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”

On this Day, 1917: Bolsheviki Seize Buildings, Defying Kerensky

Bolsheviki Seize State Buildings, Defying Kerensky Premier Posts Troops in Capital and Declares Workmen’s Council Illegal NORTHERN ARMY OFFERS AID And Preliminary Parliament, Forced by Rebels to Leave Palace, Supports Him WOMEN SOLDIERS ON GUARD Petrograd Conditions Generally Normal Save for Outrages by So-Called Apaches Bolsheviki Seize State Buildings Petrograd, Nov. 7–An armed naval detachment,Continue reading “On this Day, 1917: Bolsheviki Seize Buildings, Defying Kerensky”

Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-war Years: A First Approach on the Basis of Archival Evidence

Graphs in the original are shown here as embedded images that are compressed to fit the site’s format. Please click the images to see the original graphs full size.  – E.S. Contributors Peter A. Coclanis is an associate professor of history and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Universitv ofContinue reading “Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-war Years: A First Approach on the Basis of Archival Evidence”

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””

Frederick Schuman on Kulak Destruction of Crops and Livestock

“Their [kulak] opposition took the initial form of slaughtering their cattle and horses in preference to having them collectivized. The result was a grievous blow to Soviet agriculture, for most of the cattle and horses were owned by the kulaks. Between 1928 and 1933 the number of horses in the USSR declined from almost 30,000,000Continue reading “Frederick Schuman on Kulak Destruction of Crops and Livestock”

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”

Jules Humbert-Droz on Nikolai Bukharin and the Use of Individual Terror Against Stalin

“Before leaving I went to see Bukharin for one last time not knowing whether I would see him again upon my return. We had a long and frank conversation. He brought me up to date with the contacts made by his group with the Zinoviev-Kamenev fraction in order to coordinate the struggle against the powerContinue reading “Jules Humbert-Droz on Nikolai Bukharin and the Use of Individual Terror Against Stalin”

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”

The Beijing Olympics and the Question of Tibet

Vijay Singh In the run-up to the Olympic Games which are to be held in the Beijing, US imperialism is conducting a campaign of disinformation against the nationalities policies in Tibet using the remnants of feudalism such as the Dalai Lama as their instrument, alongside the normal imperialist accredited newspapers, ‘human rights institutions’ and HollywoodContinue reading “The Beijing Olympics and the Question of Tibet”

V.I. Lenin on Differences between Marxism and Anarchism

“We are not utopians, we do not ‘dream’ of dispensing at once with all administration, with all subordination. These anarchist dreams, based upon incomprehension of the tasks of the proletarian dictatorship, are totally alien to Marxism, and, as a matter of fact, serve only to postpone the socialist revolution until people are different. No, weContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on Differences between Marxism and Anarchism”

Enver Hoxha on Andrey Vyshinsky and the Moscow Trials

The following day Vyshinsky was to come from Moscow. The name and personality of Vyshinsky was great and well known to all of us on account of the important role he had played as state prosecutor in the Moscow trials against Trotskyites, Bukharinites, rightists and other traitors of the Soviet Union. During the war IContinue reading “Enver Hoxha on Andrey Vyshinsky and the Moscow Trials”

Grover Furr reviews Robert Thurston’s “Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1934 -1941”

As always, the publication of an article does not necessarily imply an absolute endorsement of the entirety of its content. – Espresso Stalinist. by Grover Furr, from Cultural Logic, Volume 1, Number 2, Spring 1998 Robert W. Thurston, Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1934-1941. (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996). $30.00. Anti-Stalinism Hurts Workers, BuildsContinue reading “Grover Furr reviews Robert Thurston’s “Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1934 -1941””

Bill Bland & Norberto Steinmayr: In Defence of Enver Hoxha

By Bill Bland & Norberto Steinmayr, (Former Secretaries of the Albanian Society) The Question of Dictatorship One of the main charges leveled against Enver Hoxha by the current regime in Albania and its supporters is that, during the period in which he was General, and then First, Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania,Continue reading “Bill Bland & Norberto Steinmayr: In Defence of Enver Hoxha”

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”

American Party of Labor: Insights into Socialist Albania from “Pickaxe and Rifle”

William Ash’s Pickaxe and Rifle: the Story of the Albanian People is a comprehensive, diversified, in-depth study and explanation of the experiences and the social system of the tiny, formerly Marxist-Leninist Balkan country. Ash was invited to travel to the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania in 1969. He visited again in 1971. He was given the opportunityContinue reading “American Party of Labor: Insights into Socialist Albania from “Pickaxe and Rifle””