At last, seventy years after its first publication in French and half a century after the first abridged English translation, we have the Victor Serge’s fantastic Memoirs of a Revolutionary in full. Around one-eighth of the 1963 edition was trimmed by nearly two hundred cuts under duress from the publishers. This new unexpurgated edition has been restored by George Paizis and annotated by Richard Greeman. It deserves to be read by today’s generation of socialists, activists and trade unionists.
Martin Thomas discusses In Defence of Bolshevism and some other modes of politics.
This book, by way of polemics and discussions from different eras, explains what “Bolshevism” means in the field of left-wing political organising. Another way of summing it up would be: the opposite of 38 Degrees.
For three weeks in May and June 1989, the Chinese government lost control of a large part of Beijing. It lost control of its capital city to the people who live there, spearheaded by the students and workers demanding radical democratic reform.