Democracy & State > Stalinism

Dead Russians

12 Mar 2009

Jack Conrad defends Lenin and Trotsky, and issues a health warning about Arthur Scargill, George Galloway, Robert Griffiths and others who want to forget, belittle or maintain silence over the crimes of Stalin

Forgive us our trespasses

21 Apr 2022

Establishment celebrations of the Kinder Scout mass trespass of 1932 brush over its communist politics. Lawrence Parker puts the record straight

Cementing US control

10 Mar 2022

Mike Macnair spoke to Online Communist Forum on the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s historic week-long visit to China

Away with comforting delusions

10 Mar 2022

‘Official communism’ is bitterly divided over the Ukraine war. Paul Demarty traces the battle lines back to their origins

SUPPLEMENT: Many were the dead

24 Feb 2022

There are still those who play down or make light of the slaughter that took place in the Soviet Union under Stalin. Indeed organisations such as the CPB’s Young Communist League, George Galloway’s Workers Party and the CPGB (Marxist-Leninist) boast of a recent growth of recruits. Jack Conrad looks at the Soviet Union as a mode of mortality

The future that ended

16 Dec 2021

Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the causes and consequences still elude most of the left, writes Paul Demarty

A Stalinist school of development?

02 Dec 2021

Paul Flewers looks back at the flawed but insightful theory of state collectivism presented by John Fantham and Moshé Machover in the late 1970s

Lamb dressed as mutton

18 Mar 2021

Lawrence Parker reviews 'A centenary for socialism: Britain’s Communist Party 1920-2020' by the Communist Party of Britain, edited by Mary Davis

Stalin as historian

23 Jul 2020

David Brandenberger has painstakingly studied the writing and editing of the famous Short course. Khrushchev’s account of Stalin simply wanting to feed his own personality cult is badly misleading

Marx’s vision

08 Aug 2019

In his second article, Nick Rogers concludes that there is no basis in the writing of Marx for Lenin’s schema of socialism and communism. Marx wrote no blueprints for how the future society should be organised.

Lenin’s misreading of Marx

02 Aug 2019

In the first of a two-part article, Nick Rogers claims that Lenin’s "The state and revolution" introduced the concept of socialism and communism as two different forms of post-capitalist society. His contention is that this established a “framework” that in the 20th century was abused to “justify Stalinist practice”.

Reclaiming democratic centralism

23 May 2019

One of the major issues raised by the Renewal Faction of America’s now liquidated ISO was the managerial regime that underpins the Cliffite tradition internationally. But there is bureaucratic centralism and democratic centralism. Mike Macnair continues his investigation

Commitment and collectivity

28 Feb 2019

René Gimpel continues his examination of the conflict between Jean-Paul Sartre’s political and philosophical passions

Individualism or class struggle?

21 Feb 2019

René Gimpel examines the philosophical and political development of Jean-Paul Sartre, and his fraught relationship with the French Communist Party

Stalinophiles and ignoramuses

24 Jan 2019

Rex Dunn examines a selection of fiction that deals with Stalinism and anti-Stalinism

Not social democracy

27 Sep 2018

Jack Conrad argues that the SACP is best understood in terms of ‘official communism’ and a tradition that dates back to the 7th Congress of Comintern

1 2 3 ... 9 10 11 >