1994. Ernest Mandel: All power to the workers' councils14 February 2023
Council socialism is a social order in which the mass of the population itself decides in a self-governing, self-determining manner what is produced, how production takes places, and how a decisive part of the results of this production is no longer distributed via the market, but according to the principle of satisfying needs.i
1983. Ernest Mandel: Marx, Engels and the problem of a double morality27 November 2022
Marx and Engels have often been accused of advocating double standards, and having a double morality.1 Supposedly, they opposed applying the same ethical principles that usually regulate relations between individuals to the class struggle. Hence the accusation that they and their disciples (Lenin and Trotsky, among others) put forward the principle that in the class struggle ‘the end justifies the means’.
1964: Ernest Mandel: Mercantile Categories in the Period of Transition4 October 2022
This article article originally appeared in the January 1964 issue of Nuestra Industria, the journal of the Cuban Ministry of Industry, headed by Che Guevara. Ernest Mandel and Charles Bettelheim had been requested by the Cuban government to give their ideas on socialist construction in what became known as "the Great Debate''. This translation was originally published in: Bertram Silverman (ed.) Man and Socialism in Cuba. The Great Debate (1971).
Economic Categories and Historical Reality
Popular masses in the bourgeois revolution of the Southern Netherlands (1565-1585, 1789-1794, 1830)19 September 2022
Naturally one cannot reduce the political struggles that characterized the three successive phases of the bourgeois, national-democratic revolutions in the Southern Netherlands (those of the 16th, 18th and 19th centuries) to purely or essentially religious and constitutional conflicts.i One must lay bare the socio-economic motivations and components of these struggles. This may sound banal. For some contemporary historians, however, it is far from self-evident.
1970. Ernest Mandel: Ernest Mandel: Sindicatos – ¿Pilares del sistema o sus oponentes?22 August 2022
El movimiento sindical moderno es producto de la primera fase del capitalismo moderno, el de la libre competencia. El modo de producción capitalista niega a los productores el libre acceso a los medios de producción y los alimentos, obligándolos así a vender su fuerza de trabajo para obtener los medios de subsistencia diaria; su fuerza de trabajo se transforma en una mercancía. Como cualquier propietario de mercancías, el propietario de la fuerza de trabajo va al mercado a venderla.
1970. Ernest Mandel: Trade unions - Pillars of the system or its opponents?2 August 2022
Ernest Mandel (1968): Trotsky’s theory of fascism3 May 2022
The history of fascism is at the same time the history of the theory of fascism.i For no other new social phenomenon of modern times is the simultaneity of its appearance and the attempt at understanding it as striking as for fascism.
1989: Ernest Mandel On the Lessons of 19687 June 2021
In this lecture Mandel discusses the character of the 1968 upsurge, its strengths and weaknesses, the political surrender of many former radicals and the gains of the movement. This lecture was given at an event organized by the US socialist organisation Solidarity
Debat Ernest Mandel en Joop den Uyl: Arbeidersraad of parlement?24 May 2021
In 1970 gingen Ernest Mandel en Joop den Uyl, toen fractievoorzitter van de PvdA, in debat met elkaar over socialistische strategie. Een opname van dit debat is nu beschikbaar.