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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #290 - Read: Gombin, " The Leftism: origins and perspectives " (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:39:04 +0200

Our friends from Spartacus publish a little book by Richard Gombin published in 1971 at Seuil: Gauchism: origins and perspectives. ---- This is a quick and clear overview of critical theories in debate between the 50s and 70s. It will be a precious " revolution for dummies " and if a political period is defined by the intensity theoretical confrontations, today's reader will look stunned at the poverty of current production compared to past decades. ---- By credibly claiming the blazon of " leftism ", which is reputed to be " the infantile disease of communism " [1], Gombin convincingly seeks to separate himself from the Marxist far left, which he throws into the dust of history with the ' Orthodox Marxists' together . ---- Then he tries to lay the foundations of a new revolutionary theory, in tune with the hopes, struggles and sociological upheavals of capitalism of the sixties.

Disqualifying too quickly Marxism and the centrality of capitalist exploitation in favor of less material aspirations, his sharp criticism can not hide, fifty years later, his proven errors of prognosis. He himself, however, professing intellectual humility (which contrasts with the political arrogance of the time !), He is careful not to enunciate certainties and is content rather to indicate a necessary path.

It should be noted from this point of view that it dissolves in two lines only the propositions carried by Daniel Guerin guilty of seeking a synthesis between Marxism and anarchism. Even if our current has not refounded critical thinking, we will continue to think that when history stutters, no new theory emerges.

And that the recipe proposed to future generations by Guérin contains good intuition.

Jean-Yves (AL 93-Center)

Richard Gombin, The Gauchism: Origins and Prospects , Spartacus Publishing, October 2018, 172 pages, 13 euros

[1] Lenin's opuscule that any activist had then read attentively.

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