USSR

A fresh look at Lenin - Andy Brown

Solidarity pamphlet #56, in which Andy Brown examines the failure of the Russian revolution and its relation to the ideology of Lenin, its key leader, as described by his own words. With a Postface by Ian Pirie and A.A. Raskolnikov.

The Unhappy Elitist: Victor Serge's Early Bolshevism - Peter Sedgwick

Peter Sedgwick examines the early, often seemingly contradictory, politics of anarchist-turned Bolshevik Victor Serge.

Jan Waclaw Machajski: A radical critic of the Russian intelligensia and socialism - Marshall S. Shatz

A biography of Polish-born Jan Waclaw Machajski and account of his radical critique of the role of the intelligentsia in Soviet Russia's political life which was known as Makhaevism.

The final purging of the Makhnovists 1937-1938

Vlas Sharovsky

A short account of the repression that fell on old members of the Makhnovist movement in 1937-38.

Under the banner of Marxism

Pod znamenem marksizma was a Soviet theoretical/philosophical monthly journal published from 1922 to 1944. This is first part of PZM's bibliography.

What was the USSR? - Aufheben

Excellent four-part analysis of the economic system of the Soviet Union examining the most common theories of its nature and pointing out their strengths and flaws.

Labor discipline and the decline of the soviet system - Don Filtzer

The issue of labor discipline lay at the very heart of the antagonistic relationship between the Soviet elite and its work force. Soviet industry was plagued with high labor turnover, absenteeism, heavy drinking, and slow work. Don Filtzer explains how this encouraged the system's eventual collapse.

Unions against revolution - G. Munis

A critique of trade and syndicalist unions from a communist perspective by G. Munis.

Towards a political economy of Stalinism

Paul B.Smith reviews Hillel Ticktin's book: Origins of the Crisis in the USSR: Essays on the Political Economy of a Disintegrating System (from Radical Chains no.4)

Hillel Ticktin was probably the only theorist to predict that the USSR would disintegrate and one of the few who made an attempt to understand its laws by returning to Marx's critique of political economy. For this reason his work has been ignored both by bourgeois sovietology and by the left. Ticktin's work makes it possible to emerge from a theoretical wilderness of competing definitions of the USSR - 'degenerate workers state', 'state capitalist', 'bureaucratic collectivist' …

Political Economy of a Disintegrating Stalinism by Hillel Ticktin

putin

A Marxist analysis of Putin's Russia.