Trotskyism

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After Trotskyism, what? Some personal thoughts
Azizi, Arash
Article
2016
Arash Azizi had been a member the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) for more than seven years. Recently Azizi left the organization. He outlines his decision to leave in this esssay at the request ...
Against Sectarianism: The Challenge of the Labor Party
Shier, W.; Levi, A., Jennings, J.
Article
1974
Members of the Socialist League argue that Trotskyist-socialists should continue to work within the NDP with the goal of winning the ranks of the NDP to a socialist program.
The Age of Permanent Revolution: A Trotsky Anthology
Deutscher, Isaac
Book
A collection of writings by Leon Trotsky.
Anti-War Movement's Strange Allies: Hard Line Islamists: Canada's progressive Muslims wonder why left would embrace theocrats
Glavin, Terry
Article
2006
Canada's anti-war movement has become not only the primary vehicle for an obscure, formerly left-wing group that attacks anyone who opposes Shariah courts in Canada, it's also now the main source of p...
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.
B.J. Widick, 1910-2008: Against The Current vol. 136
Wald, Alan
Article
2008
On June 28, 2008, Branko J. Widick, known to everyone as “B.J.” or “Jack,” died at age 97 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Widick was a prominent figure in the history of U.S. Trotskyism and above all in the u...
Broué, Pierre - Writings - Index
Broué, Pierre
Article
Writings of Pierre Broué (1926 – 2005).
Building Working-Cass Opposition to Stalin's Dictatorship?: The Trotskyist Opposition, 1927-1940
Marot, John
Article
1996
A review of Tony Cliff's book Trotsky, 1927-1940. In Cliff's view, the Trotskyist movement in the USSR was not so much destroyed by Stalin as much as it collapsed under the weight of its own fundament...
Camejo Peter - Writings - Index
Camejo, Peter
Article
Writings of Peter Camejo (1939-2008).
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
A Classic Study Revisited: Against The Current vol. 143
Horn, Gerd-Rainer
Article
2009
Pierre Broué (1926-2005) was one of the few Trotskyist historians who carved out a niche in academia, though this career choice had to overcome many obstacles. Coming of age at a time in France when t...
Communist League (Canada): Connexipedia: Entry in NationMaster Encyclopedia
Article
Founded as the Revolutionary Workers League/Ligue Ouvrière Révolutionnaire in 1977 as the result of a merger of the League for Socialist Action, the Revolutionary Marxist Group and the Groupe Marxiste...
The Contradiction of Trotsky
Lefort, Claude
Article
1948
It was worth examining carefully Trotsky's attitude at the dawn of Stalinism, for it enables us to elucidate the (theoretical) policy to which he adhered until his death. I have said that Trotsky repr...
Defender of the Movement: Albert Goldman for the Defense
Article
2011
A profile of the radical lawyer.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Documents of the Fourth International: The Formative Years (1933-1940)
Reisner, Will (ed.)
Book
1973
Documents from conferences of the Left Opposition and its successors leading up to the founding conference of the Fourth International.
Encyclopedia of Trotskyism Online
Website
Documents on the history of Trotskyism and the Fourth International.
Ernest Mandel's Late Capitalism
Mattick, Paul
Article
1972
50 Years of World Revolution: An International Symposium
Mandel, Ernest (ed.)
Book
1968
An selection of essays from a Trotksyist perspective.
Fourth International: Connexipedia Article
Article
An international Trotskyist communist organisation which opposes both capitalism and Stalinism.
From 1960s New Left to Trotskyism: Recollections of a Participant
Coleman, Diana
Article
2011
What I am going to do today is talk about the 1960s—the last time there was serious social struggle in the U.S.—and why some of us concluded that struggle, even quite militant struggle, is not enough.
Martin and Jessie Glaberman Collection: Papers, 1939-2001
Glaberman, Martin & Jessie
Unclassified
The papers of the Marxist radicals Martin Glaberman and Jessie Glaberman, now housed at Wayne State University.
Hallas, Duncas - Writings - Index
Hallas, Duncan
Article
Writings of Duncas Hallas (1925-2002).
The Hero' of Kronstadt Writes History: Review of The Revolution Betrayed
Mattick, Paul
Article
1937
It is only necessary to reflect on the paramount role which Trotsky played in the first thundering years of Bolshevik Russia to understand why he cannot admit that the Bolshevik revolution was only ab...
The History of American Trotskyism: From Its Origins (1928) to the Founding of the Socialists Workers Party (1938): Report of a Participant
Cannon, James P.
Book
1944
Trotskyist leader Cannon recounts the early history of the Trotskyist movement in the United States.
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...
James, C.L.R. - Writings - Index
James, C.L.R.
Article
Writings of C.L.R. James (1901-1989).
The Left and the Jihad
Halliday, Fred
Article
2006
The left was once the principal enemy of radical Islamism. So how did old enemies become new friends?
Levi, Paul - Writings - Index
Levi, Paul
Article
Writings of Paul Levi (1886-1930).
Living socialism, The experience of the eighties: New Internationalist November 1985
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1985
Discussion focusing on the challenges of living a socialist life in modern times. Political commitments to meeting people's needs can be more rhetoric than reality. "How can socialism maintain its ide...
A Mandel for All Seasons: Against The Current vol. 142
Wald, Alan
Article
2009
The German New Left activist Rudi Dutshcke declared just prior to his death in 1979 that his friend Ernest Mandel “continues to surprise and yet remains the same.” Dutshcke’s appraisal draws attentio...
Mandel's Economics
Mattick, Paul
Article
1969
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.
Marxism and Freedom: From 1776 to Today
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1958
Dunayevskaya argues that Marx's theory is the generalisation of the instinctive striving of the proletariat for a new social order, a truly human society.
Morris Slavin: 1913-2006: Against The Current vol. 124
Phelps, Christopher
Article
2006
Morris Slavin, a historian of the French Revolution and one of the last remaining veterans of the American Trotskyist movement of the early 1930s, died on February 6 in Denver, Colorado, at the age of...
My Life
Trotsky, Leon
Book
1930
Trotsky's autobiography, published in 1930.
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...
Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel; Cohn-Bendit, Gabriel
Book
1968
An account of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, positing a left radical alternative to the encrusted beliefs of the old left and the right. A comment on power, on bureaucracy, and on the paths to libera...
The Party: Volume 1: The Sixties, A Political Memoir: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988
Sheppard, Barry
Book
2005
Barry Sheppard was a member of the US Socialist Workers Party for 28 years, and a central leader for most of that time. This is the first of two volumes recounting his life in the party.
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.
The Permanent Revolution & Results and Prospects
Trotsky, Leon
Book
1931
A re-issue of two of Trotsky's works, Results and Prospcts, and The Permanent Revolution.
Politics Past
Macdonald, Dwight
Book
1958
A collection of essays by Dwight Macdonald.
The Program of the Minority
James, C.L.R.; Dunayevskaya, Raya; et al
Article
1946
Statement of the minority in the (U.S.) Workers Party.
Raids and Reconstructions: Essays on Politics, Crime, and Culture
Enzensberger, Hans Magnus
Book
1976
A collection of essays on culture and poltics.
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Report of the Siberian Delegation
Trotsky, Leon
Article
1903
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...
Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934
Palmer. Bryan D.
Book
2013
A book on the Teamster's strike of 1934.
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
The Russian Enigma: Lenin, Also...: Chapter 9 of Book 3 of The Russian Enigma, cut by the publisher of the original 1938 version
Ciliga, Ante
Article
1938
Chapter 9 of Book 3 of Ante Ciliga's The Russian Enigma originally published as In The Land of The Great Lie. The book details Ciliga's time spent in Soviet Prisons and 'isolaters' following his arres...
Situationist International Anthology
Knabb, Ken
Book
1981
A selection of Situationist writings.
Six Red Months in Russia: An Observers Account of Russia Before and During the Proletarian Dictatorship
Bryant, Louise
Book
1918
Louise Bryant's account of her time in Russia during the revolution 1917-1918.
A Slice of Socialist History: Against The Current vol. 121
Fried, Frank; Rodney, Lester
Article
2006
The following correspondence sheds light on a lesser-known period in U.S. socialist history during the 1950s. Frank Fried was a member of the Socialist Union, led by Bert Cochran, following the “Cochr...
The Socialist League and the Struggle for a Socialist Canada
Article
1974
The Socialist League is a democratic centralist organization which views its main tasks as gathering cadres for the future mass revolutionary party.
The Socialist Register 1975: Volume 12: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
The Socialist Register 1976: Volume 13: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1978: Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
The Socialist Register 1980: Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Socialist Register 1989: Volume 25: Revolution Today. Aspirations and Realities
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
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 ...
State, power and bureaucracy
Gordon, Tom
Article
2016
The theory of bureaucratic state capitalism in Russia and elsewhere characterises the International Socialist Tendency and distinguishes us from most other Marxist parties worldwide. So a study of the...
Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties
Ali, Tariq
Book
1987
Tariq Ali takes readers through the fortunes of the British anti-war movement and the other political movements of the Sixties.
SWP: Long March to Oblivion - Book Review: Against The Current vol. 160
Finkel, David
Article
2012
Book review of 'The Party: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988. A Political Memoir. Volume 2: Interregnum, Decline and Collapse, 1973-1988' by Barry Sheppard.
Theory and Practice of Idealism in Trotskyism and the ISO
Roger D., Rachel M., Adrienne J., Christine D., Andy L. and Brian B
Article
2013
We have come to conclusions there is a theoretical underpinning to the problems we (and others) experienced in the ISO, such as continually erroneous perspectives which rarely were assessed, a leaders...
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.
Leon Trotsky
Mattick, Paul
Article
1940
Trotsky's works, and most of all his History of the Russian Revolution, will immortalize his name as a writer and politician. But there is a real need to oppose the development of the Trotsky legend w...
Trotsky, Leon - Writings - Index
Trotsky, Leon
Article
Writings of Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).
Trotsky Protests Too Much
Goldman, Emma
Book
1938
Leon Trotsky is outraged that people should have revived the Kronstadt 'episode' and ask questions about his part. It does not occur to him that those who have come to his defence against his detracto...
Trotsky Reconsidered: Claude Lefort's Perspective
Garvey, John
Article
2013
In spite of all the ink spilled that says the opposite, Trotsky may have been closer to Stalin than he was to Lenin. That’s the argument made by Claude Lefort (one of the leading members of Socialisme...
Trotskyism
Binh, Pham
Article
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...
Trotskyism in the United States 1940-47 Balance Sheet: The Workers Party and the Johnson-Forest Tendency
Book
1947
The Johnson-Forest tendency presented this balance sheet of Trotskyism in the United States for its co-thinkers at home and abroad who shared the program and principles of the Fourth International.
What happened to the SWP (U.S.)?: Recent memoirs stir discussion
Goodwin, Dayne
Article
2011
The goal of socialist political cadres must be the development of a broad team leadership working together in a democratically functioning organization, practically united in strategic perspective and...

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Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
International Bolshevik Tendency
The International Bolshevik Tendency (IBT) is a revolutionary socialist organization founded by former cadres of the international Spartacist tendency. We urgently seek to participate in a process of ...
League for the Fifth International
The replacement by of capitalist production for profit by socialist production, planned to satisfy human need can be accomplished only by a socialist revolution and the smashing of the capitalist stat...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Marxsite
Trotskyist-leaning site with a relatively broad range of resources.
Resistance MP3
Left-wing political audio recordings of talks and discussions, primarily from a Trotskyist or neo-Trotskyist perspective, but also including some clips from speeches by people like Martin Luther King ...
Socialist Action
To educate and organize in favour of the socialist transformation of Canada and the world, to build a revolutionary party of working women and men to fight for a world without racism, sexism, war, exp...
Socialist History Project
Documenting the socialist tradition in Canada. Primarily Trotskyist.
Trotskyist League
Works to build a revolutionary internationalist workers party to fight for socialist revolution.
Workers' Vanguard
Newspaper of the International Communist Leage (Fourth Internationalist).

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Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Braverman, Harry (Harry Frankel) - Writings - Index
Braverman, Harry
Article
Writings of Harry Braverman (aka Harry Frankel) (1920-1976).
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
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, ...