Karl Marx on the Populism of Class Society

“For each new class which puts itself in the place of one ruling before it, is compelled, merely in order to carry through its aim, to represent its interest as the common interest of all the members of society, that is, expressed in ideal form: it has to give its ideas the form of universality,Continue reading “Karl Marx on the Populism of Class Society”

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”

Karl Marx on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

“While this utopian, doctrinaire Socialism, which subordinates the total movement to one of its stages, which puts in place of common social production the brainwork of individual pedants and, above all, in fantasy does away with the revolutionary struggle of the classes and its requirements by small conjurers’ tricks or great sentimentality, while this doctrinaireContinue reading “Karl Marx on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat”

Karl Marx on the Preconditions of the Real Liberation of Humanity

“Nor will we explain to them [our wise philosophers] that it is only possible to achieve real liberation in the real world and by employing real means, that slavery cannot be abolished without the steam engine and the mule and the spinning-jenny, serfdom cannot be abolished without improved agriculture, and that, in general, people cannotContinue reading “Karl Marx on the Preconditions of the Real Liberation of Humanity”

J.V. Stalin on the Withering Away of the State

“We are for the withering away of the state. And yet we also believe in the proletarian dictatorship, which represents the tightest and mightiest form of state authority that has ever existed in history. To keep on strengthening state power in order to prepare the conditions for the withering away of state power – thatContinue reading “J.V. Stalin on the Withering Away of the State”

Karl Marx, Seemingly on “New Atheists”

“I desire there to be less trifling with the label ‘atheism’ (which reminds one of children, assuring everyone who is ready to listen to them that they are not afraid of the bogeyman), and that instead the content of philosophy should be brought to the people.” – Karl Marx, Letter to Arnold Ruge, November 24,Continue reading “Karl Marx, Seemingly on “New Atheists””

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”

J.V. Stalin on Tsarism and Imperialism in the Russian Empire

“In fact, Tsarist Russia was the home of oppression under every form, capitalist, colonial and militarist, of oppression in the most barbarous form. The omnipotence of capital was allied there with the despotism of Tsarism, the aggressiveness of nationalism with the most ferocious oppression of non-Russian peoples, the economic exploitation of whole regions of Turkey,Continue reading “J.V. Stalin on Tsarism and Imperialism in the Russian Empire”

Alliance (Marxist-Leninist): Globalisation; Do Lenin’s Criteria of Imperialism still Hold?

THE NATIONAL QUESTION IN THE ERA OF GLOBALISATION. Submission to Third Conference of International Struggle Marxist-Leninist. October 1999; Paris. Goal Of This Article We intend to discuss the most important features of imperialism as defined by Lenin; to ask whether the essential features of capital are so changed by recent events that we must reviseContinue reading “Alliance (Marxist-Leninist): Globalisation; Do Lenin’s Criteria of Imperialism still Hold?”

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”

The Communist League: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War

‘Non-Intervention’? Between ourselves, it’s the same thing as profitable intervention – but profitable only for the other side’. Charles-Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838) INTRODUCTION In January 1996, the Association of Communist Workers and the Association of Indian Communists held an extremely interesting meeting in the Conway Hall, London, devoted to exposing the slanderous misrepresentation of the Republican forcesContinue reading “The Communist League: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War”

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”

Grover Furr: German Intelligence, Communist Anti-Trotskyism, and the Barcelona “May Days” of 1937

Originally posted by Grover Furr German Intelligence, Communist Anti-Trotskyism, and the Barcelona “May Days” of 1937 I’m writing an article on the falsifications in Khrushchev’s infamous 1956 “Secret Speech.” A few weeks ago I ran across the following statement, in an article on the subject of this speech: “…в угоду политической конъюнктуре деятельность Троцкого иContinue reading “Grover Furr: German Intelligence, Communist Anti-Trotskyism, and the Barcelona “May Days” of 1937”

Grover Furr: Anatomy of a Fraudulent Scholarly Work: Ronald Radosh’s “Spain Betrayed”

Grover Furr Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War by Ronald Radosh (Editor), Mary Radosh Habeck (Editor), Grigory Sevostianov (Editor). Annals of Communism series. Yale University Press, June 2001. 1. Long awaited and published to rave reviews — albeit predictably by Cold War conservatives (Arnold Beichman) and anti-communist liberals (Christopher Hitchens) —Continue reading “Grover Furr: Anatomy of a Fraudulent Scholarly Work: Ronald Radosh’s “Spain Betrayed””

Lenin on the Asiatic Mode of Production

Taimur Rahman There is a certain contention as to whether Lenin accepted the notion of the AMP or its appropriateness to Russia. Firstly, Soviet scholars have since 1931 upheld that references to the ‘Asiatic’ mode by Marx, Engels or Lenin merely underscored variants of the slave or feudal modes of production found in Asia. ForContinue reading “Lenin on the Asiatic Mode of Production”