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Chernobyl: An Environmental Catastrophe Caused by Stalinism

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 of the Pripyat nuclear power plant in Ukraine—then part of the USSR—blew up. The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” shows what caused the disaster: Stalinism.

Óscar Fernández

June 10, 2019

Reformism and Imperialism – A Reply to Matias Maiello

It is reformists’ fetish of the capitalist nation-state that leads them invariably to adapt to their “own” imperialism. This is a contribution to the ongoing debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky.

Charlie Post

June 5, 2019

Progressive Illusions, Radical Promises: The Working Class and the State

Capital mobility and the threat of disinvestment seriously constrain the capacity of progressive politicians to act. Where, then, does “progressive” legislation come from? American Communists in the 1930s offer an insightful model for the contemporary left.

Cody R. Melcher

June 1, 2019

Bhaskar Sunkara’s “Socialist Manifesto”: Dreaming of Sweden

Following in the footsteps of Marx and Engels, the founding editor of Jacobin has released a manifesto about how to reach socialism. But instead of a bold vision for the future, this book offers borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 1970s.

Nathaniel Flakin

May 29, 2019

“What  matters is Trotsky’s work being known in Cuba” – Interview with Gabriel García Higueras

From May 6-8, the “First International Academic Event on Leon Trotsky" took place in Havana, Cuba. Pablo Oprinari of the CEIP (Center of Studies, Research, and Publications) Leon Trotsky in Mexico City spoke to Gabriel García Higueras, a Peruvian researcher specializing in Trotsky’s work.

Pablo Oprinari

May 27, 2019

“In Cuba we needed Trotsky to understand what happened in the Soviet Union” – Interview with Frank García

From May 6-8, the “First International Academic Event on Leon Trotsky" took place in Havana, Cuba. Pablo Oprinari of the CEIP (Center of Studies, Research, and Publications) Leon Trotsky in Mexico City spoke to the conference's organizer, Frank García Hernández.

Pablo Oprinari

May 27, 2019

When the North Star Turned Red: Against Reconciliation

The working class had seized power in Finland. Yet the bourgeoisie won the civil war and murdered tens of thousands of Reds. How was this possible? What lessons can we learn from the defeat?

Nathaniel Flakin

May 26, 2019

Does Lenin Apply Today? Historical Lessons from Chile

The current debate about Karl Kautsky's legacy is not simply a historical one about Kautsky and Lenin, but an informative discussion among socialists about what we should do today. This first installment will address the historical discussion, particularly the example of Chile.

Nathan Moore

May 22, 2019

When the North Star Turned Red: The Uprising

In 1917, the Social Democrats in Finland had won a parliamentary majority, but the capitalists refused to accept these election results. Instead, they pushed the country towards civil war.

Nathaniel Flakin

May 19, 2019