Isaac Asimov Reviews ‘1984’

Originally published in The New York Times. REVIEW OF 1984 By Isaac Asimov I’ve been writing a four-part article for Field Newspaper Syndicate at the beginning of each year for several years now and in 1980, mindful of the approach of the year 1984, FNS asked me to write a thorough critique of George Orwell’sContinue reading “Isaac Asimov Reviews ‘1984’”

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on the Spanish Civil War

Spanish Revolution of 1931–39 a revolution during which there evolved in Spain a democratic republic which for about three years from the middle of 1936 struggled for its existence, waging a national revolutionary war against fascist insurgents and Italo-German invaders. The specific features of the Spanish Revolution were in large measure attributable to certain distinctiveContinue reading “The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on the Spanish Civil War”

Are Popular Fronts Necessary Today?

Raul Marcos Member of the Communist Party of Spain ML August 2014 The answer is a resounding YES. They are necessary and indispensable given the condition of oppression and exploitation that are worsening, and from which the people are suffering. The proletariat, with its party at the forefront, should be at the head of theContinue reading “Are Popular Fronts Necessary Today?”

Communist International: Towards the Fifth Congress of the Communist Party of Spain

Communist International, August 1936 The Development of the Democratic Revolution in Spain By J. HernandezI. Economic Sabotage by the Big Bourgeoisie and Landowners In February, 1936, the People’s Front in Spain won a splendid victory. The Azaña government came to power. Two years of rule by a reactionary government had reduced Spain to a stateContinue reading “Communist International: Towards the Fifth Congress of the Communist Party of Spain”

Communist International: The Struggle for Workers’ and Peasants’ Alliances in Spain

Communist International, August 1936 The question of strengthening and organizing throughout the country the workers’ and peasants’ alliances, which are the main buttress of the People’s Front, is now the central point of discussion among the workers’ organizations in Spain. A serious change has taken place in the position of the Left wing of theContinue reading “Communist International: The Struggle for Workers’ and Peasants’ Alliances in Spain”

Communist International: The Spanish Revolution

By M. Ercoli Member of the Executive Committee of the Communist InternationalWorkers Library Publishers New York City First Printing, December, 1936 Second Printing, February, 1937 Third Printing, March, 1937 The Spanish Revolution The heroic struggle of the Spanish people has deeply stirred the whole world. It is the greatest event in the struggle of theContinue reading “Communist International: The Spanish Revolution”

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”

The Communist League: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War

‘Non-Intervention’? Between ourselves, it’s the same thing as profitable intervention – but profitable only for the other side’. Charles-Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838) INTRODUCTION In January 1996, the Association of Communist Workers and the Association of Indian Communists held an extremely interesting meeting in the Conway Hall, London, devoted to exposing the slanderous misrepresentation of the Republican forcesContinue reading “The Communist League: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War”

The Intrigues of Franco’s Trotskyist Agents

On 16 March the anarchists’ central organ, Solidaridad Obrera, published in Barcelona berates the Soviet press with abusive attacks. And in particular, the author judges the dispatches from Soviet correspondents concerning the counter-revolutionary attitude of the Trotskyist organisation, the POUM, as a damaging tactic, the object of which is to sow discord in the ranksContinue reading “The Intrigues of Franco’s Trotskyist Agents”

Wilhelm Faupel on Franco’s Involvement in the Barcelona May Days

“Concerning the disorders in Barcelona, Franco has told me that the street fighting was provoked by his agents. Nicholas Franco has confirmed this report, informing me that they have a total of 13 agents in Barcelona. Some time ago one of them had reported that the tension between Anarchists and Communists in Barcelona was soContinue reading “Wilhelm Faupel on Franco’s Involvement in the Barcelona May Days”

Lessons of People’s War in Spain 1936-1939

Progressive Labor, Vol. 9, No. 5 (Oct.-Nov. 1974), 106-116. The Spanish Civil War was the opening act of the Second World War in Europe. It was the military and political proving ground both for European Fascism, and for class-collaborationist policies that the old communist movement never outlived. In one important respect, however, the Spanish WarContinue reading “Lessons of People’s War in Spain 1936-1939”

Communist Party of Spain (PCE) Denounces the POUM

Originally printed in the newspaper Frente Rojo on 6 February 1937 The fascist Trotskyist party should be dissolved and tried as fascist. The guttersnipe POUM has become desperate now that its infamy has been unmasked, and has unleashed a demogogic campaign against the solid wall of anti-fascist unity at the orders of its foreign masters. We haveContinue reading “Communist Party of Spain (PCE) Denounces the POUM”

Grover Furr: German Intelligence, Communist Anti-Trotskyism, and the Barcelona “May Days” of 1937

Originally posted by Grover Furr German Intelligence, Communist Anti-Trotskyism, and the Barcelona “May Days” of 1937 I’m writing an article on the falsifications in Khrushchev’s infamous 1956 “Secret Speech.” A few weeks ago I ran across the following statement, in an article on the subject of this speech: “…в угоду политической конъюнктуре деятельность Троцкого иContinue reading “Grover Furr: German Intelligence, Communist Anti-Trotskyism, and the Barcelona “May Days” of 1937”

Grover Furr: Anatomy of a Fraudulent Scholarly Work: Ronald Radosh’s “Spain Betrayed”

Grover Furr Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War by Ronald Radosh (Editor), Mary Radosh Habeck (Editor), Grigory Sevostianov (Editor). Annals of Communism series. Yale University Press, June 2001. 1. Long awaited and published to rave reviews — albeit predictably by Cold War conservatives (Arnold Beichman) and anti-communist liberals (Christopher Hitchens) —Continue reading “Grover Furr: Anatomy of a Fraudulent Scholarly Work: Ronald Radosh’s “Spain Betrayed””

Arthur Landis on the Sectarianism of the POUM

“Dare one ask how long the Viet Minh or the Viet Cong would have lasted, first against the French, and then the U.S.A., the greatest military power in the history of the world, across twenty years of battle, if they had had to contend simultaneously with a F.A.I. plus a combination of quasi-Trotskyists such asContinue reading “Arthur Landis on the Sectarianism of the POUM”