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[Video] Alan Woods on Leon Trotsky’s “Stalin”

Alan explains the background to Trotsky’s masterpiece, which provides an analysis of the degeneration of the Soviet Union from a democratic workers’ state into the Stalinist bureaucratic regime.

The October Revolution and LGBTQ+ Struggle

In its ascendant phase, the Russian Revolution enacted the most progressive laws of its time as a step towards the liberation of all the oppressed.

42 Years Since the Portuguese Revolution

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Portuguese Revolution. On this occasion we recommend the following analysis, written by Alan Woods in 1974.

Lessons of the Paris Commune

March 18 marked the anniversary of the beginning of the Paris Commune, where the working class, for the first time in history, took power into its own hands.

On Kautsky’s “Foundations of Christianity”

An at-length study of biblical history by Alan Woods. Religion is not the motor force of history, but great social changes are expressed through changes in religion.

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WWI—Part Eleven: Wilfred Owen and the Muse of War

It has been said that when the cannons are heard, the muses are silent. However, to every rule there is an exception.

Law and Marxism: 800 Years Since the Magna Carta

If we are to understand law under capitalism, one of the most mystified parts of the modern state, Magna Carta is a very good place to start.

The Zimmerwald Conference—The Turning of the Tide

On September 1915, a small group of international socialists gathered in the Swiss village of Zimmerwald. This was the first attempt to unite those socialists who were opposed to the war.

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“The S Word” by John Nichols

With rising interest in socialism, Nichols’ book raises an important question: is socialism solely a foreign import, with no connection to American traditions? 

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May Day—A History of Working Class Struggles

In celebration of May Day, we republish this 2001 May Day article written by Rob Sewell, editor of the UK Socialist Appeal.

The First International: 150 Years On

On September 28, 1864, the International Working Men’s Association, commonly known as the First International, was born.

Lessons From the History and Struggle of the Black Panther Party

From a tiny handful of activists in Oakland, the Black Panther Party grew to national and international prominence, electrifying millions around the world. In this article, we analyze the party’s history and lessons.

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