Karl Kautsky argued that one could switch from a “strategy of attrition” to a “strategy of overthrow” as the situation changed. In this piece, one of the authors of “Socialist Strategy and Military Art” argues that these two strategies are irreconcilable.
The ongoing debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky has touched on many issues of socialist strategy today. In this article, originally published in the magazine Ideas de Izquierda from Argentina, the author focuses on a central question: imperialism.
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.