Fifty key figures on the left, including China Miéville, Lindsey German, Ken Loach, Suzi Weissman, Michael Yates and Immanuel Ness, have backed a Pluto Press campaign urging activists fighting for the 99% against the 1% to draw inspiration from the lives and writings of three giants of 20th-century political change: Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg and VI Lenin.
Visit the new Get Political website to view the campaign statement and a full list of those who have signed so far. The website also includes:
- Extensive slide shows detailing the lives of Trotsky, Lenin and Luxemburg and an introduction to Marxism
- Sample Chapters from three Pluto Press Get Political titles on each of the three figures
- Study plans for each title, ideal for planning reading groups or lectures
- A tool for users to endorse the campaign and spread the word
The Get Political campaign statement argues:
It will not be a simple thing to win the battle of democracy…Luxemburg, Trotsky and Lenin were among the most perceptive and compelling revolutionaries of the 20th century. The body of analysis, strategy and tactics to which they contributed was inseparable from the mass struggles of their time. Critically engaging with their ideas can enrich the thinking and practical activity of those involved in today’s and tomorrow’s struggles for a better world.
Paul Le Blanc, author and co-ordinator, outlined the purpose of the campaign:
The occupy movement and the anti-cuts movement have made a huge impact in a short space of time, but we must build on these successes in order to advance struggles of the future. By engaging with the lives and ideas of Lenin, Luxemburg and Trotsky, activists will find vital analyses and organisational strategies which can help us overcome setbacks, with a leftward shift of the political mainstream.’
The campaign gives those involved in recent movements, such as occupy, the tools and inspiration to continue their struggle to build a fairer world.
To celebrate the launch of the campaign we are running a special ‘3 for 2’ offer on all Get Political titles. Click here to browse and buy.
Writings in Exile
Leon Trotsky, edited by Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc
Introduces the writings of Leon Trotsky.
“Leon Trotsky stands as a shining beacon amid the revolutionary events of our epoch. Out of the vast ideological arsenal he produced, Trotsky always considered that his most important works were those from his years in exile, which remain essential reading for those seeking to bring about fundamental change today. Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc have done a great service in helping to make available, in a single volume, these texts to new generations of revolutionary activists.” – Esteban Volkow, Grandson of Leon Trotsky and President of the Board, Leon Trotsky House Museum, Coyoacan, Mexico
“This bracing book provides theoretical nourishment for our times, just as millions take to the streets worldwide demanding a just economic system. Leon Trotsky hit the world stage as President of the St. Petersburg Soviet in the 1905 Russian Revolution. … Trotsky continues to educate and inspire, his flame refuses to be extinguished.” – Suzi Weissman, Professor of Politics, Saint Mary’s College of California
Selected Writings of V.I. Lenin
V. I. Lenin, edited by Paul Le Blanc
The first serious collection of Lenin’s writings for decades. Editor Paul Le Blanc argues that Lenin was committed to democracy.
“We desperately need the resurrection and revival of the kind of strategic thinking and principled commitment that Lenin epitomised in the era of 1917, and all that it promised. For those interested in this rebirth of the politics of alternative to capitalism, Paul Le Blanc’s account of the democratic, socialist, and revolutionary Lenin will prove indispensable. Reading it is a reminder that what is, need not be, and that what has, seemingly, failed, can be reconstituted anew.” – Professor Bryan Palmer, Trent University
Rosa Luxemburg, edited by Paul Le Blanc and Helen C. Scott
The best introduction to the range of Rosa Luxemburg’s thought, including a number of writings never before anthologised.
“Rosa Luxemburg has never been more relevant! Here, at last, in a single volume is an accessible introduction to one of the most important radical political thinkers of the 20th century with analysis and insight for a new generation of activist.” – Elaine Bernard, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School