Raya Dunayevskaya on the Sino-Soviet Split, Circa 1961

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1961 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on the political tensions inside the Communist world at the time (“The New Russian Communist Manifesto“). Dunayevskaya was an early critic of Mao’s attempt to create a rival center for world Communism and kept a sharp eye on the Russia-China split. Many […]

A Comment on Trotsky, Defeatism and the U.S.S.R.

Several weeks ago, Criticism &c. noticed a statement released by the Marxist-Humanist Initiative on the subject of the Libyan revolt and U.S. and NATO intervention (“Support Libyan Rebels While Opposing U.S./NATO Intervention“—March 12, 2011). At that time, comment was not deemed worth the effort involved. Upon a second reading, however, at least one distortion of […]

Paresh Chattopadhyay on Marx’s ‘Critique of the Gotha Program’

Paresh Chattopadhyay has published an interesting article in the latest issue of Science and Society, the theoretical journal long associated with the Communist Party. In “On the Question of Soviet Socialism,” he replies to an extremely hostile review of Marcel van der Linden’s Western Marxism and the Soviet Union by David Laibman, the journal’s current […]

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 […]

Dunayevskaya on Khrushchev at the Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1959 column by Raya Dunayevskaya on Nikita Khrushchev’s speech at the 21st Congress of the Russian Communist Party (“Khrushchev Talks On and On“). Dunayevskaya’s comments on the Russia-China tensions, as well as those on Khrushchev’s main concern, raising the low productivity of the Russian worker, are insightful. […]

Panaït Istrati’s Russia Unveiled: A Forgotten Classic Of Opposition To Stalinism

The Romanian writer Panaït Istrati (1884-1935) seems to be virtually unknown in the U.S., although the recent republication of his first novel, Kyra Kyralina by Talisman House may serve to remedy this situation somewhat. Biographical information about him is not in abundance in English and, sadly, I have had to rely on the Wikipedia entry […]