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The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s Paperback – May 13, 1987
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"An impressive piece of investigative reporting. . . . It deserves wide attention.
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Without sharing Wald's fervent politics, I am full of admiration for his knowledge.
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The main books that document this split are In Defense of Marxism: The Social and Political Contradictions of the Soviet Union by Trotsky, and The Struggle for a Proletarian Party by SWP leader James P. Cannon. You will find additional supplementary information in Background to the Struggle for a Proletarian Party' and The Abern Clique.
The subtitle of this book is "The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s." Let me just say that at no point in its history did the Socialist Workers Party consider itself to be part of an "anti-Stalinist left." Revolutionaries define themselves by what they're for, not what they're against, and just the concept of an anti-Stalinist left takes you continually closer to anti-communism.Read more ›
This intellectual banditry and collusion with the forces of repression has nothing in common with traditions of authentic libertarian socialism.
James P. Cannon, in particular, the founder and long time leader of the Trotskyist movement in the U.S., who unlike Lillian Hellman never had any illusions about the charachter of the Stalin regime and who before founding this movement had played in the 1920s a leading role in the struggle in defense of Sacco & Vanzetti as a Communist leader of the International Labor Defense, took a dim view of these kind of turncoats and fair-weather friends as reflected in his essay from the early 1950s, "Treason of the Intellectuals" contained in his anthology "Notebook of an Agitator", where he denounced those who were leaving both the CP and his own organization (Socialist Workers Party) and the progressive movement generally, to jump on the bandwagon of the anti-communist witch-hunt, some like Edward Dymytrk going so far as to inform on their former comrades, in addition to making false and demagogic accusations against others, as nothing but cowardly and corrupt opportunists, scabs, finks and traitors.Read more ›