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September 1969 IS conference discussion on Northern Ireland crisis

Troops in Derry

Author: 

Sean Matgamna (with a contribution from John Molyneux)
An account of the turmoil in the International Socialist organisation (forerunner of SWP) triggered by the response of the IS leaders to the Northern Ireland crisis of August 1969.

I: Events in Northern Ireland
II: IS, April 1970
III: IS, September 1969

I: Events in Northern Ireland

On the night of the evening the troops took to the streets in Derry and the fighting there ended, Belfast erupted into the most serious Catholic-Protestant street warfare since 1935 (at least). The British army was then, on 15 August, put on the Falls Road, and on the 16th, in the Crumlin Road area.

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Sylvia Pankhurst and Democracy

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Susan Carlyle and Sean Matgamna

The development of industrial society threw masses of women into the factories. Whole industries, like the cotton industry, had a majority of women and children workers, existing in terrible conditions of super exploitation; as Marx put it in Capital, “Robbed of all that had previously been considered necessary for life".(1)

Communism and democracy in the work of the great feminist.

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Gerry Healy and the Failure of the Old British Trotskyist Movement

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

DURING THE two decades of the great labour militancy, roughly from the mid-'50s to the late '70s, the most important revolutionary socialist organisation in Britain was the Socialist Labour League.

A brief account of the man who, for 4 decades, led what was once the most important "Trotskyist" organisationn in Britain .

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AWL versus SWP

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

Download all the stuff for the dayschool as pdf (570 Kb), or read individual items below.

"AWL vs SWP" day school, November/ December 2005

Discussion points for the day school

1. Transitional programme vs fake ultra-leftism

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

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The fate of the Fourth International: 75 years on

This article was written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fourth International in 1988.



In September 1938, 30 Trotskyists met in Paris and declared that the 'World Party of Socialist Revolution” was now in existence, the fourth Marxist International, in the direct line of succession from Marx and Lenin.

Living Marxists will cleanse the Trotskyist movement of the encrustations and irrationalities accumulated over the decades of defeat and disorientation...

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Ernest Mandel and post-Trotsky Trotskyism

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

An assessment of the leading thinker of post-Trotsky "orthodox Trotskyism", the "Fourth International".

An assessment of the leading thinker of post-Trotsky "orthodox Trotskyism", the "Fourth International"

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The history of Bolshevism: did Leninism turn into Stalinism?

Author: 

Max Shachtman

Click here for the series on The Roots of Bolshevism of which this article is part
The organisation of the party will take the place of the party; the Central Committee will take the place of the organisation; and finally the dictator will take the place of the Central Committee.
Leon Trotsky, 1904
Trotsky's 1904 "Prophecy", what happened after 1917, and why.

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Trotsky's courtroom speech "In Defence of Insurrection"

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Leon Trotsky

The 1906 speech of Leon Trotsky, on trial for his life, to the Tsarist court; introduction by Sean Matgamna.


The “war on terrorism” being waged by George W Bush’s US hyperpower and its political satellites, such as Tony Blair’s Britain, poses strongly the question of the attitude of Marxists toward political violence.

Naturally, we are against, unequivocally against, both the objectives and the methods — indiscriminate slaughter of civilians — of the terrorists of political Islam, who now hold the centre of the political stage.

The 1906 speech of Leon Trotsky, on trial for his life, to the Tsarist court; introduction by Sean Matgamna.

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Sacco and Vanzetti - Labor's martyrs

An International Labor Defense pamphlet written shortly after the US authorities killed Sacco and Vanzetti, in 1927, on trumped-up charges details the facts and the politics of the case.

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Anti-Semitism and the Left: an Open Letter to Tony Cliff [1988]

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

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Dear Cliff: The present nightmarish reawakening of the furies of Judeophobia in Eastern Europe demands of honest socialists whose commitment to the destruction of Israel puts them in an attitude of comprehensive hostility to all but a handful of the Jews alive in the world today that they look at their own political features in the mirror of these events.

The inescapable anti-semitic implications of an "anti-Zionism" which demands the wiping-out of Israel and hostility to all "Zionist" Jews as if they are racists and racists.

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