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The search for a libertarian communism: Daniel Guerin and the ‘synthesis’ of marxism and anarchism

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posted on 17.03.2017 by David Berry
Concerned that his reinterpretation of the French Revolution, La Lutte de classes sous la Première République (1946), had been misunderstood, Daniel Guérin wrote to his friend, the socialist Marceau Pivert in 1947 that the book was to be seen as ‘an introduction to a synthesis of anarchism and Marxism-Leninism I would like to write one day.’2 This paper aims to analyze exactly what Guérin meant by this ‘synthesis’, and how and why he came to be convinced of its necessity—for as Alex Callinicos has commented, ‘[g]enuinely innovative syntheses are rare and difficult to arrive at. Too often attempted syntheses amount merely to banality, incoherence, or eclecticism.’

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Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red

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187 - 209

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BERRY, D. 2017. The search for a libertarian communism: Daniel Guérin and the ‘synthesis’ of marxism and anarchism. IN: Prichard, A., Kinna, R., Pinta, S. and Berry, D. (eds.) Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red. London: PM Press, pp. 187 - 209

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2017

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This is a chapter from the book, Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red, published by PM Press.

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1629633909;978-1629633909

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