Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova were also victims of Stalin and Mercader

Above: Jean van Heijenoort, Albert Goldman, Trotsky, Natalia Sedova and Jan Frankel, Mexico 1937 By John Cunningham Viva Trotsky! I just wanted to add a few comments about a dimension of the assassination [of Trotsky in 1940] that is sometimes overlooked. I am thinking of Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova, both of whom were just … Continue reading Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova were also victims of Stalin and Mercader

80 years since a Stalinist agent murdered Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was murdered by a Stalinist agent 80 years ago. He was attacked with an ice-pick on 20 August 1940, and died in hospital the day after, 21 August 1940. Trotsky was one of the chief leaders of the Russian workers' revolution of October 1917, and the foremost leader of the revolutionary socialist resistance … Continue reading 80 years since a Stalinist agent murdered Trotsky

Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), describes how early-life experiences and reading books made her a socialist, and what socialism means to her. The first of three articles. Because my parents were socialist trade unionists — they met on an anti-fascist demo — we always talked … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

150 years since Lenin’s birth: Hal Draper on “Leninology”

On the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth, we publish the late Hal Draper's masterful account of how Lenin's view of the (revolutionary) party has been widely (and often deliberately) misrepresented - especially by Stalinists. This text is reproduced from the invaluable Marxist Internet Archive: The Myth of Lenin’s “Concept of The Party” or What They … Continue reading 150 years since Lenin’s birth: Hal Draper on “Leninology”

Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

Above: Ted Knight (in middle background) with Bertrand Russell (right foreground) and Russell's secretary Ralph Schoenman (bearded, left), from The Newsletter, 25 June 1966 Click here to download as pdf By Sean Matgamna (in a supplement to the present issue of Solidarity) I am saddened by the death of Ted Knight (30 March 2020). I … Continue reading Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

Communism and philistinism: the two souls of the Comintern

Above: James P. Cannon A Long Read for the present crisis: This article, in its first version, was published at the beginning of 1975 in Permanent Revolution, the magazine of Workers' Fight, a forerunner of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL). We reprint it here to mark the importance of James P. Cannon, a resolute … Continue reading Communism and philistinism: the two souls of the Comintern

Like it or not, Stalinism remains a live force in the UK labour movement

Above: Andrew Murray and his hero By Martin Thomas Stalinism is a live political current today, and a reactionary one. The central place in the Labour Leader’s Office of Stalinists such as Seamus Milne and (until he resigned this week) Andrew Murray, and the support for the Morning Star by a number of national trade … Continue reading Like it or not, Stalinism remains a live force in the UK labour movement

50 years since troops went into Northern Ireland and the response of the UK left

A British soldier in Belfast, September 1969. In the background are local people. (AP Photo/Royle) Fifty years ago today (August 14th, 1969), the Labour home secretary James Callaghan ordered troops into Northern Ireland. This followed three days and two nights of violence in the mainly Catholic Bogside area of Derry. Trouble had also erupted in Belfast … Continue reading 50 years since troops went into Northern Ireland and the response of the UK left

Zionism and the Left, from Arendt to Chomsky

Barry Finger reviews Susie Linfield’s book The Lions’ Den, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2019 “How has it come to this?” asks Susie Linfield. “How has ‘Zionist,’ sometimes shortened to the disparaging ‘Zio,’ become the dirtiest word to the international Left—akin, say to racist, pedophile or rapist?… “How is it that signs proclaiming … Continue reading Zionism and the Left, from Arendt to Chomsky

Matgamna: Corbyn is reactionary on Europe

Above: Corbyn with his pro-Brexit Stalinist adviser Seumas Milne By Sean Matgamna Labour’s victory in the Peterborough by-election on 6 June was of course good news. It was also bad news. It seemed to vindicate the Labour leadership’s political cloak-work and shilly-shallying on the EU. In the 2016 referendum Labour fought Brexit. Now, behind the … Continue reading Matgamna: Corbyn is reactionary on Europe