Cuban revolutionary Celia Hart addresses the ``A World in Revolt'' conference, Toronto, Canada, May 22-25, 2008.
By Dipankar Basu
March 25, 2008 -- This article attempts to throw some light on the following two questions: (1) How does the classical Marxist tradition conceptualise the relationship between the two stages of revolution: democratic and the socialist? (2) Does the democratic revolution lead to deepening and widening capitalism? Is capitalism necessary to develop the productive capacity of a society?
By John Nebauer
Review of Trotsky's Theory of Permanent Revolution: A Leninist critique, by Doug Lorimer, Resistance Books, Sydney, 1998, A$6.95.
John Nebauer is a member of the Democratic Socialist Party of Australia.
After Lenin, Trotsky was the foremost leader of the Russian Revolution. His contributions to the international socialist movement and to Marxism were immense. Trotsky's leadership of the Military Revolutionary Committee in November 1917 helped ensure the victory of the Bolshevik uprising. His classic History of the Russian Revolution remains the best account of the events that led to and followed the demise of the Romanov dynasty. As the founder of the Red Army, Trotsky played a vital role in defending the revolution from the forces of reaction. Later, he led the opposition to Stalinist degeneration and provided a Marxist analysis of the bureaucratic regime.
By Reihana Mohideen
Reihana Mohideen was, at the time of writing, a member of the Executive Council of the SPP and of the Links Editorial Board.
By Phil Hearse
- The central strategic problem: class alliances in the dominated countries
- The Mexican example
- End of the semi-feudal aristocracy
- National and democratic tasks in the era of neo-liberal globalisation
- The DSP on Indonesia
- The debate inside the RSDLP
- Lorimer's concessions to permanent revolution
- Lenin: from 'bourgeois republic' to 'Commune state'
- Lessons of Spain
- Two-stage theory
- Weaknesses of the permanent revolution theory
- Underestimating the role of the proletariat, underestimating the role of the party
In the fight for socialist renewal, international collaboration cannot be on the basis of total agreement on theory, strategy or tactics. All or some of the members of organisations the Democratic Socialist Party seeks collaboration with hold or tend towards the permanent revolution theory. These include the sections of the Fourth International, the Scottish Socialist Party, the Pakistani Labour Party, the NSSP in Sri Lanka, Solidarity
By Doug Lorimer
- Once again on the purpose of my pamphlet
- 'Two Tactics' and the bourgeois revolution
- The 'democratic dictatorship' and the bourgeois republic
- Lenin's and Trotsky's 'conceptions' of the revolution and 1905
- The October Revolution and 'permanent revolution'
- Once again: what is the socialist revolution?
- National oppression, national-democratic revolution and socialism
- Conclusion: what's wrong with 'permanent revolution'?
By Phil Hearse
- The DSP's position on revolutions in the dominated countries
- The socialist revolution, Russia and Spain
- Russia: how the revolution opened the way for capitalism and bourgeois rule (according to Lorimer)
- Conclusion: agreement and differences between the DSP and permanent revolution
"The International of Crime and Treason [i.e., the counter-revolutionary coordination of imperialism—PH] has in fact been organised. On the other hand, the indigenous bourgeoisies have lost all their capacity to oppose imperialism—if they ever had it—and they have become the last card in the pack. There are no other alternatives: either a socialist revolution or a make-believe revolution."—Ernesto Che Guevara, Message to the Tricontinental 1967 (emphasis added).
"You must struggle for the socialist revolution, struggle to the end, until the complete victory of the proletariat. Long live the socialist revolution!"—V.I. Lenin, "Speech at the Finland Station" on arrival back in Russia, April 1917