Marxism and Stalinism

The two Trotskyisms during World War 2: Workers' Liberty 3/48

Published on: Wed, 10/12/2014 - 20:15

Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" through from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

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The pagination in the pdf is correct, but, by a mishap, the pages of the printed version of Workers' Liberty 3/48, as a pull-out in Solidarity 347, are in the wrong order. Our apologies to readers.

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Page 2 has been mistakenly swapped with page 6, and page 7 with page 11.

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What was the Stalinist USSR? A Marxist debate

Published on: Sat, 10/02/2007 - 00:33

The main viewpoints summarised: contributions by Martin Thomas and Sean Matgamna from Workers' Liberty 16; by Martin Thomas from Workers' Liberty 43; by Tom Rigby from Workers' Liberty 45.

The USSR was not state-capitalist, by Roger Clarke (WL44)
Cliff's 'state capitalism' in perspective, by Sean Matgamna (WL 56)
The USSR and non-linear capitalism, by Martin Thomas (WL59)
Stalinism in theory and history, by Pablo Velasco
A debate between Raya Dunayevskaya and Max Shachtman, from 1947, with an introduction by Chris Ford
Review articles by Paresh Chattopadhyay and Martin Thomas on the book Class

Solidarność: The workers' movement and the rebirth of Poland in 1980-81

Published on: Thu, 23/01/2020 - 12:30

2020 is the fortieth anniversary of the explosive birth of the Polish independent workers’ movement,
Solidarność (Solidarity).

The Polish workers’ struggle of 1980-1, from the creation of Solidarność in the mass strikes of August 1980 to the military coup of 1981, shook the so-called “socialist” ruling classes of Eastern Europe. The history of the movement is also full of lessons for the genuine socialist left of 2020. The story of Solidarność is a history of working-class courage, creativity, self-organisation and mass militancy against a despotic, bureaucratic Stalinist ruling class.


Central and Eastern Europe 30 years on

Published on: Wed, 18/12/2019 - 10:58

John Cunningham

Picture: Syrian refugees on the Serb-Hungary border

The Berlin Wall came down on 9 November 1989. For those of us old enough to vaguely remember when it was erected (1961 – I was 11) it was an amazing to see “Ossis” (Easterners) and “Wessis” (Westerners) clambering over the Wall, knocking chunks out of it and dancing in the street.

This hideous structure, this monument to everything that was vile about Stalinism and its subjugation of the people of Central and Eastern Europe, disintegrated on our TV screens, although it was well into 1990 before the whole monstrosity was finally demolished

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