LONDON COMMUNIST FORUM: BORDIGA AND THE BORDIGISTS
Few on the Left think kindly of Amadeo Bordiga. His works almost unknown, Bordiga is mainly remembered – if at all – as a polemical foil for V.I. Lenin and Antonio Gramsci, or else associated with doctrinaire passivity in the face of rising Fascism. Yet there is another side to Bordiga, another aspect of the struggle he waged prior to his jailing by Mussolini and defamation by Stalinists.
No mere sectarian pedant, Bordiga was the widely-respected founding leader of the Communist Party of Italy, a militant …at the head of a mass struggle seeking to create society anew amidst the crisis following World War I. His demonisation at the hands of Gramsci and Lenin’s supposed inheritors is often as much a misrepresentation of these communists’ view of Bordiga, as it is of the man himself.
In this London Communist Forum, David Broder will advance a critical and historical perspective on Amadeo Bordiga’s career and legacy over the last century. This will include an exposition of Bordiga’s conception of the Communist Party, of internationalism, and of the transition to communism, as well as a discussion of why the party he founded had to disavow him.
David Broder is a History PhD student at the London School of Economics, researching communists in the Italian Resistance, 1943-45.
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