The Invading Socialist Society

James, C.L.R.; Forest, F. [Raya Dunayevskaya]; Stone, Ria [Grace Lee Boggs]
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http://www.marxists.org/archive/james-clr/works/1947/invading/index.htm

Year Published:  1947  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6340

History has shown that in moments of great social crisis, its farthest flights fall short of the reality of the proletarian revolution. Never was the proletariat so ready for the revolutionary struggle, never was the need for it so great, never was it more certain that the proletarian upheaval, however long delayed, will only the more certainly take humanity forward in the greatest leap forward it has hitherto made. The periods of retreat, of quiescence, of inevitable defeats are mere episodes in the face of the absolute nature of the crisis.

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We have to draw the theoretical arrow to the head. History has shown that in moments of great social crisis, its farthest flights fall short of the reality of the proletarian revolution. Never was the proletariat so ready for the revolutionary struggle, never was the need for it so great, never was it more certain that the proletarian upheaval, however long delayed, will only the more certainly take humanity forward in the greatest leap forward it has hitherto made. The periods of retreat, of quiescence, of inevitable defeats are mere episodes in the face of the absolute nature of the crisis. Wrote Marx in 1851,

Proletarian revolutions ... criticize themselves constantly, interrupt themselves continually in their own course, come back to the apparently accomplished in order to begin it afresh, deride with unmerciful thoroughness the inadequacies, weaknesses and paltrinesses of their first attempts, seem to throw down their adversary only in order that he may draw new strength from the earth and rise again more gigantic before them, recoil ever and anon from the indefinite prodigiousness of their own aims, until the situation has been created which makes all turning back impossible, and the conditions themselves cry out...

Today from end to end of the world there can be no turning back. But the democratic instincts and needs of hundreds of millions of people are crying out for an expression which only the socialist revolution can give. There is no power on earth that can suppress them. They will not be suppressed.



Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter I: World War II And Social Revolution
Trotsky 1940, Germain 1947
The Historical Role of the Fourth International
The Mass Movement Today
The Communist Parties in Western Europe
The Proletarian and Revolutionary Character of the Stalinist Parties
The Bourgeois and Counter-Revolutionary Character of the Stalinist Parties
The Nature of the Party 1947

Chapter II: The State and Revolution
The Revolution Thirty Years After
The State Thirty Years After
The Communist Parties of Russia and Eastern Europe

Chapter III: Imperialism Thirty Years After
"Vast state-capitalist and Military Trusts and Syndicates"
American Imperialism
The Interweaving of Imperialist, Civil and National Wars

Chapter IV: Poland - Where All Roads Meet

Chapter V: Parties, Tendencies and Programs in the Fourth International
Sectarianism Today
Menshevism Today
Economism
The Method of Bolshevism
The Transitional Program Today
Appendix: The Political Economy of Germain

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