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  • CLR James on Richard Wright's Native Son, and Revolution

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    CLR James
    Black Bigger Thomas, native son, by accident murders a white girl. In the struggle to evade capture, his stunted personality finds scope to expand. The sincere efforts of two white Communists to save him teach him that all whites are not his enemies, that there is a solidarity of all the oppressed.

    Black Bigger Thomas, native son, stifled by and inwardly rebellious against white America treatment of him, by accident murders a white girl. For him this murder is the beginning of a new life. In striking such a blow against his hated enemies, in the struggle to outwit them and evade capture, his stunted personality finds scope to expand. Before he is sentenced to death, the sincere efforts of two white Communists to save him teach him that all whites are not his enemies, that he is not alone, that there is a solidarity of all the oppressed.

  • Is the Alliance for Workers' Liberty "Shachtmanite"?

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    Sean Matgamna

    Sean Matgamna starts a series on misunderstandings, misrepresentations and lies about the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, AWL.

    AWL is “Shachtmanite”

    Yes and no. AWL started as a “Cannonite” organisation, that is, an organisation with politics in the broad spectrum of the post-Trotsky “orthodox” Trotskyists, the opposites to the “Shachtmanite”, “heterodox” strand of Trotskyism after 1940. Specifically AWL identified with the Cannonites in the 1953 split in the Fourth International between “Pabloites” and Cannonites.

    Yes and no, says Sean Matgamna in this article

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  • When the police incite to murder (1993)

    Author: 

    Sean Matgamna
    The police incited Colin Slagg to commit murder.

    The police incited Colin Slagg to commit murder.
    That is the important point which has been missed in
    the fuss that has rightly been made over the police's
    efforts to trap Stagg into confessing to the murder of
    Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common two and a half
    years ago.

  • Tasks of Communist Education (1923)

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    Leon Trotsky

    It is frequently asserted that the task of communist enlightenment
    consists in the education of the new man. These worda
    are somewhat too general, too pathetic, and we must be particularly
    careful not to permit any formless. humanitarian interpretation
    of the conception “new man” or the tasks of communist
    education. There is no doubt whatever but that the man
    of the future, the citizen of the commune, will be an exceedingly
    interesting and attractive creature, and that his psychology

    An article by Leon Trotsky, first published in a publication of the pre-Stalinist Communist Party of Great Britain.

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  • Clericalism and Socialism (1902)

    Author: 

    Paul Lafargue
    Paul Lafarge, Karl Marx's son in law responds to a 1902 questionaire on Clericalism and Socialism

    Socialists, who apply the method of historical materialism of Marx, seek the causes of social phenomena in the social milieu, and regret the intervention of supernatural beings and of metaphysical entities for the explanation of human events, though they do not deny the influence of religious and spiritual ideas on the progress of society. It is because they recognise this action that they criticise religious, and especially bourgeois idealism, whose goddesses and gods – Property, Order, Liberty, Justice, Country, Rights of Man, &c.

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