state socialism

From bolshevism to the bureaucracy - Paul Cardan

From Bolshevism to the Bureaucracy

Essay written by Cornelius Castoriadis in 1963 as an introduction to the French translation of Kollontai's 'The Workers' Opposition'. Translated and published by Solidarity (London) in March 1967 (Solidarity pamphlet No. 24).

A history of socialist thought: Volume III, Part I - The Second International 1889-1914

G.D.H. Cole's first volume chronicling the history of socialist thought from 1889-1914, on the Second International.

A second look at Lenin: Solidarity discussion bulletin

A Second Look at Lenin

'A Second Look at Lenin' was a discussion bulletin published by Solidarity (London) in the Spring of 1980. It consisted of a letter by Adam Westoby about the Solidarity pamphlet 'A Fresh Look At Lenin' and responses by the pamphlets author Andy Brown, and by A. A. Raskolnikov co-author of the Postface to the pamphlet.

Vietnam: whose victory? - Bob Potter

Vietnam : whose victory ?

Solidarity (London) pamphlet about the origins and meaning of the Vietnam War.

August 12, 1937: Killing day at Tobolsk

Tobolsk Prison

A short account of the state murder of Russian anarchists in 1937.

Recent studies on the history of the Palestine Communist Party - Alexander Flores

PCP poster during the World War 2, calling for support of the Red Army.

Article looking at research on Palestine Communist Party, looking at, amongst other things, its formation largely by European Jews in the early 1920s and its gradual 'Arabisation'.

The Arab CPs and the Palestine Problem - Alexander Flores

Fatah militia, 1979.

Detailed text analysing the positions and activity of various Arab Communist Parties in relation to the partition of Palestine, focusing on the effect which subservience to the official line from the Soviet Union had on their efforts.

Socialism or barbarism - Solidarity

Socialism or barbarism (1962)

1969 reprint of a text published jointly by Socialism Reaffirmed (later Solidarity), Socialisme Ou Barbarie, Unita Proletaria and Pouvoir Ouvrier Belge following their May 1961 meeting which attempted to redefine socialist objectives and methods of struggle in the conditions of the early 1960s.

The early history of Lebanese Communism reconsidered - Alexander Flores

Article discussing the inter-country influence in the early period of the Eastern-Arab communist movement; particularly that of Lebanon-Syria, Egypt and Palestine as well as the role of non-Muslims and non-Arabs.

The mythology of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the Chinese ultra-left - Donald Parkinson

Cultural revolution propaganda poster

An account and critique of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which portrays the "revolution" as a factional squabble within the Communist Party bureaucracy which enabled the working class to begin to assert themselves as an independent force for a time before being crushed by the state.