Seventy Years Since the Defeat of Fascism in Europe—How the Soviet Union Defeated the Nazis

bandeira sovietica reichstagToday marks the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism and fascism in Europe, 6 days after the Soviet Red Army took Berlin. The shattered remains of the German forces fought their way out of Berlin to the west so that they could surrender to US forces instead of to the Red Army.

Bourgeois propagandists and historians make the claim that the Allied D-Day invasion of France was the key event of WWII in Europe, but it was the Soviet Union that withstood the brunt of the Wermacht’s assault, and then pushed the German Army back across Eastern Europe in the greatest military advance in history.

To help set this record straight, we republish today Alan Woods’ 2013 article marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, the beginning of the end for Hitler and Nazism.

May Day—A History of Working Class Struggles

May Day Demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, 1899In celebration of May Day, we republish for our readers’ attention this 2001 May Day article written by Rob Sewell, editor of the UK Socialist Appeal.

As millions of workers and youth take to the streets world-wide to celebrate May Day as a day of international working class solidarity, we need to reassess our common objectives in the light of a growing world crisis of capitalism.

WWI—Part Nine: The USA and the War: War is Good For Business

Somebody once said to Lenin war is terrible, to which he replied: “yes, terribly profitable.” The European war suited the American industrialists rather well. Capitalism in the USA had developed with whirlwind speed in the last decades of the 19th century. At the beginning of the war in Europe America was already a powerful young nation with a mighty industrial base. In this war it played the role of chief usurer and quartermaster to the European belligerents.

Marxism and the National Question in Scotland

UK Scotland flagWe have entered into a new period on an international scale: a period of deep economic crisis, social and political instability. The masses everywhere are beginning to question things that were previously taken for granted. The whole political scene is a seething cauldron. In such a period sharp and sudden changes are implicit in the situation. The Scottish referendum was just such a sudden change, a political earthquake that upset all the calculations of the politicians. It represented a fundamental turn in the situation.

A Review of Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel”

GunsGermsSteelHistorical materialism is a dynamic method for understanding the complex and contradictory past, with profound implications for our understanding of the world and the class struggle today. For Marxists, history is not something dead and buried, an ossified collection of facts and interpretations established for all time, but a living treasure trove of lessons for the present and the future. Even without consciously applying the Marxist method, many of the most intellectually honest and critical scientists and historians are independently drawing conclusions similar to those of the Marxists. We publish below an expanded and slightly revised version of a 1993 review of Jared Diamonds best-known work, originally printed in the British Socialist Appeal, in the days before it had a presence on the internet.