Loren Goldner

Revolution, defeat and theoretical underdevelopment - Loren Goldner (2016)

Essays written over 2010–14, collected here, deal with the legacy bequeathed to the contemporary revolutionary left by four key historical experiences: the Russian Revolution, the Comintern’s first experiment in ‘anti-imperialism’ in the early years of the Turkish Communist Party (1917–25), the failings of anarchism in the Spanish Revolution/Civil War (1936–9) and the failure of the Trotskyist Fourth International in the run-up to the Bolivian Revolution (1952) and beyond. In short, they probe the theoretical and practical legacies bequeathed to us as Leninism, anti-imperialism, anarchism and official Trotskyism, as it evolved after Trotsky’s assassination in 1940.

The agrarian question in the Russian revolution: from material community to productivism, and back - Loren Goldner

Buried under almost a century of ideology, "the Russian question," the historical meaning of the defeat of the Russian revolution, is the question that will not go away. This essay is an attempt to answer it.

Super imperialism: the origins and fundamentals of U.S. world dominance - Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson's in-depth and highly controversial study of imperialism, lauded by (among others) Loren Goldner.

Industrial Worker #1718 (August/September 2009)

The August/September 2009 issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Loren Goldner audio

Interviews and lectures by Loren Goldner

The Spanish revolution, past and future: grandeur and poverty of anarchism; how the working class takes over (or doesn't), then and now - Loren Goldner

Spanish workers' barricade during the civil war

Detailed account and analysis of anarchism in the Spanish civil war and revolution by left communist Loren Goldner.

Notes towards a critique of Maoism

Loren Goldner's 'bare-bones history' of Maoism.

The fusion of anabaptist, Indian and African as the American radical tradition - Loren Goldner

The following article attempts, in a nutshell, to apply Ernst Bloch's idea of "non-contemporary contradiction" to American history. It was written for a symposium on "Religion and Politics" in the U.S.-based journal Against the Current.

Anti-capitalism or anti-imperialism? Interwar authoritarian and fascist sources of a reactionary ideology: The case of the Bolivian MNR

Loren Goldner's detailed account and analysis of the Bolivian Revolutionary Nationalist Movement (MNR) which was the key player in the 1952 national revolution, and which was supported by the left despite its pro-fascist, corporatist tendencies.

Ubu saved from drowning: worker insurgency and statist containment in Portugal and Spain, 1974-1977 - Loren Goldner

Salazar and Franco.

An analysis of the end of the Salazar and Franco regimes and the transition crises that marked " the last major working class upsurges in the West in the era of the big factory".