Review of Tony Cliff's "Russia", 1955 edition
Marxism and Stalinism
Click here for minutes of debate, 19 August 1979
Click here for notes written up after debate, 25 August 1979
Click here for the article that started the debate, Workers' Action no.86, 14 January 1978
In 1978-9 our organisation, then called the International-Communist League, had a debate on Cambodia which, in hindsight, was a stage on our road away from the "degenerated and deformed workers' state" thesis which we had inherited from our "orthodox Trotskyist" origins, and towards recognising that the Stalinist states were exploitative class societies.
An assessment of the leading thinker of post-Trotsky "orthodox Trotskyism", the "Fourth International".
In the 1930s and 1940s Van was a Trotskyist. In later years, after he had fled to France to escape the massacres being carried out by the Vietnamese Stalinists, he rejected Trotskyism and Leninism and became a supporter of “council communism”.
Socialism in Disarray, Part Four
"There is not, nor can there be, such a thing as a 'negative' Social-Democratic slogan that serves only to 'sharpen proletarian consciousness against imperialism'. A negative slogan unconnected with a definite positive solution will not 'sharpen', but dull consciousness, for such a slogan is a hollow phrase, mere shouting, meaningless declamation" - V I Lenin
[Jacob Mikhailovich Sverdlov was born in the city of Nizhni-Novgorod on June 3, 1885.
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?