state socialism

International left distracted by shiny new object

Jeremy Corbyn has already helped Leftists around the world forget their uncritical support of SYRIZA

Socialist faces in high places: Syriza's fall from grace and the elusive electoral road - Enrique Guerrero-López and Adam Weaver

An article by Enrique Guerrero-López and Adam Weaver on the dead-end road of parliamentary socialism.

Libertarian unnecessarian - Blake Nemo

The libertarian/authoritarian dichotomy is less than useful for communist politics, writes Blake Nemo.

Turning No into Yes: Syriza's Memorandum

Some thoughts on current developments in Greece. While events are still moving and uncertain at the moment the along awaited third memorandum between the Greek state and the Troika seems to be on its way. For all the hopes and promises of Syriza, austerity remains.

An anarchist in love with Mao’s China - Herbert Read’s ‘letters from China’ ... Plus a list of dubious accounts of ‘successful’ revolutions, from Russia to Rojava

In the second year of the Great Leap Forward famine – in which perhaps 30 million died, anarchist Herbert Read visited China on an official delegation. Read’s acceptance of a knighthood for his literary achievements had already discredited him amongst many anarchists. But, at the time of his visit in 1959, he was still the most prominent anarchist in Britain and his published writings had considerable influence on, amongst others, Murray Bookchin.†

Samuel Kaplan: another mysterious disappearance in Spain

The international group of the Durruti column

A short account of the fate of the Lithuanian anarchist Samuel Kaplan, who fought with the Durruti Column in Spain.

State socialism - Karl Kautsky

First article of a 3-part series by Karl Kautsky from 1881. It is a critique of state socialism. The second article can be found here.

Brief response to '4 reasons working-class radicals should vote Labour’ on Novara

A brief response to the issues raised by AWL member, Daniel Randall, in his article (4 Reasons Working Class Radicals Should Vote Labour) that was recently posted on the Novara Media website….

In the crossfire: adventures of a Vietnamese revolutionary - Ngo Van Xuyet

Ngo Van Xuyet's accounts of class struggle in Vietnam before the rise of Ho Chi Minh and the US invasion.

Televisionaries: the Red Army Faction story - Tom Vague

RAF attack on a US military base, 1981

A short book on Germany's most notorious urban guerrilla group, the Red Army Faction, aka the Baader-Meinhof gang. While very uncritical of the group's authoritarian politics and attacks which harm civilians, it contains useful information and so is reproduced here for reference only.