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on: October 21, 2013, 23:24
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Bit annoying.

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on: October 23, 2013, 14:38
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Yeah that is annoying. I am think of re-doing the forum part with a more dedicated forum which should hopefully make it both easier to post and less work with regards Captcha stuff.

Down side though will mean I lose these few posts and the login will be separate. 23 users seem to just be spam 🙁

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on: October 24, 2013, 14:11
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Bad news about the spam 'users'. I wouldn't worry about re-doing the forum it's not like it's been a hive of activity!

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on: November 24, 2013, 12:51
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Council communism: the need for organization

German-Dutch council communism created the most radical organizations of workers in the history of mankind. This movement, which numbered several hundreds of thousands of activists in the early 1920s, not only criticized capitalism and the state, but also rejected trade unions, showing that these centralized organization controlled by highly paid bureaucrats are not interested in breaking capitalism. Rejecting trade unions, with their trade of workforce, centralism and bureaucracy, the far-lefts in Germany and the Netherlands were the first in history to put forward the principle according to which councils are the only revolutionary structure.

"Councils are created in the workplace”, wrote German revolutionary Otto Rühle, “They contain only the proletarian element. As bodies enjoying the trust of all the creative forces, they are formed by the secret ballot. No party enjoying the privileges of the government can have advantage there. Their members can be recalled at any moment, always. Thus they manifest the will of the active masses. The division into the leaders and the led, the rulers and the ruled, the smart ones and the fools disappears. All the people work, and likewise all the people express their will; all govern themselves by themselves”.

Some council communists insisted that a communist workers party that has territorial organization is able to act as a social and ideological inspirer of the revolutionary struggle, but it mustn’t seize power in the councils, it mustn’t replace council’s authority by its own. Such party should act on the basis of the broadest possible autonomy of its local sections. Other council communists were in favor of ideological organizations established strictly on the production principle (cells in enterprises, united in association). In any case, council communists said two things. First, it is necessary to establish councils’ autonomy, second, there should be organizations of revolutionary minority that would spread this idea and combat its enemies.

These two ideas are important and relevant today. Councils (strike committees) were and remain the only form of workers' struggle capable of undermining the capitalist reality. As before, trade unions and left-wing parties tend to control the councils and destroy them, as it happened during the miners’ uprising in South Africa in 2013. But there are no organized groups able to develop the social and revolutionary ideas and practices that oppose unions.

After the defeat of the German Revolution of 1918-1923, council communism quickly ceased to exist as an organized movement. Some people began to speak on its behalf, arguing that we don’t need revolutionary organizations anymore. These contemplators have taken the position of non-interference, pure scientific analysis of class struggle. Others have created sects that don’t take part in class struggle, but are involved in the discussions about the "parasites " (other leftist sects) and are controlled by a central body similar to the Leninist Central Committee. All these absurdities do not have any relation to council communism, nor to revolutionary struggle, and should be completely rejected. In an era of mass proletarian revolts from Cairo to Bangladesh we need a genuine organization of supporters of the workers' autonomy and councils. Such organization should be based on the broadest autonomy of local groups and absolute freedom of discussion, and, at the same time, on the collective planning of joint action.

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on: November 25, 2013, 12:10
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Why post this same text in 3 different places? and my suggestion would simply post in the discussion section, rather than in the suggestions section

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