Communist Platform: The European People’s Democracies of the 20th Century: A Specific Form of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

From Unity & Struggle No. 25, Spring/Summer 2013 Italy 1. Between August 1944 and May 1945 the Red Army, in its unbeatable advance toward Berlin, freed Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia and eastern Germany from Nazi rule, also aiding the liberation of Yugoslavia and Albania. In those countries anti-fascist fronts were set up against the Nazi occupiersContinue reading “Communist Platform: The European People’s Democracies of the 20th Century: A Specific Form of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat”

Thoughts About the Class Roots of Counter-Revolution in the Territory of the Soviet Union

Alexei Danko I will not try to give a solid and complete answer to the question posed above given the shortness of this article and the lack of proper preparation. However, I feel obliged to at least draw the attention of revolutionary proletarians to the need to study this question deeply and scientifically for theContinue reading “Thoughts About the Class Roots of Counter-Revolution in the Territory of the Soviet Union”

V.I. Lenin on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

“The essence of Marx’s theory of the state has been mastered only by those who realize that the dictatorship of a single class is necessary not only for every class society in general, not only for the proletariat which has overthrown the bourgeoisie, but also for the entire historical period which separates capitalism from ‘classlessContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat”

J.V. Stalin on the Three Main Aspects of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

“Hence the three main aspects of the dictatorship of the proletariat. 1) The utilisation of the rule of the proletariat for the suppression of the exploiters, for the defence of the country, for the consolidation of the ties with the proletarians of other lands, and for the development and victory of the revolution in allContinue reading “J.V. Stalin on the Three Main Aspects of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat”

V.I. Lenin, J.V. Stalin and the Comintern on Alliance with the Bourgeoisie in Colonial-Type Countries

“The Communist International must enter into a temporary alliance with bourgeois democracy in the colonial and backward countries, but should not merge with it, and should under all circumstances uphold the independence of the proletarian movement even if it is in its most embryonic form…” – V.I. Lenin, “Draft Thesis on National and Colonial QuestionsContinue reading “V.I. Lenin, J.V. Stalin and the Comintern on Alliance with the Bourgeoisie in Colonial-Type Countries”

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”

Anna Louise Strong on the 1936 Stalin Constitution

“Stalin’s great moment when he first appeared as leader of the whole Soviet people was when, as Chairman of the Constitutional Commission, he presented the new Constitution of the Socialist State. A commission of thirty-one of the country’s ablest historians, economists, and political scientists had been instructed to create ‘the world’s most democratic constitution’ withContinue reading “Anna Louise Strong on the 1936 Stalin Constitution”

International Workingmen’s Association, a.k.a. First International on the Vanguard Party

Statements made by the First International or the International Working Men’s Association, endorsed by Marx and Engels, spoke of the need for a vanguard party. In the “Resolution on Working Class Political Action” from the September, 1871 London Conference, reprinted below, they explicitly endorse the idea of an independent working class party. I think this isContinue reading “International Workingmen’s Association, a.k.a. First International on the Vanguard Party”

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”

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”

The Contribution of J.V. Stalin to Marxism-Leninism

M.B. Mitin M.D. Kammari G.F. Aleksandrov … The theoretical works of Comrade Stalin and the practical revolutionary-creative struggle for communism led by him has had a powerful transforming influence on science. Already the foundation of Marxism itself was a great revolution in science, and in our epoch the teachings of Marx and Engels, raised byContinue reading “The Contribution of J.V. Stalin to Marxism-Leninism”

On the Narodniks

“The method of combating tsardom chosen by the Narodniks, namely, by the assassination of individuals, by individual terrorism, was wrong and detrimental to the revolution. The policy of individual terrorism was based on the erroneous Narodnik theory of active ‘heroes’ and a passive ‘mob,’ which awaited exploits from the ‘heroes.’ This false theory maintained thatContinue reading “On the Narodniks”

James Connolly on Socialism and Nationalism

“If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial andContinue reading “James Connolly on Socialism and Nationalism”

Michael Parenti on “Pure Socialism”

“[R]eal socialism, it is argued, would be controlled by the workers themselves through direct participation instead of being run by Leninists, Stalinists, Castroites, or other ill-willed, power-hungry, bureaucratic, cabals of evil men who betray revolutions. Unfortunately, this ‘pure socialism’ view is ahistorical and nonfalsifiable; it cannot be tested against the actualities of history. It comparesContinue reading “Michael Parenti on “Pure Socialism””