Workers' Liberty 10, May 1988

May '68: when 8 million workers took capitalism by the throat

France in May 1968 gives us our best picture of what a socialist revolution will be like in the most developed capitalist countries. Martin Thomas describes what happened, and discusses some of the lessons

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Debate on "Ireland: Lies The Left Tells Itself"

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Geoff Bell and Sean Matgamna

Geoff Bell: There is nothing wrong in reassessing Marxist interpretations, but where this has led Socialist Organiser as far as this particular exercise is concerned is to the other side of the class divide. This is illustrated in the January edition of the magazine Workers' Liberty and an article therein by Sean Matgamna.

Geoff Bell, in Socialist Outlook, denounced Workers' Liberty as "More Loyalist Than The Loyalists". Sean Matgamna replied.

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Ireland and Sri Lanka: an analogy

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Sean Matgamna

An analogy may help to explain the issues - the case of Ceylon/ Sri Lanka. I assume Geoff Bell and Socialist Outlook are in favour of the right of the Tamils to secede from the Sinhalese-dominated Sri Lankan state and set up their own state. But how did things in Ceylon/ Sri Lanka turn out like this? Look at the history.

The issue of the right of the Tamils (some of them previously favoured by the British colonial regime) to secede from the Sinhalese-dominated Sri Lankan state casts light on issues in Ireland.

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