Online Pamphlets

Art and the Russian revolution

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 6:06 Author: 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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Modernism and postmodernism in architecture

Submitted by AWL on 15 October, 2005 - 12:54 Author: 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.

In defence of the French revolution

Submitted by martin on 23 December, 2010 - 10:43 Author: 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 Class war in the Blitz" by Raymond Challinor

Submitted by AWL on 31 March, 2009 - 6:07 Author: 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.

Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

Submitted by martin on 15 March, 2016 - 1:52 Author: 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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Which class rules in the USSR? A debate on the character of the Soviet Union

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 5:13 Author: 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.