The Stalin Society of North America (SSNA) is the result of many months of hard work and many years of hopeful emulation. In London, in 1991, the Stalin Society-UK was formed as an organization whose stated goal was to refute anti-communist and anti-Stalin libels and slanders through rigorous scholarly research and vigorous debate. Over the years, the Stalin Society-UK has contributed a number of very influential and well-received articles dealing with the Stalin period of Soviet history, and has conducted and sponsored numerous education events, forums, and symposia. The success of the Stalin Society in Britain made many of us on this side of the Atlantic wish that we had a similar organization on these shores.
Well, on March 8, 2014, that wish became a reality. The Stalin Society of North America held its Founding Congress in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We hope to not only continue in the tradition of our British comrades, but to expand and deepen the work of reclaiming the history that was stolen from us. Our aim is nothing less than the overturning of the Cold War anti-communist historical paradigm; and the restoration of history’s original – and correct – verdict of Josef Stalin as one of the titans of the 20th century and one of the central figures in the history of progressive humankind. But we are not merely a collection of antiquarians and this is not just a historical society. Our mission is consciously and proactively political. To defend Stalin is to defend socialism; to stand up for a better, a more just and humane world. By defaming Stalin, conservative and anti-communist historians and commentators have attempted to demonstrate that no alternative to capitalism is possible, and that to attempt to establish such an alternative will fail, monstrously so, in fact.
We say, “no!” We say that a new world is not only possible, but practical, indeed necessary; and we say that the successes and achievements of the world communist movement, and particularly the Stalin era in the USSR are there as proof. Through research, scholarship, and reasoned argument we seek to popularize that proof and reestablish that truth, once shared by millions, that socialism is the road to human progress, fulfillment, and freedom.
The SSNA is, and likely will always be, a work in progress. We will constantly expand and broaden our work. So, please come and visit us often. We hope, through the dissemination of printed information, educational events, and visual and audio media to serve as a virtual Stalin library and museum. There is much here already; but much more will always be arriving. Our doors are open. Come on in! Alfonso Casal, Chairperson, The Stalin Society of North America.
2014 Founding Congress: On March 8, 2014, comrades from across the United States, representing various Marxist-Leninist tendencies and a number of different ML parties and organizations, met at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to found the Stalin Society of North America (SSNA). One of the SSNA’s stated goals is to encourage and honor research and political action that challenges the dominant anti-Communist view of Josef Stalin, his life, and legacy. Thus, while most of the Founding Congress was spent in front of the camera hammering out the organizational structure of the Society, one of the public events of the Founding Congress was to give the very first, annual SSNA award “For Distinguished Contributions to Stalin and Soviet-era Scholarship and Activism” to Professor Grover Furr of Montclair State University. Grover Furr, through his many articles, written in both Russian and English, and through his history books Khrushchev Lied and The Murder of Sergei Kirov is arguably the preeminent historian writing on the Stalin period in the English language today. The SSNA was proud to present Furr with its first ever annual award. Afterwards, a banquet was held in Furr’s honor.
Mission statement: The Stalin Society of North America (SSNA) serves as an educational and research organization devoted to studying and popularizing the life, work, and legacy of Josef Vissarionovich Stalin – with an end to countering anti-Stalin myths and propaganda, and with the goal of restoring, in the public eye, Stalin to his rightful historical place.