Disturbances lecture series: Council Communism - An anti-Leninist communist current

In Kupoli, Uusi ylioppilastalo, Mannerheimintie 5 B 7th floor on Sunday
March 16th

Food available 4pm, Lecture 4.30pm

Council Communism as a communist current developed against the backdrop
of the European revolutions of 1917-1920. In Russia, Germany, Hungary
and elsewhere workers’ or soldiers’ councils, or soviets, were formed
and many contemporary communists viewed them as true forms of
self-organization of the working class, capable of bringing about a more
equal society. Soviet Russia’s increasingly authoritarian party led
development, including the repression and eventual dissolving of the
councils themselves, convinced council communist that the vanguardist
Leninism was not to be trusted in bringing about a true revolution.
Though no strong council communist parties or other organizations
survived in to the latter half of the 20th century, there was a
resurgence of their ideas in the 1960’s through groups such as the
Situationist International and Socialisme ou barbarie. These ideas are
again relevant today, after the utter failure and collapse of the
traditional “communist” regimes in Europe and elsewhere.

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Disturbances is an open series of lectures and discussions at the

crossroads of society, philosophy, history, economy and resistance.
We are already aware that we can not live as before, but we do not know
what the future holds. Others are stuck in the past, but we only want to
understand it. Even a small disturbance of an initial condition can lead
a system into a completely different state.
Our speakers are Finnish and international anti-authoritarian
researchers and activists. Events are organized in cooperation with
A-ryhmä and AutOp, two student groups of the University of Helsinki. You
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