Labor Action special May 1957: Revolution against Stalinism

Revolution in the Russian Empire: For Socialist Freedom and Democracy AWL Wed, 09/25/2013 - 13:57

The program of the anti-Communist revolution in Eastern Europe can be summed up in one word: democracy. And its content can be summed up in one phrase: democratic socialism.

Today this can be asserted not as a hypothesis, a theory or a hope, but as a fact demonstrated and confirmed by every one of the great revolutionary movements which have challenged the rule of the Stalinist bureaucracy for the past decade and a half.

A Lesson of the Revolution: The Working Class vs The Totalitarian Myth AWL Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:46

The Hungarian Revolution, temporarily defeated by Russian military force, has nonetheless already accomplished outstanding wonders and recorded magnificent victories, and that by virtue of its occurrence alone. It has dealt shattering blows to Stalinist barbarism as a world system, erecting a mighty barrier to Russian and international Stalinist aspirations to global domination.

Reform or Revolution In East Europe? AWL Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:21

A totalitarian or despotic society is one in the midst of a deep-seated social crisis. Totalitarianism is needed when it is impossible to rule with the consent of the people.

While such a regime presents a picture of monolithic unity, beneath the surface are the severest conflicts and suppressed class struggles. Or else why the need for repression?

New Socialist Movement Can Now Be Built - Toward a rebirth of socialism! AWL Tue, 09/24/2013 - 15:32

The crisis of Stalinism has opened the way for a regroupment and reunification of the socialist movement, especially in the United States.

'Prudence' or Cold Counter-Revolution? The 'Gomulka Way' in the Polish Revolution AWL Tue, 09/24/2013 - 14:21

In Hungary the fight was clearly, in the eyes of the world, a struggle between the united Hungarian people in revolution versus the Stalinist totalitarian power resting on Russian tanks. But in Poland the nature of the contending forces and the question of who is on which side have been far more obscured in the common view.

The Greatest Blow for Peace: The Revolutions Impact on The West and the War Danger AWL Tue, 09/24/2013 - 13:27

The Hungarian and Polish revolutions of 1956 mark a new period not only in the straggle for socialist freedom against Stalinism, but also in the fight against war and the danger of war.

Its impact is not only on the underpinnings of the Russian empire but also on the bases of the Western capitalist war alliance.

The Unexpected Vanguard - The Role of Youth Behind the Iron Curtain AWL Tue, 09/17/2013 - 16:23

In a message to a Paris rally last November, Albert Camus said:

"I admit that I was tempted in recent years to despair of the fate of freedom ... I feared that it was really dead, and that was why it sometimes seemed to me that all things were being covered over by the dishonor of our time. But the young people of Hungary, of Spain, of France, of all countries, proved to us that this is not so and that nothing has destroyed or ever will destroy that pure and violent force that impels men and nations to demand the honor of living with integrity."