Workers' Liberty 3/29: The lessons of Stalinism

The lessons of Stalinism

WL 3/29

Author: 

Hal Draper and others

How Marxists registered and learned from - or failed to register and learn from - the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two. Click here to download pdf.


How Marxists registered and learned from - or failed to register and learn from - the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two.

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Marxist Theory and History: 

How the Mid-1940s “Orthodox Trotskyists” Saw Stalinism

Author: 

Eugene Shays and Dan Shelton

Introduction

Reading the press of the "orthodox" Trotskyist movement from the 1940s inescapably suggests a question: didn't they have access to the serious bourgeois press?

They did, of course. Yet their picture of the world and what was happening in it was gappy, patchy, selective, and vastly distorted by the narrow-focus ideological spectacles they had strapped on themselves.

As Stalinism expanded, the picture seen by the "orthodox" Trotskyists their picture of the world and what was happening in it was vastly distorted by the narrow-focus ideological spectacles they had strapped on themselves.

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What to learn from Stalinism

Stalin

Author: 

Hal Draper

Introduction (2010)

Stalinism dominated and shaped the would-be left for two thirds of the 20th century.

Its consequences still warp and shape much of the would-be left, including organisations that are ostensibly anti-Stalinist. To a surprising extent, the left has still not properly come to terms with the lessons of Stalinism.

Hal Draper's summary of political conclusions from the great expansion of Stalinism after World War Two, from a special issue of "Labor Action", 4 May 1953.

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