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The forgotten massacre of the Vietnamese Trotskyists

Submitted by AWL on 12 September, 2005 - 12:47

On demonstrations in the 1960s, it was common to hear marchers chanting “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, we will fight and we will win”, in honour of the Vietnamese Stalinist who led the fight against US occupation. The best sections of the left replied with their own rhyme — Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh — how many Trots did you do in?” They were referring to the mass murder of the Vietnamese Trotskyists by Stalinist forces in 1945. Sixty years on, the massacre has largely been forgotten.

Trotsky: "Diary" of the Spanish Revolution and Civil War - 1936-9

Submitted by Matthew on 8 January, 2010 - 6:29 Author: Leon Trotsky

Though Trotsky’s writings on Spain fill a large volume he wrote no concise overview of the Spanish revolution. This “diary” is culled from the commentaries he produced all through the last decade of his life: the last item here is dated 20 August 1940, the day Trotsky was assassinated.

25 May, 1930

The Primo de Rivera dictatorship has fallen without a revolution, from internal exhaustion. In the beginning, in other words, the question was decided by the sickness of the old society and not by the revolutionary forces of a new society…

A workers' guide to Ireland martin Thu, 08/25/2016 - 04:22

An illustrated history of Ireland, from the Viking invasions to 1993. First published 1993; published as e-book, 2016.

The Shachtmanites rebut James Burnham's "Managerial Revolution" (1941)

Submitted by dalcassian on 1 July, 2016 - 11:36 Author: Albert Glotzer

THE publication of the book The Managerial Revolution by James Burnham has caused a considerable stir in numerous circles. The book, shrouded with an aura of mystery, is receiving a clever publicity campaign designed to make it sell in large quantities. Here at last, the publishers say, has come a man who not only explains many things about our world which is not widely understood, but provides an answer as to what will be the character of the future society.

Our History — The left and local government in the 1980's: an Open Letter to Ted Knight (1980)

Submitted by Matthew on 18 February, 2010 - 10:54 Author: Sean Matgamna

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

So too with labour movements: there are turning points, crises, decisive moments whose outcomes shape the future. The victory of the Thatcher Tories in 1979 was one such turning point. But it was the turning point it proved to be only because of the response of the labour movement and its leaders to the assaults that followed.