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Friday, December 8, 2023

Marxism Opposes Terrorism


Marxism Opposes Terrorism – Preface

We are publishing here two articles by Trotsky putting the socialist case against terrorism, which are still relevant today, with an introduction, What Socialists Say about Terrorism, by Peter Taaffe, written following 9/11

The False Methods of Terrorism

Peter Taaffe, 29 September 2001 - The Socialist has been forthright in its condemnation of those who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11. We described their methods as those of "small groups employing mass terrorism".

Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism

By Leon Trotsky - Our class enemies are in the habit of complaining about our terrorism.  What they mean by this is rather unclear. They would like to label all the activities of the proletariat directed against the class enemy's interests as terrorism.

The Bankruptcy of Individual Terrorism

By Leon Trotsky - This article was written following sensational exposures in Russia, 1909, about Yevno Azef, a prominent leader of the terrorist Combat Organisation of the Russian Social Revolutionary Party.

Marxism Opposes Individual Terrorism

By Peter Taaffe, 1975. Hardly a day now passes without a political assassination, attempted assassination, kidnapping or bombing taking place somewhere in the world.

Supplementary material

The Class, The Party and the Leadership

This article is an unfinished work written by Trotsky and first published in 1940. It nevertheless forms a very valuable text.

The Rise and Fall of the Communist International

The Evolution of the Comintern was written in 1936. 

Trotsky’s relevance today

This article is based on a speech by Peter Taaffe in Belgium in April 2000.

The Assassination of Trotsky

Sixty years ago, the dictator Stalin orchestrated the murder of Leon Trotsky, exiled and isolated in Mexico. Stalin was motivated not merely by personal rivalry and malice, argues LYNN WALSH, but by the ruling bureaucracy's need to crush the Fourth International, which continued to fight for internationalism and workers' democracy.

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