🚩 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.
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 Firebrand.red (forthcoming).
📕 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