Workers' Liberty 3/26: Looking backward

Working Class Life in Ennis in the Mid-Twentieth Century: Sean Matgamna Examines His Own "Roots and Branches"

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

[See also SAVAGE VIOLENCE IN IRISH SCHOOLS: WHY DID THEY STAND FOR IT?,
MARY PLAYS NUNS' SCHOOL
and SCHOOLBOOKS]

Like many revolutionary activists over the ages, Sean Matgamna was an immigrant, someone shaped in his thinking by the shifts and contrasts from living in one culture to living in another.

Debating theories of the USSR

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

Workers’ Fight — the initial group of what is now the AWL tendency — inherited the “orthodox Trotskyist” view that the USSR and the other Stalinist states were “deformed and degenerated workers’ states”. Why did we take so long to move away from that view towards the conclusion that the Stalinist states were in fact a new sort of exploitative class system?

Working-class solidarity: how British dockers built it and how they lost it

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

Nothing will ever efface for me the memory of my first real strike — on the Salford docks — the first time I saw my class acting as a surging, uncontrolled force breaking the banks of routine capitalist industrial life and, for a while, pitting itself against those who control our lives.