In the 19th century European capitalism developed industry, cleared away feudal restrictions, and also developed the working class.
Marxism and Stalinism
There are striking parallels between the SWP's attitude to Islam over the last period and the way the Communist Party used to relate to Irish Catholic immigrants in Britain. I had some experience of that.
For a while, over forty years ago, I was involved in the work of the Communist Party among Irish people of devout Catholic background in Britain, people from the nearest thing to a theocracy in Europe, where clerics ruled within the glove-puppet institutions of a bourgeois democracy.
Review of Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge (New York Review of Books, 2008)
Richard Greeman’s translation of Serge’s final novel is yet another blow struck against Stalinist despotism and for the recovery of an authentic socialist tradition from the ‘midnight in the century’ of totalitarianism.
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The striking thing about this collection ("The Communists and the Irish Revolution", edited by Rayner Lysaght) is that one of the key documents reproduced here "The Revolutionary Proletariat and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination", 1915 — one of Lenin's most important texts on the national question — has been bowdlerised so that the meaning of what Lenin wrote is transformed into its very opposite.
The words in square brackets below have been excised from Lysaght's text:
Socialist (and anti-Stalinist) songs by Joe Glazer and Bill Friedland, and a few other songs, from the early 1950s. For more on Glazer, Friedland, and the "Jacobin Jerques", click here.
Unwilling to debate the AWL in public, the so-called CPGB continues its snipping at us from the safe distance of its paper.
In Cliff's state capitalism in perspective, Sean Matgamna examined the record of Tony Cliff's theory of state capitalism by way of explanation for the SWP's collapse into Serb chauvinism.
I DREAMT I WALKED WITH HISTORY
A. I dreamt I walked with History
Along sure paths already set and mapped;
I marched with confidence and courage, critical