Lin Biaoism and the Third World: How Idealism Distorts Class

by Espresso Stalinist An odd phenomenon is haunting the halls of Maoism – a chauvinist set of ideas loosely forged from the writings of Chinese military officer and politician Lin Biao. These ideas, to the extent to which they form coherent ideology at all, can roughly be termed “Lin Biaoism.” To be perfectly clear, IContinue reading “Lin Biaoism and the Third World: How Idealism Distorts Class”

Vietnamese Revolutionary Art

This article was published by Alliance (Marxist-Leninist) as part of the publication Alliance, issue #53, “Aesthetics and Revolution – Essays and Talks.” Introduction Western Artists and revolutionaries, are familiar with the socialist realist traditions of the USSR, Albania and of China. They also have a deep affection and respect for revolutionary painting from the SpanishContinue reading “Vietnamese Revolutionary Art”

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”

Bill Bland: Enver Hoxha As World Statesman

ALL IMAGES FROM “ENVER HOXHA”; Tirana (Talk by Bill Bland to an Albanian Society meeting in 1985) Transcribed by Comrade NS I feel that the title of my address – “Enver Hoxha as World Statesmen” – must have caused some raised eyebrows. Whether they like their policies or not, most people would accept Ronald ReaganContinue reading “Bill Bland: Enver Hoxha As World Statesman”

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh  (real name, Nguyen Tat Thanh; for many years used various party pseudonyms, including Nguyen Ai Quoc; adopted the name Ho Chi Minh in early 1942). Born May 19, 1890, in the village of Kiem Lin, Nghe An Province; died Sept. 3, 1969, in Hanoi. Figure in the Vietnamese and international communist movementsContinue reading “The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Ho Chi Minh”

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””

Anniversary of the Liberation of Saigon, the Unification of Vietnam and the Victory of the Vietnamese People Against U.S. Imperialism

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”

Happy 101st Birthday Comrade Võ Nguyên Giáp!

August 25, 2012: Happy 101st Birthday Comrade Võ Nguyên Giáp, architect of the Vietnamese people’s revolutionary military victory over U.S. imperialism!

Happy 101st Birthday, General Võ Nguyên Giáp

Ho Chi Minh shown as sympathetic to the Albanian-Chinese line in Khrushchev’s Memoirs

“I remember when the conference of Communist and Workers’ Parties in Moscow was being held in [November] 1960 […] The Chinese spoke out against us. Enver Hoxha conducted himself especially rabidly as an agent of Mao. [….] Ho came over to me then and said: “Comrade Khrushchev, you ought to concede the point to them.”Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh shown as sympathetic to the Albanian-Chinese line in Khrushchev’s Memoirs”

PCMLE: Vietnam: A Popular and Anti-Imperialist Revolution

En Marcha, October 14, 2009 Commercial and monetary relations, linkages with international institutions and transnational corporations that are practiced in Vietnam attest to the validity of a capitalist economy. As a result, have increased levels of corruption and waste and links to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have made commitments to be metContinue reading “PCMLE: Vietnam: A Popular and Anti-Imperialist Revolution”

Ho Chi Minh on Trotskyites

Letter from Ho Chi Minh to the Indochinese Communist Party Kwelin, May 10, 1939 Dear comrades: In the past, in my opinion and that of a good number of comrades, Trotskyism has seemed a matter of struggle between the trends within the Chinese Communist Party. So they almost were not paying attention. But shortly beforeContinue reading “Ho Chi Minh on Trotskyites”