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These two lectures challenge the claims of right-wing historians that the demise of the Soviet Union proved (1) that the October Revolution was nothing more than a putsch that lacked significant popular support; (2) that any other effort to create a socialist society is doomed to failure; and (3) that the capitalist market is the only viable basis for human existence. Learn More
This polemical essay defends the foundations of scientific socialism against pseudo-Marxist conceptions prevalent among various philosophical tendencies influenced by the Frankfurt School and contemporary neo-utopianism. Learn More
At a time when old Stalinist lies about Trotsky are again being revived, My Life is essential reading.
This is an extraordinary work. Trotsky published this autobiography in 1930 while residing in Turkey, where Stalin had sent him into exile.
Trotsky's life is inseparably bound up with the great events of the first half of the 20th Century. Trotsky not only authored the theory of permanent revolution, which correctly anticipated the 1917 Russian Revolution, but played a key practical role. He was elected head of the Petrograd Soviet in 1905 and organized the October 1917 insurrection that brought the Bolsheviks to power. He later organized and led the Red Army in the Civil War to defend the revolution against internal and external counterrevolutionary forces.
In the annals of political literature, few works have withstood the test of time so well as Leon Trotsky's The Revolution Betrayed
. More than 70 years after its initial publication, its analysis of the structure and dynamics of Soviet society and of the Soviet Union remains unsurpassed. Learn More
In this work, Trotsky, writing from the unique vantage point of a leading participant in both the 1905 and the October 1917 revolutions, explains the historical events, socio-economic processes, and political struggles that led to the creation of the world’s first workers’ state. Learn More
A major work of original historical research, 1937
provides a detailed and penetrating analysis of the causes and consequences of Stalin's purges. Learn More
A great deal has been written over the past half-century about the Holocaust, but very little light has been shed on the causes of this historic crime. In his critique of Daniel Goldhagen's claim that the roots of genocide of European Jews were to be found in the German national psyche, David North challenges the depiction of Germany in the 1930s as an internally undifferentiated society, and the deeply pessimistic view that the triumph of fascism was inevitable. North points instead to the social roots of anti-Semitism, traces the long and honorable record of the German workers' movement led by socialists in defending the democratic rights of the Jewish people, and analyzes the reasons for the failure of the Social Democratic and Communist parties to block Hitler's rise to power. Learn More
Voronsky was an outstanding figure of post-revolutionary Soviet intellectual life, editor of the most important literary journal of the 1920s in the USSR and a supporter of Trotsky and the Left Opposition in the struggle against Stalinism. He was executed by Stalin in 1937. A defender of the "fellow traveler" writers and an opponent of the Proletarian Culture movement, Voronsky was one of the authentic representatives of classical Marxism in the field of literary criticism in the twentieth century. Learn More
The decade-long investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International into the events surrounding the assassination of Leon Trotsky in 1940 established that Joseph Hansen, long time leader of the Socialist Workers Party, which had been responsible for Trotsky's security in Mexico, was an agent of the US government. David North rebuts attempts to discredit the findings of the Security and the Fourth International Investigation. Learn More
This lecture by Bill Vann is one of seven delivered to the 1998 international symposium Marxism and the Fundamental Problems of the 20th Century by the International Committee of the Fourth International in Sydney, Australia. Learn More