Third Camp Marxism

Solidarity with Iraqi workers

Submitted by AWL on 9 March, 2005 - 8:46

At the end of 2004 and beginning of 2005 there was a strike wave in Iraq, which affected many sectors of industry. The fledgling labour movement is beginning to raise its head.
But it is still organisationally weak. It faces many dangers, both from the US/UK occupation which keeps Saddam’s labour laws on the books, and from the Islamist and neo-Ba’thist “resistance” gangs, which have killed and kidnapped trade unionists.

The SWP: its crisis, its history, its politics

Submitted by martin on 26 February, 2013 - 1:32
  • The SWP crisis of 2013
  • The SWP crisis of 2013: weblinks to all the main documents
  • The SWP and "Leninism": response to Alex Callinicos's "Is Leninism finished?"
  • Where will SWP opposition go? (comment on ISO-USA and Socialist Alternative)
  • The political record of SWP-IS
  • The Third Camp socialists in the USA: a symposium of recollections and reflections

    Submitted by AWL on 5 January, 2014 - 1:58
    Cartoon showing an armed worker leaning over a placard which reads "join the army of international socialism".

    In Solidarity 242 (18 April 2012), we began publishing a series of recollections and reflections from activists who had been involved with the “third camp” left in the United States — those “unorthodox” Trotskyists who believed that the Soviet Union was not a “workers’ state” (albeit a “degenerated” one), but an exploitative form of class rule to be as opposed as much as capitalism. They came to be organised under the slogan “neither Washington nor Moscow.”

    The Neo-Stalinist Type: Notes on a New Political Ideology

    Submitted by dalcassian on 23 July, 2013 - 5:45

    A new political species has come into existence in our own day.
    The existence of different species of plants and animals was recognized long before scientific analysis decided upon the differentiating characteristics which classified them. Since then, however, science has decided that the onion belongs to the very same family as the lily, but that the Douglas fir tree is not truly a fir tree at all; and the common name bellflower is used not for one genus but seven different ones.

    "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.

    The Irish Trotskyists of the 1940s condemn "Irish only" trade unionism

    Submitted by AWL on 17 May, 2014 - 9:22

    A leaflet produced by the small Irish Trotskyist group in the mid 1940s, after nationalists split the Irish trade union movement.


    This is a leaflet produced by the Revolutionary Socialist Party, which was then the (small) Irish section of the Fourth International, some time soon after the splitting of the Irish trade union movement (Irish TUC) by Irish Transport and General Workers' Union leader William O'Brien and his allies.

    Negroes in the US Civil War: Their Role in the Second American Revolution [CLR James, 1943]

    Submitted by dalcassian on 12 June, 2014 - 2:21

    An indispensable contribution to the understanding of the role of the Negro in American history is a study of the period between 1830 and 1865. In this article we treat the subject up to 1860.

    Marx and Lenin on press freedom

    Submitted by martin on 11 December, 2012 - 10:44

    Marx analysed the problem of a free press thoroughly in two long essays which are to be found in the first volume of the collected edition of his works.

    For Marx “the right to think and speak the truth” was an elementary human right and freedom of the press — as he said — merely “human freedom in practice”. Marx recognized that human freedom is made up of a complex of interdependent freedoms.

    Bolshevism and democracy

    Submitted by Matthew on 16 March, 2011 - 5:29

    The following report by Irving Howe of a debate on the record of Bolshevism is taken from the US Trotskyist Labor Action, the paper of the Workers’ Party. The debate between Max Shachtman of the Workers’ Party and Liston Oak, managing editor of the New Leader, took place in New York on 8 November 1946. The New Leader was a right-wing social-democratic journal. Liston Oak had been a member of the Communist Party of America.

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