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Comintern: Revolutionary Internationalism in Lenin's Time

Comintern: Revolutionary Internationalism in Lenin's Time

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Comintern: Revolutionary Internationalism in Lenin's Time by John Riddell
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COMINTERN
Revolutionary Internationalismin Lenin’s Time
by John Riddell
 
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Socialist Voice
Marxist Perspectives for the 21st Century
A forum for discussion of today’s struggles of the workers andoppressed from the standpoint of revolutionary Marxism, basedin Canada but international in scope.
 
All
Socialist Voice
articles, as well as a selection of importantdocuments from international movements for socialism and liberation,are available on our website,
www.socialistvoice.ca
 
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CONTENTS
Introduction ............................................................................................................3Socialism’s Great Divide .......................................................................................4From Zimmerwald to Moscow ..............................................................................5Building Revolutionary Parties ..............................................................................7Colonized Peoples Take the Lead ..........................................................................8Reaching Out to the Peasantry ...............................................................................9For Women’s Liberation ......................................................................................10For Class Struggle Trade Unions .........................................................................12Initiatives for Unity in Struggle ...........................................................................13From Lenin To Stalin ...........................................................................................14Cover:
“Comrade Lenin Sweeps the World Clean.”
A Soviet poster from 1920.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Riddell, co-editor of 
Socialist Voice
, has been a leading gure in the the so
-cialist movement in North America and Europe since the 1960s. He is the editor of 
The Communist International in Lenin’s Tim
e, a groundbreaking six-volumeanthology of documents, speeches, manifestos and commentary, published by
Pathnder Press between 1984 and 1993.
 
These articles were rst published in
Socialist Worker (www.socialistworker.co.uk)
in the summer and autumn of 2007, They are reproduced here with permission.Copyright 2008 by Socialist Voice
www.socialistvoice.ca
Published by South Branch PublicationsPrinted in CanadaISBN 978-1-897578-01-8
 
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Introduction
The rst years of the 21st century have seen coordinated worldwide
actions and international collaboration by progressive movementson a scale not seen for many decades.Massive actions against capitalist globalization in 1999-2001, therise of the World Social Forum, coordinated protests by tens of mil-lions against the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003, and world days of ac-
tion to protect the environment have all testied to awareness that the
great problems before us can be resolved only on a world scale.Meanwhile, the stubborn resistance to imperialist wars in theMiddle East and the rise of popular struggles in Latin America havethrown the U.S. empire onto the defensive. The government of Ven-ezuela, together with Cuba, has built an international alliance for sovereignty and against neo-liberalism, called the Bolivarian Al-ternative for the Americas (ALBA). Venezuelan President HugoChávez has pointed to the need for progressive and anti-capitalistmovements to unite in international association.Such recent initiatives continue the tradition of the workers’movement since the mid-19th century. The Communist League(1847-1852), whose leaders included Karl Marx and Frederick En-gels, published a world program, The Manifesto of the CommunistParty, which still serves as the foundation of revolutionary social-ism and concludes with the words, “Working people of all coun-tries, unite!”Marx and Engels were among the central leaders of the Interna-tional Working Men’s Association (1864-1876). Engels took part inthe formation in 1889 of the Socialist (Second) International, whichcame to include mass socialist parties in most of the main devel-oped capitalist states.A conservative wing developed within the Second International,which led to its collapse at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. TheInternational’s most authoritative parties abandoned the interests of working people in order to rally behind their respective imperialist
rulers in prosecuting the war effort. The conict in the Second In
-
ternational is described in the rst article of this collection, “Social
-ism’s Great Divide” (page 2).Amid the wreckage of the Second International, revolutionaryopponents of the imperialist war organized in the ZimmerwaldMovement, named for the town in Switzerland where they met in

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