History

Marxists Speak Out : Victory Day, against Nazism and Imperialism, yesterday and today

A panel with have participants from Australia, South East Asia, South Asia, East Asia, north, central and south America, and Europe was held on Saturday 14th May. The panel was entitled “Marxists Speak out: Victory Day, against Nazism and Imperialism, yesterday and today.” May 9th marked the seventieth-seventh anniversary of the surrender of the fascist […]

Read More

Diego Rivera’s memoir of Hitler: a stunning insight on the rise of fascism

The following is an a reprint of an article that appeared in Internationalist Standpoint on January 30th 2022. Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor in Germany 89 years ago today, on January 30, 1933. On this occasion, we publish a text written by the painter and left-wing activist Diego Rivera. Rivera makes recollections of his visit […]

Read More

Review: “Removing the Stalin Stain – Marxism and the working class in the 21st Century”

by Davey Heller, 25th September 2021 William Briggs has set himself an ambitious task with his book “Removing the Stalin Stain – Marxism and the working class in the 21st Century”. It is an attempt to explain why socialism has not yet overthrown capitalism, despite it lurching from crisis to crisis including World War, ecocide, […]

Read More

How one US labor council fought back against both the fascists and the bureaucrats trying to crush them.

Sometimes a seemingly arcane struggle can in reality represent an epic battle of class forces. This is the case in the struggle between the Vermont State Labor Council and the President of the National AFL-CIO Richard Trumka. Hiding behind the use of bureaucratic clauses, Trumka tried and failed to punish the only state labor council […]

Read More

Who’s who of the Australian Trotskyist movement

by Davey Heller, 29th December 2020  “The world political situation as a whole is chiefly characterized by a historical crisis of the leadership of the proletariat.” Leon Trotsky 1938 These words are as true today as they were on the eve of World War 2 and this is why understanding the history of the groups […]

Read More

A Marxist History of the Police, Part 4. Building the New Institutions of Class Rule – Crime and Imprisonment

By Stephen James Kerr Today we are publishing the fourth part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police” which  Part 1: Repression in the face of revolution, examined how the birth of the industrial working class and the tumult of the bourgeois revolutions drove the need for new forms of repression. Part 2: Experimenting […]

Read More

A Marxist History of the Police, Part Three: the crisis of the English Bourgeoisie

By Stephen James Kerr, 14th September 2020 Today we are publishing the third part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police” which examines the balance of class forces in 1820 Britain. To understand the emergence of the police, an appraisal of the relative positions of the working aristocracy, bourgeoisie and working class in British society […]

Read More

Support the Leon Trotsky House Museum Appeal

8th September 2020 An appeal for funds has been made by Leon Trotsky’s grandson, Estaban Volkov, to support the Leon Trotsky House Museum. The Museum requires urgent funds because it has been closed to the public since March because of measures taken to limit the spread of Cov-19. A significant part of the museum’s income […]

Read More

A Marxist History of Police, Part II. – Experimenting on the Irish

By Stephen James Kerr Today we are publishing the second part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police” dealing with experiments towards a police force in Ireland by Sir Robert Peel, up to the infamous Peterloo Massacre in 1819. Part 1: Repression in the face of revolution, examined how the birth of the […]

Read More

A Marxist history of the police : Part 1 – Repression in the face of revolution

by Stephen James Kerr, 10th August 2020 Today we are publishing the first part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police”. Part 1 will examine how the birth of the industrial working class and the tumult of the bourgeois revolutions drove the need for new forms of repression. Part 2 will deal with […]

Read More