Marxist Writers: Felix Morrow


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Felix Morrow


Felix Morrow, James Cannon, Max Shachtman, George Clark, James Burnham, Nathan Gould, Martin Abern



Felix Morrow was for many years a leading figure figure in American Trotskyism, best known for his classic Revolution and Counter-Revolution In Spain. He joined the Communist League of America in 1933 and after Max Shachtman’s minority split in 1940, served as editor of the Socialist Workers Party’s paper, the Militant, and its theoretical journal, Fourth International. He was one of 18 SWP leaders imprisoned under the Smith Act during the Second World War. In 1943 he formed a faction with Albert Goldman which challenged the SWP’s ‘orthodox’ catastrophic perspective. In one of the most instructive factional struggles in the history of the Trotskyist movement, Morrow and Goldman projected the likelihood of a prolonged period of bourgeois democracy in western Europe and emphasised the need for democratic and transitional demands against the maximalism advocated by the majority. Although he was expelled from the SWP in 1946 for ‘unauthorised collaboration’ with Shachtman’s Workers Party, he did not join Shachtman, and drifted out of politics.



Religion — Its social roots and role, 1932

Soule’s Revolution, August 1934 (book review)

Declining America, November 1934 (book review)

God and Society, January 1935 (book review)

The Spirit of the US Constitution, February 1936

How the Workers Can Win in Spain, October 1936

The Civil War in Spain: Toward Socialism or Fascism? December 1936

Proposed Solutions to the Spanish Crisis, January 1937 (article from Socialist Appeal)

Revolution and Counter Revolution in Spain, 1938

Anarchism in Spain, January 1938 (book review)

The War in Spain, February 1938 (book review)

Barcelona and France’s Future, February 1939

The GPU orders a Novel, March 1939 (book review)

Comrade Cross Invents a Problem (excerpt) A Reply to The Relationship Between Free Speech and the Proletarian Revolution

War-Mad Liberal, May 1939 (book review)

Conscription, Circa 1940 ( PDF of orignal pamphlet)

The Federal Prosecution of the Socialist Workers Party, August 1941

The Minneapolis ‘Sedition’ Trial, January 1942

Effects of Monopoly on War Production, February 1942

Lenin’s Teachings on National Wars: An Answer to the Latest Stalinist Forgeries, April 1942

Inflation, May 1942

Burnham’s Role, Shachtman’s Apology, May 1942

Stalin Blames the German Proletariat, June 1942

China in the War, August 1942

Petty-Bourgeois Radicalism on the Struggle in India, September 1942

The Truth About the Cripps Mission, September 1942

The Apology of Shachtman, November 1942

The National Question in Europe: Our Differences with the Three Theses, December 1942

The Class Meaning of the Soviet Victories, March 1943

Wendell Willkie’s Program, May 1943

Washington’s Plans for Italy, June 1943

Roosevelt and Labor after the Third Coal Strike, July 1943

The CIO Answer to the Anti-Labor Drive, August 1943

Italy: The First Phase of the Revolution, August 1943

The Italian Revolution, September 1943

The First Phase of the Coming European Revolution, December 1943

Introduction to Albert Goldman’s In Defense of Socialism, 1944

The Political Position of the Minority in the SWP, May 1945

Big Three Differences in Germany, June 1945

European Perspectives and Policy, July 1945

Was the German Working Class Responsible for Nazism?, July 1945

On the Tempo in Europe: To All Sections of the Fourth International, November 1945

Tactical Problems of the European Movement, January 1946

The Infantile Sickness of the European Secretariat, February 1946


Last updated: 8 September 2009