Donald Parkinson

Ghosts of Anarchist Past: a review of Kenyon Zimmer’s Immigrants Against the State - Donald Parkinson

Donald Parkinson reviews Kenyon Zimmer's Immigrants against the state: Yiddish and Italian anarchism in America.

To Hell With Democracy?

Rather than blanket rejection or blind leftist worship, communists should aim for a more nuanced position on democracy that recognizes its importance in working class organizations as well as its limitations.

Living in the shadow of Stalinism - Donald Parkinson

Communists today must grapple with the difficult realities of the USSR, a society where capitalism didn’t operate but working class rule was liquidated.

Nothing new to look at here: towards a critique of communization - Donald Parkinson

Donald Parkinson takes a look at some of the theorists under the label of ‘communization’ and takes a stab at their ideas.

Why We Need a World Party - Donald Parkinson

As a long-term goal communists should work towards a world party organized around a minimum/maximum programme that can tolerate factionalism while maintaining independence from bourgeois and reformist parties.

Sorel's reflections on violence and the poverty of voluntarism - Donald Parkinson

Article that discusses Sorel's Reflection On Violence, critiquing its voluntaristic ideas and exploring its relation to fascism.

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.