70 years ago, on 22 May 1943, Stalin announced the formal shutting-down of the Communist International, the association of revolutionary socialist parties across the world set up after the Russian Revolution.
The final part of Paul Hampton’s review article looking at the themes of John Riddell’s book of documents from the early communist movement.
The economic crisis has rocked the European Union (EU). In Britain, the Tories want a referendum on links with the EU, stoking up nationalism. Early socialist debates about the United States of Europe help us orientate in today’s conditions.
In the first letter that he wrote to the Trotskyists in the
United States, Trotsky, in exile in Prinkipo, posed to the comrades
the Negro question as a vital part of the struggle for
This is the third part of a review article looking at the themes of John Riddell’s new book of documents from the early communist movement.
Never, since history began,
Was such a struggle waged by man,
Nor so much won as in the span
A tortured world of misery
Writhed round him; scourged with calumy
“We must not forget that even if we are centralists, we are democratic centralists who employ centralism only for the revolutionary cause and not in the name of the ‘prestige’ of the officials.
Grandizo Munis (1912-1989) was one of the earliest Spanish Trotskyists.
At Ideas for Freedom 2012, Paul Hampton from Workers’ Liberty gave an instructive talk on the question “Is Marxism Eurocentric?”
Yakov Mikhaylovich Sverdlov (1885-1919) was a leading Bolshevik organiser and, as chairman of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee, was the first de facto president of the Russian Soviet Republic.