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Louis Althusser’s critique of the Communist Party and the question of the postrevolutionary state

Nowak, Jörg

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Jörg Nowak Joerg.Nowak@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This essay explores some aspects of the debate led by Louis Althusser and Etienne Balibar on the strategy of the French Communist Party (PCF) in the 1970s. They saw the Euro-communist turn of the party as a strategy that accepted the influence of social democrats without addressing the crucial question of mass participation in the party. Their criticism of the PCF was also a criticism of the statist strategy in socialist countries at that time, which they saw as a fusion of the socialist state with the working-class party. Althusser radicalized his stance when he demanded that a revolutionary party should stay outside the state, both before and after a socialist revolution. In this text, the references made by Balibar and Althusser to works of Marx and Engels are compared with the political positions developed in the original texts, and some conclusions for contemporary political strategies are hinted at.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Rethinking Marxism
Print ISSN 0893-5696
Electronic ISSN 1475-8059
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Nowak, J. (in press). Louis Althusser’s critique of the Communist Party and the question of the postrevolutionary state. Rethinking Marxism, 29(2), doi:10.1080/08935696.2017.1358499
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08935696.2017.1358499
Keywords Class Domination, Dictatorship of the Proletariat, Étienne Balibar, Euro-Communism, Louis Althusser
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08935696.2017.1358499
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking Marxism on 25/09/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/08935696.2017.1358499

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