Carlo Tresca pp 227-236 | Cite as

Taking on the Stalinists

  • Nunzio Pernicone
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


The era of the Popular Front saw Tresca emerge as one of the most aggressive critics of Stalinism and the Soviet Union. The communist parties of Europe and the United States, together with numerous front and auxiliary organizations under their influence, had come to dominate the Left by the mid-1930s. Tresca, who had been in a minority position by virtue of his cooperation with communists in the 1920s, would once again find himself in a minority position as an anti-Stalinist leftist in the mid-1930s. Although relatively few in number compared to the communists, their broad array of sympathizers, and their socialist allies under the Popular Front, leftists in America who shared Tresca’s anti-Stalinist views constituted an impressive group of intellectuals and political activists, such as Edmund Wilson, James T. Farrell, Sidney Hook, Irving Howe, Dwight MacDonald, Hebert Solow, Philip Rahv, Max Eastman, James Rorty, Eliot Cohen, and others.1 Operating with few allies did not deter Tresca from attacking the Stalinists as fiercely as he did the Fascists. For in his mind, the time when there was any significant difference between them had long since passed.


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