Bolshevism and the fight for women's liberation

In this article Joy Macready examines the relatively unknown history of the Bolshevik's ground-breaking policies for the liberation of women, which were subsequently reversed in the 1930s under Stalin.   The 1917 Bolshevik government advanced a revolutionary programme for women's rights, struggling to break with the backwardness and prejudice of Russia.   The Bolsheviks argued … Continue reading Bolshevism and the fight for women's liberation

The Leninist Party and Democratic Centralism

Here we republish an article from 1998 which sets out our own understanding of the role of democracy, leadership and accountability in revolutionary organisations. “The party is not an arena for the assertion of free individuality, but an instrument of the proletarian revolution”. Trotsky’s words from 1939 form the background against which Lenin himself approached … Continue reading The Leninist Party and Democratic Centralism

Party and Programme: Bolshevism Versus Opportunism 1903 – 1912 – Part 2

This article is devoted to the debate on the political and organisational heritage of Trotskyism and Leninism to which the Workers' Socialist League, the International Marxist Group and the International-Communist League contributed in the 1970s What is being debated? The IMG have centred the debate around their own current ’unity offensive’. In the series of … Continue reading Party and Programme: Bolshevism Versus Opportunism 1903 – 1912 – Part 2