>I wasn't projecting your man, I don't know what he looks like and have little to project him with, hardly a wall to project him against either.
>I reckon that Lenin - for whom Bordiga and Damen found his work magnetic - may have a slightly more worthwhile viewpoint here insofar as his ideas were basically championed by the aforementioned, if not expounded upon. They might even be "ultra-Leninist" in comparison. The critiques of Stalin come to mind.
I largely agree with what you said here and what I mean is that I think this pretty much is the definition (nobody uses "ultra-Leninist, even though it might convey things a lot clearer) of left-communism - half a strong defense of the strategy of the bolsheviks that led to the successful October revolution and half a critique from the left of the actions taken by them some years in (NEP, "bolshevization" of the Comintern, etc.). Note
that I take the liberty of evaluating it like this because
even Pannekoek and Gorter with the KAPD also largely adhered to this general organizational orientation at the time (1917-1920/1921) - vanguardist, centralized, party-oriented leadership. It were minor details like opposition to parliamentarism and union agitation on principle
that made Lenin more appreciative of Italian left-communists over the Dutch-Germans, and An Infantile Disorder
was significant in how the two leftcom movements both reacted to it, in quite different ways. It is from here I assess that council communism came about as something increasingly distinct, and drifted away from 'definitional' left-communism. Some describe this subsequent period of the Dutch-Germans (now explicitly anti-Leninist, anti-party) as "councilism" and indeed a lot of council communists after An Infantile Disorder
either adopted this perspective or abandoned the communist movement for a permanent place in the academy (Frankfurt School impotence). I view council communism as a hybrid thing, councilism as the point at which they became explicitly libertarian Marxist, distinct from left-communist praxis proper (I still consider you comrades and light-years preferable to ancoms).
>What makes these 'definitionally' leftcom ignoring their being later to the party?
They were able to treat Lenin's criticisms like Marxists (dialectically) and advanced their theories instead of entering pure negation and deconstructing the entirety of communist theory into an idealist abstraction, where praxis involves awaiting the Happening (spontaneous council communization, since bodily activity (organization, leadership) is a sin).