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Key Radical Activists Urge Engagement with Trotsky, Lenin, and Luxemburg

Fifty key figures on the left including China Miéville, Lindsey German, Ken Loach, Suzi Weissman, Michael Yates and Immanuel Ness have backed a Pluto Press campaign urging activists fighting for the 99% to draw inspiration from the lives and writings of three giants of 20th century political change: Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg and VI Lenin. The Get Political campaign statement (www.getpoliticalnow.com) contends that “It will not be a simple thing to win the battle of democracy ... Luxemburg, Trotsky and Lenin were among the most perceptive and compelling revolutionaries of the 20th century. The body of analysis, strategy and tactics to which they contributed was inseparable from the mass struggles of their time. Critically engaging with their ideas can enrich the thinking and practical activity of those involved in today’s and tomorrow’s struggles for a better world.”

Paul Le Blanc, author and co-ordinator, outlined the purpose of the campaign:

“The Occupy movement and the anti-cuts movement have made a huge impact in a short space of time, but we must build on these successes in order to advance struggles of the future. By engaging with the lives and ideas of Lenin, Luxemburg and Trotsky, activists will find vital analyses and organisational strategies which can help us overcome setbacks and cause a leftward shift of the political mainstream.”

The campaign gives those involved in recent movements such as Occupy the tools and inspiration to continue their struggle to build a fairer world. A campaign website, www.getpoliticalnow.com, offers the following resources:

To interview Paul le Blanc or a Pluto Press representative, email jonw@plutobooks.com or call 0208 374 6426.

About Pluto Press

Pluto Press has a proud history of publishing progressive critical thinking across politics and the social sciences. Since the 1960s, Pluto Press has provided a home to progressive thinkers and dissenting voices from across the world. They have been published works by the likes of Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon, Noam Chomsky, bell hooks, Edward Said, Augusto Boal, Vandana Shiva and Susan George.

The current roster of authors includes historians such as Ilan Pappe and Nick Robins, political and economic analysts such as Graham Turner, Alastair Crooke and Gabriel Kolko, leading dissident thinkers such as Hamid Dabashi and Tommy McKearney and fearless investigative journalists such as Syed Saleem Shahzad, David Cronin and Jonathan Cook.

About Paul Le Blanc

Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. He is the author of Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience (2006), A Short History of the US Working Class (1999) and editor or co-editor of the Get Political books on Trotsky, Lenin and Luxemburg.

About the Get Political Series

The Get Political series is a response to the unconvincing and desperate rhetoric from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic. As the crisis of neoliberalism develops, the established order becomes ever more helpless to improve things.

The books in the series are for people who want to learn about and construct real alternatives to unrestrained capitalism and the selfish individualism it encourages. The series invites a return to classic revolutionary thinkers and texts, which have inspired and continue to inspire radicals worldwide.

The selection is consciously eclectic, covering postcolonial theory, history and theatre as well as what would normally be termed ‘politics’. However, the works are unified by rejections of the status quo so convincing that they inspire not only agreement, but further reading and meaningful political action.

To see all titles in the series go to www.getpoliticalnow.com/series/

Information on Initial Endorsers of the Campaign Statement

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