Battle of Ideas

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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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.

Trump: neoliberalism with a white nationalist face

Submitted by Matthew on 1 February, 2017 - 11:57

Arun Gupta (from Jacobin magazine) interviewed Marxist academic Leo Panitch about Trump’s economic agenda, his relationship to transnational elites, and how neoliberalism’s crisis could mean revitalization for the left.

AG: Are there positive outcomes from this election?

The last speech of Bartolomeo Vanzetti

Submitted by martin on 22 June, 2010 - 6:01 Author: Bartolomeo Vanzetti

This is the famous last speech of Bartolomeo Vanzetti, the class-war prisoner who, alongside Nicolo Sacco, both of them Anarchists, died in the electric chair in August 1927. This speech despite its broken English, is so beautiful and moving that it falls naturally into verse form.

How Our Flag Came To Be Red

Submitted by dalcassian on 26 January, 2017 - 1:39

THE red flag was not always the symbol
of revolutionary socialism. It was first
introduced in Paris through the Riot Law
of the 21 October 1791. A National Guard
was armed for the purpose of suppressing
any disturbances or rioting that might
occur. That Guard had to display at such
times a red flag as a signal that the author-
ities wanted the rebels to cease rioting
otherwise blood would be shed. Only
once was the red flag used in such a sense.
When the sans culottes (who were the

We have fed you all for a thousand years

Submitted by dalcassian on 25 January, 2017 - 5:51 Author: Unknown

We have fed you all for a thousand years,
And you hail us still unfed.
Tho' there's never a dollar of all your wealth
But marks the workers' dead.

We have yielded our best to give you rest,
And you lie on crimson wool;
For if blood be the price on all your wealth.
Good God, we have paid in full!

There's never a mine blown skyward now
But we're buried alive for you;
There's never a wreck drifts shore ward now
But we are its ghastly crew.

Socialist ideas can beat Trump

Submitted by AWL on 18 January, 2017 - 12:43 Author: Editorial

Donald Trump, who becomes US president on 20 January, threatens to push the USA, and maybe more of the world, back decades on women’s rights, ethnic minority rights, migrant rights, and civil liberties. He threatens to batter and marginalise the long-beleaguered US trade-union movement.

How the Stalinists killed workers' control in the 1936-37 Spanish Revolution

Submitted by Matthew on 8 January, 2010 - 2:05 Author: M Casanova

The workers took control of the factories. The revolution came from below. From above, in other words from the leadership of the workers’ parties, came only curbs. The decrees of the Taradellas government of the Generalitat on collectivisation, for example were only a tardy confirmation of an already established state of fact.