Marxism Alive - Lenin
The foundation of the IV International is a historic victory of the working class PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcos Margarido - PSTU   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 02:45

Copyright: Romerito Pontes

This article was first published on the IWL-FI’s theoretical magazine, Marxism Alive n. 19, in 2009.

Seventy years after the IV International was founded, the debate as to whether it was or was not a wise decision is still as vivid as before. Not only because after all those years it has not yet turned into a massive International as Trotsky envisaged taking the II World War into consideration, but mainly so because even today many organizations use similar arguments against its reconstruction.

On the Ninetieth Anniversary of Lenin’s death: new aspects of his Testament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Francesco Ricci - PdAC   
Friday, 30 January 2015 01:45

Lenin’s last struggle, the first battle against Stalinism

In the Central Committee of October 6, 1922 Lenin was absent. Stalin presents a text that strongly limits the state monopoly on foreign trade, which is approved. A few days later Lenin sends a letter to the CC with a hard criticism of its decision. On December 13, Lenin writes to Trotsky and, realizing that their positions on this issue converge, asks him to make a battle on their behalf at the next meeting of the governing body.

88 Years Without Lenin: The Workers’ Movement Is Naturally International PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:05

The Bolshevik party was born as part of “only one entity”, the II International. In 1902 Lenin wrote:

“Social democratic movement is naturally international… That means also that a budding movement in a young country can develop successfully provided it can put into use the experience of other countries…”1

88 Years Without Lenin: Dictatorship of Proletariat and "pure" democracy. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 August 2012 21:34

Class struggle involves periods of calm and periods of turbulence, periods of relative peace and periods of insurrection. Those who admit the principle of a division of society by social class and the struggle between them must admit that a civil war is something natural.

With this understanding Lenin declared:

“The dictatorship of proletariat is the continuity of class struggle under new forms”1

88 Years Without Lenin: The State and Revolution PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonas Potyguar   
Monday, 30 July 2012 16:38

The power of the state is a fundamental issue in every revolution. The fundamental discussion hinging round this issue in the early XX century was between Lenin and Kautsky and reflected two contrary concepts.

88 Years after Lenin’s death, his message is still as operational as ever PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonas Potyguar   
Sunday, 01 July 2012 21:11

Beginning with the introduction below, we will be presenting in the next few weeks a dossier on Lenin's work, published in the ninth issue of the theoretical magazine of IWL-FI, Marxism Alive, in 2004, when it was completed 80 years of Lenin's death. The original title of this article was: "80 years after Lenin’s death, his message is still as operational as ever". 

90 Years Without Lenin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leon Trotsky   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:09

On January 21, 1924 Lenin, the great leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917, died. We present a text of Leon Trotsky, his comrade and co-leader of the Revolution, written in homage to Lenin a day after his death.

88 Years Without Lenin: A revolutionary Leninist Party or a party of affiliated sympathizers? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 01:51

The topic of construction of a revolutionary party and the discussion hinging round this pivot abound among socialists. The character of a Leninist party has been attacked from all kinds of angles.

88 years without Lenin: Insurrection and organizations of workers’ power PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 August 2012 04:16

During World War 1, while the parties of the Second International were all busy “defending their fatherland”, Lenin and the Bolsheviks were trying to transform the imperialist war into a civil war. This was the position of the Second International but it was there on paper only. But the Bolsheviks took advantage of war and the fact that an important part of the population was armed to spread agitation and propaganda for the revolution.

88 years without Lenin: Imperialism opens an epoch of wars and revolutions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonas Potyguar   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 21:36

Marx studied capitalism thoroughly but he did not live to see its transformation into imperialism. Lenin’s greatest contribution to Marxist theory is the research into and characterization of this particular, higher stage of capitalism. Practically all the great strategies of Leninism derive from this analysis of reality.