This March marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bayard Rustin, the American civil rights leader who passed away in 1987.
February Study Series from North East London Workers' Liberty
We live in a class society. Throughout history, economic and social crises have created huge clashes between the classes. We are living in such a time now, when the ruling class and the working class will lock horns and fight over the future of society. The big struggles of the past pose the big political questions for the movement of today.
The principal political question facing the working-class movement today is the problem of Stalinism. How did the Russian Revolution, the biggest expression of working-class democracy and solidarity in history, end in prison camps and tyranny? What is Stalinism and what does it mean for the workers movement today and the hope of a socialist future?
The only adequate answers to these questions have been the answers of the Trotskyist movement. This movement of working-class revolutionaries fought both capitalism and Stalinism to their deaths. In this educational series, we will look back on the debates of the early Trotskyist movement and what they mean for us today.
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[Introductary note: Max Shachtman chaired the founding conference of the Fourth International, in Paris in September 1938.
An assessment of the leading thinker of post-Trotsky "orthodox Trotskyism", the "Fourth International".
More or less everywhere in the world now there are groups of avowed revolutionary socialists — usually, but not invariably, small or very small groups — who are “Trotskyist” or Trotskisant.
The “Report on the Russian question” which follows was a speech delivered by Max Shachtman to the New York membership meeting of the US Trotskyist movement, the Socialist Workers’ Party, on 15 October 1939.
Part 2: Russian imperialism.
Part 3: the bureaucratic conservatism of the Cannon majority