Northstar Compass carries on the traditions of the "Hands
Off Russia Committee", that were established internationally
in 1918 to help protect the young Soviet Republic from
Today, after the Soviet Union was dissolved against the
wishes of the majority of people, the Soviet people are
again looking to their supporters abroad for assistance
in rebuilding the once great Soviet State
This year Northstar Compass will be celebrating its 18th
year of publication. In this time it has played a unique
role, especially in the English and French language media.
At a time when much of the left was despondent over the
temporary downfall of the Soviet Union and others on the "left" took
this as an excuse to move to open Social Democracy (and,
of course, the bourgeoisie and their press were celebrating),
NSC clearly pinned the blame on imperialism and revisionism,
especially Gorbachev’s revisionism.
Northstar Compass played a historic role for several reasons:
1) It defended the history of the Soviet Union, the building
of the first state of the working class, the dictatorship
of the proletariat. It defended the history of socialist
industrialization and the collectivization of agriculture,
the leading role of the Soviet Union in defeating fascism
in World War II, all under the correct leadership of Joseph
Stalin and the Bolshevik Party that he headed.
2) NSC traced the roots of revisionism back to Khrushchev’s
attack on Stalin and the beginning of the dismantling of
socialism at that time, through to Gorbachev’s complete
liquidation of socialism and the Soviet Union, and Yeltsin’s
counter-coup of 1991 and his attack on the Supreme Soviet
of that year.
3) NSC showed the devastating conditions that the working
people of the Soviet Union were subjected to with the open
restoration of capitalism: closing of factories, loss of
jobs, hunger, homelessness, dismantling of the health care
system, mass emigration of people looking for work, the
decline on the average life span, absolute decline in population,
4) NSC pointed out that, without the Soviet Union, the
US as only superpower was unimpeded by any other state
power in its quest for world dominance.
This was at a time when the lying capitalist press was
crowing about the benefits of "freedom" and "democracy" that
capitalism had brought.
5) Maybe most importantly, NSC brought news of the resurgent
communist and workers’ parties, not just in Russia but
throughout the former Soviet Union, which are fighting
to restore socialism and the Soviet Union.
This historic role Northstar Compass has carried out consistently
over 18 years, publishing a monthly edition of about 1200
copies which are circulated all over the world, including
350 copies in Canada and 100 in the U.S. and the rest elsewhere,
including in the former Soviet Union. This work could not
have been done without the tireless work of Michael Lucas
with the assistance of Helen Lucas. Since November of 2001,
Northstar Compass has also appeared in a French edition,
now published every other month by Dr. Adelard Paquin. And
beginning in 2005, the Soviet Society for Friendship with
Foreign Countries has put out a Russian edition.
Read our PAGES OF HISTORY section to learn more about
NSC and Council for Friendship and Solidarity with Soviet
Visit our LEGACY PAGES to learn
about our comrades and International progressive movements
activists who passed away.
17 Years of
Publishing Northstar Compass
The North Star
Anniversary of Northstar Compass