Online pamphlets

AWL versus SWP

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

The history of Bolshevism: did Leninism turn into Stalinism?

Author: 
Max Shachtman

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The organisation of the party will take the place of the party; the Central Committee will take the place of the organisation; and finally the dictator will take the place of the Central Committee.
Leon Trotsky, 1904

Trotsky's courtroom speech "In Defence of Insurrection"

Author: 
Leon Trotsky

The 1906 speech of Leon Trotsky, on trial for his life, to the Tsarist court; introduction by Sean Matgamna.


The “war on terrorism” being waged by George W Bush’s US hyperpower and its political satellites, such as Tony Blair’s Britain, poses strongly the question of the attitude of Marxists toward political violence.

Sacco and Vanzetti - Labor's martyrs

Author: 
Max Shachtman



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The Palmer Raids
The death of Andrea Salsedo
Who were Sacco and Vanzetti?
Vanzetti's first trial
The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
Sacco is also identified
The hnourable and virtuous prosecution witnesses
"Consciousness of guilt"
The working class organizes its protest
Court motions and mass movements
The case gets a "new complexion"
The Department of Justice is caught redhanded
The Madeiros confession
The militants demand a protest movement
Thayer replies to the protests
Governor Fuller takes a hand
One hundred million for Sacco and Vanzetti
The counter-campaign
From Shanghai to Chicago! From Cape Horn to Copenhagen!
The martyrdom
The lessons of the Sacco-Vanzetti case
A monument to Sacco and Vanzetti



Nowhere can history find a parallel to the case of the two Italian immigrant workers, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Many times before this there have been great social upheavals, revolutions, profound popular movements that have swept thousands and millions of people into powerful tides of action. But, since the Russian Bolshevik revolution, where has there yet been a cause that has drawn into its wake the people, not of this or that land, but of all countries, millions from every part and corner of the world; the workers in the metropolis, the peasant on the land, the people of the half-forgotten islands of the sea, men and women and children in all walks of life?

Anti-Semitism and the Left: an Open Letter to Tony Cliff [1988]

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

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Dear Cliff: The present nightmarish reawakening of the furies of Judeophobia in Eastern Europe demands of honest socialists whose commitment to the destruction of Israel puts them in an attitude of comprehensive hostility to all but a handful of the Jews alive in the world today that they look at their own political features in the mirror of these events.

Fighting sin or fighting capital? A Debate on Socialism and Religion

Author: 
Max Shachtman and Fr. Charles Owen Rice

Father Rice presents the case for religion

The Catholic Church is not out to capture the world in the sense in which that phrase is used. We would be out to capture, perhaps, the souls and hearts of all the people in the world if they want to embrace the true religion. But we are not setting out any revolutionary procedure such as the Marxists have entered upon, or such as the fascists have entered upon.

Albert Einstein explains why he was a socialist

Author: 
Albert Einstein

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"The oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organised political society. The members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties financed or influenced by private capitalists. Moreover, private capitalists control the main sources of information (press, radio, education)." - Albert Einstein