Kolektivně proti kapitálu (KPK, Collectively Against Capital) is a group based in the Czech Republic and Slovakia striving for the political autonomy of the working class as the only instrument that can pave the way to the overthrow of capitalist society and the establishing of a human community without exchange, money and State.
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Kolektivně proti kapitálu (KPK, Collectivement contre la capitale) est un groupe basé en République tchèque et la Slovaquie s’efforce de l’autonomie politique de la classe ouvrière comme le seul instrument qui peut ouvrir la voie au renversement de la société capitaliste et l’établissement d’un humain communauté sans échange, l’argent et l’Etat.
Translations of some of our written output can be found on Libcom.org under the “Kolektivne proti kapitalu” tag. From time to time, we also publish translations on this site, which can be looked up under the “English” tag.
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From the Czech Wikipedia
Kolektivně proti kapitálu (KPK) is a communist group based in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
KPK descended from the anarcho-communist Organization of Revolutionary Anarchists – Solidarity (ORA-S). The group’s political roots lie in the practical experience with intervention in the ČKD Praha factory, and especially in Zetor Brno and Let Kunovice in 1999, where workers‘ initiative from below, struggling for unpaid wages, was faced both by the employer and the unions. Theoretically, the group draws from the current known as left communism, from the critique of leftist and ultra-leftist ideology, from the first wave of operaismo around Raniero Panzieri, and from the theory and practice of the workers movement in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s.
The group considers unions an integral part of the modern capitalist state. Against unions, it counterposes workers‘ autonomy – the independence of the working class from the state, capital, “workers’” parties and unions. The group emphasizes the method of “workers‘ inquiry”, the goal of which is to understand, on the one hand, the organization of capital, and on the other hand, class composition, i.e., the structure of labor power, its relation to the organization of work and to technology. Class composition is an important factor in the formation of a political articulation of the working class.
In 2005, the group began to focus on the car industry as a sector which is an important source of surplus-value in the Czech Republic, and which concenrates a sizable part of the working class. KPK organizes reading groups of Marx’s Capital in Prague and Bratislava. In 2007, it intervened during collective bargaining at the Škoda factory in Mladá Boleslav and in 2009 in the wildcat strike in the Hyundai factory in Nošovice. In 2010/2011 the group focused on the mobilization of medical doctors in the Czech Republic. In 2011, KPK conducted a series of interviews with participants in the anti-Roma demonstrations in the Šluknov region and published an analysis according to which the demonstrations against “unadaptable citizens” were an expression of the defeat that the working class suffered at the hands of government reforms, and as such could only lead to further weakening of the workers and the unemployed. The group has published several texts criticizing the limits of protests against government reforms organized in 2010–2012 by unions and leftist civil society groups. In several articles, pamphlets and presentations, the group has dealt with the economic crisis which began in 2007 – rejecting the fatalistic, apocalyptic view that it would be the “final” crisis, and subscribing to the understanding of capitalist crises as cyclical, natural phenomena, by means of which the imbalances of capitalist economy are resolved.
Since 2005, it has closely cooperated with the French-Belgian group, Mouvement Communiste.