The Greek Revolution and Civil War: 70 Years Since the Battle of Athens—Part One

1944 Soldiers fighting in town-December44On December 3, 1944, British snipers, the Athens police, and fascist paramilitaries opened fire on a demonstration of communist sympathizers in Athens’ Syntagma Square, leaving 28 dead. They were protesting against the provocations of the Greek bourgeois parties and the British imperialists, who were trying to derail and crush the mass revolutionary movement that had defeated the Nazis. Thus began the Battle of Athens.

Cuba 50 Years Later—Where is the Revolution Going?

Given the recent developments in the relations between Cuba and the United States, and the coming anniversary of the Revolution on January 1, we are republishing this important article from 2009. The Cuban Revolution, on the basis of its nationalized planned economy and the Cuban people's willingness to defend it, has endured for decades despite being so closely situated to the most powerful imperialist power on Earth. As this article points out however, the Revolution is under increasing threat of capitalist restoration, and its fate is inextricably linked to the world revolution

Introduction to Revolution and Counterrevolution in Spain

image1Recently the Spanish Marxist Tendency Lucha de Clases published a new edition of Felix Morrow's classic Revolution and Counterrevolution in Spain with a new introduction by Alan Woods. The launch meetings in Spain have been a great success and the book has already been sold out and a second edition is in preparation. Today we are publishing the introduction by Alan Woods which provides a brief analysis of the reasons for the defeat of the Spanish Revolution of 1931–37 while also dealing with the resurgence of the Spanish workers' movement in the 1960s and 70s and drawing the lessons for today.

On Equality: Them and Us

inequalityThe average person has no shortage of misconceptions about Marxism and Socialism. There are, of course, the obvious ones: the conflation of Marxism and Stalinism, and of socialism and the capitalist welfare state. But perhaps just as widespread is another claim. Pro-capitalist education has propagandized the idea that Marxists are concerned only with an abstract notion of “equality,” and that this is an ideal from which we attempt to create a “utopia.” Many liberal intellectuals are quick to “defend” the Marxists with the claim that “communism is a good idea on paper—but it just can't work in practice.” What wonderful “friends” these are, who think we are small children!