first democratic elections in Germany
after the war, in 1946, saw the workers' parties triumph, especially the Social
Democrats, a swing of the petty bourgeoisie toward the Christian Democrats, the
collapse of the openly right-wing parties and a total rejection of the Nazis.
Ted Grant pointed out that this was the answer to those, including the
Stalinists and Labour leaders, who blamed the German workers for Hitler's
crimes. The relative setback of the Stalinists and protest vote in the Soviet
Zone also indicated that German workers were in favour of Socialism, but were
repelled by the Stalinist caricature of it.
In late 1946 Stalin announced that the immediate
task in the Soviet Union was one of building
"Communism". At the same time he set in motion new purges among the lower layers
of the bureaucracy. Imposing these limits on corruption among the lower
bureaucrats, Ted Grant argued, arose from the need to gain support from the
pauperised and deprived masses for the reconstruction effort, in order to
preserve the general privileges of the bureaucracy as a whole.
In 1946, while
offering the exiled White Guards full citizenship, Stalin retaliated against
the Chechen-Ingush and Crimean peoples and dissolved their autonomous
republics, accusing them of having not rebelled against the Nazis during the
War. 1,500,000 men, women and children were deported. "How [does one] explain
the fact that the peoples see no advantages in the Stalinist regime, but the
White Guard capitalist elements do?" Ted Grant asked.
In January 1949 Ted Grant analysed the historical significance of the victory of Mao in China. Key to this victory was Mao's agrarian reform which won over the peasants while the feudal landlords and capitalists clung to the rotten Kuomintang. The Chinese revolution was second in importance only to the Russian October, but with one important difference: from day one the Chinese masses were expropriated of their political power by the Stalinist bureaucracy. Here we publish the full version of the text.
1946 one of the main stooges of Stalin, Aleksandrov, delivered an official
speech during the Lenin memorial meeting in Moscow announcing a revision of Marx and
Lenin's theory of the state. Ted Grant highlighted the importance of this open
breach with Marxism showing that it sought a theoretical justification for the
persistence of the rule by the bureaucracy in the Soviet
The NEC of the Labour Party in 1954 argued in favour of German rearmament against the Soviet "threat". The Labour left argued that a re-armed West Germany, backed by the United States, would be facing a hostile and armed East Germany, backed by Russia, making World War III "inevitable." Ted Grant replied to both, putting forward an internationalist position. Here we provide the full unabridged text.
On the eve of 1946 post-war Britain was on
her knees. The British ruling class reached a deal with the former U.S. allies for
a huge loan, but the repayment conditions were very severe. The Labour leaders
in office were willingly carrying out the dirty job of asking British workers
to postpone any demands to improve their conditions. Ted Grant looked at the
consequences of these policies for the workers.
Ted Grant's criticism of the pamphlet "Problems
of Foreign Policy" published by Transport House in 1952 exposes the
chauvinistic approach in foreign policy of the Labour leaders and their
abandonment of a working class perspective.
this important pamphlet of May 1958 that we publish now in its entirety, Ted
Grant analysed the Bonapartist character of De Gaulle's regime in the light of
previous historical events. De Gaulle's bid for power was successful not
because of his strength, but because of the treacherous policies of the
Communist and Socialist Party leaders. De Gaulle's victory was an expression of the
crisis of French capitalism and would inevitably open up revolutionary events
and an explosion of the class struggle. While most of the Stalinist, reformist
and sectarian left had written off the French workers as a revolutionary class
before May 1968, Ted Grant's prediction confirmed the correctness of Marxist
In August 1968 Ted Grant drew a balance sheet
of the revolutionary crisis ignited in France with the May events. In this
important article he carefully analysed the main problems facing the
revolution, exposing the treacherous policies of the Stalinist CP leaders, who
gave De Gaulle the possibility to recover from his earlier paralysis, and the
sectarian mistakes of the leaders of the "revolutionary left".
In the summer of 1939, the Tientsin incident unleashed a
nationalistic outburst in defence of British prerogatives over China. Labour
and Stalinist leaders advocated for a "firm" defence of British interests and China against Japan. Ted Grant vehemently
rejected their chauvinism and warned "We cannot trust the British capitalists
to carry out any act in the interests of the workers of Britain and the
After the first few months of war in March 1940,
preparations for an even worse scenario of slaughter were being undertaken by
all imperialist powers by mobilizing the masses of each country against the
"enemy". The labour and Stalinist leaders' bankrupt policies left the workers
unarmed. Here Ted Grant makes a balance-sheet of the first months of War.