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The Third International and Its Place in History

Written: 15 April, 1919 First Published: Published in May 1919; Published according to the manuscript. Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 4th English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1972 Volume 29, pages 305-313 Written: V. I. Lenin Translated: George Hanna   The imperialists of the Entente countries are blockading Russia in an effort to cut off the Soviet Republic, as a...

On Strikes

By Vladimir I. Lenin   In recent years, workers’ strikes have become extremely frequent in Russia. There is no longer a single industrial gubernia in which there have not occurred several strikes. And in the big cities strikes never cease. It is understand able, therefore, that class-conscious workers and socialists should...

1917-2017: Lenin’s April Theses – A Scandalous Text for Old and New Reformists

"It's a delusion, it's the delirium of a madman!" - (A. Bogdanov, Menshevik, referring to Lenin’s April Theses) By Francesco Ricci.   It is April 3, 1917 (April 16 of our calendar) when the so-called 'sealed train' that houses Lenin, Zinoviev, Krupskaya, Inessa Armand, Radek and others arrives at the Finland Station. To...

The Issue of the Party and the Revolutionary Movement

The women in the Bolshevik party and the relevance of the resolutions of the Third International. By Laura Sguazzabia.   Despite the millennial customs that left women in passivity and obedience, in Russia, the contribution of the female proletariat to the revolution was strong and determining. This active participation was expressed in...

The Matter of Family in the Russian Revolution

When we talk or think about family, the model that comes to mind is a house with father, mother and children, each with specific roles considered as natural. For women, that means domestic work, monogamy and a situation of inferiority in relation to their husbands. This is a model...

Why Stalinism Collapsed

Bill Hunter - 1993. Originally published @ Socialist Voice #26.   Gorbachev, who became general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, began Perestroika and Glasnost, proclaimed as “restructuring” and “openness”, and introduced profound changes in economic practice, internal affairs and international relations. The changes were meant...

100 Years Of The Russian Revolution: Dual Power

Chapter 11 - The History of the Russian Revolution Volume One: The Overthrow of Tzarism Leon Trotsky. Source: www.marxists.org   What constitutes the essence of a dual power?  We must pause upon this question, for an illumination of it has never appeared in historic literature. And yet this dual power is a distinct condition of social crisis,...

Questions on Revolutionary Party Organization – Part 4

Stalinism As a product of the civil war -in which many thousands died- and hunger -that caused their return to the countryside-, the old Russian working class, who built the Soviets and stood under the leadership of the Bolshevik party to carry out the revolution, disappeared. This physical disappearance of...

A Letter to Trotskyists Throughout the World -1953

By James P. Cannon, 
21 October 2008 - From the 25th Anniversary Plenum of the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party. To All Trotskyists: Dear Comrades: On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Trotskyist movement in the United States, the Plenum of the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party...

Testament of Leon Trotsky

My high (and still rising) blood pressure is deceiving those near me about my actual condition. I am active and able to work but the outcome is evidently near. These lines will be made public after my death.   I have no need to refute here once again the stupid and...

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