New Dunayevskaya text on Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive has just made available one of Raya Dunayevskaya’s analyses of the political aftermath of Stalin’s death in March of 1953. “Russian Regime Cannot Afford a Beria Show Trial,” which appeared in Correspondence on January 9, 1954, recounts the execution of Lavrenti Beria, chief of the Russian secret police, in the context of the recent upsurge of the workers of East Germany. This article is best read along with two earlier pieces, “The Beria Purge,” and “German Workers Change Face of Europe.”

These articles played a prominent role in the split that was to take place in Correspondence Committees a year later, when Dunayevskaya and her co-thinkers left to form News and Letters Committees and begin publishing their paper News & Letters. C.L.R. James and Grace Lee, the two other leaders of Correspondence considered these writings to represent a “politicalization” that they wanted to overcome after ending their long period in the American Trotskyist movement in 1951.

Dunayevskaya describes her break with James and Lee in many places but, in reference to these texts, the most relevant one is her prologue to Twenty-Five Years of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S., which was published in 1980.