In this study in depth, Sean Matgamna examines the political and social history of Afghanistan, especially in the last quarter of the Twentieth Century, and what the experience of Stalinism there, the 1978 Stalinist-Armed Forces Revolution and then the Russian invasion, tells us about Stalinism in history. Click here to read the article.
Many areas reported bigger picket lines than in many previous disputes. Not just die-hard union activists on pickets, but huge chunks of rank and file workers. Spirits were high.
While the ages changed and sped
I was tolling for my bread.
Underneath my sturdy blows
Forests fell and cities rose.
And the hard reluctant soil
Blossomed richly from my toil.
In 1956-7 the British Communist Party cut a figure as by far the weightiest activist left party in the country, with over 40,000 members and great influence in the trade unions and workplaces.
In the 1980s, fervent - and paid - supporters of Gaddafi were accepted by many as a respectable section of the British left! This article from Socialist Organiser 343, 28 January 1988, tells about it, and the lessons we must learn.
October marks the anniversary of the memorable day when the workers of East London stopped police-protected fascists marching through the Jewish areas of the East End. The Battle of Cable Street was an epic, and is now a myth-enshrouded event in British working-class history.
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- Under the Sign of the Oxymoron
- Critical Notes on the "CPGB" Part 1
- Critical Notes on the "CPGB" Part 2
- Weekly Worker Group: Never Stalinist?
- Report of John Bridge/Sean Matgamna Debate
- Gossip No Substitute For Politics
- Open Letter to Members of the CPGB
- Some History For the Bemused
- Introduction. Afghanistan: the Russian Invasion and the Left
- "Workers' Voice", the "CPGB's" Turkish Stalinist Mentors
- Conrad and Fisher on Afghanistan: The Tankies' Tankies -1
- The Tankies' Tankies -2
- The Tankies' Tankies -3
- The Tankies' Tankies -4
- The Tankies' Tankies -5
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether -1
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether -2
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether-3
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether -4
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether-5
A hundred years ago (on 26 August 2013) tram workers in Dublin struck after their employer had tried to stop them being members of the Irish Transport and General Workers' union. The strike spread, eventually involving 20,000 workers, and lasted eight months.
FOR THE COMMANDER OF "THE ELIZA"
Come hither, lads, and hearken, for a tale there is to tell,
Of the wonderful days a-coming, when all shall be better than well.