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 Post subject: Kautsky Papers online
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:33 am 
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http://search.socialhistory.org/Record/ ... escription

This is part of a digitization project of also the writings of Marx, Engels, Trotsky, etc..http://socialhistory.org/.../centrale-d ... on-project

Much of the papers is handwritten (eg a late unpublished piece on causes of crises/Krisenursachen, where he returns to Marx, money and inflation, or the correspondence, including to Lenin), so difficult to read.

Luckily there is much typewritten, eg 3 massive volumes on war.

It includes also some articles in English (besides French, Dutch, Italian, etc.).


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eg some documents in English:

The Constitutional Crisis in England (1909)

Internationale und die sogen. Sowjetregierung. Eine Denkschrift. (1924)
(on pages 110-142 there is the translation: The International and the so-called Soviet government)

Die Verkürzung der Arbeitszeit und der Kapitalprofit (1937)
(on page 4: Society Will Benefit By Shorter Hours; and on page 27&30: Business Recovery Alone Will Not Put All Back to Work, Says Great Economist; Working Hours Must Be Cut Down)

Of the correspondence, the letters of Lucien Laurat are interesting to get the background of Chirik and his Luxemburg (non-)accumulation theory (also interesting that Victor Serge wrote a letter to Kautsky).

This raises the question of how Kautsky's critique of bolshevism differs from the leftcom one (eg Lenin accused Kautsky of being a renegade because Kautsky didn't accept the soviets to be the state, which is an ICC position...). Kautsky himself wrote an article in early 1918 (Verschiedene Kritiker der Bolschewiki) to clearly differentiate himself from bourgeois critics (and their counterparts in the SPD) of bolshevism.


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 Post subject: Re: Kautsky Papers online
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Sounds horrid. Kautsky is way down there with Althusser.

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So, where is Trotsky on this spectrum.

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The first (and only, afaik) mention of Kronstadt by Kautsky is apropos Vandervelde's (chairman of the Socialist International) diplomatic response to an appeal of the exiled Trotsky (for asylum I think). Kautsky wrote that Vandervelde's response was getting Trotsky off the hook, that the international would discredit itself if it whitewashes Trotsky's record in creating the most dangerous terror system against the working class.

Hilferding's letters to Kautsky show again that Kautsky insisted that Hilferding sharply and openly express his critique of bolshevism (in the late 20s, so of Stalinism). Hilferding answered that he fully agreed with Kautsky in principle, but waited for the right moment. Hilferding wanted Kautsky to write a critique of the comintern program (1928).


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http://socialhistory.org/en/news/leadin ... ble-online

includes Etienne Cabet, Bakunin, Berkman, Nettlau, Fédération Jurassienne, Alexander Herzen, Louise Michel, Gustav Landauer etc.


Some letters with the Bordigists are found in the International Left Opposition Archives (Trotsky): http://search.socialhistory.org/Record/ ... escription
(most of them were already online elsewhere though I think)


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