The following account was written by Max Shachtman for the then-revolutionary US Communist Party’s “Little Red Library” in the early 1920's.
One of the greatest revolutionary socialists America has so far produced was Eugene V. Debs who stood as a candidate of the Socialist Party for US President five times.
The unity of labor, economic and political, upon the basis of the class struggle, is at this time the supreme need of the working class.
A 1972 pamphlet bringing published by Workers' Fight, a forerunner of the AWL, bringing together articles from the late 60s and early 70s, when working-class struggle was burgeoning, but organised rac
This article by US Trotskyist Albert Glotzer (taken from Labor Action 16 March 1953) was written to mark the death of Joseph Stalin sixty years ago (5 March 1953). Glotzer had been court reported at the 1937 John Dewey Commission, called to hear trumped-up charges by Stalin against Trotsky.
Workingmen and Workingwomen of Minneapolis:
John Brown was a revolutionary terrorist.
“... The year 1919... The entire structure of European imperialism tottered under the blows of the greatest mass struggles of the proletariat in history and when we daily expected the news of the proclamation of the soviet Republic in Germany, France, England, and Italy. The word ‘soviets’ became terrifically popular. Everywhere these soviets were being organised. The bourgeoisie was at its wits’ end. The year 1919 was the most critical year in the history of the European bourgeoisie... What were the premises for the proletarian revolution? The productive forces were fully mature, so were the class relations; the objective social role of the proletariat rendered the latter fully capable of conquering power and providing the necessary leadership. What was lacking? Lacking was the political premise; i.e. cognisance of the situation by the proletariat. Lacking was an organisation at the head of the proletariat, capable of utilising the situation for nothing else but the direct organisational and technical preparation of an uprising. of the overturn, the seizure of power and so forth — this is what was lacking.” (L D Trotsky: The first five years of the Communist International.)
What is the relationship between sex and class in the oppression of women? How useful is the concept of ‘patriarchy’?
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As economic crisis deepens, the revolutionary left in Europe needs to reorient politically. What kind of anti-capitalism do we stand for? How can the labour movement rebuild itself?
This book of readings aims to redevelop the Marxist socialist critique of capitalism as the political heart of a revolutionary left project for today.
Fighting the Tories, what next? By Daniel Randall and Martin Thomas
SOCIALISTS AND EUROPE
Four programmes for the Euro-crisis. By Martin Thomas
Open letter to the left: Do you really want the EU to break up?
The United States of Europe. By Leon Trotsky
Greece: the fight for workers’ control. By Theodora Polenta
Who are the Greek left? A briefing
MARXISM AND THE CRISIS
What is capitalist crisis? By Colin Foster
Marx on capitalist crisis.
Keynes: the educated bourgeois. By Martin Thomas
REBUILDING THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT
Fight for a workers’ government. Two articles on Britain and Greece.
By Martin Thomas
What is the workers’ government? Excerpts from Leon Trotsky
Anti-capitalist, pro-what? By Rhodri Evans
What is the Bolshevik-Trotskyist tradition? By Sean Matgamna
What was the Minority Movement? By Stan Crooke
ISSUES FOR THE LEFT
The truth about BDS. By Harry Glass
What is the Muslim Brotherhood? Two articles by Clive Bradley
“Neither plague nor cholera!”: an open letter to the SWP
Reassessing imperialism: the case of the Falklands war
Building a workers’ “third front” in Iran.
Notes from a talk by Maziar Razi
INTRODUCTION TO MARXISM
What is capitalism? By Karl Marx
The past, present and future of the trade unions. By Karl Marx
Why is the left so divided? By Max Shachtman
What is socialism? By Frederick Engels
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Reports and interviews from our visit to Thessaloniki and Athens, 4-9 July 2012.
Pre-revolutionary Greece in July 2012: click to download pdf
An AWL pamphlet for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, making the case for socialist republicanism. Click here to download the PDF.