Communist Movement & Parties

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The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives
Price, Wayne
Book
2007
Both Anarchists and Marxists believe that it will be possible to do away with the state. But what do they mean by that? What is the state, after all? What institutions, if any, would be necessary ...
After the "Special Period": Against The Current vol. 89
Quinn, Rachel
Article
2000
U.S. activists interview Cuban student. In July, Solidarity supporters Tim Marshall, Rachel Quinn and Sara Abraham had the opportunity to take classes at the University of Havana as a part of the Lang...
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
Amadeo Bordiga and the Myth of Antonio Gramsci: Chiaradia, John
Book
Looking at the conflicting roles of Amadeo Bordiga and Antonio Gramsci in the history of the Italian Communist Left in the years between 1912 and 1926.
American Communism and Soviet Russia: The Formative Period
Draper, Theodore
Book
1960
A history of the formative peirod of the American Communist Party.
American Power and the New Mandarins
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1969
Chomsky writes about American power and violence, especially in the context of the Vietnam war, and he focuses especially on the complicity of American intellectuals in supporting and enabling the Ame...
Autonomous Struggles and the Capitalist Crisis: A Workers' Autonomy Pamphlet
Book
1974
A Canadian pamphlet with English translations of three articles originating with the Italian autonomist Marxist organization Lotta Continua.
A Better World: Programme of the Worker-communist Party of Iran
Article
The actual lives and actions of people themselves reveal a deep-seated belief in the possibility and even the certainty of a better future.
The Black Belt Communists
Kelley, Robin D. G.
Article
2015
During the Great Depression, black sharecroppers and the Communist Party waged war against tenant farming in the South.
The Bolsheviks and Workers' Control: The State and Counter-Revolution
Brinton, Maurice
Book
1970
A pamphlet exposing the struggle that took place over the running of workplaces in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution. In doing so not only does it demolish the romantic Leninist "histo...
Canada: The Communist Viewpoint
Buck, Tim
Book
1948
Tim Buck, the national leader of the Labor-Progressive Party, sets out the Communist position on the big questions of Canada's destiny.
The Chairman's New Clothes: Mao and the Cultural Revolution
Leys, Simon
Book
1969
Analyzes the Chinese "cultural revolution" as a power struggle through which Mao Zedong sought to regain control of the party.
China Mao or never: New Internationalist September 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the communist government China and the people's dream of free speech.
A Chinese Alternative? Interpreting the Chinese New Left Politically
Carter, Lance
Article
2010
In China, the terms 'left' and 'right' or 'radical' and 'conservative' produce somewhat different associations in the popular mind than what we are used to in the West. While in most capitalist countr...
Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
Simons, H.J.; Simons, R.E.
Book
1969
A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist pri...
The Comintern, CPUSA & Activities of Rank-and-File CPers
Post, Charlie
Article
1996
CP members, including worker and African-American militants capable of leading heroic mass struggles, were unable to develop their own revolutionary socialist viewpoint independent of the leadership. ...
The Communist International and U.S. Communism, 1919 - 1929
Zumoff, Jacob A.
Book
2015
Author documents the positive contribution of the Comintern (Communist International) in its early revolutionary years and its decline under Stalin.
The Communist International and U.S. Communism: 1919 - 1929
Zumoff, Jacob
Book
2015
For most commentators the Comintern's role in the development of American Communism is wholly negative. Zumoff challenges this narrative.
Communist League: Connexipedia Article
Article
The first Marxist international organization. It was founded originally as the League of the Just by German workers in Paris in 1836.
The Communist League: Connexipedia: Entry in Encyclopedia of Marxism Glossary of Terms
Article
On the meeting of the Communist League in June 1847.
A Communist Life: Jack Scott and the Canadian Workers Movement, 1927-1985
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
Jack Scott's experiences from joining the Communist Party of Canada to founding the Canada-China Friendship Association in the early 1960s.
The Communist Manifesto
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
1848
Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as the theoretical and practical platform of the Communist League, a workers' association.
The Communist Party in Canada: A History
Avakumovic, Ivan
Book
1975
A history of the Communist Party in Canada from its beginnings to the 1970s.
Communist Workers International: Connexipedia Article
Article
Founded around the Manifesto of the Fourth Communist International, published by the Communist Workers' Party of Germany (KAPD) in 1921.
Communists on Wall Street
Article
1978
Eurocommunism in practice.
The Costs of McCarthyism: Against The Current vol. 85
Wald, Alan
Article
2000
Many Are the Crimes is far more than just an incisive diagnosis of the interlocking components of the historical era known as “McCarthyism.” Yeshiva University historian Ellen Schrecker has also produ...
Critique of the Gotha Programme
Marx, Karl
Article
1875
Karl Marx's criticisms of the programme adopted by congress to unite the two German socialist parties in 1875.
Cry Hungary! Uprising 1956
Gadney, Reg
Book
1986
An account of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Dilemmas of Third World Communism: The Destruction of the PKI in Indonesia
Tornquist, Olle
Book
Dilemmas of Third World Communism is a study of the Indonesian Communist Party that aims to answer more general questions about the difficulties, and even defeats, encountered by so many left-wing mov...
A Documentary History of Communism, Volume 2
Daniels, Robert V. (ed.)
Book
1960
...
Documents of the Fourth International: The Formative Years (1933-1940)
Reisner, Will (ed.)
Book
1973
Documents from conferences of the Left Opposition and its successors leading up to the founding conference of the Fourth International.
Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement
Barrot, Jean; Martin, Francois
Book
1974
Essasys on capitalism, class struggle, communism, Leninism, and ultra-leftism.
Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley: Connexipedia Article
Article
Labour leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). (1890-1964).
For Communism: Propositions on a Strategy for Revolution in the Advanced Capitalist Countries
Article
1970
A series of 100 propositions addressing the strategic vacuum on the Italian and European left at the end of the 1960s.
For Reasons of State
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1973
Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
Foreign funding for Canadian political parties
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1992
Why are some types of foreign political funding of interest to CSIS, while it ignores the more prevalent types?
France: A Sea Change on the Left: Against The Current vol. 137
Remy, Yann
Article
2008
In contrast with the United States, where the political arena has been dominated by two entrenched parties for a century, France has gone through major changes since the end of World War II. Back then...
From Bolshevism to the Bureaucracy
Cardan, Paul (Cornelius Castoriadis)
Book
1962
Among the innumerable questions raised by the fate of the Russian Revolution, two form the poles around which we may organise all the others. The first question is: What kind of society was produced b...
From Lenin to Stalin
Serge, Victor
Book
1937
A fascinating, first-hand account of the Stalinist takeover in Russia.
From the Bourgeois to the Proletarian Revolution
Ruhle, Otto
Book
1924
Parliaments are becoming increasingly empty trappings: the parties are collapsing, destroying one another, and losing their political credibility: the trade unions are changing into ruins. The breakdo...
A German Lenin?: Book Review of "In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Writings of Paul Levi" edited by David Fernbach
Post, Charlie
Article
2014
A review of the compiled writings of Paul Levi, a leading figure in the German Communist movement.
Germany 1921: The March Action
Broué, Pierre
Article
1964
The debacle represented by the ‘March Action’ in Germany in 1921 was a crucial turning point in the development of the Communist International. The defeat led to a crisis in the German Communist Party...
Gramsci's Marxism
Boggs, Carl
Book
1976
Carl Boggs introduces Gramsci as one of the first marxist theorists to grapple with the problems of revolutionary change in advanced capitalist society and as the first to identify the importance of t...
Hamburg at the Barricades
Reissner, Larissa
Book
1925
Articles by the revolutionary journaliist Larissa Reissner, covering the Hamburg uprising of 1923 and the life and times for Germany in the years 1923-1925.
Heretics and Renegades
Deutscher, Isaac
Book
1955
Essasy on the Soviet Union and the Soviet bloc.
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
Book
1998
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
The History of the German Resistance 1933-1945: Widerstand, Staatsstreich, Attentat
Hoffman, Peter
Book
1969
A thorough portrayal of the plans, hesitations, frustrations, and failures of the opposition to Hitler.
Homage to Catalonia
Orwell, George
Book
1938
George Orwell's account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War.
Hungary 1956
Lomax, Bill
Book
Hungary 56
Anderson, Andy
Book
1964
The Hungarian Revolution was far more than a national uprising or than an attempt to change one set of rulers for another. It was a social revolution in the fullest sense of the term.
The Invading Socialist Society
James, C.L.R.; Forest, F. [Raya Dunayevskaya]; Stone, Ria [Grace Lee Boggs]
Book
1947
History has shown that in moments of great social crisis, its farthest flights fall short of the reality of the proletarian revolution. Never was the proletariat so ready for the revolutionary struggl...
Jurassic Park in France: The Return of the French Communist Party and the Melenchon Phenomenon: An Interview with Yves Coleman
Coleman, Yves
Article
2012
For the moment what preoccupies working class people in France is not so much the next elections but the euro crisis and the massive layoffs postponed by the bosses and the Right until after the elect...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume III: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Draper, Hal
Book
1986
Hal Draper examines how Marx and Marxism dealt with the issue of dictatorship in relation to the revolutionary use of force and repression, particularly as this debate has centered on the use of the t...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume IV: Critique of Other Socialisms
Draper, Hal
Book
1990
Much of Karl Marx's most important work came out of his critique of other thinkers, including many socialists who differed significantly in their conceptions of socialism. Draper looks at these critiq...
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
The Labor Wars
Lens, Sidney
Book
1973
A survey of landmark events in the U.S. labour movement.
Left History Archive
Website
An attempt to gather together an archive of digital material of the history and political role of the Communist Party of Australia from its inception to the present day, and also a general archive of ...
Left-wing internationals, list of: Connexipedia Article
Article
This is a list of socialist, communist, and anarchist internationals. An "International" such as, the "First International", the "Second International", or the "Socialist International" may refer to a...
Life after Communism West goes East: New Internationalist April 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at the effects of communist rule in the former Soviet Union and the post-communism transition.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
The Mackenzie - Papineau Battalion: Canadian Participation in the Spanish Civil War
Hoar, Victor
Book
The story of over twelve hundred Canadians who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
Main Currents of Marxism: Volume 3: The Breakdown
Kolakowski, Leszek
Book
1978
Kolakowski examines the origins and development of Stalinism, as well as the contributions of Trotsky, Gramsci, Lukacs, Marcuse, and others, and traces developments in Marxism it period after the Seco...
Manifesto of the Communist International to the Workers of the World
Trotsky, Leon
Article
1919
Adopted by the founding congress of the Third International (Comintern) in March 1919.
Manifesto of the Second Congress of the Third International
Article
1920
Adopted in Moscow, August 1920, at the Second World Congress of the Communist International.
Manifestos, Programs, Visions: Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs
Website
1649
A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Reich, Wilhelm
Book
1933
Wilhelm Reich's class study, written during the years of the German crisis. Reich repudiates the concept that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality, or any ethnic or ...
Morris Slavin: 1913-2006: Against The Current vol. 124
Phelps, Christopher
Article
2006
Morris Slavin, a historian of the French Revolution and one of the last remaining veterans of the American Trotskyist movement of the early 1930s, died on February 6 in Denver, Colorado, at the age of...
My 1968 in the Heartland: Against The Current vol. 133
Ezekiel, Judith
Article
2008
“Ezekiel's brother got arrested. He’s a Communist!”
Notes from a Revolution Dying: Against The Current vol. 134
Pirani, Simon
Article
2008
In June 1922, five years on from the Russian Revolution, a group of Moscow communists gathered to discuss a letter by Vladimir Petrzhek, an auto worker, tendering his resignation from the communist (o...
Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel; Cohn-Bendit, Gabriel
Book
1968
An account of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, positing a left radical alternative to the encrusted beliefs of the old left and the right. A comment on power, on bureaucracy, and on the paths to libera...
On the CP-USA and the Unions
Haberkern, Ernie
Article
1997
Trade union officialdom, especially its top layers, not only defends the rights of the employer against those demands of the members that can't be met at a given time; it also, and at the same time, d...
On the First International
Marx, Karl (Saul K. Padover, ed.)
Book
On The History of the Communist League
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1885
An Opposing Man: The Autobiography of a Romantic Revolutionary
Fischer, Ernst
Book
1969
The memoirs on Ernst Fischer, a socialist literary and art critic.
The Organisational Structure of the Communist Parties, the Methods and Content of Their Work: Theses
Article
1921
Adopted at the Third Congress of the Communist International (Comintern) in 1921.
Our Path: Against Putschism
Levi, Paul
Article
1921
If a Communist Party is to be built up again in Germany, then the dead of central Germany, Hamburg, the Rhineland, Baden, Silesia and Berlin, not to mention the many thousands of prisoners who have fa...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
The Platform of the Communist International
Article
1919
Adopted by the founding congress of the Third International, March 1919.
The Popular Front: Rethinking CPUSA History
Post, Charlie
Article
1996
Very simply, the legacy of the Communist movement in the United States points to the need for revolutionaries today to develop rank-and-file worker organizations independent of and opposed to the labo...
Raids and Reconstructions: Essays on Politics, Crime, and Culture
Enzensberger, Hans Magnus
Book
1976
A collection of essays on culture and poltics.
Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History
McKay, Ian
Book
2005
McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capita...
Recovering Forgotten Voices: Against The Current vol. 132
Gilyard, Keith
Article
2008
A lover of American literature will come away from reading Alan Wald’s Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade excited about the prospect of investigating a long list of curr...
Red Bologna
Jaggi, Max
Book
1977
Examines the Communist administration of the city of Bologna.
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches by Emma Goldman
Goldman, Emma (edited by Shulman, Alix Kates)
Book
1972
A collection of essays which provide a comprehensive view of Emma Goldman's theories and beliefs.
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Reluctant Memoir, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 135
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I think it was in 1963 that I first became aware of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). My older sister Patty had married a very nice guy named Earl Brecher, with whom she went to Liberia as one ...
Resistance in Europe: 1939 - 45
Hawes, Stephen; White, Ralph; (eds)
Book
1975
Essays on the resistance against Hitler during World War II.
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays by Dave Dellinger
Dellinger, Dave
Book
1970
Dellinger says that "those of us who oppose the violence of the status quo and reject the violence of armed revolt and class hatred bear a heavy responsibility to struggle existentially to provdew non...
The Romance of American Communism
Gornick, Vivian
Book
1978
Using USA Communist Party members' personal experiences, Gornick examines the attraction of the party and its philosophy.
Russia in Revolution 1900-1930
Salisbury, Harrison E.
Book
1978
A portrait of thirty years of political and artistic upheaval.
The Russian Revolution in Retreat: Against The Current vol. 136
Farber, Samuel
Article
2008
The relationship between “Leninism” and Stalinism has been a highly controversial topic between the political left and right as well as within the left itself. The “totalitarian” school of thought, hi...
SDS
Sale, Kirkpatrick
Book
1973
The rise and development of the Students for a Democratic Society, the organization that became the major expression of the American left in the 1960s -- its passage from student protest to institutio...
Situationist International Anthology
Knabb, Ken
Book
1981
A selection of Situationist writings.
The Socialist Register 1967: Volume 4: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1967
The Socialist Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1975: Volume 12: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1978: Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
The Socialist Register 1979: Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Socialist Register 1988: Volume 24: Problems of Socialist Renewal: East & West
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1988
An examination of the prospects for socialism written shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
1972
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
Theses on the Fundamental Tasks of the Communist International
Article
1920
Adopted at the Second Congress of the Communist International, August 1920.
Third International (Comintern): Connexipedia Article
Article
An international Communist organization founded in Moscow in March 1919, and disbanded in 1943.
Towards an Understanding of Sidney Hook
Phelps, Christopher
Article
1997
Precisely because he remained a communist and revolutionary Marxist, Hook was unable to submit to the authoritarian and monolithic form of discipline that had been demanded from him by the Communist P...
The Transitional Program: The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International
Trotsky, Leon
Book
1938
Leon Trotsky's program for the founding of the Fourth International.
The Un-Canadians: True Stores of the blacklist Era
Sher, Len
Book
1992
Details the blacklisting which took place in Canada during the Cold War years.
U.S. Labor's Subterranean Fire: Against The Current vol. 131
Post, Charlie
Article
2007
The broad outlines of the crisis of the U.S. labor movement -— sharply declining union density, concession bargaining, failures to organize the growing non-union manufacturing and service sectors, the...
When the UAW Was Young: Against The Current vol. 131
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2007
An interview with Erwin and Estar Baur.
Workers Opposition: Solidarity London Pamphlet
Kollontai, Alexandra
Book
1921
Published in Soviet Russia in January 1921 and banned in March 1921.
Yours in the Struggle: Reminiscences of Tim Buck
Buck, Tim; edited by Beeching, William; Clarke, Phyllis
Book
1997
Tim Buck's reminiscences, taken from a series of interviews taped by John (Mac) Reynolds for the CBC.

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Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...

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Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Revolution.international
Web resources on revolutionary politics and revolution.
Russia in Revolution
Halliday, E.M.
1967

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Marxists Internet Archive
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Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...
The Third Camp
Against U.S. militarism and Islamic terrorism
Website
We must stand up with all our power to the US government's and its allies' bullying. We must put an end to the crimes of the opposite pole, i.e. Islamic terrorism. We must help the people of Islam-s...
Worker-communist Party of Iran
Website
To change the world and to create a better one has always been a profound aspiration of people throughout human history. It is true that even the present-day so-called modern world is dominated by fat...