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Karl Kautsky: From Pope to Renegade

In the last few years, there has been a revival of interest in Kautsky's 
politics in both academia and on the political left.

At the height of the Second International, Karl Kautsky was recognized by 
socialists and anti-socialists alike as “The Pope of Marxism” for his 
popularization and systematization of Marxist ideas. The great figures of the 
day looked to him for guidance, whether Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, V. I. 
Lenin, or Eugene Debs. Since Kautsky was such an authoritative voice on 
Marxism, his subsequent betrayal was so deep that later communists could be 
forgiven for mistaking his first name as “Renegade” (as Lenin bitterly called 
him). Although Kautsky fell into obscurity following the Russian Revolution, in 
the last few years there has been a revival of interest in his politics in both 
academia (notably by the scholar Lars Lih) and on the political left. This 
raises questions about the meaning of Kautsky’s orthodox Marxism and about 
what, if anything, a renewed revolutionary left should adopt from it as our own?



Jim Farmelant
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