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The ABCs of socialism today: an outline of the basics

Author: 

Max Shachtman/Hal Draper/Leon Trotsky
Thirteen pieces by the man who was second only to Trotsky as an expounder of the ideas of the early Trotskyist movement, Max Shachtman; two by Hal Draper; one by Leon Trotsky; a discussion piece on Trotskyism now, and an account of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty by Sean Matgamna.

After the March on Washington (Max Shachtman, 1963)

Author: 

Max Shachtman

This speech was made by Max Shachtman soon after the famous March on Washington for civil rights of 28 August 1963, and appeared in New America, the paper of the Socialist Party (USA), on 24 September 1963.

It is not the Shachtman of the 1940s and early 50s, but the call for an alliance with the labour movement is interesting and valuable.


The superb demonstration for civil rights has come to its grandiose conclusion, as you know. And we of the Socialist Party are immensely proud and gratified over its spectacular triumph.

This speech was made by Max Shachtman soon after the famous March on Washington for civil rights of 28 August 1963. It is not the Shachtman of the 1940s and early 50s, but the call for an alliance with the labour movement is interesting and valuable.

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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: 63 Heroic Days

Author: 

JACQUES (1949)
The story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising told on its 6th anniversary in Labor Action, April 4 1949

There will be no memorial meet-
ings held in Warsaw this April to
commemorate the desperate uprisings
of the Jewish Ghetto that look place
on April 19, 1943. The 50,000 Jewish
workers still living at that time rep-
resented just ten per cent of those
who had been crushed together by
the Nazis into the wallcd-in ghetto
section of Warsaw in October, 1940.
The rest had been hunted down in
batches in the continual manhunt of
the SS (Hitler's stormtroops). to be
exterminated in the gas chambers of

Stalin's Slave Laborers. The Extent and Significance of a Modern Phenomenon (1947)

Author: 

Jack WEBER. (Louis Jacobs)
The extent of slave labour in Russia became widely known only at the end of the Second World War. Louis Jacobs (Jack Weber), an "Orthodox Trotskyist" "defender of the Soviet Union" until 1946, tells the terrible story of Stalinist slave labour,

History records no greater crime
than that of the Stalinist regime in its treatment of the victims
in the concentration camps. Hitler's methods were not origi-
nal. They ran parallel with, if they were not mere copies of
those utilized by Stalin. If Hitler sent millions of people, pri-
marily the Jews, into the gas chambers, the Russian camps
have crushed, dehumanized and done to death more victims
than all other concentration camps combined. For a time the
war brought a decrease in the slave labor population of the

Why Stalin Needs Slaves: Forced Labor Under Bureaucratic Collectivism (1947)

Author: 

Irving Howe
Forced Labor Under Bureaucratic Collectivism (1947

The experience of all ages and nations demonstrates that the work done by slaves, though it may appear to cost only their maintenance, is in the end the dearest of any ... [The slave] can have no other interest but to eat as much and to labor as little as possible. Whatever work he does beyond what is sufficient to purchase his own maintenance can be squeezed out of him by violence only, and not by any interest of his own. (Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations)

Another Day: British Socialists Meet For European Unification (1949)

Author: 

Labor Action
Report of Conference of the Socialist Movement for the United States of Europe, 1949

The British Center of the Socialist
Movement for the United States of
Europe, in its London conference,
October 22-23, attended by delegates
or observers from local Labor Par-
ties, the Independent Labor Party,
the Commonwealth and Fabian So-
cieties, as well as several unions and
pence organizations, produced a series
of resolutions which are of import-
ance to the world socialist movement.
The resolution on "Political Rela-
tions Between Europe, Britain, the
Commonwealth and Empire" point up

Race and language: an exchange between Ernest Rice McKinney and Hal Draper (1950)

Author: 

Ernest Rice McKinney and Hal Draper
Race and language: an exchange between Ernest Rice McKinney and Hal Draper (1950)

To the Editor:

In Susan Green's article in LABOR ACTION of January 30 one may read the following expressions "white Negress,"' "Negress," "while Negress," and "educated Negress." Four places in which "Negress" is used and it is not caught by anybody: editor, assistant editor or proof reader.

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