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On the History of Trotskyism: 52 Articles on Aspects of Trotskyism

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Paul Hampton/Sean Matgamna/Max Shachtman/Natalia Trotsky
23 pieces on the history of Trotskyism

Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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Which class rules in the USSR? A debate on the character of the Soviet Union

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Robert Brenner, Oliver Macdonald, Torab Saleh, Frank Furedi, Martin Thomas

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Workers' states, systems where new ruling classes exploit the workers, or societies with no ruling class at all? At Workers' Liberty 1989, Martin Thomas (Socialist Organiser), Robert Brenner (Against the Current), Oliver Macdonald (Labour Focus on Eastern Europe and Socialist Outlook), Frank Furedi (author of 'The Soviet Union Demystified'), and Torab Saleh from the Iranian Marxist group 'Socialism and Revolution' debated the nature of the Eastern Bloc.

Workers' states, systems where new ruling classes exploit the workers, or societies with no ruling class at all? At Workers' Liberty 1989, Martin Thomas (Socialist Organiser), Robert Brenner (Against the Current), Oliver Macdonald (Labour Focus on Eastern Europe and Socialist Outlook), Frank Furedi (author of 'The Soviet Union Demystified'), and a comrade from the Iranian Marxist group 'Socialism and Revolution' debated the nature of the Eastern Bloc.

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Art and the Russian revolution

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Rachel Lever

Most interested Westerners hold the idea that art is 'free', a metter for the artist expressing him or herself without restrictions. The notion that art should be 'used' for ideological purposes is presented in the media as a perversion practised mainly by Stalinists.

A five part article, written in 1966/7(and republished in 1989) focuses on the role of art in the Russian revolution and working-class culture.

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Most interested Westerners hold the idea that art is 'free', a metter for the artist expressing him or herself without restrictions. The notion that art should be 'used' for ideological purposes is presented in the media as a perversion practised mainly by Stalinists. A five part article, written in 1966/7 (and republished in 1989) focuses on the role of art in the Russian revolution and working-class culture

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Modernism and postmodernism in architecture

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Belinda Weaver

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Some architects defend hated modern buildings by saying "The Eiffel Tower (Crystal Palace, etc.) was hated in its day!" However, many modern buildings were not hated or protested about in their "day". It's now, after years of looking at them, that the outcry has come against soulless tower blocks and ugly offices. In their day they were praised.

A look at the effects of modernist architecture on cities and working-class living spaces

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The road to Tienanmen Square: Workers and Students in China

Tienanmen

Author: 

Sean Matgamna
For three weeks in May and June 1989, the Chinese government lost control of a large part of Beijing. It lost control of its capital city to the people who live there, spearheaded by the students and workers demanding radical democratic reform.

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In defence of the French revolution

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Martin Thomas

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The Oxford dictionary dates the word "democrat" from 1790 ("an adherent or advocate of democracy; orig. opposed to aristocrat in the French Revolution"). It dates "revolutionary", in general use, from 1794; "liberal" in the modern sense and "constituent assembly" from 1801; "radical", from 1802; "socialist", from 1833.

The terms "right" and "left" in politics derive from where the factions sat in the French revolutionary assemblies.

The French Revolution set the benchmarks for radical and democratic politics, and it was the launch-pad for socialist politics.

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Raymond Challinor on "Class war in the Blitz"

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Ray Challinor

On September 7 1940, the Conway Hall in London was packed. John McGovern MP had just started to speak. He told his audience that the war was not a struggle between Democracy and Dictatorship. It was a capitalist-imperialist war, a fight of have-empires against have-not-empires. At that moment, the air-raid sirens wailed. Then the anti-aircraft guns opened up. German bombs started dropping. Click here to download article as pdf.

For fifty-three days, virtually continuously, day and night, the Luftwaffe pounded London.

The socialist activist and historian Ray Challinor died on 5 February aged 81. His many contributions included this article on social strife in Britain in World War Two. Click here to download pdf.

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For a democratic solution to the communal conflict in Ireland (1983)

Workers Socialist Review
No. 4, Autumn 1984

For a democratic solution to the communal conflict in Ireland

The August 1983 conference of the Workers' Socialist League, a forerunner of AWL, passed a resolution on the communal conflict in Ireland, which was published in Workers' Socialist Review 4 in 1984

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Against the Tide: 170 Tales for Our Time

Parables

Author: 

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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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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