Re: [OPE] Marx: 'The Possibility of Non-Violent Revolution'

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Mon Jan 12 2009 - 03:34:38 EST

Thank you for the reference Jerry.   I just read it. There is not reference to a Non-Violent Revolution there.   Indeed, this speech was delivered at the Huge Congress of September 2-7, 1872, and when Mikhail Bakunin wrote a letter on the occasion of his expulsion from the International Workingmen's Association during this Congress, he criticized Marx for his idea of dictatorship:   I believe that Mr. Marx is ail earnest revolutionary, though not always a very consistent one, and that he really desires the revolt of the masses. And I wonder how he fails to see how the establishment of a universal dictatorship, collective or individual, a dictatorship that would in one way or another perform the task of chief engineer of the world revolution, regulating and directing ail insurrectionary movement of the masses in all countries pretty much as one would run a machine – that the establishment of such a dictatorship would be enough of itself to kill the revolution, to paralyze and distort all popular movements.     Regards, A. Agafonow ________________________________ De: GERALD LEVY <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: domingo, 11 de enero, 2009 14:42:21 Asunto: RE: [OPE] Marx: 'The Possibility of Non-Violent Revolution' > Does anyone have read?: Karl Marx, ‘The Possibility of Non-Violent Revolution’, in Robert C. Tucker (ed.), TheMarx-Engels Reader (New York, 1978), pp. 522–4. > Is it available on-line somewhere?       Yes it is, Alejandro. Marx's speech to the First International in Amsterdam on September 8, 1872 was published in the journal _La Liberte'_ and it can be read online at under the title "La Liberte' Speech".   The title of the talk was apparently given by Tucker, not Marx.   In solidarity, Jerry

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