In 1988 the SWP suddenly became very 'anti-imperialist'. It became a loud cheerleader for what it sees as progressive or revolutionary nationalisms.
George Santanyana’s aphorism, “Those who do not learn from history are likely to repeat it”, is not less true for having become a cliché. And those who do not know their own history cannot learn from it.
I: 5 September 1939
The Hitler-Stalin pact is the most sensational news to come out of Moscow in many years.
"Ireland occupies a position among the nations of the earth unique in... the possession of what is known as a 'physical force party' - a party, that is to say, whose members are united upon no one point, and agree upon no single principle, except upon the use of physical force as the sole means of settling the dispute between the people of this country and the governing power of Great Britain...
I. The great riddle of the twentieth century
II. 1917 and Marxist socialism
IV. Trotsky's picture of the USSR
V. 1933: Trotsky discusses state capitalism
VI. 1933: Trotsky discusses 'bureaucratic collectivism'
VII. Perspectives: before World War Two
VIII. The results of World War Two
IX. The other Trotskyists: the Workers' Party
X. One, two, many state capitalisms
XI. Tony Cliff's revolution in science
XII. Cliff and Haston-Grant
XIII. Being arbitrary
Note: the Johnson-Forest tendency
Note: Cliff as critic of bureaucratic collectivism
Appendix: Hal Draper's review of Cliff's book (1955 edition), and a subsequent note by Draper
Click on each chapter to read online:
Chapter 1: Background: What happened and why
Chapter 2: The Troops
Chapter 3: The Secession Question
Chapter 4: IS's Record on Ireland: The Campaign in Britain
Appendix 1: Trotskyist Tendency resolution on Ireland submitted to the September 1969 IS conference
Appendix 2: Socialist Worker article on the troops, 18 September 1969
Appendix 3: September 1969 and Easter 1970 IS conference discussion on Northern Ireland crisis
2. A reply to our pamphlet by John Palmer and Stephen Marks for the IS (SWP) leadership, and our response to it
Pandelis Pouliopoulos died 70 years ago, on 6 June 1943, shot by Italian occupation forces in Greece during World War Two. In his final moments he delivered an internationalist speech to his executioners, so that the firing squad rebelled and the officers had to shoot instead.
The final part of Paul Hampton’s review article looking at the themes of John Riddell’s book of documents from the early communist movement.
Or read online below:
The SR Group 1950-5
SR and state capitalism
Cliff on Russia and China
SR and ISL
SR in the Labour left, late 1950s
SR and peace campaigning
The turn to “Luxemburgism”
From the Labour orientation to the shop stewards
“Linking the fragments” mid and late 1960s
1968: growth and demagogy
The dispute on Europe 1971
We can periodise IS, and the Socialist Review group which came before it, in the following fashion.