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Archive for August, 2011

Those who can’t, talk about it. Those who can do!

Posted by devildog6771 on August 20, 2011


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As a blogger, you can always tell when you hit a nerve. You get blasted with spam.  While some may let this bother them, I am glad to see my posts are striking a nerve. I am flattered my little spammers noticed my posts and felt moved enough to respond. Your actions only serve to let me know my words are on target! Thank you!

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Should America remain a Republic or convert to a Autocratic socialist/communist /marxist State?

Posted by devildog6771 on August 10, 2011


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Like the rest of the nation, I am following the Republican candidates as each begins to shape their campaign for President in the 2012 election. Each gives us their views on the issues. The economy, jobs, the crash of the housing market, and now the loss of our “AAA” credit rating at S&P. The candidates and the media all go back and forth about whether taxes should be increased or decreased. They all discuss which budgets should be cut. Discussions run the spectrum from “everything is on the tables” to re-doing Medicare, Social Security, and Defense spending! Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism: The Big Lie!

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


Cover of "Socialism on Trial"

Cover of Socialism on Trial

Following this post are eight  very lengthy posts and the table of contents for a series of articles called “Socialism on Trial.” I came across these accidentally as happens with so many of my better finds. As I read through each of these posts, I found myself thinking more and more about our present situation with regard to President Obama and the Progressive Caucus and the socialists who have managed to take control of the Democratic Party. I also contemplated whether Americans realize that our Republic is in a fight for its very survival as a free nation. It is not a Republican versus Democrat struggle.

Read all seven articles completely. I accidentally put the first one last. Sorry! At times you will find that much of what it almost tempting to believe what you read. Make sure you read everything. After I read the entire thing, I was left with a couple of conclusions. One, socialists claim capitalists are imperialists. That we are a threat to world peace and the plight of humanity. I would argue the  opposite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism on Trial The courtroom testimony of James P. Cannon

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Cover of Socialism on Trial

Socialism on Trial

The courtroom testimony of James P. Cannon


Stenigraphically recorded: 1940, Minneapolis, MN, District Court of the United States, June 18th 1941 through November 21, 1941
Source: Socialism On Trial (c) Resistance Books 1999 ISBN 0909196 93 1 : Permission provided by Resistance Books for use by the James P. Cannon Internet Archive in 2003.
Transcription\HTML Markup: David Walters
Introduction: Special thinks to David Holmes for writing the introduction and facilitating the acquisition of the text of the book.


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Socialism on Trial – Part II

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Cover of Socialism on Trial

Socialism on Trial

The courtroom testimony of James. Cannon

Part II

District Court of the United States,

District of Minnesota, Fourth Division.

Wednesday, November 19, 1941

Morning Session

James P. Cannon

DIRECT EXAMINATION (continued)

Imperialist war

Q (By Mr. Goldman): Mr. Cannon, will you tell us the position of the Socialist Workers Party on the causes of modern war?

A: Modern wars, in the opinion of our party, are caused by the conflict of imperialist nations for markets, colonies, sources of raw material, fields for investment, and spheres of influence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism on Trial – Part III

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Socialism on Trial

The courtroom testimony of James. Cannon

Part III

(cont’d from part II

SWP and Trotsky

Q: Now, what relationship, if any, did Leon Trotsky have to the Socialist Workers Party?

A: Our movement in 1928—when our faction was expelled from the Communist Party—we had adopted the program of Trotsky.

We supported his program from the very beginning—and this was long before we had any personal contact with him. He had been expelled from the Russian party and was exiled in the Asiatic wilderness at a place called Alma Ata. We had no communication with him. We did not know where he was, whether he was dead or alive, but we had one of his important programmatic documents which was called, “The Criticism of the Draft Program of the Comintern”[5] This book elaborated his theories as against those of Stalin at great length and in fundamental respects. This was adopted by us as our own program and from the very beginning we proclaimed our faction as Trotsky’s faction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism on Trial – Part IV

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Cover of Socialism on Trial

Socialism on Trial

The courtroom testimony of James. Cannon

Part IV

District Court of the United States

District of Minnesota, Fourth Division.

Friday, November 21, 1941

10:00 o’clock A. M.

James P. Cannon

One of the defendants, previously sworn, recalled, testified as follows:

CROSS-EXAMINATION Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism on Trial – Part V

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Cover of Socialism on Trial

Political Principles and
Propaganda Methods

Defence Policy in the Minneapolis Trial:

Socialism on Trial

Part V

By James P. Cannon


1. Our strategy in the trial

In the Minneapolis “sedition” trial, as in the months-long trade-union battle which preceded and led up to it, the American Trotskyists were put to the test and compelled to show what stuff they are made of. In both instances they conducted themselves in a manner befitting disciples of Trotsky and met the test in all respects. Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism on Trial – VI

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Political Principles and
Propaganda Methods

Defence Policy in the Minneapolis Trial:

Socialism on Trial

Part VI

[Continued from Part V]

By James P. Cannon


6. Marxism and war

Our insistence at the trial that we undertake revolutionary action only with the support of the majority and not over their heads has brought a criticism also in connection with our attitude toward war, but this criticism is no more valid than the others and has no more right to appeal to the authority of Lenin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Socialism on Trial – Part VI – Traditions and Guiding Ideas of the SWP in Defence Activities

Posted by devildog6771 on August 9, 2011


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Socialism on Trial

Part VI

Traditions and Guiding Ideas of the SWP in Defence Activities

By George Novack

I

Letters From Prison is the latest of three works by J.P. Cannon which were literary by-products of the Minneapolis Labor Case. The other two are “Socialism on Trial”, which gives his testimony for the defence, and “Defence Policy in the Minneapolis Trial” which was a refutation of the ultraleft criticism of the courtroom strategy made by Grandizo Munis. (He was a Spanish comrade who played a role in the Fourth International for a time until he broke with the Trotskyist movement in the late 1940s.) Read the rest of this entry »

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