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.

Check the printed version with the pdf, or follow this guide:

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

The printed pull-out can be navigated as follows:

1: the first page, with the

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

Fight social-imperialism! Pass me my pay-off!

Published on: Wed, 20/11/2019 - 23:19
Author

Jim Denham

The Morning Star has a problem: its political masters of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) have stated that they advocate a Labour vote in every constituency – “including Derby North, despite the outrageous suspension of excellent sitting MP Chris Williamson”, to quote the CPB’s London district secretary Steve Johnson.

So what to do about the “excellent” comrade Williamson? After all, he’s an avid Brexiteer, sees complaints of antisemitism as all a plot by the Jewish Labour Movement, the Israeli embassy and the “Zionists”, supports Assad, and loves conspiracy theorists like Vanessa Beeley.

The Berlin Wall and socialism

Published on: Wed, 06/11/2019 - 08:36

See a printable election briefing based on this article.

Thirty years ago, on 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.

It was a wall built through Berlin by the rulers of East Germany, which called itself socialist, to prevent people escaping to West Berlin, which was capitalist and linked to West Germany.

Over its 28 years, about 5,000 people managed to escape over the Wall, and somewhere between 100 and 200 were killed by East German border guards while trying to escape.

In 1991, less than two years later, the old USSR broke up. The system created by Stalin’s counter-revolution, which had

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