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'I am concerned at the break-up of the Soviet Union and the leadership it gave!' - Jeremy Corbyn's words of wisdom on Stalinism

Corbyn Cuba

The following is the text of a speech that Jeremy Corbyn gave in 1991 at a meeting to discuss the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the speech, Corbyn does criticise the Soviet Communist Party for its elitism but he clearly has no understanding of the way the Soviet regime did all it could to sabotage any genuine revolutions. Corbyn also makes no clear references to the mass killings, secret police, militarism and economic failures that were fundamental to the Soviet system.

Anarcho-Corbynism and support for Labour

It is a fact that lately certain anarchists have placed themselves in the Corbyn camp. As Freedom News admits, "lots of anarchists have decided they’re going to vote to try and get rid of the Tories".

Voting as Counter-Revolution – how the politicians who gave us the vote saw things 100 years ago

A hundred years ago, the British ruling class decided to extend the vote to women over thirty and to working class men. By doing this they hoped to restore people's faith in parliamentary government and thereby counter any revolutionary tendencies inspired by the Russian Revolution. As Sylvia Pankhurst said in 1923:

Vote: what for? - Robert Lynn

Small booklet by Robert ("Bobby") Lynn, Glasgow anarchist, who was born and lived in Calton Glasgow, one of Glasgow’s many slums. Started work as an engineering apprentice in Yarrow’s shipyard, became involved in working class struggle and remained committed to that struggle all his life. Held in the Les Forster collection at Spirit of Revolt Archive Glasgow.

The general election: more ruling class mystification

The electoral process is a fraud offering only capitalist choices. It will not end austerity for millions of workers. The working class has already discovered its own form of direct democracy but this can only become operative in the active struggle to step up our fight not just for better living standards but against the system which is reducing them.

Le Pen or Macron: plague or cholera for the working-class in France and Europe

Plague or cholera.

The French presidential election in 2017 marks a profound change in the European political situation and the approach; generalized crisis in political dominance of ruling classes and political elites over social fabric.

Why We are Occupying Bernie Sander's Burlington Office (1999)

1990 press release from the Anti War Action Group on their occupation of Bernie Sanders' Burlington office over his support for the first Iraq war and the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

1957: Colombian General Strike

Pinilla,  is escorted to a Senate hearing to answer charges of misco

A series of protest demonstration and a General Strike led to the downfall of the Dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla and the restoration of free elections. Unfortunately this left Colombia still in the hands of the Oligarchy

Why I Won't Vote: W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois explains his decision to abstain from voting in the 1956 Presidential Election.

Socialist Party of America History and Geography

Key maps: votes, membership, newspapers, and elected officials

Courtesy Mapping American Social Movements Project, University of Washington. Find an interactive version at http://depts.washington.edu/moves/SP_intro.shtml
Here are two dozen maps and charts exploring the geography of Socialist Party activity.