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.
Lars T Lih’s excellent short biography of Lenin is a welcome addition to the serious socialist literature on classical Marxist history.
“The dreamer himself sees in his dream a great and sacred truth; and he works, works conscientiously and with full strength, for his dream to stop being just a dream.
Robin Blick, author of The Seeds of Evil: Lenin and the origins of Bolshevik elitism, replies to Al Richardson's review of his book in Socialist Organiser no. 615, and Martin Thomas replies to Alan Johnson on the issue of Marxists, parliamentary democracy and workers' councils.
Martin Thomas reviews "Europe without America", by John Palmer.
Clive Bradley reviews "Revolutionary Rehearsals", published by the SWP's Bookmarks.
Stan Crooke reviews "Ireland, the case for British disengagement", by Conor Foley.
Neil Stonelake reviews "Community Architecture", by Nick Wates and Charles Knevvit.
Belinda Weaver reviews "State of the Art", by Pauline Kael.
Rhodri Evans reviews "Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire: the Political Economy of British Imperialism, 1860-1912", by Lance Davis, Robert Huttenback, and Susan Gray Davis.
Gerry Bates reviews "Leninism Under Lenin", by Marcel Liebman.
Bryan Edmands reviews "Thank you, Mr Moto", by John P Marquand.
A complete account of Bolshevism would require many shelves-worth of books.
This extract is from The Bolshevik Party, by Pierre Broué (1963). It shows what Bolshevism meant, and how different it was from the "Leninism" constructed after Lenin's death in 1924.
- How socialists relate to capitalist progress