Third Camp Marxism

SWP/IS: history and myth

Eric Hobsbawm somewhere discusses one of the oddest conundrums in labour historiography, one paralleled now in the historiography of IS/SWP: the 20th century reputation of the Fabian Society as far-sighted pioneers of independent labour representation - the gap between what was and what is afterwards widely accepted as having been.

C L R James and Trotskyism

Born in Trinidad in 1901, he was an agitator for West Indian and African independence, and an associate of the pioneering West Indian and African nationalists; organiser of black sharecroppers in the racist Deep South of the US; a militant in the US and British Trotskyist movement; a prominent mainstream Trinidadian politician in the late 50s and early 60s; a lone, aged prophet for the generation of black militants who became active in the 60s and 70s; and author of many books and articles on a wide range of subjects.

Trotsky's widow broadcasts to the Russian workers, 1956: "New Regime of Lies—But Stalin's Old Methods"

This is Natalia Ivanovna Sedova, widow of Leon Davidovich Trotsky, speaking from Mexico City. I am addressing myself to the workers and peasants and, in the first place, to the young people in Soviet Russia. The present rulers, Khrushchev, Bulganin, Mikoyan and others, having inherited the Stalinist dictatorship, are conducting an intensive propaganda campaign so as to distract from themselves the powerful wave of dissatisfaction and hatred for the thieves of the victories of 'the proletarian revolution, a wave "which grew in your hearts.

Basis of Russian Anti-Semitism: The History and Forces Behind Stalinist Bigotry (1952)

[Between 1949 and the death of Josef Stalin in 1953, the Stalinist press all over the world kept up a tremendous barrage of ant-Semitic "anti-Zionist" propaganda. By the time Stalin died, a show trial of 5 Jewish doctors accused of poisoning leaders of the USSR, was being prepared. Mass deportation of jews, or worse, would have followed the trial. Stalin died in March 1953 and his successors called off the trial and released the accused doctors. In 1956 Stalin's successor, Nikita Kruschev, put out an account of Stalin's ingrained anti-Semitism.

Stalinist Terror: The First Sixteen Years, to the Murder of Trotsky

The Struggle Begins

THE murder of Leon Trotsky culminated an epoch. It marked the end of the epoch of Old Bolsheviks, for Leon Trotsky was the lone survivor of that grand school of revolutionary Marxists. His murder at the same time was the final personal victory of Cain Stalin, and, if any more evidence was required, of the irrevocable counter-revolutionary degeneration of his bureaucracy in the Soviet Union and therewith the Communist International.

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