Across and Beyond the Far Left: The Case of Gilles Dauvé

  title={Across and Beyond the Far Left: The Case of Gilles Dauv{\'e}},
  author={Chamsy el-Ojeili and Dylan Taylor},
  journal={Rethinking Marxism},
  pages={187 - 203}
This essay explores the work of French ultraleftist Gilles Dauvé. Situating his contribution against a discussion of left communism as a unified intellectual-political current, it identifies and discusses three crucial moments in Dauvé’s work. A first moment, 1969–1979, sees Dauvé attempting to critically draw together council communist, Bordigist, and situationist contentions into a unified and unique communist perspective. During a second moment, coincident with the crisis of Marxism, Dauv… 

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