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In this section of our web site we will repost a variety of documents produced by Revolutionary Regroupment's political predecessors, concentrating on the post-WW 2 period of the Trotskyist movement. While we seek to continue the work and build on the contributions of those who came before us, we do not dogmatically defend past mistakes that may inevitably have been committed. Therefore our posting these documents reflects broad agreement, not an uncritical adherence to every secondary argument and formulation. For a fuller documentation see the Marxists Internet Archive (www.marxists.org) and material published on the web site of the International Bolshevik Tendency (www.bolshevik.org) before our break with them on 9/25/08.

  

"In very much the same way, to repeat, a progressive movement occurs in art. When an artistic tendency has exhausted its creative resources, creative “splinters” separate from it, which are able to look at the world with new eyes. The more daring the pioneers show in their ideas and actions, the more bitterly they oppose themselves to established authority which rests on a conservative “mass base,” the more conventional souls, skeptics, and snobs are inclined to see in the pioneers, impotent eccentrics or “anemic splinters‚” But in the last analysis it is the conventional souls, skeptics and snobs who are wrong – and life passes them by....

"Every new artistic or literary tendency (naturalism, symbolism, futurism, cubism, expressionism and so forth and so on) has begun with a “scandal,” breaking the old respected crockery, bruising many established authorities. This flowed not at all solely from publicity seeking (although there was no lack of this). No, these people – artists, as well as literary critics – had something to say. They had friends, they had enemies, they fought, and exactly through this they demonstrated their right to exist."

Leon Trotsky; Art & Politics in Our Epoch (1938)

  

  

Added 8/22/10; Milwalkees Brand of Socialism: Socialism in One City by James Boulton. First printed in Fourth International, December 1940. Critique of Norman Thomas's Socialist Party.

  

Added 6/8/09; The Spartacist League, the Minority and Voix Ouvriere By Liz Gordon. Key internal factional document on supporters of the Voix Ouvriere/ Lutte Ouvriere group in France. First printed in Spartacist League Internal Bulletin #7, December 1968. 

  

Added 6/8/09; Reformism vs. Reformism in the CPUSA: Divorce in the Family First printed in 1917 West #1, Spring 1992

  

Added 5/10/10; Open Letter to the International Socialists (5/1/98). Later reprinted in 1917  #21, 1999 as "From Cliff to Trotsky".

  

Added 8/22/10; Bolshevism & Trotskyism: Defending Our History First Printed in Marxist Bulletin #8, February 1999.

  

Added 5/10/10; Internationalist Group:"Trotskyism With a Pre-Frontal Lobotomy" Revisited First posted online on 9/23/02 

  

Added 6/8/09; Northites Inc.: Toeing the Bottom Line; Being Determines Consciousness  First published in 1917 No.30, 2008.