state socialism

Whatever happened to Dear old Lenin?

I read a book by Lenin and I made some notes. The emphasis in the quotes are mine.

Back to banality - G.M. Tamás

Article from G.M. Tamás on the continuities/differences between the 'actually-existing socialism' of the past and present-day reactionism in Eastern Europe.

ISOnuts: one stop activism and the gentrification of the left

An Activist enters the bizarre and alienating world of the International Socialist Organization.

The Soviet wage system

Soviet rouble in 1961

Information about wage differentials in the supposedly "socialist" Soviet Union in the 1930s.

East Germany, June 1953

Workers fight tanks, East Germany 17 June 1953

A short account of the East German working class mass strike and uprising in 1953, which was crushed by Russian tanks, written by Andy Blunden in 1993.

Venezuela: The dead-end of the "Bolivarian Road to Socialism"

There was no revolution in Venezuela. Being against neo-liberalism is not the same as opposing capitalism but only one form of it. However, it does feed into the social democratic narrative of Corbynism. Today, in the middle of an election campaign, the assertion that “Venezuela is socialist” is happily repeated by right wing papers and politicians to gloat over the social disaster which Venezuela has become.

At the Turning Point: An Open Letter to my Chavista Friends

More than two months of protests continue in Venezuela

The principle of enantiadromia says that culminating processes revert into their opposite like a yin-yang. This is a force that's certainly at work in Venezuela today as the Bolivarian Revolution, which promised deepening democracy becomes a dictatorship.

Esperanto en GDR

Historio de la Orientgermana E-Movado.

The never-ending Lukács debate - G.M. Tamás

On January 25th 2017, the Budapest City Council decided to remove the statue of Georg Lukács from a park in the city’s 13th district. Here, Hungarian marxist and philosopher G. M. Tamás comments on the significance of the gesture.

Minus

Sign on Hong Kong border

Here are several issues of the "Minus" magazine produced in Hong Kong in the late 1970s.