C.L.R. James

The Gathering Forces

(November 1967)

Published in mimeograph by Facing Reality Publishing Committee, Detroit & London, 17 November 1967.
Transcribed by Paul Le Blanc.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

A Statement celebrating the October Revolution and its meaning for workers, peasants and all those who are involved in the world struggle.



Section I


1923: What Went Wrong

The Third World: The Peasantry

Section II
Contemporary International Class Struggles

The United States of America

Negro Americans Take the Lead

The Weight of Asia


The Abuse and Promise of Modern Technology

The United States and the Russian Revolution

Section III
What Is Socialism?

Cuba: The Modern Population in Action

The Hungarian Revolution

The Struggle for Socialism Today and Tomorrow

What Is Marxism?

What Is Facing Reality


We present here a draft of a statement at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. We use this form to get the comments, the questions, the discussion that is necessary to revise this document to achieve a finished and satisfactory whole. We also use this form to elicit the financial contributions that are essential to achieve, finally, a printed book. The reader’s aid is sought in both respects.

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