Early American Marxism

"standing: Jim Cannon (WPA), William Ross Knudsen (SLP), unidentified. seated: Alexander Trachtenberg (WPA), Arne Swabeck (TUEL), Rose Wortis (TUEL), Max Bedacht (CPA)" - (http://bit.ly/1mbaqKb)

“standing: Jim Cannon (WPA), William Ross Knudsen (SLP), unidentified.
seated: Alexander Trachtenberg (WPA), Arne Swabeck (TUEL), Rose Wortis (TUEL), Max Bedacht (CPA)” – (http://bit.ly/1mbaqKb)

American Marxist documents from 1876 – 1946. Definitely incredible documents for any Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary, or genuine leftist of the U.S. to analyze with moving forward creating a genuine revolutionary workers party. These are documents, among the historical legacy we must return to, after the collective amnesia neoliberalism has instilled in the richest and most action oriented revolutionary traditions in the workers movement, yet the least understood.


The intriguing, and incredibly difficult aspect, of deciphering these documents is centralizing when U.S. capitalism appears in full [I’d believe post Civil War during the tragedy of “Radical Reconstruction” capitalist social property relations was introduced throughout the entire settler-colonial country after the Slave Master Class and Feudal relations were reconfigured]. This is described in more detail in a book I am planning to read further into, The American Road to Capitalism by Charles Post, were the contradictions of the obvious social/political aspects [as well dehumanizing and reactionary practice of slavery] of the apartheid system as well as the two opposing socio-economic modes of production ultimately led to an emancipatory clash. Although bourgeoisie revolutions are a facetious concept that has viable criticism towards its actual non-existence, or misunderstood purpose under Marxist thought, the American civil-war presents itself as the closest historical event that is close to this traditional Marxist classification.

The American Road to Capitalism - Charles Post, 2013, Haymarket Books.

The American Road to Capitalism – Charles Post, 2013, Haymarket Books.

The conquest of Northern capital, with the relations of production bringing about slave emancipation not by inevitability, but the compulsions that drove the southern black slave class to heroically revolt against their white supremacist masters and join the breaking links in the imperial chain of the U.S. that was once being re-organized. After the U.S. civil-war unfortunately battles were won and lost in radical-reconstruction that greatly changed the outcome of this country, but the least understood aspect I believe in the U.S., is how the revolutionary left responded to these cataclysmic shifts, especially in a settler-colonial country often described as “the most reactionary country” that was re-born in the blood of black, white, and indigenous workers.

*To purchase a physical copy of Charles Post’s, The American Road to Capitalism, Haymarket has re-published the Historical Materialism script.

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About bolshevikpunk

Mainline Marxism or Die. Activist, Student, and Degenerate.
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