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”

Arthur Landis on the Spanish Civil War

“The electoral victory of the Popular Front Government of Spain in February, 1936, has been argued in many ways; with the figures so juggled in certain analyses of the Right as to prove that the victory was actually theirs. The Left on the other hand—the ‘Left’ in this case being the Popular Front, which wasContinue reading “Arthur Landis on the Spanish Civil War”

POUM on playing football with Fascism

“We used to play football with the Fascists down there on the plain. They were good fellows. They invited us to spend the weekend in Saragossa and Jaca, and promised they’d let us come back.” –  POUM militia member from the “Lenin” Division at Huesca, quoted by New York Times correspondent Herbert Matthews in H.L.Continue reading “POUM on playing football with Fascism”

Vietnam & Trotskyism: Three letters from Ho Chi Minh

Sent from China to the Vietnamese CP in 1939 (* Ho Chi Minh refers in these letters to a number of Chinese communists, by names translated from Chinese to Vietnamese, and the editors have been unable to establish their identity. The names are left in the French-Vietnamese translation). First Letter Kwelin, 10 May 1939 DearlyContinue reading “Vietnam & Trotskyism: Three letters from Ho Chi Minh”

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””

The Lie About Stalin: 22nd June 1941

V.M. Zhukhrai The leader of the German fascists, Adolf Hitler, whilst instructing his own propagandists, said: ‘If we want to score a victory, we must actively make use of lies. They have to be big. The bigger the lies the quicker people will believe them. When we score a victory, nobody will ask us whetherContinue reading “The Lie About Stalin: 22nd June 1941”

‘If You Do Not Follow the Order You Will Be Shot’ – New facts about the murder of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg

On the Eightieth Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg Eighty years ago on 15th January, 1919 the leadership of the Communist Party of Germany, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, were brutally assassinated. It was a momentous loss for the German and international working class movement and it had widespread and long-termContinue reading “‘If You Do Not Follow the Order You Will Be Shot’ – New facts about the murder of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg”

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”

Grover Furr: Did the Soviet Union Invade Poland in September 1939? (The answer: No, it did not.)

by Grover Furr Introduction Did the Soviet Union Invade Poland on September 17, 1939? Why ask? “We all know” this invasion occurred. “You can look it up!” All authoritative sources agree. This historical event happened. Here’s a recent article in The New York Review of Books (April 30, 2009, p. 17) by Timothy Snyder, Yale University professor, academicContinue reading “Grover Furr: Did the Soviet Union Invade Poland in September 1939? (The answer: No, it did not.)”

Long Live the Union of the Fraternal Slav Peoples? No! Workers of the World, Unite!

by Aleksander Budilo This article from Proletarskaya Gazeta is excellent in its exposure of the bourgeois nationalism of parties such as the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and other organisations that claim to be communist in the former Soviet Union. Rather than organising the working class against ‘their own’ bourgeoisie, they support the bourgeoisie ‘against’Continue reading “Long Live the Union of the Fraternal Slav Peoples? No! Workers of the World, Unite!”

Bill Bland: The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939

by Bill Bland Introduction One of the many stories which circulate about Stalin is that, while the Soviet government was negotiating for a collective security pact with Britain and France directed against German aggressive expansion, he initiated the signing of a pact with Germany which precipitated the Second World War. Of course, not everything thatContinue reading “Bill Bland: The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939”

The German Situation and the Question of Social-Fascism

The greatest factor in the stabilization of capitalism after the first round of wars and revolutions was Social-Democracy. In such countries as Germany and Austria the Social-Democratic leaders actually undertook to organize and maintain the capitalist State against the revolutionary onslaught of the workers. A German Social-Democrat, Noske, drowned in blood the workers’ revolution inContinue reading “The German Situation and the Question of Social-Fascism”

Marxist-Leninist Research Bureau: The Kirov Murder

The Murder On 2 December 1934, ‘Pravda’ announced that: “On 1 December at 16.30, in the city of Leningrad in the building of the Leningrad Soviet (former Smolny), at the hands of a murderer, a concealed enemy of the working class, died Secretary of the Central and Leningrad Committees of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)Continue reading “Marxist-Leninist Research Bureau: The Kirov Murder”

Further Material on the Affair of Marshal Tukhachevsky

“The Moscow press announced that they [the primary Generals on trial] had been in the pay of Hitler and had agreed to help him get the Ukraine. This charge was fairly widely believed in foreign military circles, and was later substantiated by revelations made abroad. Czech military circles seemed to be especially well informed. CzechContinue reading “Further Material on the Affair of Marshal Tukhachevsky”

Grover Furr: New Light On Old Stories About Marshal Tukhachevskii : Some Documents Reconsidered

Grover Furr Montclair State University Originally published in RUSSIAN HISTORY/HISTOIRE RUSSE, 13, Nos 2-3 (Summer-Fall 1986), 293-308. The innocence of Marshal Tukhachevskii and the other military commanders condemned with him in 1937 has become firmly accepted by both Soviet and Western historians. [1] The current scholarly consensus also includes the view that “the nazi secret archives containContinue reading “Grover Furr: New Light On Old Stories About Marshal Tukhachevskii : Some Documents Reconsidered”