Trotskyism

The International Communist League on Roman Polanski

An absolutely appalling article from the Trotskyist Spartacist League in support of convicted child rapist film director Roman Polanski. We completely disagree with the article but reproduce it as evidence of their sexist, pro-child abuse, rape-denying views. Trigger warning for sexual violence.

Workers Hammer No. 209

Winter 2009-2010

Down with age of consent laws!

Standing fast: a novel - Harvey Swados

Harvey Swados' fictional story of a group of socialists and their lives from the dawn of USA's involvement in World War II to the Kennedy assasination. More or less based on the Worker's Party of Max Shachtman, C.L.R. James, Raya Dunayevskaya and Stan Weir.

An open letter to I.S. comrades - Solidarity

An open letter to I.S. comrades

“On the relations between types of revolutionary organisation and the types of society they are likely to bring about.” Issued as a Solidarity pamphlet in 1968 and 1972.

transcribers introduction

A Leninist vanguard party dying in a foreign land: 1956: the fading revolution

Part of an apparently unfinished work on the "vanguard party" experience, Stan Weir writes about a weekend with Max Shachtman, as the Hungarian Revolution was happening.

Originally appeared in Against the Current (September/October 1992)
Also appears in 'Singlejack Solidarity'
Scanned by Juan Conatz
Provided by Workers Solidarity Alliance archives in New York

Power to the people, not politicians! A critique of socialist electoralism

Statement from the Minnesota Local Collective of First of May Anarchist Alliance regarding the Socialist Alternative campaign for City Council in Minneapolis. SA seems poised to make some electoral breakthroughs in Seattle and Minneapolis where they may score over 40% of the vote and conceivably even win seats in city government. This prospect has caused quite a bit of discussion on the Left which is likely to only increase after the election.

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Against the IWW series part 2: The IWW (1955) by James P Cannon

The second in Recomposition's series at looking at some of the arguments against the IWW. James P Cannon argues that the Russian Revolution made the IWW irrelevant and out of touch.

In this series, we want to present some of the arguments against the IWW (present and historical). The debates around the strategy of the IWW have a way of repeating themselves both in practice and in the labor movement. How should dissident unions relate to existing unions? What role do ideas play in labor organizations? What is the best use of our energy at work?

Left for dead

A defiant communist faces the firing squad in Munich, 1919

In this piece @Aut_Omnia discusses the death of "the left" and the potential for the rebirth of the real movement.

The left is fucked. It has no present, no future and no hope.

The guillotine at work, part 1: the Leninist counter-revolution

Originally published in 1940 in two parts, this is the (partly eyewitness) account of the Leninist terror inflicted upon Russia during the revolution after 1917.

Exiled, he wrote this incredible volume. Over the course of nearly 400 pages, he recounts not only the Leninist terror and reaction against the popular revolution, but shows how the actions of Stalin followed deliberately in his master, and mentor's footsteps.

Maurice Brinton interview (1990)

Interview with Chris Pallis (aka Maurice Brinton) produced by Agora International during the Cerisy Colloquium. He talks about the importance of Cornelius Castoriadis’ (aka Paul Cardan)’s ideas in his break from Trotskyism, and the ‘Solidarity’ group, of which he was the most prominent member.

Source: Agora International

On the edges of Trotskyism - some of the ones who left the SWP

Some notes on the IS Network, formed by ex-members of the SWP, and on the ideas of Richard Seymour, one of them.

The SWP crisis is one symptom of Trotskyism on the edge. The crisis produces lots of disenchanted and disillusioned members. It would be tragic if most of these people would simply succumb to demoralization and cynicism. But there is not just Trotskyism on the edge of collapse.