Battle of Ideas

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.

Sam Bottone, 1926-2016 AWL Wed, 01/11/2017 - 20:21

This obituary first appeared in the New York Times

Socialist activist, intellectual, and labor organizer Sam Bottone, 90, died on December 30, 2016 in Portland, OR of multiple chronic illnesses. Sam is survived by his wife of 42 years, Toni Propotnik, and his daughters Lisa and Andrea Bottone of Manhattan and Staten Island, children of his first marriage to the former Elsie Yacubovich.

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

Submitted by dalcassian on 7 January, 2017 - 12:42 Author: Ernest Rice McKinney and Hal Draper

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.

Response to Ed Maltby on "The Two Trotskyisms"

Submitted by martin on 5 January, 2017 - 6:04 Author: Steve Bloom

I would not expect to see birds splashing
in a fountain on this cold autumn day.
But there they are.
And they are more than one.

Steve Bloom, “Meditations”

First let me thank Ed Maltby and others who have offered critical comments regarding my review of The Two Trotskyisms for their seriousness and honest attempt to investigate real questions. I am, therefore, choosing to jump into the conversation again. I think each round gets us a bit closer to the collective understanding we all require to move forward.

The Red Flag

Submitted by dalcassian on 1 January, 2017 - 4:38 Author: Jim Connell

The workers' flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead;
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold
Their life-blood dyed its every fold.


Then raise the scarlet standard high;
Beneath its folds we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.

Look 'round, the Frenchman loves its blaze
The sturdy German chants its praise;
In Moscow's vaults its hymns are sung,
Chicago swells its surging song.

Independent Socialism and US 'Subversive' Lists: Hal Draper Testifies (1949)

Submitted by dalcassian on 5 January, 2017 - 7:35 Author: Hal Draper

On July 11, 1949, the Board of Regents of New York State held a hearing in Albany for the purpose of determining a list of "subversive organizations" in accordance with the Feinberg Law, passed by the state legislature to bar from the schools any teacher belonging to such an organization.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: 63 Heroic Days

Submitted by dalcassian on 5 January, 2017 - 2:35 Author: JACQUES (1949)

There will be no memorial meetings 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 represented just ten per cent of those who had been crushed together by the Nazis into the walled-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 Treblinka.