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We strongly believe that (to paraphrase) socialists who don’t know their own history are doomed to repeat all the old mistakes. And the history of socialism shows that they do.

The socialist movement is a sort of amnesiac: socialists often know little about where they are coming from—no wonder they have difficulty knowing where they’re going. The fact is that little work or publication goes on in this field by socialists; most is by nonsocialists or antisocialists. They too can serve; but socialists’ concern with their own history is not of an academic character. A living movement has to know the lessons of the past. There is a big gap that needs closing up, a vacuum that needs filling. Socialists who know their past will be better able to solve the problems of the present.

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Women and Class
Toward a Socialist Feminism

Authored by Hal Draper
Original author August Bebel, Eleanor Marx, Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg
This book recounts the origins of the modern feminist movement in the revolutionary movements of the nineteenth century. Beginning with an account of the first organized women’s movement, La Société des Citoyennes Républicaines Revolutionnaires, on the left of the French Revolutionary movement, this book tells the story of women’s movements in England, France and Germany. It is a story that has rarely been told in English.

America as Overlord
Authored by Hal Draper
These articles, written over a period of time from the end of World War II to the American invasion of Vietnam, expose the deception propagated by various administrations and their apologists. That deception was the claim that the United States Government was fighting for “freedom and democracy”.

Berkeley: The New Student Revolt
Authored by Hal Draper
Prologue by Mario Savio
A contemporary account by eyewitnesses of what was arguably the first act in the movement of the 60s — the Free Speech Movement on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

La Revuelta de Berkeley
Authored by Hal Draper
Introduction and notes by Mario Savio
This is a Spanish translation of the history of the 1964 Free Speech Movement at the University of California written by participants in that historic uprising.

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution
War and Revolution

Authored by Hal Draper, E. Haberkern
Marx and Engels’ views on war, revolution and the relation between the two evolved over time in response to the turbulent political and military history of the nineteenth centurey. The result has been that anyone can select a text to prove that Marx and Engels held the author’s position. The solution is to review the statements of Marx and Engels in their historical context.

The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto
 Authored by Hal Draper
At this date, it is unnecessary to explain the continuing concern with a short pamphlet published over a century and a half ago. Page for page, no other publication has rivaled the historical impact of the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
The oft-repeated statement that the Manifesto gained no attention whatever when it first came off the press is, to be sure, inaccurate. But it is certainly true that, decade by decade, the significance of the Manifesto increased, until now it blankets most of the globe. The number of books and essays which, in whole or in part, devote long discussions and evaluations to the views of the Manifesto-for and against-is enough to fill this book from cover to cover.
But this book is not one of them. It is, logically, anterior to all of them for the following reason.

Zionism, Israel & the Arabs
Authored by Hal Draper
This series of essays by the late Hal Draper looks at the Middle East conflict from what was long a unique point of view. Unlike traditional Zionism whose slogan “a land without people for a people without a land” made clear its intentions with regard to the Palestinians and unlike Arab nationalists who denied Israel’s right to exist; Draper argued that only a binational state that recognized the rights of both people offered a way out

Socialism from Below
Authored by Hal Draper
The divisions running through the history of the socialist movement between reformists and revolutionaries, authoritarians and democrats, putschists and gradualists-the divisions and disputes which have provided the categories in terms of which the history of the movement has been written-are secondary. The important distinction is between those socialists who looked for some outside authority which would hand down salvation to the grateful masses from above and those who saw the key to the reform of existing society in the struggle from below for self-emancipation…

Hammer or Anvil
The Story of the German Working Class Movement
Authored by Evelyn Anderson
FOR SEVERAL decades German Labour was the pride and model of the international working-class movement. It led the nation out of the first World War and into the post-war period; it was the founder and…

The Road to Power
Authored by Karl Kautsky
Introduction by John H. Kautsky
Translated by Raymond Meyer
The Road to Power has often been described as one of Karl Kautsky’s most important and revolutionary works. The book also gained prominence as a result of its reception. As Kautsky’s last major attack on those who hoped for a gradual “growth into socialism” by means of reforms and coalitions in the autocratic Wilhelmine Empire, it outraged Revisionists in the Social Democratic Party as well as certain trade union leaders.

Neither Capitalism Nor Socialism
Theories of Bureaucratic Collectivism

Authored by E. Haberkern, Arthur Lipow, James Burnham, Yvan Craipeau, Dwight MacDonald, Max Shachtman, Ernest Erber, James Carter, Hal Draper, Jack Brad, T. N. Vance, Bruno Rizzi
This anthology is a small sampling of the work of those socialists who tried to think through what was happening in the “post-capitalist: societies; beginning with Stalin’s Russia and the fascist states.
The analysis was extended to include the new states that arose in the post WWII era, particularly Mao’s China and Tito’s Yugoslavia.
Perhaps of more contemporary importance is the attempt to understand what was happening to modern capitalism. Of particular interest is the discussion of the “Permanent Arms Economy” and its effect on capitalism.

The Permanent War Economy
Authored by T. N. Vance, Walter J. Oakes
The first author to analyze the system of “Military Keynesianism”. The first article in this collection appeared in1944 in the magazine “Politics” edited by Dwight MacDonald. It argued that a system based on military spending was able to do what the programs of the New Deal could not. The author also explained why this system was ultimately unstable.

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Rosa Luxemburg


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In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg
Selected Writings of Paul Levi
Paul Levi. Edited and introduced by David Fernbach

Paul Levi remains one of the most interesting and controversial figures in the early history of the Communist movement. As leader of the KPD after the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, he successfully built up a party of a third of a million members, but by 1921 Comintern pressure for ‘Bolshevisation’ forced Levi’s resignation and expulsion. Until his early death in 1930 he remained ‘a revolutionary socialist of the Rosa Luxemburg school’ (Carl von Ossietsky), and was described by Albert Einstein as ‘one of the wisest, most just and courageous persons I have come across’. The first English edition of Levi’s writings fills a long-standing gap in the documents of German Communism.

Biographical note
David Fernbach, studied at London School of Economics. Freelance writer, editor and translator. Publications include the three-volume edition of Karl Marx’s Political Writings (Penguin 1973-4, reissued Verso 2010), and The Spiral Path: a gay contribution to human survival (1981). Translations include Marx’s Capital Volumes Two and Three, and works by Georg Lukacs, Rudolf Bahro, Boris Groys, Nicos Poulantzas, Pierre Bourdieu, Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière.

People interested in Communist history from either an academic or an activist perspective.

Table of contents


Part One: Leading the KPD
Address to the Founding Congress of the KPD
Letter to Lenin (1919)
The Munich Experience: An Opposing View
The Political Situation and the KPD (October 1919)
The Lessons of the Hungarian Revolution
The World-Situation and the German Revolution
The Beginning of the Crisis in the Communist Party and the International
Letter to Loriot

Part Two: The March Action
Our Path: Against Putschism
What Is the Crime? The March Action or Criticising It?
Letter to Lenin (1921)
The Demands of the Kommunistische Arbeitsgemeinschaft

Part Three: The Soviet Question
Letter to Clara Zetkin
Introduction to Rosa Luxemburg’s pamphlet The Russian Revolution
Introduction to Trotsky, The Lessons of October
The Retreat from Leninism
After Ten Years
Approaching the End

Part Four: The German Republic
The Murder of Erzberger
The Needs of the Hour
Why We Are Joining the United Social-Democratic Party
The Assassination of Rathenau  
The Situation after Rathenau’s Death
The Reich and the Workers
The Defenders of the Republic
After the Oath



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Clara Zetkin



Dear friends

My working paper, “The Communist Women’s Movement (1921-26)” is available at:

To my knowledge, this is the first English-language study of the world Communist women’s organization launched by Clara Zetkin with Lenin’s active support.

My study concludes as follows:

“The Communist women stood for the consistent pursuit of militant unity of the workers’ movement. They sought to unite women from all social layers who were prepared to actively oppose evils of capitalism. They favoured an adroit search for common ground with non-Communist currents among women and in the labour movement. In doing so, they played a significant role in shaping the leadership of the Communist International as a whole.

“This is perhaps their most important legacy to us. The Communist Women’s International prefigures the leading role of women in movements for social progress both today and tomorrow.”

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International Socialist Review, Issue 68 is now out

November-December 2009 TOO MANY PEOPLE?
Population, hunger, and the environment


The business of health care reform


Elizabeth Schulte: Why won’t they call it racism?

Eric Ruder interviews Gareth Porter: Obama’s Afghan Disaster


Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking: What ever happened to “Change we can believe in?”

Shaun Joseph: The coup in Honduras: Perspectives and prospects


Cleve Jones: Getting back to our roots

Walden Bello: The G20 after the crash


John Pilger: Power, illusion, and American’s last taboo

Chris Williams: Are there too many people?

Rick Kuhn: Economic crisis and the responsibility of socialists


Rebekah Ward: Darwin: the reluctant revolutionary

John Riddell: Clara Zetkin’s strugggle for the united front

Sharon Smith: 1934: The strikes that led the way


Chrisopher Phelps: The sexual revolution, A review of Sherry Wolf’s Sexuality and Socialism

Ian Angus: Two accounts of Engels’ revolutionary life

Phil Aliff on soldier’s resistance; David Florey on racism after Katrina; Sara Knopp and Mais Jasser on a teenager’s diary under occupation; Marlene Martin on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Jailhouse Lawyers; Chris Williams on Monthly Review’s special issue on food

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