Lenin on Liberals

“The liberal bourgeoisie in general, and the liberal-bourgeois intelligentsia in particular, cannot but strive for liberty and legality, since without these the domination of the bourgeoisie is incomplete, is neither undivided nor guaranteed. But the bourgeoisie is more afraid of the movement of the masses than of reaction. Hence the striking, incredible weakness of the liberals in politics, their absoluteContinue reading “Lenin on Liberals”

Bruce Franklin’s Introduction to “The Essential Stalin”

Please note the posting of this introduction to the book “The Essential Stalin” does not necessarily imply support of Franklin’s political line.  — E.S. I used to think of Joseph Stalin as a tyrant and butcher who jailed and killed millions, betrayed the Russian revolution, sold out liberation struggles around the world, and ended upContinue reading “Bruce Franklin’s Introduction to “The Essential Stalin””

William Blum on Stalin’s Death Tolls

“We’ve all heard the figures many times…10 million…20 million…40 million…60 million…died under Stalin. But what does the number mean, whichever number you choose? Of course many people died under Stalin, many people died under Roosevelt….Dying appears to be a natural phenomenon in every country. The question is how did those people die under Stalin? DidContinue reading “William Blum on Stalin’s Death Tolls”

Words of Wisdom from Niccolò Machiavelli

“It is necessary, therefore, if we desire to discuss this matter thoroughly, to inquire whether these innovators can rely on themselves or have to depend on others: that is to say, whether, to consummate their enterprise, have they to use prayers or can they use force? In the first instance they always succeed badly, andContinue reading “Words of Wisdom from Niccolò Machiavelli”

Engels, Lenin and Stalin on Bourgeois “Equality” and Straw Man Arguments Against Marxism

“This is the reasoning of a liberal scholar who repeats the incredibly trite and threadbare argument that experience and reason clearly prove that men arenot equal, yet socialism bases its ideal on equality. Hence, socialism, if you please, is an absurdity which is contrary to experience and reason, and so forth! Mr. Tugan repeats the old trickContinue reading “Engels, Lenin and Stalin on Bourgeois “Equality” and Straw Man Arguments Against Marxism”

Che on Imperialist “Freedom”

“Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians ofContinue reading “Che on Imperialist “Freedom””

Thomas Paine on the “Self-Made Man”

“Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property,Continue reading “Thomas Paine on the “Self-Made Man””

Leave it to the Market?

For more than twenty years now, the “free market” has been the rallying cry of American politics. Conservatives sing its praises while occasionally betraying it when it suits their constituency, liberals won’t criticize it but claim that it needs to be fixed, and then you have the libertarians, for which the market is, for allContinue reading “Leave it to the Market?”

Native American Shuts Down Anti-Illegal Immigrant Protest: ‘Y’all Are All Illegal!’

By Abena Agyeman-Fisher At a Tucson, Ariz., anti-illegal immigrant rally, a group of self-righteous protesters were literally put on mute after a Native American decided to drop some knowledge on who the real “illegals” are. Pushing a toddler in a stroller, a rightfully irritated self-identified Native American began yelling at the group, saying: “Y’all f*cking illegal.Continue reading “Native American Shuts Down Anti-Illegal Immigrant Protest: ‘Y’all Are All Illegal!’”

On the deaths in Stalin’s USSR

In the West, when Stalin’s name is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the “millions of deaths” under his “ruthless regime”. For decades, fascist and capitalist propagandists alike perpetuated this vision of Stalin as a monster, employing the best World War 2 and Cold War propagandists to slander Stalin’s role as aContinue reading “On the deaths in Stalin’s USSR”

Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut

BY MICHAEL PARENTI Despite a lifetime of “shaming” the system, NOAM CHOMSKY, America’s foremost “engagé” intellectual, remains an unrepentant left anticommunist. In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War,Continue reading “Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut”

The American Party of Labor Celebrates International Women’s Day

Comrades around the world! Today we celebrate March 8th, International Women’s Day. We reaffirm that the link between women’s liberation and total human emancipation from exploitation is unbreakable, and that we cannot have one without the other. To speak about revolution and the creation of a new society while ignoring the oppression of women isContinue reading “The American Party of Labor Celebrates International Women’s Day”

V.I. Lenin on “Pure Capitalism”

“But suppose, for the sake of argument, free competition, without any sort of monopoly, would develop capitalism and trade more rapidly. Is it not a fact that the more rapidly trade and capitalism develop, the greater is the concentration of production and capital which gives rise to monopoly?” — Lenin, “Imperialism, the Highest Stage ofContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on “Pure Capitalism””