Online Pamphlets

Leon Lesoil, Trotskyist Martyr

Submitted by dalcassian on 15 December, 2015 - 1:07 Author: Parti Communiste Revolutionnaire (Belgium, 1945)

Son of a worker, a worker himself from the age of 13, Leon Lesoil awakened to a political life during the First World War. Caught up by the wave of patriotism and chauvinism that swept over Belgium after the German invasion, he enlisted in August 1914 in the sincere belief that the war was in defense of Justice, a “war to end all wars.”

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Vladimir Lenin on democracy and dictatorship

Submitted by sm on 5 April, 2007 - 2:32

Lenin called for the "dictatorship of the proletariat" as a great expansion of democracy.

By "dictatorship" he meant the rule of a class, not of a Hitler or a Stalin. This is an abridged version of Lenin's "Theses on Bourgeois Democracy and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat", adopted by the founding congress of the Communist International in March 1919. Long-forgotten contemporary references and examples have been cut.

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Submitted by USRed on Wed, 26/02/2014 - 21:54

"The most democratic bourgeois republic is no more than a machine for the suppression of the working class by the bourgeoisie, for the suppression of the working people by a handful of capitalists."

This doesn't seem consistent with what the AWL usually says about bourgeois democracy. And it shouldn't be. Because the "no more than" part is simply false.

And in any event it was hypocritical for Lenin to write like this because the Soviet Union of 1919 was hardly a workers' democracy, a "state of the Paris Commune type." One could argue that under the circumstances it simply couldn't be anything other than an "authoritarian workers' state," but Lenin never acknowledged this.

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Stalinism, the left, and beyond: a symposium

Submitted by AWL on 14 September, 2010 - 2:47 Author: Neville Alexander and others
WL16

Editorial: Sean Matgamna

Part 1 ( PDF 6.4 mb, p7-16)

Neville Alexander
Neal Ascherson
Tony Benn
Greg Benton
Robin Blackburn
Cornelius Castoriadis
Tony Chater
Vladimir Derer
Terry Eagleton
Michael Farrell
Al Glotzer

Part 2 – Boris Kagarlitsky's contribution (PDF, p18-19)

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Modern Socialism (1879)

Submitted by dalcassian on 10 April, 2016 - 8:37 Author: E. Belfort Bax

There is probably no word better abused at the present moment than the word Socialism. With those to whom it expresses anything beyond anarchy and a weekly distribution of property, it is generally deemed to cover certain cut-and-dried schemes, such as St. Simonism, Fourierism, or Owenism. This, though historically correct, is actually false, in so far as the Social democrats, Communalists, or Nihilists of the Continent are concerned. Such schemes as the above have little but an historical curiosity for the majority of modern Socialists.

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For or Against The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba 1961: Max Shachtman Debates Hal Draper

Submitted by AWL on 17 June, 2014 - 6:55

The dispute over attitudes to the "Bay of Pigs" invasion was the first sharp break on a big world-political issue which separated the ageing Max Shachtman from long-time co-thinkers such as Hal Draper and Julius Jacobson.

This pamphlet, published by Draper in May 1961, presents the dispute.

Click here to download pdf (which includes excerpts from the contemporary press not transcribed below, giving factual background on the invasion).

Contents and note

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution

Submitted by cathy n on 15 March, 2010 - 11:42 Author: Andrew Hornung and John O'Mahony
WL 3/28

Read online (below), or download pdf (see "attachment").

Who was Lenin? He led the workers of the Tsarist Russian Empire to make the most profound revolution in history in 1917. He was the leader of the Russian Bolshevik Party, without which the workers would have been defeated.

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James Connolly's Socialism Made Easy: 1 WORKSHOP TALKS (1909 version)

Submitted by dalcassian on 12 February, 2016 - 8:53 Author: James Connolly

Contents:

SOCIALISM IS A FOREIGN IMPORTATION!

I AM NOT INTERESTED IN INTERNATIONALISM. THIS COUNTRY IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

CAPITAL IS INTERNATIONAL

BUT THE SOCIALIST PROPOSALS, THEY SAY, WOULD DESTROY THE INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER OF THE WORKER. HE WOULD LEAN ON THE COMMUNITY, INSTEAD OF UPON HIS OWN EFFORTS.

LET US BE PRACTICAL. WE WANT SOMETHING PR-R-RACTICAL.

WOULD YOU CONFISCATE THE PROPERTY OF THE CAPITALIST CLASS AND ROB MEN OF THAT WHICH THEY HAVE, PERHAPS, WORKED A WHOLE LIFETIME TO ACCUMULATE?

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