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Defending Principles: The Political Legacy of Bill Brust

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Defending Principles: The Political Legacy of Bill Brust

By Jean Brust, editor
 

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Born in Budapest, Hungary during the 1919 Revolution, Bill Brust, at the age of eighteen and in the midst of the Great Depression, made a decision to fight for the working class and socialist principles. For over 53 years that choice gave meaning to his life. He died on September 15, 1991 after a short illness, still devoted to the struggle for international socialism.
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Born in Budapest, Hungary during the 1919 Revolution, Bill Brust, at the age of eighteen and in the midst of the Great Depression, made a decision to fight for the working class and socialist principles. For over 53 years that choice gave meaning to his life. He died on September 15, 1991, after a short illness, still devoted to the struggle for international socialism.

This book contains a selection of Bill Brust's articles and essays, drawn from his decades as a fighter for Trotskyism. They reflect a wide range of interests, from the struggle of the labor movement in Minnesota, where Bill made his home, to questions of history and the problems of the international working class. Edited and with an introduction by his wife and comrade, Jean Brust.

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Author Jean Brust, editor
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Jean Brust (1921-1997) spent 60 years fighting for socialism in the United States and internationally. She grew up in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, where in 1937 she joined the Young People's Socialist League, the youth movement of the American Trotskyists. She and her husband Bill worked for a time in the packinghouse industry and played important roles in the militant strikes of the late 1940s.

Jean and Bill Brust were among a handful of members of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) who remained true to the Trotskyist perspective of the political independence of the working class and refused to support the SWP's unprincipled 1963 reunification with the Pabloite United Secretariat, which opposed this perspective. In 1966 she and her husband took part in the founding of the Workers League, the American section of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

She played an important role in the struggle waged between 1982 and 1986 against the betrayal of Trotskyist principles by the Workers Revolutionary Party, which was at that time the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International. Both Jean and Bill Brust and remained politically active until the 1990s.

To read more about Jean Brust, see these tributes given to her on the tenth anniversary of her death, published on the World Socialist Web Site:

Publisher Labor Publications
Pages 268
Publication Type Paperback
ISBN 0 929087 66 6
ISSN No

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