Tag Archives: Stalinism

The Berlin Wall comes down as power lay in the streets

On 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall was pulled down in dramatic scenes. In the latest of our series marking the events of 1989 in Eastern Europe, Ingmar Meinecke of SAV (German section of the CWI-majority), who as a teenager participated in these events, explains what happened.   “Dear friends, fellow citizens, it is as if one has opened the windows ...

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Review: The Socialist Manifesto

Published by: Verso Books, 2019 In this year’s State of the Union address, Donald Trump stated that “America will never be a socialist country.” More recently, he declared that he will be running in 2020 to fight a “socialist takeover.” Why, all of a sudden, do we have this anti-socialist rhetoric? Because socialist ideas are making a comeback! A recent ...

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Collapse of the Soviet bloc 1989

Revolutionary movement with counter-revolutionary consequences Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa ( sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Russia) This article is the first in a series to commemorate the events of 1989 In Poland, on the 13th September 1989, the ‘Solidarnosc’ trade union, after winning an overwhelming majority in an election, formed the first ‘non-communist’ government in the former ...

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Review: Leon Trotsky’s “In Defence of Marxism”

Leon Trotsky’s In Defense of Marxism is a book every Marxist needs to study. It’s a collection of letters and key documents from a sharp debate within the Socialist Workers Party in the US in 1939-40. It’s a very rich book, on application of Marxist theory in a rapidly changing world – Stalinism in the Soviet Union, fascism in power ...

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Hong Kong’s one million march – political strike is the way forward

Protests escalate as government refuses to bend over extradition law Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) One million marchers on June 9 vented their anger and defiance against the government’s proposed amendments to the extradition law. It was the biggest demonstration in Hong Kong since the handover to Chinese rule, matched only by the demonstration in June 1989 immediately ...

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50 years on- The real history of the Prague Spring

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring when the rule of Stalinism in Czechoslovakia and in the entire  “Eastern Bloc” was threatened. Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Mick Barry looks at the lessons of these explosive events. On August 20 1968, 250,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 2000 tanks invaded Czechoslovakia under the direction of the Soviet ...

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Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois (Secretary of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated) An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the ...

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Below is an editorial from Socialism Today, the monthly magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales on the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Throughout the year the Socialist Party will be producing articles on this momentous event including its impact on Ireland.  The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. The 1917 revolution stands out ...

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Hungary 1956: Revolt against Stalinism

‘Hungary ’56’ was the most dramatic uprising against Stalinist dictatorship. Weeks of fearless street battles and countrywide general strike action temporarily broke the machinery of totalitarian rule. The heroism, combativity, resourcefulness and humanity of the students and workers matched those of the Paris Communards of 1871 – who, in Marx’s words, ‘stormed heaven’ – and of the Bolshevik workers and ...

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Review: The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky was one of the 20th century’s key figures: co-leader of the Russian revolution and tireless fighter against Stalin’s counter-revolution. Assassinated in 1940, he defended the ideas of democratic socialism to the end – against both capitalist exploitation and Stalinist dictatorship. The timely republication of an important biography is a chance for a new generation to discover what Trotsky stood ...

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