A Letter to Natalia Trotsky on the Theory of State Capitalism

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available the text of a 1947 letter from Raya Dunayevskaya to Natalia Sedova Trotsky, Russian revolutionary and widow of Leon Trotsky. Dunayevskaya served as Russian language secretary to Trotsky in 1937 and 1938 during the period of the Dewey Commission of Inquiry and became close to Natalia. The position […]

Raya Dunayeskaya on the World Politics of the H-Bomb, 1961

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on the politics of the hydrogen bomb, both east and west, circa 1961: “If This Isn’t Madness, What Is It?” The USSR detonated the most powerful nuclear bomb yet exploded in October of that year. This was a period of increasing opposition to […]

An Antidote for Tito Nostalgia

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1961 column by Raya Dunayavskaya (“Tito’s Turnabout“) on the U.S.S.R.’s Khruschev-era reconcilliation with Yugoslavia. This piece serves as a bracing antidote to the Marshal Tito nostalgia which one encounters from time to time, particularly with regards to what was called the system of “workers’ self-management.” One point […]

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 […]