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Lies, damned lies and Netflix: the character assassination of Leon Trotsky

TrotskyTitleTrotsky, a recent Netflix series produced by Russian state television, is a scandalous misrepresentation of both Trotsky’s life and the October Revolution. Alan Woods and Josh Holroyd respond to this insulting portrayal of Trotsky and the Bolsheviks’ legacy.

Kollontai, Zetkin, and Luxemburg: Marxists and the emancipation of women

Luxemburg, Zetkin, and KollontaiThe last few years have seen a revival of the fight against the oppression of women on an international scale. Movements for the right to abortion in Ireland, Argentina and Poland; the global women’s march against Trump; and the feminist strike in Spain: a new generation is entering the political arena to fight against the inequalities and violence women still face. 

Trotsky’s suppressed letter: an introduction by Alan Woods

Trotsky's Suppressed LetterIt is a well-known fact that accident can play a considerable role in both history and the lives of individuals. In the course of my life I have observed many accidents and extraordinary coincidences. But I have never experienced such a unique and unforeseeable concatenation of circumstances as that which I am about to relate here.

Canada’s carbon tax battle: Why Liberals and Conservatives can’t solve the environmental crisis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Ontario Premier Doug Ford in Montreal.  (PAUL CHIASSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS)The debate over Trudeau’s so-called “carbon tax” is shaping up to be a defining issue in Canada’s 2019 federal election. Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined most of the country’s premiers in 2016 to sign a “pan-Canadian” agreement taxing carbon consumption, an alliance of federal and provincial Conservative leaders have made opposition to the carbon pricing plan a central focus of their campaign against the Liberals. Yet the Conservatives’ rhetoric, which evokes concerns over the tax’s impact on the cost of living, only masks the fact that their own policies amount to nothing but corporate welfare—the chief result of which will be to worsen economic inequality without solving the environmental crisis. The hard truth, unmentionable by bourgeois politicians, is that capitalism is incapable of adequately responding to the threat posed by climate change.

Hands off Rosa Luxemburg!

The following article from 1932 is a short but impassioned defence of the legacy of the German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, murdered 100 years ago in the cause of working class liberation. The article, authored by Leon Trotsky, skillfully refutes the slanders made by Josef Stalin against Luxemburg in a 1931 article—slanders which include her not being a revolutionary. In particular, repeated attempts were made by Stalin to drive a wedge between Lenin and Luxemburg. While certain disagreements did exist between these two figures (and these are by no means unimportant), Luxemburg stood firmly in the camp of Bolshevism after 1917, and this was recognized by practically everyone at the time.

Luxemburg, Liebknecht and the German Revolution

Rosa LuxemburgTo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Rosa Luxemburg, we share this article by Marie Frederiksen, author of The Revolutionary Heritage of Rosa Luxemburg. Marie explains how the Spartacist Uprising of 1919 was defeated due to the weakness and mistakes of the young German Communist Party, ultimately resulting in Luxemburg’s execution. These events are also explored in Germany 1918-1933: Socialism or Barbarism, available now from WellRed Books.

Why Marxists oppose immigration controls

Stand with Migrant WorkersSince the beginning of the crisis of 2008, anti-immigrant parties and movements have made headway in Europe and the United States. They have even managed to win over certain layers of the working class to their programme. This has led a section of the labour movement to adapt itself to these ideas, calling for stricter border controls, justifying its position with quotations from Marx. Such short-sighted policies have nothing to do with Marx or the traditions of the First, Second or Third International, as we shall demonstrate.

Canadian tax system favours the rich

Income TaxEarlier last year, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) conducted a survey of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) professionals. The PIPSC found that out of 1,741 workers surveyed, 90% agreed with the statement that, "It is easier for corporations and wealthy individuals to evade and/or avoid tax responsibilities than it is for average Canadians." 

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