Socialisme ou Barbarie: Complete Run Now onLine.
Socialisme ou Barbarie (“Socialism or Barbarism”) was a French-based radical libertarian socialist group of the post-World War II period whose name comes from a phrase Friedrich Engels used, which was cited by Rosa Luxemburg in the 1916 essay The Junius Pamphlet. It existed from 1948 until 1965. The animating personality was Cornelius Castoriadis, also known as Pierre Chaulieu or Paul Cardan. Writes Wikipedia (English Entry).
To those familiar with the French left, intellectual radicals, and postmodernism, it’s worth also pointing to the names Claude Lefort (as Claude Montal) (1924-2010). SouB until 1958. and Jean-François Lyotard (1924–1998). SouB: 1950- 1963 (PO). Edgar Morin, b. 1921 (some sources have him as a member in the early 1950s). Henri Simon, b. 1922. SouB: 1952- 1958. And the ‘situationist’ Guy Debord (1931–1994). SouB: One year from 1960 to 1961. Programatic statement, with Daniel Blanchard.#
The Holocaust denier and leading figure in the Vieille Taupe Pierre Guillaume, b. 1941 (or 1940 ?). SouB: 1960- 1963 (PO) was also a member
The British group, Solidarity, published many of ‘Paul Cardan’s’ texts. I bought them – in my (very) early teens – from the Collet’s Bomb Shop in Charing Cross Road.
They played a key part in my early political development.
The first biography of Castoriadas, Castoriadis, une vie Francois DOSSE (2014) is winging my way.
Now La Battaile Socialiste signals that you read online, and download, the complete run of the review Socialisme ou Barbarie.
Un projet de numérisation complète est sur http://soubscan.org (let’s hope the link is working…)
Written by Andrew Coates
December 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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