Leon Trotsky

Work, Discipline, and Order to Save the Socialist Soviet Republic

Trotsky's March 28th 1918 address to the City Conference of the Russian Communist Party in Moscow. Trotsky calls for professional management of factories by technicians, shaming of slacking workers in Soviet publications, compulsory military training in factories and schools, and for Tsarist officers to be restored to the Red Army, ending the process of elections.

Lenin orders the massacre of sex workers, 1918

Kaganovich, 1934

Lenin's letter to G. F. Fyodorov ordering "mass terror, shoot and deport the hundreds of prostitutes who are making drunkards of the soldiers, former officers and the like." in Nizhni, where the Czech white forces were amassing. Kaganovich implemented the terror.

No verses for Trotsky: a diary in Mexico - Alice Rühle-Gerstel (1937)

Alice Rühle-Gerstel’s (1894-1943, wife of Otto Rühle (1874-1943)) memories of Trotsky in Mexico. As far as we are aware, her writings are untranslated into English and this memoir is an exception. If you read German try to obtain a copy of her brilliant novel "Der Umbruch oder Hanna und die Freiheit".

Interview: the situation of left communism today

Loren Goldner's interview with the Korean Socialist Workers' Newspaper Group (SaNoShin), November-December 2007.

Aspects of the Russian Question – American Fraction of the Left Communist International (1949)

Written by D for the March-April 1949 issue of International Bulletin, the publication of the American Fraction of the Left Communist International.

Capitalist democracy: a contrast between the position of Lenin and that of Trotsky – American Fraction of the Left Communist International (1948)

Written by "G.S." in the March 1948 issue of International Bulletin, a publication of the American Fraction of the Left Communist International.

Trotskyism and the Labor Party – American Fraction of the Left Communist International (1949)

Written by D.A. for the January-February 1949 issue of International Bulletin, a periodical put out by the so-called American Fraction of the Left Communist International.

The Bordigist Current (1912-1952): Italy, France, Belgium, USA - Philippe Bourrinet

Updated, substantially-expanded, 2013 Philippe Bourrinet text on the history of the Italian Communist Left.

Reconstructing Lenin - Tamás Krausz

In 'Reconstructing Lenin', four decades in the making, Tamás Krausz, makes a major contribution to a growing field of contemporary Lenin studies. This rich and penetrating account reveals Lenin busy at the work of revolution, his thought shaped by immediate political events but never straying far from a coherent theoretical perspective. Krausz balances detailed descriptions of Lenin’s time and place with lucid explications of his intellectual development, covering a range of topics like war and revolution, dictatorship and democracy, socialism and utopianism. 'Reconstructing Lenin' will change the way you look at a man and a movement.

Revolution, defeat and theoretical underdevelopment - Loren Goldner (2016)

Essays written over 2010–14, collected here, deal with the legacy bequeathed to the contemporary revolutionary left by four key historical experiences: the Russian Revolution, the Comintern’s first experiment in ‘anti-imperialism’ in the early years of the Turkish Communist Party (1917–25), the failings of anarchism in the Spanish Revolution/Civil War (1936–9) and the failure of the Trotskyist Fourth International in the run-up to the Bolivian Revolution (1952) and beyond. In short, they probe the theoretical and practical legacies bequeathed to us as Leninism, anti-imperialism, anarchism and official Trotskyism, as it evolved after Trotsky’s assassination in 1940.