Online Pamphlets

Castro and the Cuban revolution

Submitted by cathy n on 2 August, 2007 - 5:23

By Paul Hampton

Paul Hampton assesses Fidel Castro’s legacy — the nature of the 1959 revolution and the social and political changes Cuba is now experiencing.

The overthrow of Batista in the last days of 1958 was a popular revolution that socialists and radicals everywhere supported. Batista had made Cuba a vassal of the US and held down the Cuban working class with repression and a compliant union bureaucracy.

Communism, Stalinism and the British General Strike

Submitted by Matthew on 17 June, 2010 - 10:35 Author: Stan Crooke

By Stan Crooke
Taking its name from a union bureaucrat’s complaint about a “minority of troublemakers”, the National Minority Movement (NMM) was formally established in August 1924 as a rank-and-file trade union organisation.

The founding conference was attended by over 270 delegates, claiming to represent some 200,000 workers. It defined the “aims and objects” of the NMM as:

Leon Lesoil, Trotskyist Martyr

Submitted by dalcassian on 15 December, 2015 - 1:07 Author: Parti Communiste Revolutionnaire (Belgium, 1945)

Son of a worker, a worker himself from the age of 13, Leon Lesoil awakened to a political life during the First World War. Caught up by the wave of patriotism and chauvinism that swept over Belgium after the German invasion, he enlisted in August 1914 in the sincere belief that the war was in defense of Justice, a “war to end all wars.”

Vladimir Lenin on democracy and dictatorship

Submitted by sm on 5 April, 2007 - 2:32

Lenin called for the "dictatorship of the proletariat" as a great expansion of democracy.

By "dictatorship" he meant the rule of a class, not of a Hitler or a Stalin. This is an abridged version of Lenin's "Theses on Bourgeois Democracy and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat", adopted by the founding congress of the Communist International in March 1919. Long-forgotten contemporary references and examples have been cut.

Stalinism, the left, and beyond: a symposium

Submitted by AWL on 14 September, 2010 - 2:47 Author: Neville Alexander and others

Editorial: Sean Matgamna

Part 1 ( PDF 6.4 mb, p7-16)

Neville Alexander
Neal Ascherson
Tony Benn
Greg Benton
Robin Blackburn
Cornelius Castoriadis
Tony Chater
Vladimir Derer
Terry Eagleton
Michael Farrell
Al Glotzer

Part 2 – Boris Kagarlitsky's contribution (PDF, p18-19)

Modern Socialism (1879)

Submitted by dalcassian on 10 April, 2016 - 8:37 Author: E. Belfort Bax

There is probably no word better abused at the present moment than the word Socialism. With those to whom it expresses anything beyond anarchy and a weekly distribution of property, it is generally deemed to cover certain cut-and-dried schemes, such as St. Simonism, Fourierism, or Owenism. This, though historically correct, is actually false, in so far as the Social democrats, Communalists, or Nihilists of the Continent are concerned. Such schemes as the above have little but an historical curiosity for the majority of modern Socialists.

For or Against The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba 1961: Max Shachtman Debates Hal Draper

Submitted by AWL on 17 June, 2014 - 6:55

The dispute over attitudes to the "Bay of Pigs" invasion was the first sharp break on a big world-political issue which separated the ageing Max Shachtman from long-time co-thinkers such as Hal Draper and Julius Jacobson.

This pamphlet, published by Draper in May 1961, presents the dispute.

Click here to download pdf (which includes excerpts from the contemporary press not transcribed below, giving factual background on the invasion).

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