- Against Sleep and Nightmare - Definitions and Resources (1994?)
- Against Sleep and Nightmare - The Spectator of Democracy (Mid-1990s)
- American Fraction of the Left Communist International - An Open Letter to the Comrades of the Revolutionary Workers League (1937)
- American Fraction of the Left Communist International - Aspects of the Russian Question (1949)
- American Fraction of the Left Communist International - Capitalist Democracy: A Contrast Between the Position of Lenin and That of Trotsky (1948)
- American Fraction of the Left Communist International - Situation of the American Workers (1947/1948)
- American Fraction of the Left Communist International - Trotskyism and the Labor Party (1949)
- American Fraction of the Left Communist International - What We Stand For (1949)
- Antagonism and Practical History - Beasts of Burden: Capitalism, Animals, Communism (1999)
- Antagonism - Bordiga versus Pannekoek (2000-2001)
- Bordiga, Amadeo - Force, Violence and Dictatorship in the Class Struggle (1946)
- Bordiga, Amadeo - Party and Class (1921)
- Bordiga, Amadeo - Seize Power or Seize the Factory? (1920)
- Bordiga, Amadeo - The Democratic Principle (1922)
- Bordiga, Amadeo - The Fundamentals of Revolutionary Communism (1957)
- Bordiga, Amadeo - The Revolutionary Program of Communist Society Eliminates All Forms of Ownership of Land, the Instruments of Production and the Products of Labor (1958)
- Buick, Adam - Bordigism (1987)
- Camatte, Jacques - The Democratic Mystification (1969)
- Communist Effort - Platform (1984)
- Communist League of Tampa - To Hell with Democracy? (2015)
- Communist League of Tampa - Weekend at Bernie's (2015)
- Engels, Friedrich - On Authority (1872)
- Gauche Communiste de France - The Function of Trotskyism (1947)
- Gauche Communiste de France - The Russian Experience (1946)
- Gorter, Herman - Open Letter to Comrade Lenin (1920)
- Gorter, Herman - The Communist Workers' International (1923)
- Gorter, Herman - The Organisation of the Proletariat's Class Struggle (1921)
- Gorter, Herman - The World Revolution (1918)
- Gorter, Herman - The World Revolution (1923)
- International Communist Current - Bourgeois Organization: The Lie of the 'Democratic' State (1994)
- International Communist Party - Capitalist Development and the American Civil War: the Civil War as the key moment in the subjugation of the black and white proletariat to the requirements of a rapacious bourgeoisie (2005-2009)
- International Communist Party - Why Russia Isn't Socialist (1970)
- Internationalist Communist Group - Against the Myth of Democratic Rights and Liberties (1993)
- Internationalist Communist Group - Communism against Democracy: Theses (1984)
- Internationalist Communist Group - Communism against Democracy (1987-1988)
- Internationalist Communist Tendency - The Italian Communist Left - A Brief Internationalist History (2009)
- Internationalist Communist Tendency - Trotsky and Trotskyism (2000)
- Internationalist Perspective - The Economy in the Russian Revolution (1995)
- Internationalist Perspective - This is What Democracy Looks Like (2016)
- Internationalist Perspective - Why Wealth Redistribution Cannot Solve Capitalism's Crisis (2014)
- L'Insecurite Sociale - Communism: Points for Consideration (1984)
- L'Insecurite Sociale - The Communist Tendency in History (1985)
- La Guerre Sociale - The Question of the State (1978)
- La Guerre Sociale - Toward the Human Community (1982)
- Le Frondeur - Democracy (1981)
- Les Amis de 4 Millions de Jeunes Travailleurs - A World without Money: Communism (1975-1976)
- Les Amis de 4 Millions de Jeunes Travailleurs - Democracy (1975-1976)
- Les Amis de 4 Millions de Jeunes Travailleurs - Excerpt from A World Without Money: Communism (1975-1976)
- Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels - Address of the Central Committee to the Communist League (1850)
- Marx, Karl - New York World interview with Karl Marx (1871)
- Monsieur Dupont - Democracy (2006)
- Mouvement Communiste - Anti-Globalization: the Socialism of Imbeciles (2001)
- Mouvement Communiste - Critical Review of "The ABC of Communism" 90 Years Later: The Bankruptcy of the Analysis of Capitalism Made by the Communist International (2007)
- Nicolaievsky, Boris and Otto Maenchen-Helfen - Karl Marx: Man and Fighter (1936)
- Pannekoek, Anton - German Socialism in the War (1915)
- Pannekoek, Anton - Roosevelt (1913)
- Pannekoek, Anton - The Great European War and Socialism (1914)
- Poor, the Bad and the Angry - A Contribution to the Politics of the Future -- The Basic Perspectives of the Poor, the Bad and the Angry (1990s?)
- Poor, the Bad and the Angry - Notes on Democracy (1990s?)
- Poor, the Bad and the Angry - Our Antipolitics (1990s?)
- Reinvention of Everyday Life - A Modest Proposal for How the Bad Old Days Will End (1975)
- Robin Goodfellow - Marx-Engels and Democracy (Part One) (2002)
- Robin Goodfellow - Marxism in a Nutshell: From the Criticism of Capitalism to a Classless Society (2013)
- Rosenberg, Arthur - A History of Bolshevism: From Marx to the First Five-Year Plan (1934)
- Ruhle, Otto - Karl Marx: His Life and Work (1928)
- Ruhle, Otto - Moscow and Ourselves (1920)
- Ruhle, Otto - Speech in the Reichstag (1918)
- Rutgers, S.J. - The Left Wing (1916)
- Solidarity - Third Worldism or Socialism (1972)
- Souvarine, Boris - Stalin: A Critical Survey of Bolshevism (1939)
- Subversion - The Revolutionary Alternative to Left-Wing Politics (1995)
- United Workers Party - "Revolutionary Parliamentarism" (1935)
- United Workers Party - Anti-Parliamentarism and Council Communism (1935)
- Wildcat - Against Democracy (1993)
- Wildcat - Capitalism and its Revolutionary Destruction (Mid-1980s)
About red texts
What this site is
This site archives communist documents. These documents are often available elsewhere, but are not always proofread or presented with simple formatting. This site remedies that.
This site is a personal labor. Documents I intend to read and re-read are proofread (mostly for formatting) and converted to plain text files that are very minimally marked-up with multimarkdown. These plain text files are then used to generate HTML -- which you see on the site -- but can also be used to generate EPUB, PDF, or even LaTeX files. This site contains the original plain text and HTML versions of the archived documents. You can access the plain text source files in a couple of ways.
- You can download individual text files at the index of plain text files.
- You can download a .tgz archive of all the plain text documents.
The text files display best when viewed in a text editor. Windows users will need a decent text editor such as notepad++, otherwise line breaks will not display. Windows users will also need a tool such as 7zip to open the .tgz archive.
Wait--what do you mean by communism?
All through history the exploited dreamed of a world without poverty and class distinctions: communism. Communism means an end to property, i.e., the right to exclude some people from the land and factories cultivated and built by past generations. In communist society production is for meeting human needs, not sale on the market. There will be no money, no rich and poor, no state to mediate the conflicts of a class-divided society. Communism is a unified human community.
In the 19th century capitalism grew productivity exponentially. Capitalism created an international, interconnected market. For the first time it was possible to coordinate production to satisfy the desires of all. Yet this possibility was overriden by the needs of the market economy. All that was produced is that which could be sold for a profit. Periodic crises threw workers into poverty amidst plenty. Even during booms the working class sunk deeper into relative misery. But unlike past exploited classes, the modern working class was born of socialized production and had no real property of its own. It was the first class capable of and needing to abolish property in general. It was the first class whose communism had a material basis.
In the 19th century capitalism laid the foundations for its own destruction without threatening the world with barbarism. Moreover, the working class was still small and centered in a few countries. The agenda of the working class, then, was to develop its own strength within capitalist society. Workers participated in unions, ran candidates in elections, and even took sides in wars between capitalist states and their feudal rivals.
The First Imperialist World War and the working class insurrections that ended it made communist revolution an urgent necessity and immediate possibility. In 1917 revolution spread from Russia to the rest of the world. Tragically, only in backwards Russia did the working class seize and hold onto power. Russia was a poor, peasant-dominated country, one ravaged by years of imperialist and civil war. The Russian workers could move ahead only with help from the working class abroad. This help never came; the parties of the right and left crushed the uprisings of the western European workers. To ensure the survival of the sole bastion of world revolution, the isolated Russian revolutionaries were compelled to use the revolutionary state to simultaneously repress the peasantry and rapidly increase the productivity of an immature capitalist economy -- all while preserving their autonomy as a revolutionary class. The hope was to hang on long enough for the western European revolution. This all failed. The Soviet Union survived and flourished, but only after the revolutionaries were integrated into, and then destroyed by, a state purged of any revolutionary content.
The rapid industrialization of the Soviet Union cost millions of lives but was an appealing model for the Third World capitalist class. Soviet "communism" became nothing more than an ideology of state-driven capitalist development for backwards countries. The "communist" countries that have existed -- from Mao's China to Fidel's Cuba to Chavez's Venezuela -- had and have nothing to do with the communism of the workers' movement.
In reaction to the degeneration of the Russian Revolution, a "communist left" emerged in the early 1920s. These communists -- the true heirs of the 19th century workers' movement -- were loyal to the Russian Revolution but against the compromises and betrayals the Russian communists and the Communist International made to defend the Russian state. The communist left, then as now, stood against capitalism and all its defenses: democracy, elections, unions, nationalism, national liberation, "social justice," and so on.
Red Texts primarily collects documents from this left communist tradition.
This project was inspired by similar sites I used to visit. To the extent they still exist and I can remember them, these are listed in the links section.
If you have contributions, corrections, questions, comments, or whatever, send them to schalken at warpmail.net.
A word of warning
I don't endorse sites listed here. I have reservations about the persons or groups behind a couple of them. All the same, each site linked below should prove interesting or useful in some fashion.
Text archives (sites like this one, but better)
- The Anarchist Library
- Archives Autonomies
- Association Archives Antonie Pannekoek
- Class against Class
- Collective Action Notes
- John Gray
- Kurasje - Council Communist Archive
- La Bataille Socialiste
- Marxists Internet Archive
- Red & Black Notes
- Sinistra.Net - The Online Archives of the Communist Left
Political groups or individuals
- Against Sleep and Nightmare
- Communist Bulletin (UK, Defunct)
- Communist League of Tampa
- Gruppen Gegen Kapital und Nation
- Insurgent Notes
- International Communist Current
- International Communist Party (Il Comunista)
- International Communist Party (Il Partito Comunista)
- International Communist Party (Il Programma Comunista)
- Internationalist Perspective (old site)
- Internationalist Perspective (new site)
- Internationalist Perspective's blog
- Internationalist Communist Tendency
- Internationalist Voice
- Loren Goldner's Homepage
- Mouvement Communiste
- Pale Blue Jadal
- The Poor, the Bad and the Angry
- Robin Goodfellow
- Socialist Studies
- Theorie Communiste
- Wildcat (Germany)
- Wildcat (UK)
- World Communist Group
- World Socialist Movement