This is a useful and complex article on the legacy of Kautsky and it shows that it is all too easy to ‘garbage in garbage out’ along the faultline of revolution/reformism. The complexity of Kautsky’s personal history makes his thinking tricky to use and I am not sure I have understood his trajectory fully nor the citation of the Finnish exemplar and its significance. Without rejecting the revolutionary alternative we have also been critical of leninism/bolshevism, without adopting social democratic compromise. The article cites from Kautsky a number of the hopeless difficulties of revolutionism, e.g. the power of the modern state that has left behind the era of barricade revolution. Is the question hopeless, not by a long shot Continue reading “Jacobin and the Kautsky debate…DMNC as a remorphed liberalism, revolutionary or reformist”
This note was motivated by an interesting discussion on Doug Henwood’sFacebook page regarding Karl Kautsky’s political legacy. A prior version of the post ended in item 15. The remainder was updated on 3/11/2019.
Marxist.com picks up this article on which we commented already. Let us note the remark of Trotsky: Kautsky wasn’t always a social democrat: he was revolutionary socialist until the calamity of bolshevism appeared: he saw correctly that it was not had been intended.
I am no fan of Kautsky but he has been proved right as the whole era of bolshevism has fallen away into nothing… Continue reading “Kautsky, originally a revolutionary, correctly saw the bolshevik calamity for what it was”