The Second International’s Conflicted Legacy
John Riddell
by John Riddell
7M ago
By Mike Taber: Virtually all socialists today are direct descendants of the Second International of 1889 to 1914. Also known as the Socialist International, this movement grouped the greater part of the world’s organized working class under the banner of socialist revolution, and was viewed by capitalists everywhere as a threat to their existence. Yet relatively […] The post The Second International’s Conflicted Legacy appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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The Comintern’s Twenty-One Conditions, 1920
John Riddell
by John Riddell
10M ago
Editor’s Note on the 21 Conditions During 1920, a wide range of socialist parties and currents were considering affiliation to the newly formed Communist International. Many of these formations were still mired, in their policies and practices, in the weaknesses of the Second International, which had collapsed at the outset of the World War in […] The post The Comintern’s Twenty-One Conditions, 1920 appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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Socialist Viewpoints on War in Ukraine
John Riddell
by John Riddell
10M ago
In his presentation to the London-based Online Communist Forum – printed on this website (“Debates in the Second International”) – Mike Taber made the following statement on Ukraine, drawing parallels to Second International debates on the question of militarism and war: “Consistent with the approach that revolutionary socialists took following 1914, one can completely oppose […] The post Socialist Viewpoints on War in Ukraine appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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Debates in the Second International
John Riddell
by John Riddell
10M ago
The following is an edited version of a talk given at the Online Communist Forum, based in London UK, on 27 March 2022. In it Mike Taber discusses a new book he is preparing, to be published by Haymarket Books. By Mike Taber: Thanks for the invitation to speak at the Online Communist Forum. Some […] The post Debates in the Second International appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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‘Fascinating Material’ on Pre-1914 Socialist International
John Riddell
by John Riddell
1y ago
The following review was first published in Marx and Philosophy and is reposted with permission. Mike Taber’s 220-page collection of resolutions of the Second International is available as a paperback from Haymarket Books with bundled ebook for US$13.26. Page references are to the Haymarket edition. By Daniel Gaido: Mike Taber has edited for the first […] The post ‘Fascinating Material’ on Pre-1914 Socialist International appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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Clara Zetkin on the Path to Workers’ Power
John Riddell
by John Riddell
1y ago
Address to the Fifth Comintern Congress, 1924 Edited by Bob Schwarz: The following extended address by Clara Zetkin to the Communist International’s fifth congress (1924) presents the most rounded defense by a Marxist leader of the call for a workers’ united front, which the International had adopted in 1921.  Toward the end of Part 2 […] The post Clara Zetkin on the Path to Workers’ Power appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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Zhang Tailei: ‘Thunderstorm’ of China’s Revolution
John Riddell
by John Riddell
1y ago
The following short biography of an early Chinese Communist was first published in Friends of Socialist China with the following introduction. In this paper, presented at the Fifteenth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE), held 18-19 December 2021 at the Shanghai International Studies University and online, John Riddell introduces the life of […] The post Zhang Tailei: ‘Thunderstorm’ of China’s Revolution appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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The ‘German October’ of 1923: A Failed Bid for Workers’ Power
John Riddell
by John Riddell
1y ago
The text that follows will be included in a new collection, Lenin’s Comintern Revisited, scheduled for publication in 2022. By John Riddell: On 11 January 1923, France and Belgium sent their armies to occupy the Ruhr region, the industrial heartland of Germany. The invaders’ stated goal was to extract the reparations payments imposed on Germany […] The post The ‘German October’ of 1923: A Failed Bid for Workers’ Power appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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Reform or Revolution? The Lessons of Chile
John Riddell
by John Riddell
1y ago
The following article first appeared on World-Outlook.com, a website for online political analysis and interpretation of events. It is a contribution to a debate on the lessons of previous revolutions that was begun with articles by Eric Blanc and Mike Taber. Both earlier articles appeared on this website and were reprinted on World-Outlook.com in two parts: see part 1 and part 2. By Geoff […] The post Reform or Revolution? The Lessons of Chile appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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China Sets Target of ‘Common Prosperity’
John Riddell
by John Riddell
1y ago
Effort for Social Equality Arouses Concern on Wall Street By John Riddell: Addressing the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee on 17 August  2021, Xi Jinping, president of the Chinese People’s Republic, stressed the need for “common prosperity” as a fundamental requirement of socialism.[1] The Central Committee responded by calling on high-income individuals and businesses to […] The post China Sets Target of ‘Common Prosperity’ appeared first on John Riddell ..read more
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