Battle of Ideas

The Bolsheviks and Democracy: Martov’s Mysticism

Submitted by dalcassian on 26 February, 2017 - 11:06 Author: Albert Goldman

THE PUBLICATION IN English of a  of essays by the late Menshevik leader Martov under the title of The State and the Socialist Revolution [1] is intended by its publishers, the semi-syndicalist, semi-anarchist, semi-socialist International Review group, to furnish theoretical arguments for all those who behold in Stalinism a necessary and inevitable product of Leninism.

Trump: threat to abortion rights worldwide Matthew Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:10

One of Trump’s first executive orders after being installed as President was to reintroduce the Mexico City Policy, or “Global Gag Rule”: a technicality in the funding of overseas aid, which was introduced by Reagan, revoked by Clinton, re-introduced by Bush and revoked again by Obama.

Eugene Debs: The Day of the People (1919)

Submitted by dalcassian on 4 January, 2017 - 2:11 Author: Eugene V. Debs

(Soon after Debs made this speech, Karl Liebnecht and Rosa Ruxemburg were murdered by German reactionaries)

Upon his release from the Kaiser’s bastile – the doors of which were torn from their hinges by the proletarian revolution – Karl Liebknecht, heroic leader of the rising hosts, exclaimed: “The Day of the People has arrived!” It was a magnificent challenge to the Junkers and an inspiring battle-cry to the aroused workers.

Left anti-semitism: racism as anti-racism (1984)

Submitted by dalcassian on 13 February, 2017 - 7:49 Author: Clive Bradley and Martin Thomas

Both published in Socialist Organiser, summer 1984.


'That's funny, you don't look anti-Semitic', by Steve Cohen, an anti-racist analysis of Left anti-semitism (Beyond the Pale collective, £2)

This book should be read and re-read by everyone active on the left. For years, the left - revolutionary or otherwise - has glibly held up its hands in horror at the very idea that it might be anti-Semitic. Anti-semitism is rarely mentioned except as an afterthought to ward off criticism from Zionists.

100 years of jazz on record

Submitted by Matthew on 15 February, 2017 - 1:46 Author: Jim Denham

It was fortunate for both jazz and the phonograph industry that their emergence co-incided: the improvisational music that is jazz was caught in its early days by the phonograph, and jazz repaid the industry a million times over in sales of music that owed its existence to early jazz.

4. The Comintern and the Fourth International PaulHampton Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:49

The nascent Russian workers’ state survived beleaguered the civil war and resulting economic collapse, but saw capitalism stabilise and the immediate possibilities of workers’ revolution recede across Europe. Lenin and Trotsky sought to reorient the Communist Parties through their joint work in the Communist International, particularly at the Third (July 1921) and Fourth (November 1922) Congresses.

Ritzy Living Wage campaign: “unleashing passion and creativity”

Submitted by AWL on 18 June, 2014 - 3:06

From the 2014 dispute. For the 2016-17 dispute, see here and here.


A socialist who works at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in Brixton, South London spoke to Solidarity about the Ritzy workers' Living Wage struggle (in a personal capacity).

What's the nature of the workforce at the Ritzy?

The Soviets and Democracy

Submitted by dalcassian on 11 February, 2017 - 12:14 Author: Maurice Spector*

IMMEDIATELY AFTER the accession of Hitler, Trotsky wrote that the issue presenting itself to the masses was no longer Bolshevism versus Fascism but Fascism versus Democracy. Our subsequent critique of the Popular Front might make it appear that we had perversely abandoned this view when Moscow adopted it. That would be a complete misunderstanding. We rejected the whole conception of the Popular Front precisely because it was  impotent to combat fascism.

Lenin and the Russian Revolution

Submitted by cathy n on 15 March, 2010 - 11:42 Author: Andrew Hornung and John O'Mahony
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Read online (below), or download pdf (see "attachment").

Who was Lenin? He led the workers of the Tsarist Russian Empire to make the most profound revolution in history in 1917. He was the leader of the Russian Bolshevik Party, without which the workers would have been defeated.