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Forum: Literature & Films Today, 01:01
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Posted By Ismail
"Quite Right, Mr. Trotsky!" (1985 anti-Trotskyist polemic, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/QuiteRightMrTrotsky

I scanned it since... it exists. The author was a member of the New Communist Party, which was a "hardline" split from the CPGB in the late 70s over...
Forum: Introductions 17th April 2015, 20:58
Replies: 33
Views: 1,977
Posted By Ismail
I don't see how that changes anything. A...

I don't see how that changes anything. A confederation between Scotland, Britanny and Galicia still makes no sense and there is still no basis for any sort of exclusive political entity encompassing...
Forum: Introductions 17th April 2015, 16:19
Replies: 33
Views: 1,977
Posted By Ismail
That certainly isn't the Marxist-Leninist...

That certainly isn't the Marxist-Leninist definition of nationalism. I know in Yugoslavia "Muslims" were proclaimed a nation, which is a good example of the anti-Marxist nature of the Titoite regime,...
Forum: Introductions 17th April 2015, 13:53
Replies: 33
Views: 1,977
Posted By Ismail
Pan-"insert ethnic/cultural/religious group here"...

Pan-"insert ethnic/cultural/religious group here" types generally have an antagonistic attitude towards Marxism-Leninism. Case in point, the right-wing Tatar "communist" Sultan-Galiev called for a...
Forum: Learning 15th April 2015, 21:08
Replies: 21
Views: 649
Posted By Ismail
Why would socialists focus on winning a majority...

Why would socialists focus on winning a majority of seats in a legislature just so they could demand its abolition along with the rest of the bourgeois state apparatus? How would the workers be...
Forum: Learning 15th April 2015, 16:10
Replies: 21
Views: 649
Posted By Ismail
Except the whole point of reformism is to disarm...

Except the whole point of reformism is to disarm workers ideologically, to tell them that they can always simply appeal to the bourgeois state to make their lot in life "better." And how else would...
Forum: Learning 14th April 2015, 22:26
Replies: 21
Views: 649
Posted By Ismail
Communists can participate in elections under...

Communists can participate in elections under certain circumstances. The Bolsheviks certainly did in the case of the blatantly rigged Tsarist Duma...
Forum: Literature & Films 14th April 2015, 22:14
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By Ismail
When your life's work consists in not only...

When your life's work consists in not only elucidating economics, philosophy, history, etc., but also agitating and convincing people that your position on ideological, organizational and other...
Forum: Literature & Films 14th April 2015, 17:20
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By Ismail
The Collected Works the English-speaking world is...

The Collected Works the English-speaking world is aware of comprise 50 volumes. The anticipated Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (aka MEGA) is expected to require more than 120 volumes.

This isn't a...
Forum: Learning 14th April 2015, 16:57
Replies: 21
Views: 649
Posted By Ismail
Well yes, but you said "This is the point of...

Well yes, but you said "This is the point of failure which has brought about the failure of previous socialist states." Which states are those? Obviously not Soviet Russia. Doesn't really apply to...
Forum: Learning 14th April 2015, 16:11
Replies: 21
Views: 649
Posted By Ismail
This is asinine. The proletariat in Russia...

This is asinine. The proletariat in Russia decided what it wanted not by participating in bourgeois elections but by establishing soviets and wanting these soviets to take power. When the Menshevik...
Forum: Literature & Films 14th April 2015, 14:11
Replies: 0
Views: 157
Posted By Ismail
"The Great October Socialist Revolution" (560-page Soviet book from 1977, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/TheGreatOctoberSocialistRevolution

Scanned by me.

Discusses the period leading up to the revolution as well as the first few months afterwards.

Chapters are as...
Forum: Economics 13th April 2015, 13:04
Replies: 1
Views: 186
Posted By Ismail
"Politico-Economic Problems of Capitalism" (by Varga, 1968 Soviet book, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/PoliticoEconomicProblemsOfCapitalism

A book I scanned for historical interest.

Eugen Varga was a Soviet economist who adopted revisionist positions on various...
Forum: Literature & Films 12th April 2015, 18:06
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By Ismail
I've skimmed some of it. It's obviously very much...

I've skimmed some of it. It's obviously very much against the Portuguese and forthrightly pro-MPLA/PAIGC/Frelimo. It should be a decent read. It tries summarizing the history of the Portuguese...
Forum: Literature & Films 12th April 2015, 10:38
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By Ismail
"Portugal's African Wars: Angola, Guinea-Bissao, Mozambique" (1974 book, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/PortugalsAfricanWars

Scanned by me.
Forum: History 9th April 2015, 11:28
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By Ismail
I know this hasn't had replies in some time, but...

I know this hasn't had replies in some time, but to answer the question "why was Cromwell historically progressive," here's the 1970s article on him in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia:
Forum: Literature & Films 6th April 2015, 22:52
Replies: 0
Views: 200
Posted By Ismail
"Class Struggle in Socialist Poland" (by Al Szymanski, 1984, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/ClassStruggleInSocialistPoland

A guy I know scanned it.

Szymanski, who argued in prior books against claims that the USSR and Eastern Europe were state-capitalist,...
Forum: Economics 29th March 2015, 23:12
Replies: 0
Views: 197
Posted By Ismail
"Economic Planning in the Developing Countries of Africa" (1974 Soviet article, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/EconomicPlanningInTheDevelopingCountriesOfAfrica

I figure some here may find this of slight interest. A Soviet author discusses the purpose, results, problems and...
Forum: Introductions 28th March 2015, 11:37
Replies: 33
Views: 1,977
Posted By Ismail
Yes. The Party of Labour of Albania only ever...

Yes. The Party of Labour of Albania only ever called itself Marxist-Leninist and there was no attempt made to present Enver Hoxha's writings as constituting some sort of "higher stage" of...
Forum: Literature & Films 26th March 2015, 19:04
Replies: 0
Views: 183
Posted By Ismail
Brezhnev's report to the 26th Congress of the CPSU (1981, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/ReportOfTheCentalCommitteeOfTheCPSUToTheXXVICongressOfTheCPSU

Two months ago I scanned Gorby's report to the 27th Congress...
Forum: Literature & Films 24th March 2015, 23:03
Replies: 0
Views: 211
Posted By Ismail
1960s-80s Soviet works on Mao, Maoism and China (PDFs)

Considering there exists a bunch of 1960s-80s Soviet materials criticizing the economic and foreign policies of Maoist China that may be put online in the future, I figure I'd make a single thread...
Forum: Literature & Films 24th March 2015, 06:23
Replies: 0
Views: 179
Posted By Ismail
The “Cultural Revolution”: a Close-Up (1975 Soviet book, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/CulturalRevolutionCloseUp

Basically a Soviet guy who was present in China at the start of the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" talks about what he saw and why he...
Forum: Learning 23rd March 2015, 05:56
Replies: 29
Views: 1,498
Posted By Ismail
The irony of self-styled "Marxists" who complain...

The irony of self-styled "Marxists" who complain about how everyone is supposedly fixated on "20th century socialism" is that they somehow forgot they're ostensibly upholding a doctrine conceived in...
Forum: Learning 21st March 2015, 14:00
Replies: 29
Views: 1,498
Posted By Ismail
As far as the Spanish Civil War went, Durruti got...

As far as the Spanish Civil War went, Durruti got along well with Soviet military officers sent to assist the Republic, repeated a PCE slogan in his last radio broadcast, and when he died was duly...
Forum: Literature & Films 11th March 2015, 02:12
Replies: 0
Views: 220
Posted By Ismail
"Social Democracy and Southern Africa" (1989 Soviet book, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/SocialDemocracyAndSouthernAfrica

Yet another work I've scanned. It's about the attitude of social-democratic parties and the Socialist International towards African...
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