What About Russia?

USSR Military Parade As early as 1936, Leon Trotsky predicted that the Stalinist bureaucracy that usurped power after Lenin’s death, would not be satisfied with its legal and illegal privileges, but would inevitably strive to replace the nationalized planned economy by privately owned monopolies. The capitalist counter-revolution in Russia, however, offers no way forward to the peoples of the former U.S.S.R.. It has been accompanied by a horrific collapse of the Russian economy, living standards and culture, as Trotsky predicted. If there is a country in the world where capitalism stands condemned, that country is Russia.

Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

Vietnam

US troops in VietnamThe war in Vietnam, which completely transformed the situation in the U.S.A., did not begin in a planned way. The U.S.A. was sucked into it almost by accident. It began with a covert operation, the sending of officers and “advisers” to prop up an unpopular and corrupt government against its own people. This is the usual style of U.S. imperialism! The regime of Ngo Dinh Diem was guilty of vicious repression in South Vietnam. Buddhist monks burned themselves alive in protest. Finally, Diem was assassinated by his own generals. Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

Imperialism

US ImperialismThe end of the 19th century saw the birth of imperialism. Germany, France, Britain and Belgium struggled to gain possession of markets, territory, raw materials and spheres of influence. As Germany emerged as a great power after victory in the Franco-Prussian War, so the U.S. would emerge as a great power after the victory of the North in the Civil War.  Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

America After 1945 and McCarthyism

Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

Sen. J. McCarthy On February 9, 1950 Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin claimed that there were no fewer than two hundred Communists in the State Department. This outrageous allegation unleashed a witch-hunt against everyone who was even slightly “tainted” with left wing, progressive or even vaguely democratic opinions in public life. The hysteria that accompanied this campaign closely resembled the kind of pathological collective hysteria of the notorious Salem witch trials of the 17th century.

An "Un-American" Idea?

Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred

In order to understand the ideas of Marxism, it is first necessary to approach them without prejudice. This is difficult, because until now, the great majority of Americans have only heard of Marxism in connection with that monstrous caricature that was Stalinist Russia. The collapse of the Stalinist U.S.S.R. apparently proves the inadequacy of socialism. What more needs to be said?

Well, there is a great deal more to be said.