[Jacob Mikhailovich Sverdlov was born in the city of Nizhni-Novgorod on June 3, 1885.
Marxism and Stalinism
1. Stalinism was utopianism
We have seen that Stalinism was a form of “utopian socialism” — totalitarian utopian socialism — on a vast scale. The name which its advocates gave to that utopianism was “Socialism in One Country”.
Who was the Jimmy Reid who died in August of this year? What, if any, was his political legacy? And why was he the object of such outpourings of posthumous praise from even right-wing political commentators?
The economic crisis has shaken the tremendous mystique which the world capitalist system had built in the two decades since the collapse of European and Russian Stalinism.
“Thus has been the story of mankind; to struggle to overcome the laws of nature; to struggle to dominate nature and have it serve mankind.” (1966)
“For the purpose of attaining freedom in the world of nature, man must use natural science to understand, conquer and change nature and thus attain freedom from nature.”
The AWL argues that Stalinism was responsible for an epochal defeat of the global working class.
By Sean Matgamna
It is 70 years since one of the greatest figures in the history of the socialist movement was assassinated.