Korsch group (1926-27) journal published Bordiga

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Karl Korsch group's journal Kommunistische Politik: Diskussionsblatt der Linken appeared in 1926-27. It's not online, except for a separate brochure which contained reprints of its pieces on the Russian question. It contains also the Russia section from Bordiga's Lyons Theses (which had appeared in French).

But aside from Korsch's own writings, it would seem that among the contributors to this journal was Boris Roninger (also spelled Roniger), who, it so happens to be, was a staunch adherent of Luxemburg's theory (as evidenced in his critical article on the eve of the 5th Comintern congress in 1924).

If anyone is able to check a library/archive, it would be good to go through this journal, to see if Roniger wrote anything further in it about economics.

Though his group published eg the Russian Decist opposition platform, the Korsch group usually is not classified as leftcom. But I don't know if the same can be said about Roniger. He was probably more to the left than Korsch (at least Bukharin responded to his 1924 criticism by tagging Roniger as a leftcom).

What happened to Roniger afterwards? Well, his big book on Trustkapitalismus was scheduled to appear in the same series as Henryk Grossman's, but it never materialised and the manuscript, if it survived, now seems difficult to locate.

He tried to go America (enlisting the help of Einstein for a grant) without success, so fled to Switzerland, where he probably learned about Swiss liberal theology, eg that of the famous Karl Barth, or Fritz Lieb, a Slavist theologian, who in early 1920s had been sympathetic to communism. After the war Roniger became professor in Oxford, apparently in theology (eg a lecture on "Karl Barth's Philosophy of Religion”, Oriel College), but he still was leftwing.

Roniger was born in 1896 in Odessa, later emigrating to the West. It's not a specifically Jewish name, so I suppose he could be a Russian of German origin. I'm not even sure it was his real birthname (could be he adopted it later). The date of his death is unknown to me. 

Roninger, for the researchers

I repeat that for the researchers it would be good to find the work of Roninger, specifically his book manuscript (and to a lesser extent his 1931 thesis). Roniger's study on 'Trust-capitalism' is referenced in a 1929 letter, setting out the Frankfurt Institute's goals/activity. Involving a comprehensive study of contemporary monopolies in the US and Britain, it would become a third work, next to Grossmann's and Sternberg's books (applying Marx's theory to modern economic phenomena). Roniger's study is listed as Nr. 9 in the Frankfurt Institute's planned series of 12 volumes (of which only the first 3 volumes appeared; 1. H. Grossmann's Law of Accumulation; 2. Pollock's Experiments in Economic Planning in the Soviet Union 19171927; 3. Wittfogel's Economics and Society of China.), (e-translation):

IV. Anthology, Studies on the History of German Social Democracy;
V. Patz, The Development of the Federalist Thought in Russia;
VI. Horkheimer, The Crisis of Marxism;
VII. Walter Biehahn, Leninism;
VIII. Katz, Austromarxism;
IX. Roniger, The Development of Trust Capitalism since 1914;
X. Löwenthal, Sociology of the petty bourgeois;
XI. Gumperz, The situation of North American workers,
XII. Mandelbaum, The position of the political parties toward the proletariat since the beginning of the 19th century)

"The third major study, on trust capitalism since 1914, traces the current structure of the capitalist system on the basis of the material that has become almost abundantly available in recent times (World Economic Conference, English and particularly North American monographs).")

Roniger doctored at Heidelberg in 1931 under the supervision of statistician Emil Gumbel. Roniger's thesis was titled: "Die Kritik der Genfer Produktionsstatistik vom Standpunkt des Trustkapitalismus" ("The criticism of the Geneva production statistics from the standpoint of trust capitalism").

Biographical note:

Boris Roniger, born 1 August 1896 in Odessa to a wealthy merchant, studied law in Vienna and Prague (1914–20), migrated to Germany in 1922, joining the KPD in 1923, and first worked at the Soviet Trade Mission. He adhered to Luxemburg's theory (and called Thalheimer a mere eclectic): '[Bukharin's] draft program is based on the notorious disproportionality theory of crises, which Marx expressly rejects in Theories of Surplus Value, but which was put forward by bourgeois economists and by Hilferding, the theoretician of the Second International, the agent of capital. The real cause of crises lies in the periodically occurring difficulty in realising the to-be-accumulated part of surplus value, as a result of the relative shrinkage of the non-capitalist market for rapidly growing capitalist production' (Roniger 1924a, p. 330, more on pp. 338 and following). Joined Korsch's group with its Kommunistische Politik: Diskusionsblatt der Linken (1926–27). Frankfurt Institute scholarship (1923–30) for his study Der Trustkapitalismus: Die Entwicklung der Weltwirtschaft seit 1914, in which (if Roniger 1924a, p. 335 is an indication) he rejected Bukharin's notion of state-capitalist trusts. Doctorate at Leipzig in 1926, Heidelberg in 1931. In Basel in the late thirties (in contact with the anarchist Heiner Koechlin) he gave talks on Russian history (praised the works of Plekhanov in a 1930 review), which he ended at the suppression of the 1921 Kronstadt rebellion. Studied theology at Oxford (1939–45), where he went on to work. Intelligence officer with the American army in 1945 in Germany and Austria (see Korsch 2001, p. 388).]

I referenced also Roninger's

I referenced also Roninger's 1920 speech (here), as another instance where he upheld the theory of Luxemburg.

It's unfortunate that he does not get the academic attention, that you'd expect from someone close to the critical theory "Frankfurt school", in particular the (unpublished) book manuscript(s) that I mentioned.

Again, Roniger is known as a member of the Korsch-group.

Anyway, it seems he moved with some other Korsch-members (like Biehahn, Langerhans, Brockschmidt, Mandelbaum ) to a left-Social-Democract journal/group, called Marxistische Tribüne für Politik und Wirtschaft, Halbmonatsschrift. For the record, I just name one article in it by Roninger: 'Technik und Wirtschaft im Afa-Programm' (issue 9, May 1932), which is a critique of the program of the named trade union.

But by this time Roniger started to publish also in the Deutsche Republik, a "republican" journal, founded by the Republikanischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft (some kind of popular front, anti-fascist), eg the article 'Wirtschaftsplanskizze für Deutschland', and 'Selbstbesinnung des Proletariats' (both in 1932).

In April 1934 he wrote, in the Rote Revue: sozialistische Monatsschrift (a left/Marxist/Menshevik-social-democratic Swiss journal founded in 1921 by Robert Grimm) an article called 'Wo stehen wir?'.