The anti-Stalinist left: some notes from the literature. Part I: The French anti-Stalinist left

This post is the first in a short series that include extracts from the academic literature on the anti-Stalinist left. Part of the purpose of the series is to argue that there has been a strong a cohesive entity that could be called “the anti-Stalinist left”, a position I take in opposition to those who would simply say that some leftists have happened to be anti-Stalinist. Hence, it is not intended to form some kind of coherent narrative, but rather gathers together evidence from the literature for the existence of such an entity.

THE FRENCH ANTI-STALINIST LEFT

In this edition, we focus on the anti-Stalinist intellectuals associated with the surrealist movement, including Andre Breton and Georges Bataille.  (more…)

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History is Made at Night

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to come to your revolution” – (Not actually said by) Emma Goldman.*

The great blog History is Made at Night, which narrates alternative histories by excavating stories of the revolutions made in the nighttime, is on a real roll at the moment. Here are two examples.

We Must Refuse Boredom


Georges Bataille, The Sacred Conspiracy, 1936

Marx and the Mazurka?: Dancing with the First International

Did Marx dance a Palermo Polka?

And here’s something HiM@N would like:

Shekar Hanim – Tchakidji: Anatolian Greek outlaw music.

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*What Emma Goldman actually said: (more…)

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