Leninism

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The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives
Price, Wayne
Book
2007
Both Anarchists and Marxists believe that it will be possible to do away with the state. But what do they mean by that? What is the state, after all? What institutions, if any, would be necessary ...
Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies
Hutnyk, John
Book
2004
Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that's a bad assessment. After an introduction critiquing the so-called 'Marxism' of the academy, Hutnyk provides detailed...
The Betrayal of Marx
Bender, Frederic L. (ed.)
Book
1975
The public has too long been fed the view that figures such as Lenin and Stalin are genuine followers of Marx, simply because they have claimed that distinction. Nothing justifies the deeds of a perve...
Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism
Rowbotham, Sheila; Segal, Lynne; Wainright, Hilary
Book
1979
A call for various fractions of the left to unite and work for a socialism through grass-roots activism.
The Bolsheviks and Workers' Control: The State and Counter-Revolution
Brinton, Maurice
Book
1970
A pamphlet exposing the struggle that took place over the running of workplaces in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution. In doing so not only does it demolish the romantic Leninist "histo...
Bolshevism and Stalinism
Mattick, Paul
Article
1947
From any view that goes beyond the capitalist system of exploitation, Stalinism and Trotskyism are both relics of the past.
Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution
Woods, Alan
Article
1999
An in-depth analysis of the history of Bolshevism and the many programmatic, tactical and organisational lessons to be drawn from that history.
The Canadian Left: A Critical Analysis
Penner, Norman
Book
1977
The main focus of the book is the emergence and development of Canadian socialist thought. Penner examines the origins of the Communist Party of Canada and its ideological base and the beginings and d...
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Everything you wanted to know about sects but were afraid to ask
Higgins, Jimmie
Article
1978
We would rather fight for what we want (even if we don#t get it in our lifetime) than fight for what we don't want ... and get it.
Facing Reality
James, C.L.R., Lee, Grace C., Chaulieu, Pierre
Book
1958
Inspired by the October 1956 Hungarian workers' revolution against Stalinist oppression, as well as the U.S. workers' "wild-cat" strikes (against capital and the union bureaucracies), the authors look...
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Fourth International: Connexipedia Article
Article
An international Trotskyist communist organisation which opposes both capitalism and Stalinism.
From Lenin to Stalin
Serge, Victor
Book
1937
A fascinating, first-hand account of the Stalinist takeover in Russia.
Germany's lost Bolshevik: Paul Levi revisited: A review of David Fernbach (ed), In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Writings by Paul Levi
Zehetmair, Sebastian
Article
2012
Paul Levi’s name is almost unknown today outside a small community of specialised historians. But in the years 1919 and 1920 he was well known in Germany and abroad as the chair of the young Communist...
Gramsci's Marxism
Boggs, Carl
Book
1976
Carl Boggs introduces Gramsci as one of the first marxist theorists to grapple with the problems of revolutionary change in advanced capitalist society and as the first to identify the importance of t...
The Invading Socialist Society
James, C.L.R.; Forest, F. [Raya Dunayevskaya]; Stone, Ria [Grace Lee Boggs]
Book
1947
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 struggl...
"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder
Lenin, V. I.
Book
1918
Lenin's repsonse to ultraleftists who advocate 'no compromises' and refuse to work in 'reactionary' trade unions and parliamentary elections.
Lenin
Lih, Lars T.
Book
2011
Lenin and the Vanguard Party
James, C.L.R.
Article
1963
To believe that Bolshevism, or to be more precise, Leninism, would under the circumstances advocate or preach the theory of the vanguard party is to continue slander of Leninism, but not to his theory...
Lenin as Philosopher
Pannekoek, Anton
Book
1938
Since the importance of Lenin's philosophy is so strongly emphasised in Leninist organizations, it is necessary to make it the subject of a serious critical study. The doctrine of Party-Communism of t...
Lenin as Philosopher: Some additional remarks to Anton Pannekoek's recent criticism of Lenin's book Materialism and Empirio-Criticism
Korsch, Karl
Article
1938
Both in his revolutionary materialist philosophy and m his revolutionary jacobinic politics, Lenin hid from himself the historical truth that his Russian revolution, in spite of a temporary attempt to...
Lenin in 1917
Serge, Victor
Article
1924
The Lenin Legend
Mattick, Paul
Article
1935
For Lenin, socialism was in the last instance merely a kind of state-capitalism.
Lenin On The Need For Political Compromise
Riggins, Thomas
Article
2013
Considering the nature of compromises and how to deal with them.
Lenin, Vladimir - Writings - Index
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
Article
Leninism Under Lenin
Liebman, Marcel
Book
Liebman offers a portrayal of Lenin as primarily a revolutionary, focusing both on his fallibility and successes.
Leninism vs. Debs's Socialist Party: The Communist Fight Against Black Oppression
Article
2015
Articles by Eugene Debs, written as polemics against racists within the Socialist Party, are eloquent in defending black people against racism, in calling for working-class unity across racial lines a...
The Leninist Facade
Wallace, Leonard
Article
1979
In direct oppostion to what Marx advocated, the Bolsheviks tried to institute socialism without democracy. The damage to the socialist movement resulting from this was immense.
Listen, Marxist!
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1969
Murray Bookchin takes on the 'Marxist-Leninists' who are destroying the New Left.
Luxemburg versus Lenin
Mattick, Paul
Article
1935
On many essential points the conceptions of Luxemburg differ from those of Lenin as day from night, or -- the same thing -- as the problems of the bourgeois revolution from those of the proletarian.
Manual for Revolutionary Leaders
Michael Velli. Compiled and edited by Lorraine and Fredy Perlman
Book
1972
A devious satire aimed at Leninists, Trotskyists, Maoists, and vanguardists of all stripes.
Mao as a Dialectician
Glaberman, Martin
Book
1968
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The Myth of Lenin's 'Concept of The Party': What They Did to What Is To Be Done?
Draper, Hal
Article
1990
Lenin protested more than once that his initial formulations in WITBD were being distorted and misinterpreted by opponents, after which he went on to clarify and modify. If we want to know Lenin's 'co...
The Myth of Lenin's 'Revolutionary Defeatism'
Draper, Hal
Article
1954
Lenin discovered in practice that the defeat-slogan was incompatible with a living Marxist approach to the problem of the defense of the nation, conceived not in the social-patriotic sense of the 'def...
Notebook of an Agitator
Cannon, James P.
Book
1958
Over 100 articles from the pen of an active participant in the events of thirty years of labor history. Cannon covers the campaigns to save Sacco and Vanzetti, the historic strikes of the 1930s, the K...
Organizational Questions of the Russian Social Democracy
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1904
Rosa Luxemburg's contribution to the debate within the Russian Social Democratic movement on party organization and democratic centralism. Luxemburg joins Trotsky in warning of the dangers inherent in...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Portugal: The Impossible Revolution?
Mailer, Phil,
Book
1977
The story of what happened in Portugal between April 25, 1974 and November 25, 1975, as seen and felt by a deeply committed participant.
Practice and Theory of Bolshevism
Russell, Bertrand
Book
1920
The Question of Stalin
Colletti, Lucio
Article
Colletti explores the contradictions of Bolshevism as the vanguard party which constructed a powerful state apparatus to manage the socialist relations of production while abandoning the development o...
Red Menace #2: Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer 1977
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
Red Menace #3: Volume 2, Number 2 - Spring 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
Red Menace #4: Volume 3, Number 1 - Winter 1979
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
Revolutionary Organisation and Open Letter to IS
Article
1972
A 1972 pamphlet incorporating two previously published texts, 'Revolutionary Organisation' (1961) and 'An Open Letter to I.S.' (1968). They are presented as "a contribution to the serious discussing n...
The Russian Revolution
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1918
The basic lesson of every great revolution, the law of its being, decrees: either the revolution must advance at a rapid, stormy, resolute tempo, break down all barriers with an iron hand and place it...
The Russian Revolution in Retreat: Against The Current vol. 136
Farber, Samuel
Article
2008
The relationship between “Leninism” and Stalinism has been a highly controversial topic between the political left and right as well as within the left itself. The “totalitarian” school of thought, hi...
SDS
Sale, Kirkpatrick
Book
1973
The rise and development of the Students for a Democratic Society, the organization that became the major expression of the American left in the 1960s -- its passage from student protest to institutio...
Situationist International Anthology
Knabb, Ken
Book
1981
A selection of Situationist writings.
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
Social Anarchism, Individualist Anarchism, the State and Leninism: A Reply to the International Socialist Organization
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2009
I take it that social or Left-anarchism and libertarian socialism are the same thing. Both stand opposed to Leninism, and both stand opposed to individualist anarchism.
The Socialist Register 1964: Volume 1: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (ed.s)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1964
The Socialist Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1974: Volume 11: A survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
The Socialist Register 1975: Volume 12: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
The Socialist Register 1978: Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Society of the Spectacle
Debord, Guy
Book
1967
An analysis of modern society and how it can be changed, written in the form of 221 theses. The first thesis reads: "In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an ...
The State and Revolution
Lenin, V. I.
Book
1917
Lenin on the Marxist view of the state and revolution.
The Transitional Program: The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International
Trotsky, Leon
Book
1938
Leon Trotsky's program for the founding of the Fourth International.
Trotskyism and the vanguard party
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1974
One of the most consistent achievements of the Trotskyists over the years has been to drive people away from radical politics. The number of burned-out and alienated ex-Trotskyists greatly exceeds the...
The Unknown Dimension: European Marxism Since Lenin
Howard, Dick, Klare, Karl E.
Book
1972
The radical intellectual tradition of European post-Leninist Marxism, so different from the dogma of the orthodox leftist parties, is an unknowwn dimension. This anthology sets out to recover this Mar...
Vanguard, Vanguard, Who's Got the Vanguard?
Schneider, Michael
Article
1972
A critique of Leninist vanguard-party theories and practice, especially as manifested in the new left groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Published in the May 1972 and August 1972 issues of Libe...
What Happened to Better Read Graphics?
Article
1976
Four members of the Better Read Graphics collective (identified only by their initials) explain the political differences which led the collective to decide to dissolve in the summer of 1976.
Why the Leninists will lose
Dunnington, C.
Article
1978
The Leninist groups may still have the ability to disrupt the left, but they are long past the point of being able to achieve any kind of success in their own right.
Why the Leninists Will Win
Clark, Ed
Article
1977
Clark argues that the failure of the libertarian left to take organizing seriously makes it likely that capitalism will be overthrown by Leninists who will preside over a social system as undemocratic...

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Center for Socialist History
A non-profit corporation founded to promote research and publication in the field of the history of socialism. We strongly believe that (to paraphrase) socialists who don't know their own history are doomed to repeat all the old m...
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The International Situation
World United Front & Proletarian Revolution
Article
1977
These Canadian Marxist-Leninists distinguish themselves from those who they perceive as betrayers of the working class -- namely the Communist Party of Canada and other "phoney" communists. In this p...
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Radical America - Volume 4, No. 6 - September - October 1970
Special Lenin-Hegel Issue
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Radical America - Volume 4, Number 6
Special Lenin-Hegel Issue - Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...