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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.

A Soviet Republic for Britain! (January, 1919)

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Manifesto of the Socialist Labor Party of Great Britain
Manifesto of the DeLeonite Socialist Labor Party of Great Britain, Jan 1919. DeLeonites were a strong contingent in the Communist Party of Great Britain, set up in 1920-21, and in its early leadership.

FELLOW workers of Britain, "The air of Europe
is quivering with revolution”!

Our History — The left and local government in the 1980's: an Open Letter to Ted Knight (1980)

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

So too with labour movements: there are turning points, crises, decisive moments whose outcomes shape the future. The victory of the Thatcher Tories in 1979 was one such turning point. But it was the turning point it proved to be only because of the response of the labour movement and its leaders to the assaults that followed.

The local government left was a seemingly powerful force in major areas of Britain including London, Liverpool, and Sheffield in the 1980's. Yet in the face of Tory attacks, the local government left buckled, adopting rhetoric and policies that made them indistinguishable from the Labour right.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution

WL 3/28

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Andrew Hornung and John O'Mahony

Read online (below), or download pdf (see "attachment").

Who was Lenin? He led the workers of the Tsarist Russian Empire to make the most profound revolution in history in 1917. He was the leader of the Russian Bolshevik Party, without which the workers would have been defeated.



Who was Lenin? He led the workers of the Tsarist Russian Empire to make the most profound revolution in history in 1917. He was the leader of the Russian Bolshevik Party, without which the workers would have been defeated.

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Against the Tide: 250 Tales for Thinking People

Parables

Author: 

Sean Matgamna
250 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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Keynes, crisis, Marx, and Keynesianism

Author: 

Martin Thomas

By Martin Thomas
John Maynard Keynes posed many sharp questions about capitalism, often further developing ideas which Marx had sketched before him. He framed the whole issue as one of "safeguarding capitalism", but can "Keynesian" methods really do that?

This article (download as pdf, see "attachment" below) from Workers' Liberty 32, June 1996, surveys Keynes's insights and criticises bowdlerised "Keynesianism".

By Martin Thomas John Maynard Keynes posed many sharp questions about capitalism, often further developing ideas which Marx had sketched before him. He framed the whole issue as one of "safeguarding capitalism", but can "Keynesian" methods really do that?

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Does the labour movement need a Marxist educationalist group like the AWL?

An examination of the role of a Marxist “Fighting Educationalist Group” in the class struggle and in the transformation of existing labour movements.

An examination of the role of a Marxist “Fighting Educationalist Group” in the class struggle and in the transformation of existing labour movements.

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“It is necessary to find the particular link in the chain which must be grasped with all one’s strength in order to keep the whole chain in place and prepare to move on resolutely to the next link.”

V I Lenin

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