Bill Bland: Stalin & the Arts – On Marxist-Leninist Aesthetics

This article was published by Alliance (Marxist-Leninist) as part of the publication Alliance, issue #53, “Aesthetics and Revolution – Essays and Talks.” Preface This talk was given by Bill Bland to the ‘Stalin Society’ in 1993. He later expanded this talk in some detail, into the manuscript here. It gives a history of Socialist RealismContinue reading “Bill Bland: Stalin & the Arts – On Marxist-Leninist Aesthetics”

Marx and Engels on Islam

This article was published by Alliance (Marxist-Leninist) as part of the publication Alliance, issue #51, “Pan-Arabic or Pan-Islamic ‘Socialism.’” Both Marx and Engels wrote only in passing on Islam. However they provide some insights. Their view can be summarised briefly, in three main points: (i) That the relationship between Jews and the Arabs (Bedouin) wasContinue reading “Marx and Engels on Islam”

Response to Lawrence & Wishart statement on MECW

We are intrigued by the Lawrence & Wishart statement on the Marx Engels Collected Works published on April 25, 2014 via their web site. The reaction of the “Marxist community” at large has been wholly negative to the actions — completely legal — by L&W, asking the Marxists Internet Archive to take down the L&W copyrighted material.Continue reading “Response to Lawrence & Wishart statement on MECW”

Single Shot Espresso: Ukraine Supplemental – Interview with Dmitry Kolesnik

Court Proceedings of the Moscow Trials

Please download and distribute freely. August 19-24, 1936 – Court Proceedings of the Case of the Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Centre sometimes called the “Zinoviev-Kamenev Trial.” January 23-30, 1937 –  Court Proceedings of the Case of the Anti-Soviet Troskyite Centre sometimes called the “Pyatakov-Radek Trial.” March 2-13, 1938 –  Court Proceedings of the Case of the Anti-Soviet “Bloc of RightsContinue reading “Court Proceedings of the Moscow Trials”

Trotskyism in the Service of Franco

By GEORGES SORIA FACTS AND DOCUMENTS “To the Generalissimo: – I communicate personally the following: In executing the order you gave me, amongst other things, I went to Barcelona to interview the leaders of the P.O.U.M. I gave them all your information and suggestions. …” (Document found at the Peruvian Embassy in Madrid where there wasContinue reading “Trotskyism in the Service of Franco”

Mark Twain on New Year’s Day

“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast ourContinue reading “Mark Twain on New Year’s Day”

Thoughts on Georges Soria’s Denunciation of “Trotskyism in the Service of Franco”

by Espresso Stalinist Recently I was reading a PDF of the 1938 pamphlet Trotskyism in the Service of Franco: Facts and Documents on the Activities of the P.O.U.M. in Spain by Georges Soria. Soria was a representative in Spain of the French communist paper L’Humanité and also wrote for the International Press Correspondence of theContinue reading “Thoughts on Georges Soria’s Denunciation of “Trotskyism in the Service of Franco””

On Closed Speech of Khrushchev at the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU

George Gruenthal Book Review:  Khrushchev Lied, by Grover Furr Prof. Grover Furr has done a great service to Marxist-Leninists and all revolutionaries and to all those who are interested in historical truth. He has picked out 61 major statements from Khrushchev’s 20th Congress speech, checked them against other material, especially from the Russian archives thatContinue reading “On Closed Speech of Khrushchev at the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU”

Frederick Schuman on Kulak Destruction of Crops and Livestock

“Their [kulak] opposition took the initial form of slaughtering their cattle and horses in preference to having them collectivized. The result was a grievous blow to Soviet agriculture, for most of the cattle and horses were owned by the kulaks. Between 1928 and 1933 the number of horses in the USSR declined from almost 30,000,000Continue reading “Frederick Schuman on Kulak Destruction of Crops and Livestock”

1984 CIA Propaganda Booklet on the U.S. Invasion of Grenada

From Wikipedia: “Rescued from Rape and Slavery is a 14-page comic published in 1984 by the Central Intelligence Agency but ostensibly credited to the non-existent “Victims of International Communist Emissaries.” The comic was developed by the Commercial Comic Book Company, the largest American provider of educational comics. The script is by Malcolm Ater and theContinue reading “1984 CIA Propaganda Booklet on the U.S. Invasion of Grenada”

Patrick Stewart as Lenin on the Duty of the Revolutionary

“The duty of a revolutionary is to fight those forces or personalities which impede or obstruct the process of the socialist revolution…Objectively, the enemy can be your best friend, your lover, your Party colleague, the chairman of your local branch, the editor of your Party journal. The enemy is he who impedes the course ofContinue reading “Patrick Stewart as Lenin on the Duty of the Revolutionary”