Socialist Youth Review
| The Socialist Youth Review was a publication of the
Workers Party, which was a Trotskyist political party which was formed by
Max Shachtman after he was expelled from the Socialist Workers Party in
1940. After 1949, the group was called the Independent Socialist
League and later merged with the Socialist Party.
The collection consists of the publications, with each being about 30 pages long. They cover a range of contemporary political issues, both domestically and internationally.
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This edition begins with a tribute from Leon Trotsky to his son, Leon Sedoff, who died under mysterious circumstances in Paris. This is followed by a comparison of the socialists killed by Stalin and Hitler and an article detailing the failures of the British Labour Party. Arthur Conkin critiques the plans of Hashomer Hatzair and Kibbutz Artzi, two radical Jewish organizations and their support for Zionism, which he contends is untenable.
Justin Graham writes the main article of this section focuses on the "first Workers' State," the Paris Commune of 1871. Also discussed is Eugene Debs, the quiet suffering of the workers in Wilmington, Ohio, a review of the movie The Best Years of Our Lives, and the potential for cooperation with the Socialist Workers' Party.
This edition includes an article that argues against unity with Stalinist organizations, such as the AYD. Also, policy changes by Communists are criticized, as is the Wallace presidential campaign, the Marshall Plan, and conscription. The article, "Democracy, Socialism, and the Russian Revolution" undermines the claims of the Soviet Union as a workers' state and instead portrays it as a centralized bureacratic dictatorship of Stalinists. Section 1 ends with Rosa Luxemburg's thoughts on the Russian Revolution.
Justin Graham pays tribute to the Communist Manifesto on its one hundredth birthday, analyzing its relevance in today's age and the addition of the "theory of permanent revolution" by Trotsky. The movie review article is dedicated to the renaissance of Italian films after the collapse of the fascist dictatorship. A book review of "No Peace for Asia" by Harold R. Isaacs describes the situation in Asia following World War II and the suppression of Indo-China. Also discussed is the potential of socialist economic planning by the working class, opposed to "capitalist anarchy" and Stalinist bureaucratic planning.
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