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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False Light on the Moscow Trials: Koestler's" Darkness at Noon"

Submitted by dalcassian on 23 March, 2015 - 6:37 Author: Albert Goldman

This time the attempt to answer the question – Why did they confess? – is made in the form of a novel. Ever since renowned leaders of the Russian revolution were brought into a Moscow court and startled the whole world by their eagerness to plead guilty to all the crimes in the counter-revolutionary calendar, many people have claimed that no satisfactory explanation has been given of their conduct. In Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler provides us with his answer to the all-engrossing riddle.

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The last speech of Bartolomeo Vanzetti

Submitted by martin on 22 June, 2010 - 6:01 Author: Bartolomeo Vanzetti

This is the famous last speech of Bartolomeo Vanzetti, the class-war prisoner who, alongside Nicolo Sacco, both of them Anarchists, died in the electric chair in August 1927. This speech despite its broken English, is so beautiful and moving that it falls naturally into verse form.

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Revolutionary socialists and black struggle in America

Submitted by Matthew on 29 January, 2014 - 11:25
Fighting school segregation

Click here for more info and to buy the book online.

The AWL’s new book, In an era of wars and revolutions, brings together cartoons published by revolutionary socialists in the US between the 1920s and 1950s.

Below Sacha Ismail discusses the cartoons that deal with the oppression of African Americans and black liberation struggle. Here are a few of them.

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'The Pickets'

Submitted by dalcassian on 8 June, 2013 - 1:15

Like a roll of distant thunder
The pickets tramp their beat.
And our slave enshackled brothers
Can hear their marching feet.
Even as the guns of Sumter*
Belched harbingers of doom.
For a system long out-moded
And consigned it to its tomb
Mark the surging ranks of freemen!
Oh! Hark ye to their songs!
Flung against the walls of plunder.
Assailing ancient wrongs
Mighty is their righteous anger,
And terrible their wrath!
They,the fighting hope of millions
Who tread the union path

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Isaac Deutscher: The Anatomy of an Apologist

Submitted by dalcassian on 14 August, 2013 - 1:14

Issac Deutscher published his biography of Stalin 16 years ago. Since then he has produced a small book on Russian trade unions, several collections of essays and lectures, a three-volume biography of Trotsky and scores of newspaper and magazine articles analyzing contemporary developments in the Communist world.

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Leon Trotsky and the (Shachtman) Workers Party (1946)

Submitted by dalcassian on 29 November, 2013 - 5:19 Author: Ernest Erber

The infancy and childhood of the movement was fortunate in having the intellectual leadership of one of the greatest minds of all time, Karl Marx. It was doubly fortunate in having in Marx’s collaborator, Friedrich Engels, a genius in his own right, whose true stature always remained obscured in the public mind as a result of his modest subordination to the towering height of Marx. The period of the formation of the Second International under the sound, experienced guidance of Engels, his last great service to the working class, coincided with the rise of the Marxist movement in Russia.

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