It is no wonder; such prodigies are rare. The literature dictated by blind reactionary hatred is fast dwindling. A noticeable proportion o the newest works on the Soviet Union adopt a favorable, if not even a rapturous, tone.
Author: Leon Trotsky
Publisher: Mehring Books
Category: Political Science
The bourgeois world at first tried to pretend not to notice the economic successes of the soviet regime -- the experimental proof, that is, of the practicability of socialist methods. The learned economists of capital still often try to maintain a deeply cogitative silence about the unprecedented tempo of Russiaʹs industrial development, or confine themselves to remarks about an extreme "exploitation of the peasantry". They are missing a wonderful opportunity to explain why the brutal exploitation of the peasants in China, for instance, or Japan, or India, never produced an industrial tempo remotely approaching that of the Soviet Union. Facts win out, however, in the end. The bookstalls of all civilized countries are now loaded with books about the Soviet Union. It is no wonder; such prodigies are rare. The literature dictated by blind reactionary hatred is fast dwindling. A noticeable proportion o the newest works on the Soviet Union adopt a favorable, if not even a rapturous, tone. As a sign of the improving international reputation of the parvenu state, this abundance of pro-soviet literature can only be welcomed. Moreover, it is incomparably better to idealize the Soviet Union than fascist Italy. The reader, however, would seek in vain on the pages of this literature for a scientific appraisal of what is actually taking place in the land of the October revolution. -- Description from http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/intro.htm (April 12, 2012).
revolutionary vanguard cannot save a caste , which , if the Soviet Union is
destined in general to further development , has outlived itself . The revolution ,
which the bureaucracy is preparing against itself , will not be social , like the
Author: Lenin Trotsky
Publisher: Aakar Books
Category: Soviet Union
This Work, By A Leader Of The Bolshevik Party And Of The October Revolution And Founder Of The Red Army, Examines The Internal Contradiction Of The Soviet Society In The 1930 S. It Would Fulfill A Long Standing Demand, Created Due To The Unavailability Of The Book In This Part Of The World And A Renewed Interest, Throughout The World, In The Legacy Of Trotsky, Especially Since The Collapse Of Actually Existing Socialism In The Ussr And Eastern Europe. The Indian Edition Of This Book Is Published As A Result Of The Initiative Taken By Iims (Indian Institute Of Marxist Studies), Kolkata. Launched In A Milieu Of A Confusing Currents And Cross-Currents On The Theory And Practice Of Marxism In The Aftermath Of The Soviet Collapse, Iims Owned The Tasks Of Charting Out A Determined Yet Accommodative And Flexible Course In For The Marxists. The Iims, When Floated As A Concept, Had The Crucial Role Of Trying To Bring Together Left Intelligentsia On A Common Platform So That Through Debates And Discussions Everyone Is Able To Work For A Dynamic Class Agenda Against A Common Enemy. The Fundamental Task Posed To The Marxists Today Is To Prove Once Again That Socialism Is The Only Viable Alternative To Capitalism. The Indian Edition Of 'The Revolution Betrayed' Is Published From That Orientation To Initiate The Debate Regarding The Fate Of Former Soviet Union, Today S China And Other Socialist States . This New Edition Features An Introduction Written With An Objective Of Reorienting The Theoretical Debate Within The Indian Left.
To be a member of the movement, the imperialist press added, one must take a Mau Mau oath.This is how the name "Mau Mau" entered the political dictionary of Kenya's anti-imperialist resistance.Significantly, the name "Mau Mau" has been ...
Author: Maina Wa Kinyatti
THE NAME MAU MAUOn may 12, 1950 thirty-nine Kenyan farm workers were arrested in Naivasha. They were accused of belonging to a secret organization whose political aim was to drive the British occupiers out of Kenya by violent means. They were brutally tortured by the colonial police, but they stubbornly refused to reveal the aims and the name of the clandestine movement. Nineteen of them, 15 men and 4 women, were brought to court and charged with membership in an unlawful society. They were jailed for seven years each. It was a kangaroo trial trial. The judge and prosecutor were colonialists; the interpreter was an indigenous traitor.During the trial one of the accused, Magrougi ole Kodogoya, under cross-examinations on the dock, absolutely refused to to cooperate with the colonial prosecutor. repeatedly, he was asked by the prosecutor to explain to the judge how he was recruited into the underground movement, as well as the aims and the name of the secret movement and the methods used to make him a member, but he refused to answer the questions put to him directly. Instead, he told the kangaroo judge that because of his commitment and dedication to the movement and the love for his country he would never reveal "maundu mau mau" (those, those things) the leadership of the movement told him not to reveal to the government. He would die first before he betrayed the movement.The colonial press, confused by the statement, but seeking the way to characterize the clandestine movement, seized upon the words "mau Mau (those, those) as the name of the movement. Further, the press explained that the aim of the movement was to overthrow the British rule in the country by armed struggle and establish an African government. To be a member of the movement, the imperialist press added, one must take a Mau Mau oath.This is how the name "Mau Mau" entered the political dictionary of Kenya's anti-imperialist resistance.Significantly, the name "Mau Mau" has been immortalized by the Kenyan people because it symbolizes their collective heroism against foreign domination and their undying love for freedom, liberty and justice. In other words, it has become synonymous with Kenyan national patriotism, anti-imperialism, military acumen, and most importantly, popular democratic revolution.
The definitive account of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky, its leader and key historian. Published to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this edition of Trotsky's masterpiece, with a new foreword by Ahmed Shawki, tells the epic story of the remarkable events which transformed Russian and world history forever. Leon Trotsky was a leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and author of My Life and The Revolution Betrayed. Ahmed Shawki is editor of International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and Socialism.