théorie littéraire (PUQ 1997) and Arguing and Justifying (Ashgate 2001).
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902593561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902593562
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I first heard of Pannekoek and his work while reading Katha Pollitt's memoir Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories last year. It seems that Pollitt's cheating live-in lover also fancied himself a proponent of the Left Communist tendency of Marxism and so held an informal "study group" and used Pannekoek's book as reference text for it. (He also used this study group to meet with his current and former lovers that he cheated on Pollitt with, but that's another story.)

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 ›
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I received this book as part of the Friends of AK Press plan (something anyone interested in AK Press books should look into). It is a classic 1948 book on, of course, workers' councils. What makes it interesting is the author's views on the history of capitalism, Nazi Germany, communism and socialism (anarchism is even touched upon).

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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One of the lesser known groups sitting under the "communist" label is that of the Council Communists. These were the ones who regularly critiqued the lack of workers power in the USSR once it became evident that power had been stripped from them. Anton Pannekoek is one of the most famous of these theorists and after reading this work I can see why. Written during and right after WWII this work accurately predicted European and US politics for decades. It also shows that there are other systems out there than the state-capitalist system that the USSR was or the inhuman capitalism of the US. This book is easy to read and grasp and something anyone really interested in politics should check out.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
It is often forgotten that there was a reason the Soviet Union was called the "Soviet Union": this derived from the claim that the soviet, a form of popular organization that played a critical role in the 1905 and 1917 Russian revolutions, should replace a parliament as the form of political representation in a people's democracy -- an article of faith which received hollow expression in Lenin's *State and Revolution*. Though the history of democratic representation in 'Communist' countries is more complicated and convoluted than conservatives would have you believe, practically nobody on the left today would have you believe that 'Leninism' successfully made access to institutional power available to the masses it claimed as its lodestar. This is why the "left communist" current of Marxist thought has risen from the shallow grave Lenin himself prepared for it (calling it at the time an "infantile disorder" realistic socialists could do without).

"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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: world history, labor relations