The Fraud of Stalinism: Recovering Communism from the Tankies

đźš© In recent years, many on the Left have turned away from social-democratic reformism (great!) and toward Marxism-Leninism (not so great). Many are seeking revolutionary, anti-imperialist politics against milquetoast, social-democratic, pro-US military liberalism.

However, history reveals that, far from a force for revolution, Marxist-Leninists (aka Stalinists, “tankies,” and the like) have held back working-class revolutions and liberation struggles — including in the Global South. In truth, Marxism-Leninism is neither Marxist nor Leninist.

Join communists from across the US to uncover the history and put forward a revolutionary alternative to both social-democratic reformism and Stalinism.

📢 Featuring:
Doug Greene, an independent communist historian from the Boston area. He has written a biography of the communist insurgent Louis Auguste Blanqui and a takedown of DSA founder Michael Harrington. His new book, Stalinism and The Dialectics of Saturn, examines debates about Stalinism.

E. Reed, a founding member of the Boston Revolutionary Socialists and Firebrand. His articles have appeared in the International Socialist Review, Red Flag Boston, and (forthcoming).

đź“• Recommended Material
“Stalinism and Bolshevism” by Leon Trotsky

“Thirty Years After the Russian Revolution” by Victor Serge

A People’s History of the World by Chris Harman, pp 560-570, “Through the Looking Glass” thru “The Cuban Revolution” | Epub | Mobi | PDF

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