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Ginger Goodwin: Canadian labour martyr

On 27 July, 1918 Albert (Ginger) Goodwin stared into the barrel of Dan Campbell's shot gun and in a second, it was all over. The bullet passed first through Ginger's wrist, then through his neck, killing him with a single shot. Ginger lay on the forest floor, choking on his own blood. This was the end of the life of Ginger Goodwin, but the beginning of his legend. Ginger Goodwin's murder sparked the first general strike in Canadian history and he remains a source of inspiration for revolutionaries and labour activists to this day.

Introduction to the Spanish Revolution (1931-37)

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the reactionary coup of Francisco Franco, and the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.  To remember the Spanish Revolution, we are publishing this article (originally written in 1995) that spells out the lessons that young revolutionaries must learn from this epic case of betrayal.  We must learn from the defeats, as well as the victories, of working people to prepare ourselves for the future.

The Assasinations of Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over thirty years ago, Malcolm X (1965) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968) were assassinated. In the case of Malcolm X, several members of the Nation of Islam (NOI) were convicted of the assassination. In the case of Martin Luther King, one assassin, James Earl Ray, was convicted of the assassination and sentenced to life in prison. However, there have always been many unanswered questions about both of these murders. Despite the convictions, and the ongoing campaign by the government, police agencies, and various authors and pundits to put the assassinations to rest, there have always been many unanswered questions about these murders.

Where is China Going? - Part one

Nearly thirty years have passed since Deng first introduced his “market reforms”. What started as an attempt to stimulate growth within a planned economy has ended up by establishing capitalist relations in the Chinese economy. How did all this happen and where is China going today?

The Collapse of Stalinism and the Class Nature of the Russian State

The question of the class nature of Russia has been a central issue in the Marxist movement for decades. Now, with the collapse of the USSR and the movement in the direction of capitalism, this question assumes an even greater importance. This work, written in February 1996 approaches the question from a dialectical point of view. (by Ted Grant and Alan Woods)

The Truth About the Second World War

Following all the Pomp and Circumstance of yesterday’s official celebrations of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe, we are republishing Alan Woods’ articles on the Second World War (originally published in June 2004) as a necessary antidote. (by Alan Woods) Part One | Part Two

Women and Revolution: On International Working Women's Day 2005

Mainstream feminism has attempted to reduce March 8th to a vague and depoliticized celebration of the female sex as a homogenous group, but to socialists and working class women the world over, it as a day for mobilizing. International Working Women’s Day was instituted on the proposal of comrade Clara Zetkin at the second International Conference of Women Socialists, held in Copenhagen in 1910, with the aim of mobilizing women for the struggle against bourgeois domination. Much to the chagrin of liberals and moderates alike, this is exactly the role that International Working Women’s Day has played – most notably in 1917. (March, 2005)

Book Review: Canadian Bolsheviks: The early years of the Communist Party of Canada, by Ian Angus

It is with great happiness that we welcome the reprinting of Ian Angus' book Canadian Bolsheviks. First printed in 1981, this book details the birth, growth, and eventual Stalinist degeneration of the Communist Party of Canada covering the period from WWI to the mid 1930s. Angus provides an excellent antidote to both the Stalinist "official" history and to dry academic histories that see Marxism and Leninism as identical to Stalinism. Most importantly the book details the lessons learned by the early communists while building the most successful revolutionary party in Canada's history. In the words of Angus, "They have a lot to teach us." (January, 2005)

An introduction to historical materialism

This study guide helps to explain historical materialism, the application of Marxist science to historical situations. (by Mick Brooks)