Jacobin and the Kautsky debate…DMNC as a remorphed liberalism, revolutionary or reformist

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”

 Bolsheviks and socialism? was their only achievement a secret police (which is all that survives to this day)…?

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Source: Looking for Loopholes: On the Misuses of Lenin’s “‘Left-Wing’ Communism” | Left Voice

This is a useful study of a long lost work of Lenin, but is the foundation for discussion solid? Did Lenin, at the fountainhead of what became the failure of bolshevism, really have the right strategy on any level? Was the Russian revolution doomed to failure based on its marxist hardcore with all of its fallacies? The question of reformism is complex and tricky and stalked the left already in the nineteenth century. The emphasis on revolution persisted through the confusion of Bernstein and later.
In fact, it is almost impossible to sort out the legacy here. Its inner contradiction cripples the left to this day. Continue reading ” Bolsheviks and socialism? was their only achievement a secret police (which is all that survives to this day)…?”