Misunderstandings Regarding Proletarian Leadership and the Peasant Question in Marxism

“Present-day thinking on Marx and Engels’s strategy is often muddled by a curious misunderstanding. We tend to visualise a contrast between ‘developed’ countries like Germany, France and England on the one hand and ‘backward’ ones like Russia on the other. But how ‘developed’ were countries like Germany, France and England in 1848 or 1871? OnlyContinue reading “Misunderstandings Regarding Proletarian Leadership and the Peasant Question in Marxism”

Frederick Engels on ‘Anarchist Nonsense’

“Since 1845 Marx and I have held the view that one of the ultimate results of the future proletarian revolution will be the gradual dissolution of the political organisation known by the name of state. The main object of this organisation has always been to secure, by armed force, the economic oppression of the labouringContinue reading “Frederick Engels on ‘Anarchist Nonsense’”

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’”

Stalin & the Myth of the ”Old Bolsheviks”

Introduction One often hears Trotskyists, Anarchists and bourgeois propagandists accuse Joseph Stalin of killing all or at least most of the so-called ”Old Bolsheviks” and thus being able to allegedly distort the true meaning behind Bolshevism/Leninism. Here I won’t be getting into a thorough debate about what is or is not the real core ideologyContinue reading “Stalin & the Myth of the ”Old Bolsheviks””

John Callaghan on Rajani Palme Dutt and Evidence for the Moscow Trials and Anti-Soviet Conspiracies

On pages 279-280 of the book Rajani Palme Dutt: A Study in British Stalinism by John Callaghan (Lawrence & Wishart 1993), the author writes the following: “… the evidence points overwhelmingly to Dutt’s satisfaction with the Communist record. In preparing his book on The Internationale, for example, he had considered the inclusion of an anecdoteContinue reading “John Callaghan on Rajani Palme Dutt and Evidence for the Moscow Trials and Anti-Soviet Conspiracies”

Stalin’s Four Attempts at Resignation

Joseph Stalin was elected as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU in April 1922 during the 11th Congress of the Party. Between then and until his death, he asked to be relieved of his duties as General Secretary a total of four times — all of which were rejected. On Lenin’sContinue reading “Stalin’s Four Attempts at Resignation”

Grover Furr on Archival Evidence for the Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites

“Shortly after the Leon Trotsky Archive at Harvard’s Houghton Library was opened in January 1980, Trotskyist historian Pierre Broué discovered letters between Leon Sedov and his father Trotsky that proved the existence of a bloc between Trotskyites and other opposition groups within the USSR. Sometime in the middle of 1932 Sedov informed his father as follows:Continue reading “Grover Furr on Archival Evidence for the Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites”

The Soviet Union Looks To Its Health

The Bolshevik Revolution not only overturned the political and economic system that was based on exploitation but also brought with it a revolutionary reorganisation of the entire society. One of the major component was the reorganisation and implementation of a socialist health care system, which took care of the citizen from their cradle to grave.Continue reading “The Soviet Union Looks To Its Health”

Michael Parenti: Is Nicaragua More Democratic Than the United States?

[From: Covert Action Information Bulletin, Number 26, Summer 1986] To justify the policies of attack, encirclement, embargo, and destabilization directed against Nicaragua, the Reagan administration has charged that the Sandinista government is on the road to totalitarianism, that it denies religious and political freedom and is a threat to the security of its neighbors. TheContinue reading “Michael Parenti: Is Nicaragua More Democratic Than the United States?”

Stalin’s ‘Anti-Semitism’

  The accusation that Stalin was an anti-Semite is a strange one. Neither Stalin’s written texts nor his actions indicate anti-Semitism. Indeed, they indicate precisely the opposite, as I will show in a moment. So those who wish to make the accusation have to rely on hearsay – second- and third-hand snippets from passing conversations,Continue reading “Stalin’s ‘Anti-Semitism’”

Socialism and Bureaucracy

In the following article, A. Clark examines the problem of bureaucracy from the point of view of a society going through a process of socialist transformation. He suggests that the continually advancing technological revolution in the field of computerisation and the communication and information revolution will serve as the material base to resolve most orContinue reading “Socialism and Bureaucracy”

Color Me Unimpressed: Rejoinder to Jason Unruhe

“All we can do is to laugh as we gaze at this spectacle, for one cannot help laughing when one sees a man fighting his own imagination, smashing his own inventions, while at the same time heatedly asserting that he is smashing his opponent.”  — J.V. Stalin. In recent years, I have heard much talkContinue reading “Color Me Unimpressed: Rejoinder to Jason Unruhe”

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”

Why Does the Pseudo-Left Hate Grover Furr?

by Espresso Stalinist Grover Furr is an American professor and author. He has taught at Montclair State University in New Jersey for over four decades, and has written essays, articles and books on Soviet history in both Russian and English. Though his body of work covers a wide variety of topics, his most famous writingsContinue reading “Why Does the Pseudo-Left Hate Grover Furr?”

Marxism vs. Indigenism: An Anti-Critique of Ward Churchill

This article was posted in 2008 by Rowland Keshena on a blog which is no longer active. Though there are some very pronounced ideological problems with this essay (particularly its references to “Stalinism,” as well as the “anthropocentrism” of Marxism and the idea that the concept of domination of nature by man is somehow “Judeo-Christian,” itContinue reading “Marxism vs. Indigenism: An Anti-Critique of Ward Churchill”