Third Camp Marxism

Socialism, the hope of humanity (1945)

Submitted by dalcassian on 11 April, 2016 - 8:59 Author: Max Shachtman

What Do the Socialists Want? What is socialism? The simplest way to find the answer to these questions is to ask yourself: "What do I want? What do the tens of millions like me throughout the world want?" Everyone has different tastes, different ambitions, different hopes. But almost all are agreed in wanting durable peace in a world free of the scourge of war; security and prosperity in place of unemployment and low standards of living; freedom and equality in place of special privileges, special rights and special powers for the minority, in place of the rule of the many by the few.

A political primer by an American coalminer (1941)

Submitted by dalcassian on 3 December, 2014 - 11:49 Author: STANLEY OZIENGIELEWSKI (Unemployed Pennsylvania Coal Miner)

Q. What is Americanism?

A. To different people it means different things; to Congressman Dies,*
bankers, manufacturers, land-owners, merchants, all sorts of exploiters, layers, politicians and flim-flam artists it means prosperity, life of pleasure and high culture; to the labourer it means bleeding, sweating, and being killed on the job and always in need of the essentials of life at home, and when out of a Job it means going fhungry, naked, with no roof over his head and rotting alive without medical assistance.

Q What is Democracy? .

Atomic Energy: for Barbarism or Socialism? A Socialist Manifesto From the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

Submitted by dalcassian on 16 October, 2013 - 8:26

A comprehensive Trotskyist response to the new age which opened with the American atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. It was published in Labor Action, New York, at the end of 1945.

"The impact of the bomb was so terrific that practically all living things, human and animal, were literally seared to death by the tremendous heat and pressure engendered by the blast." - From a Tokyo broadcast describing the result of the atomic bomb dropped by a Superfortress on Hiroshima.

What the Workers Party Stands For: Max Shachtman Testifies (1949)

Submitted by dalcassian on 28 December, 2016 - 3:57

Max Shachtman, national chairman of the Workers Party, before the Loyalty Board of the United States Department of Commerce, on January 14 1949.

MAX SHACHTMAN was called as a witness, was duly sworn, and testified as follows:


By Chairman Short:

Q. Will you state your full name to the reporter?

A. Max Shachtman.

By Mr. Migdal:

Q. Mr. Shachtman, will you identify yourself please, for the Board?

A. I am National Chairman of the Workers Party.

Q. Do you know T.?

A. I met him this morning

CLR James on Richard Wright's Native Son, and Revolution

Submitted by dalcassian on 23 December, 2015 - 6:34 Author: CLR James

Black Bigger Thomas, native son, stifled by and inwardly rebellious against white America treatment of him, by accident murders a white girl. For him this murder is the beginning of a new life. In striking such a blow against his hated enemies, in the struggle to outwit them and evade capture, his stunted personality finds scope to expand. Before he is sentenced to death, the sincere efforts of two white Communists to save him teach him that all whites are not his enemies, that he is not alone, that there is a solidarity of all the oppressed.

Matt Merrigan on Ireland in Labor Action, 1955-7

Submitted by AWL on 26 June, 2014 - 5:04

Matt Merrigan was a member of the small Irish Trotskyist group in the 1940s, and a socialist all his life. He eventually became president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and died in 2000. (Click here for a short biography.)

In the mid-50s, for a while, he wrote reports on Ireland for Labor Action, the paper of the Independent Socialist League of Max Shachtman, Hal Draper, and others in the USA.

Independent Socialism and US 'Subversive' Lists: Hal Draper Testifies (1949)

Submitted by dalcassian on 5 January, 2017 - 7:35 Author: Hal Draper

On July 11, 1949, the Board of Regents of New York State held a hearing in Albany for the purpose of determining a list of "subversive organizations" in accordance with the Feinberg Law, passed by the state legislature to bar from the schools any teacher belonging to such an organization.

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