Raya Dunayevskaya on Kwame Nkrumah and George Padmore

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a column by Raya Dunayevskaya (“The African Revolution, I“) on the state of the African revolutions circa early 1959. Dunayevskaya here critiques the turn away from the mass initiative of the initial post-war period toward authoritarian state solutions to economic and political problems, as practiced by leaders such […]

Noted in Passing: Dunayevskaya, the Iranian Left, Rimbaud

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1958 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya called “Colonial Revolts and the Creativity of People.” ••• The editors of the journal Revolutionary History have released a new issue on the Iranian revolutionary movement, “The Left in Iran: 1941-1957” (Vol. 10, No. 3). Unfortunately, this valuable resource for the history […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on May 1 and ‘human power which is its own end’

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1959 column by Raya Dunayevskaya on the history of May Day and the meaning of the struggle to shorten the working day (“May 1 and the Shorter Work Day“). While it is always a good idea to refamiliarize people with the trans-Atlantic origin of May Day, this […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Walter Reuther and the Plan

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1955 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on rank-and-file opposition to UAW leader Walter Reuther (“New Stage of Struggle Against Labor Bureaucracy“). 1955—the year Reuther achieved the reunification of the CIO with the AFL—may well have been the high point of his influence in U.S. society, but here Dunayevskaya […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on revolt in Stalin’s arctic prison camp

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available two pieces by Raya Dunayevskaya on revolt inside the U.S.S.R. at the close of the Stalin period: “‘Russia, More Than Ever Full of Revolutionaries…’” (1954) and “The Revolt in the Slave Labor Camps in Vorkuta” (1955). The first appeared in Correspondence, the second in one of the first […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on the Lovestoneites

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on Jay Lovestone and the Lovestoneites. This piece, “The Evolution of a Social Type,” was Dunayevskaya’s inaugural column in the first issue of Correspondence, the newspaper of Correspondence Committees, the organization launched by C.L.R. James, Dunayevskaya, and Grace Lee after the Johnson-Forest Tendency’s 1950 […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Khrushchev’s U.S. Visit

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a column by Raya Dunayevskaya on Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to the U.S. (“Eisenhower-Khrushchev Spectacular“). The trip marked the high point of amity between the two state-capitalist superpowers before the U2 incident of 1960 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. This was also the occasion […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on the CP and Black America

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available an excerpt from American Civilization on Trial: Black Masses as Vanguard by Raya Dunayevskaya. This work was originally published as a pamphlet in 1963 (the title of the original was American Civilization on Trial: The Negro As Touchstone of History) and distributed in large numbers at the massive […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Roy Cohn

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1954 column by Raya Dunayevskaya on Roy Cohn (1927-1986), Joseph McCarthy’s chief lawyer and lieutenant. The piece is titled “The Gang Lawyer” and appeared in Correspondence in February 1954. The timing of this piece was prescient, as it appeared shortly before the opening of the televised Army-McCarthy […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Bert Cochran and James P. Cannon

I never ceased to be amazed at the amount of S.W.P. nostalgia floating around out there (Alan Wald, Paul Le Blanc, etc). One consistent thread in much of this school of thought is the unnecessity of the many splits the party underwent in its history (for one example, see Paul Le Blanc’s “What Happened to […]