The recent fights sparked by the economic crisis have inspired some sections of the left to make calls for a general strike.
In the 1930s, when the Stalinised Communist movement responded to the rise of National Socialism in part by competing to out-do its nationalism, Trotsky explained what was wrong with that “national communism”.
Trotsky warned against turning permanent revolution into a “superhistorical master-key” applicable to all societies in all circumstances. He rejected a “theological” conception of permanent revolution. Sadly, since Trotsky’s death in 1940, most would-be Trotskyists have subscribed to the label while hollowing out the perspective.
Permanent revolution was one of Leon Trotsky’s outstanding contributions to Marxism. In many respects, to be a Trotskyist is to accept the basics tenets of permanent revolution.
Review of Michael Löwy, The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution (Haymarket 2010)
Review of Richard Day and Daniel Gaido, Witnesses to Permanent Revolution, (Haymarket 2011)
The democracy that exists in Britain today was not handed down from above; it was won by centuries of struggle.
Normally I wouldn’t dream of grassing up the publishers of this newspaper to the Labour Party bureaucracy. But after nearly 20 years, even the dimmest witchhunter has probably by now twigged the subterfuge that saw evil clandestine Trot entrists the Socialist Organiser Alliance rebrand themselves as the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty.
[Introductary note: Max Shachtman chaired the founding conference of the Fourth International, in Paris in September 1938.
What We Are And What We Must Become [SECTION 3]
VULGAR MATERIALISM AND PLATONIC PERSPECTIVES
By Rachel Lever, Phil Semp and Sean Matgamna