WP and ISL

The Price of Isolation for the Russian Workers and their Revolution

Submitted by dalcassian on 15 October, 2013 - 8:45

The world is paying dearly for the isolation of the Russian
Revolution, paying in blood and sweat, and tears and in car-
nage and destruction such as history records nowhere else.
The Bolshevik Revolution of November, 1917, opened up a
new eporh for mankind. It contained, the promise of a life of
security and peace, of abundance and brotherhood, of equality
among men in a world freed of classes and class rule. What no
other social upheaval before it had even dared to hope for, the

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Socialism, the hope of humanity (1945)

Submitted by dalcassian on 11 April, 2016 - 8:59 Author: Max Shachtman

What Do the Socialists Want? What is socialism? The simplest way to find the answer to these questions is to ask yourself: "What do I want? What do the tens of millions like me throughout the world want?" Everyone has different tastes, different ambitions, different hopes. But almost all are agreed in wanting durable peace in a world free of the scourge of war; security and prosperity in place of unemployment and low standards of living; freedom and equality in place of special privileges, special rights and special powers for the minority, in place of the rule of the many by the few.

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"An antidote to Stalinist thinking": in conversation with Herman Benson

Submitted by AWL on 14 February, 2016 - 1:38 Author: Herman Benson

Herman Benson was a founding member, along with Max Shachtman, Hal Draper, and others, of the Workers Party, which broke from the US Socialist Workers Party (no relation to the British group of the same name) in 1940 following a debate about how to understand the Stalinist state in Russia.

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US Imperialism and the Political War for Korea: Clash Tests U. S. Position in Far East

Submitted by dalcassian on 6 August, 2013 - 8:03

After only four or five
days of war, it has become painfully
apparen~ that Stalinism has won the
political war for Korea. Whatever one
thinks or speculates about the Russian
timetable in military terms, they certainly
never limited their objectives
to military conquest. The Russians
must have calculated on the minds and
wills of the twenty millions of South
Korean people. This is now assured
them by the sheer emptiness of the alternative.
The Koreans will not fight
or wish success to a foreign army

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An Eyewitness Account of Norway's General Strike Against the Nazis

Submitted by dalcassian on 2 April, 2015 - 1:02 Author: Norweigan Worker / Labor Action

We present a day-by-day diary of the greatest strike movement which has yet taken place in the Nazi-occupied countries. It was written by a man who. Escaped from Noray. We think that this diary in its simplicity gives a better picture of Europe than ever-so many elaborate articles.It should be remembered, however, that events like this are as yet the exception and that in general the class struggle has not yet taken on such acute form.

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April 1940: the USSR and and the World War

Submitted by Matthew on 28 August, 2013 - 3:55 Author: Max Shachtman

The outbreak of the Second World War has once more put prominently at the top of the order of the day the “Russian question”. The signing of the Hitler-Stalin Pact was followed by the joint invasion of Poland; by the reduction of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the state of vassals of the Kremlin; by the invasion and seizure of part of Finland by the Red Army; and by speculation and prediction of coming events which, a year ago, would have been waved aside as preposterous.

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