Three people aroud a table in a back-street pub between Kings Cross and Euston stations.
In 1988 the SWP suddenly became very 'anti-imperialist'. It became a loud cheerleader for what it sees as progressive or revolutionary nationalisms.
How did the Trotskyist left in Britain come to be scattered and divided into hostile and competing groups?
Where Is the Petty Bourgeois Opposition? A Repeated Challenge Remains Unanswered.
In discussing the history of IS — Jim Higgins’ book is an example of it — there is a danger of scapegoating Cliff.
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
The death of Hugo Chávez earlier this year provides the opportunity for a balance sheet on his rule and what it signified for socialists.
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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.
Material conditions for socialist education and self-education are better than they’ve ever been.
In 1951 Eric Hobsbawm, who died on 1 October 2012 full of fame and honours, wrote an article in which, for once, the imperatives of his Stalinist politics worked to mobilise his great talents as a historian in favour of enlightenment in current politics.