Mexico/ Venezuela: Workers' Liberty 3/10

Can Trotsky on Cardenas' Mexico tell us anything about Venezuela and Chávez?

Submitted by Anon on 24 March, 2007 - 9:58

By Paul Hampton

In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez has nationalised companies in telecom and electricity privatised by previous administrations. Chávez says he wants to form a new Bolivarian socialist party. And he has announced the extension of communal councils and even “workers’ councils” as a means of recasting the state.

Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay Anon Mon, 03/19/2007 - 10:11

>[Written April 1940. First published in Fourth International, October 1941 This version is abridged with our emphasis. Full version at]

Nationalised Industry and Workers’ Management Anon Mon, 03/19/2007 - 09:53

By Leon Trotsky

[Written in early 1939. First published in Fourth International, August 1946.]

Trotsky on Cárdenas

Submitted by Anon on 19 March, 2007 - 9:41

Trotsky had been expelled from the USSR by Stalin in 1929, and spent the rest of his life trying to find a country which would let him stay. He arrived in Mexico on 9 January 1937. A longstanding Mexican Trotskyist, Manuel Rodríguez, suggested the asylum to his boss, General Francisco Mujica, a member of the Cárdenas cabinet (and his predecessor as governor of Michoacán). For Trotsky it became a life-or-death matter in November 1936, when it looked as though the Norwegian government might hand him over to the USSR.

Where do profits come from? Anon Mon, 03/19/2007 - 09:40


The basic Marxist analysis of capital is the fundamental groundwork on which modern socialism stands. Marxism explains how capital works; how the workers — free workers, not chattel-slaves, but the legal equals of the richest in capitalist society — are exploited in the process of production. In short, why it is not hype or demagogy, but plain truth, to say that the modern working class is a class of wage-slaves.

What means this strike? Anon Mon, 03/19/2007 - 09:35

By Daniel De Leon

What you now stand in need of, aye, more than of bread, is the knowledge of a few elemental principles of political economy and of sociology. Be not frightened at the words. It is only the capitalist professors who try to make them so difficult of understanding that the very mentioning of them is expected to throw the workingman into a palpitation of the heart. The subjects are easy of understanding.