A RECOMMENDED READING LIST

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The perspectives on this web-site may seem novel or eccentric to some readers. But they haven't emerged in a vacuum. The main theoretical influences on my politics are The Situationists, left-communism, and anti-syndicalist class war anarchism. My descriptions will be short and not too sweet --

The SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL was an avant-guard and ultra-left tendency in Europe in the 1960's, active mainly in France. The Situationists were the most sophisticated radicals in the global social movement of their day. Their politics were a synthesis of the better elements of ultra-left Marxism and anarchism. The S.I.'s methods of subversive agitation played a significant role in the May 1968 events in France. This was the last time that a major industrialized democracy came close to being overwhelmed by revolution.

Check out:
Society of the Spectacle, by Guy Debord, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Various articles in the Situationist International Anthology, translated and edited by Ken Knabb, including:
Preliminaries on the Councils and Councilist Organization
The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy
The Explosion Point of Ideology in China
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art
The S.I. Anthology is available from
Bureau of Public Secrets
POB 1044
Berkeley, CA 94701

LEFT COMMUNISM is the politics of authentic revolutionary Marxism, as opposed to the ideology of Second International social democracy and it's Leninist and Stalinist offspring.

Books:
The Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement,
by Gilles Dauve and Francois Martin is available from
Antagonism Press,
c/o BM Makhno London WC1N 3XX
Britain

Pannekoek and Gorter's Marxism, edited and with an introduction by D.A.
Smart and published by Pluto Press.
Anti-Bolshevik Communism, by Paul Mattick.
These last two are unfortunately out of print, but you may be able to find them in college libraries. I hope they will be reprinted soon, and translated into every major language of the industrialized world.

Pamphlets:
Unions Against Revolution, by G. Munis
Lip and the Self-Managed Counter-revolution, by Negation
are both available from Black and Red, PO Box 02374 Detroit, MI 48202

Fascism/Anti-Fascism, by Gilles Dauve, under his former nom-de-plume Jean Barrot. A different version of this text, titled, When Insurrections Die, is available from Antagonism Press

Journals:
Aufheben
c/o Prior House
Tilbury Place
Brighton BN2 2GY
Britain

Communism
Write without mentioning the name to:
BP 54 - Saint-Gilles (BRU) 3
1060 Bruxelles - BELGIUM

REVOLUTIONARY ANARCHISM

History of the Makhnovist Movement (1918-1921)
by Peter Arshinov
available from Black and Red
at the address above

The Spanish Revolution
The Left and the Struggle for Power during the Civil War by Burnett Bolloten
Copyright 1979, The University of North Carolina Press Chapel Hill

The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism
by Freddy Perlman
available from Black and Red at the address listed above

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