Clifford D. Conner on Jean Paul Marat

“And finally, what if Marat were to return today? What would he think of the state of our planet in the second decade of the twenty-first century? He could read in the history books that the Great French Revolution—his Revolution—is recognized as the watershed event in the making of the modern world. ‘But what didContinue reading “Clifford D. Conner on Jean Paul Marat”

V.I. Lenin on the Two Stages of the October Revolution

“Both in my first Letter From Afar (“The First Stage of the First Revolution”) published in Pravda Nos. 14 and 15, March 21 and 22, 1917, and in my theses, I define “the specific feature of the present situation in Russia” as a period of transition from the first stage of the revolution to theContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Two Stages of the October Revolution”

V.I. Lenin on Bourgeois Democracy

“And so in capitalist society we have a democracy that is curtailed, wretched, false, a democracy only for the rich, for the minority. The dictatorship of the proletariat, the period of transition to communism, will for the first time create democracy for the people, for the majority, along with the necessary suppression of the exploiters,Continue reading “V.I. Lenin on Bourgeois Democracy”

The Manifesto on the Disappearance of National Differences

“National differences and contrasts are already tending to disappear more and more as the bourgeoisie develops, as free trade becomes more general, as the world market grows in sire and importance, as manufacturing conditions and the resulting conditions of life become more uniform.”  — Karl Marx and F. Engels, “The Communist Manifesto”

Norman Bethune on Healthcare

“Medicine, as we are practising it, is a luxury trade. We are selling bread at the price of jewels…Let us take the profit, the private economic profit, out of medicine, and purify our profession of rapacious individualism…Let us say to the people not ‘How much have you got?’ but ‘How best can we serve you?’”Continue reading “Norman Bethune on Healthcare”

V.I. Lenin on Liberals

“When a liberal is abused, he says, ‘Thank God they didn’t beat me.’ When he is beaten, he thanks God they didn’t kill him. When he is killed, he will thank God that his immortal soul has been delivered from its mortal clay.” – V. I. Lenin, “The Government’s Falsification of the Duma and theContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on Liberals”

Che Guevara on Anti-Imperialism

“We said that each time a country is liberated it is a defeat for the world imperialist system. But we must agree that the break is not achieved by the mere act of proclaiming independence or winning an armed victory in a revolution. It is achieved when imperialist economic domination over a people is broughtContinue reading “Che Guevara on Anti-Imperialism”

V.I. Lenin on the Struggle of the Urban Workers

“Formerly, only students rebelled, but now thousands and tens of thousands of workers have risen in all the big towns. In most cases they fight against their employers, against the factory owners, against the capitalists. The workers declare strikes, all of them stop work at a factory at the same time and demand higher wages,Continue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Struggle of the Urban Workers”

V.I. Lenin on the Marxist View of War

“Socialists have always condemned war between nations as barbarous and brutal. But our attitude towards war is fundamentally different from that of the bourgeois pacifists (supporters and advocates of peace) and of the Anarchists. We differ from the former in that we understand the inevitable connection between wars and the class struggle within the country;Continue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Marxist View of War”

Albert Einstein on Capitalism

“Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous powerContinue reading “Albert Einstein on Capitalism”

J.V. Stalin on the Unity of the Marxist-Leninist Party

“The Party as the embodiment of unity of will, unity incompatible with the existence of factions. The achievement and maintenance of the dictatorship of the proletariat is impossible without a party which is strong by reason of its solidarity and iron discipline. But iron discipline in the Party is inconceivable without unity of will, withoutContinue reading “J.V. Stalin on the Unity of the Marxist-Leninist Party”

Stalin’s Writings: Notes Regarding the Use of the Word “Sectarianism”

Alliance Notation January 2003 So far, I have been able to trace only two clear uses of the term ‘sectarianism’ in the work of J.V.Stalin. Although to my mind, his practice was non-sectarian, his writings do not dwell on this very much. The points that I think Stalin makes on this matter, are as follows:Continue reading “Stalin’s Writings: Notes Regarding the Use of the Word “Sectarianism””

Bill Bland on Sectarianism

1) Bland on the refusal of the early British anti-revisionists to allow people who were on the point of breaking away from the CPGB to do so, and belong to the anti-revisionist movement: “WB: They wouldn’t allow it. They were sectarian in a way in that it had to be all or nothing and soContinue reading “Bill Bland on Sectarianism”

V.I. Lenin on Trotsky’s slogan for ‘a United States of Europe’

“As early as 1902, he [i.e., the British economist John Hobson — ES] had an excellent insight into the meaning and significance of a ‘United States of Europe” (be it said for the benefit of Trotsky the Kautskyian!) and of all that is now being glossed over by the hypocritical Kautskyites of various countries, namely, thatContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on Trotsky’s slogan for ‘a United States of Europe’”