Hal Draper answers the question: why is the working class fundamental to the socialist project?
Socialists will have unprecedented access to a largely-forgotten but incredibly valuable body of literature, following the Marxist Internet Archive’s digitisation of the entire run of Labor Action.
David Walters has announced the completion of a major milestone for the Left Opposition Digitization Project for the Marxist Internet Archive: the complete run of Labor Action, the newspaper of the Workers Party (U.S.) and Independent Socialist League from 1940 through the Autum of 1958.
In Solidarity 242, we began publishing a series of recollections and reflections from activists who had been involved with the “third camp” left in the United States — those “unorthodox” Trotskyists who believed that the Soviet Union was not a “workers’ state” (albeit a “degenerated” one), but an exploitative form of class rule to be as opposed as much as capitalism. This week, we publish contributions from Herman Benson, one of the last surviving founder members of the 1939/40 Workers Party and former industrial editor of its paper Labor Action, and Gabe Gabrielsky, who was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League and later the International Socialists.
Mike Wood reviews the new online archive of the first series of the New Politics journal.
I grew up in a working-class neighbourhood on the South Side of Chicago. My Dutch immigrant grandfather, John Cornelius La Botz, became a socialist in Chicago during the Great Depression.
In the debate between Sean Matgamna and Jim Higgins (Workers’ Liberty June 1996; July 1996; September 1996; February/March 1997) both sides have, in passing, invoked Hal Draper in their defence.
Most of the references one hears to the student movement of the thirties, and most published references too, are quite wrong in one basic respect: they speak as if “the thirties” represented a single, homogeneous period for the student movement.
- Introduction: Revolution and Betrayal in Spain
- Spain by WH Auden
- The Spanish Revolution and Those Who Killed It: a Chronology
- Trotsky: A "Diary" of The Spanish Revolution and the Civil War 19936-39
- Workers' Control in the Spanish Revolution 1936-7
- How the Stalinists Killed Workers' Control in the Spanish Revolution
- Issues in the 1936-7 Spanish Revolution
- Spain 1936-7: A Study in Workers Power
- Marxism and Anarchism
- Hobsbawm's Miserable Apology for Stalinism
- The Spanish Revolution
- George Orwell: Eyewithness in Barcelona: 1936-37: With the International Brigade
- The Scottish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War
- Anarchists Massacred in Barcelona
- The Lessons of Spain: The Last Warning - Leon Trotsky (1937)
- The Tragedy of Spain - Leon Trotsky (19399)
- Once gain on the Causes of the Defeat in Spain - Leon Trotsky (1939)
- The Class, the Party and the Leadership": Why Was the Spanish Proletariat Defeated? - Leon Trotsky
- Trotsky: Stalinism and Bolshevism
- George Orwell the man Who Told the Left Unpalatable Truths
- George Orwell, 1903-2003: part 1
- George Orwell, 1903-2003: part 2
Stalinism dominated and shaped the would-be left for two thirds of the 20th century.