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Gramsci and the factory councils

Radical history
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Introduced by Melbourne socialist, Luca Tavan.

Antonio Gramsci, Marxist intellectual and founder of the Italian Communist Party, was one of the most important of a generation of thinkers and fighters who took inspiration from the Russian Revolution. In the tinderbox situation created by the First World War, Gramsci argued for and championed the factory council movement, which opened up a period of revolutionary struggle. Radicalising workers created their own democratic institutions in order to take the factories out of the hands of their bosses and organise production themselves.

Readings

Gramsci: the Turin Years http://isj.org.uk/gramsci-the-turin-years/

John Cammett, Gramsci and the Origins of Italian Communism.

Chapter 4: Ordine Nuovo and the Italian Soviets https://drive.google.com/file/d/10Gj_JRQmlMBwa6yKOnoKnq8Pnk9-k0SH/view?fbclid=IwAR2pp2gQMxiS5FBqIyobqAdXpndPnyQ32jxWJQhoA26Rhhfju4nmXqVidt8

Paulo Spriano, The Occupation of the Factories: Italy, 1920.

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