Marxism and Stalinism

The two Trotskyisms during World War 2: Workers' Liberty 3/48

Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" through from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

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The pagination in the pdf is correct, but, by a mishap, the pages of the printed version of Workers' Liberty 3/48, as a pull-out in Solidarity 347, are in the wrong order. Our apologies to readers.

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Germany 1953: Workers rise against Stalinist rule. Workers' Liberty 3/40:

Sixty years ago, in June 1953, workers revolted against Stalinist rule in East Germany. We republish here analysis of the uprising by the “Third Camp” Trotskyists of the Independent Socialist League.

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Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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The lessons of Stalinism

WL 3/29

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Hal Draper and others

How Marxists registered and learned from - or failed to register and learn from - the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two. Click here to download pdf.


How Marxists registered and learned from - or failed to register and learn from - the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two.

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Workers' Liberty 3/11: 1917 - revolution for freedom and equality

The Russian Revolution, the Stalinist counter-revolution, and the working class (Analyses from Labor Action and The New International, 1942 to 1957)
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Triumph and disillusion: Vietnam 1975

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Martin Thomas

Just over forty years ago, on 30 April 1975, the Vietnam war ended. The Stalinist National Liberation Front swept into Saigon, and the US Embassy was hurriedly evacuated by helicopter from its roof. Two and a half weeks earlier, on 12 April 1975, the Cambodian Stalinists had triumphed, seizing the capital, Phnom Penh.

For the previous ten years or more, big demonstrations against the US war in Vietnam had been a major route by which tens of thousands of young people came into revolutionary socialist politics.

Just over forty years ago, on 30 April 1975, the Vietnam war ended. The Stalinist National Liberation Front swept into Saigon, and the US Embassy was hurriedly evacuated by helicopter from its roof. Two and a half weeks earlier, on 12 April 1975, the Cambodian Stalinists had triumphed, seizing the capital, Phnom Penh.

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Resistance in Rome: how class struggle erupted in World War II

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David Broder

The year before last, President Napolitano gave an address on the anniversary of the Liberation of Italy, remarking “When the country is at a crucial juncture, and in times of crisis, memory is fundamental”. He insisted the coalition administration he’d appointed the previous day would “need courage, resoluteness and a sense of unity, all of which were decisive to winning the Resistance battle”. Cynics might suggest that this coalition of the Democratic Party, neoliberal technocrat Mario Monti and Silvio Berlusconi embodied a rather different idea of courage and unity than the partisans.

The palace coup against Mussolini on 25 July 1943, followed by the German invasion on 10 September re-establishing Fascist rule in the North and Centre of Italy, turned the Communists into the leaders of partisan movements resisting the German occupation.

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