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Against the Tide: 170 Tales for Our Time

Parables

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Sean Matgamna
170 pieces by Sean Matgamna that illustrate important political issues: Lenin, Joe Columbo, Rockefeller, Shakespeare, Wernher von Braun, the Pet Pig, Hitler, Cannibalism, Columbus, Conrad Black, Clare Short, Eamonn McCann, Freud, Joe The Knife Boy, Margaret Thatcher...

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Balance sheet on James P Cannon (2004)

James P Cannon still has a lot to teach Marxists today and the balance sheet on his life and politics is largely positive (Solidarity 3/56 and 3/57). There is no doubt his decision to support Trotsky in 1928 was of enormous significance in creating the international tendency opposed to Stalinism, on whose shoulders we stand today.

J P Cannon reconsidered

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The forgotten massacre of the Vietnamese Trotskyists

On demonstrations in the 1960s, it was common to hear marchers chanting “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, we will fight and we will win”, in honour of the Vietnamese Stalinist who led the fight against US occupation. The best sections of the left replied with their own rhyme — Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh — how many Trots did you do in?” They were referring to the mass murder of the Vietnamese Trotskyists by Stalinist forces in 1945. Sixty years on, the massacre has largely been forgotten.

The mass murder of the Vietnamese Trotskyists by Stalinist forces in 1945 has largely been forgotten.

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Demagogues and Critics: The True Story of "Stop the War Coalition"

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Paul Hampton

“What is demagogy? It is a deliberate play with sham values in politics, the dissemination of false promises and the solace of non-existent blessings.” Leon Trotsky, The Stalin School of Falsification (1937)

The history of the movement against the war in Iraq has yet to be written. No doubt an enterprising student somewhere is already busy reconstructing the story of how it happened and why. Such an account would be extremely valuable, given the numbers that have been involved and the movement’s continuing impact on national and international politics.

A review of "Stop the War: The story of Britain’s biggest mass movement" by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German.

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Trotskyists, Stalinists and the Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement in Britain, 1957-58

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Sean Matgamna

By Sean Matgamna
The letters below all appeared in the Labour left-wing weekly Tribune in 1958. We think they conjure up the political world in which Trotskyists operated half a century ago.

The British Left that gave birth to the CND movement. An article and some documents of the time.

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Why supporters of "two states" should not join the "smash Israel" boycotters— Solidarity, yes! Boycott, no!

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John O'Mahony

An open letter to Hilary and Steven Rose from John O’Mahony

Comrades:
You, I believe, support a boycott as something to help bring about “two states” in Israel/ Palestine — Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, and the creation of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. On the goal of “two states”, I agree with you. But I believe the boycott will harm rather than help that cause, and in this Open Letter I want to explain why.

An open letter to Hilary and Steven Rose.

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The Shachtmanites rebut James Burnham's "Managerial Revolution" (1941)

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Albert Glotzer
The Shachtmanites Workers Party rebuts James Burnham's "Managerial Revolution" (1941)

THE publication of the book The Managerial Revolution by James Burnham has caused a considerable stir in numerous circles. The book, shrouded with an aura of mystery, is receiving a clever publicity campaign designed to make it sell in large quantities. Here at last, the publishers say, has come a man who not only explains many things about our world which is not widely understood, but provides an answer as to what will be the character of the future society.

Stalinism, the left, and beyond: a symposium

WL16

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Neville Alexander and others


Editorial: Sean Matgamna

Part 1 ( PDF 6.4 mb, p7-16)

Neville Alexander
Neal Ascherson
Tony Benn
Greg Benton
Robin Blackburn
Cornelius Castoriadis
Tony Chater
Vladimir Derer
Terry Eagleton
Michael Farrell
Al Glotzer

Part 2 – Boris Kagarlitsky's contribution (PDF, p18-19)

A symposium of interviews with various left-wing figures on the collapse of Stalinism and its consequences

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AWL’s record on Ireland (and an account of the IWU, ICG and IWG) Part One

Derry

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Sean Matgamna
This article traces ideas developed in Workers' Republic, the journal of the Irish Workers' Group, before the Northern Ireland Catholic revolt in 1968; the place of those ideas in the debates of the 1960s; the reassessments necessary after 1968; and mistakes which we now think we made.

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Ken Loach: Calls to action

Tim Thomas completes his series of articles inspired by the BFI’s Ken Loach retrospective.

Ken Loach is a committed film-maker with 50 years experience of the film business and a prodigious output amounting to nearly a film a year over that period.

Ken Loach is a committed film-maker with 50 years experience of the film business and a prodigious output amounting to nearly a film a year over that period.

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Left-wing films

HISTORY OF THE LEFT

1900 - Robert DeNiro learned to speak Italian for this 3-hour saga about the Italian Communist party and the rise of the Black Shirts.

A list of left-wing film suggestions for personal use or to base discussion around at meetings.

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Multiculturalism, racism and class in Britain today

Author: 

Camila Bassi

By Camila Bassi

Three phases mark the history of multiculturalism in Britain. The first starts after the period of immigration from the Commonwealth in the 1950s and 1960s.

Three phases mark the history of multiculturalism in Britain. The first starts after the period of immigration from the Commonwealth in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Education under socialism

Introduction

In 1883 the German socialist August Bebel published Woman under Socialism. The book helped spread a socialist message to many thousands of men and women. It was the most-read book in the German socialist movement’s large network of workers’ libraries. By 1895, 25 editions had been printed in Germany alone.

Bebel argued that the social emancipation of women is an integral part of transforming social relations and overthrowing capitalism.

An excerpt from August Bebel's "Woman Under Socialism"

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What is the Muslim Association of Britain?

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Sacha Ismail

Since September 2002, Stop the War Coalition protests have been co-sponsored by an organisation called the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). More recently, the SWP-sponsored Respect electoral coalition has worked closely with the MAB, with former MAB President Anas Altikriti heading Respect’s Yorkshire and Humberside slate for the European elections in June 2004.

A briefing on the Muslim Association of Britain and its links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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