state socialism

Anarchists in the Russian Revolution - Paul Avrich

Anarchists protest against the Bolshevik dictatorship.

Paul Avrich's account of the anarchist movement during the Russian revolution.

1920s: Communism vs. Reforms: Mistakes of the Communist Party in Ireland

Limerick United Trades and Labour Council, 1919 - The Limerick Soviet

Pankhurst exposes the reactionary role of the Communist Party of Ireland and gives some background information on the Limerick and Cork soviets.

Authoritarian leftists: kill the cop in your head!

Lorenzon Kom'boa Ervin

It's difficult to know where to begin with this open letter to the various European-american leftist (Marxist-Leninist and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, in particular) groups within the United States. I have many issues with many groups; some general, some very specific. The way in which this is presented may seem scattered at first, but I encourage all of you to read and consider carefully what I have written in its entirety before you pass any judgements.

The struggle against fascism begins with the struggle against Bolshevism - Otto Ruhle

Left communist pamphlet from 1939 that points the finger at Lenin and the Bolsheviks for crippling the international workers' movement with authoritarian tactics and for developing a totalitarian and capitalist system of rule in the USSR.

State capitalism and dictatorship (alternate translation)

Anton Pannekoek.

On the limits of state capitalism as a strategy for the ruling class.

This article was apparently first published in Raete Korrespondenz. This translation was published unsigned in the American journal International Council Correspondence Vol. III No. 1 January 1937.

Lenin as philosopher - Anton Pannekoek

Lenin As Philosopher - Anton Pannekoek.

Pannekoek's classic work analyses Lenin's philosophical views as being determined by the historical circumstances they emerged from; the battle against religious dominance in 19th century Russia. This made Lenin's simplistic materialism quite different from Marx's. Pannekoek illustrates that dualistic conceptions of a vanguard party as a 'consciousness' leading the working class 'body' are rooted in the philosophical underpinnings of Lenin's bourgeois materialism.

Community and Communism in Russia - Jacques Camatte

Julius Nyerere, African socialist

Kevin Anderson of the Marxist Humanist tendency discusses Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, shortly after his death.

Class history and theory: capitalism and communism in the USSR - review by Paresh Chattopadhyay

Paresh Chattopadhyay's review of Stepen Resnick's book on the USSR, analysing the Soviet experience in terms of class.

At the source of The Critique of Political Economy - Paresh Chattopadhyay

Paresh Chattopadhyay's review of a collection of Marx and Engels' notebooks.