PaulHampton's blog https://www.workersliberty.org/blog en 1. The Left against Europe redux https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/1-left-against-europe-redux <article data-history-node-id="25636" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/1-left-against-europe-redux" rel="bookmark"><span>1. The Left against Europe redux</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:42</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Introduction </p> <p>The revolutionary left once had reputable politics towards Europe, an inheritance from Trotsky that was not finally dispensed with until the early 1970s. The story of how the British revolutionary left went from an independent working class stance to accommodation with chauvinism and Stalinist ‘socialist-in-one-country’ deserves to be better known: it serves as a warning in the forthcoming European Union (EU) referendum, with its dangers of capitulation to reactionary elements. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/1-left-against-europe-redux" rel="tag" title="1. The Left against Europe redux" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 1. The Left against Europe redux</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/1-left-against-europe-redux#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:42:12 +0000 PaulHampton 25636 at https://www.workersliberty.org 2. How the Stalinists shaped the debate on Europe https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/2-how-stalinists-shaped-debate-europe <article data-history-node-id="25635" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/2-how-stalinists-shaped-debate-europe" rel="bookmark"><span>2. How the Stalinists shaped the debate on Europe</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:40</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The hostile attitude towards European unity on the ostensibly revolutionary left derived ultimately from the poisoned well of Stalinism. Internationally, the USSR under Stalin embraced the nationalistic ‘socialism in one country’ doctrine in the mid-1920s, as it sidelined the perspective of international socialist revolution and workers’ democracy.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/2-how-stalinists-shaped-debate-europe" rel="tag" title="2. How the Stalinists shaped the debate on Europe" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 2. How the Stalinists shaped the debate on Europe</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/2-how-stalinists-shaped-debate-europe#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:40:00 +0000 PaulHampton 25635 at https://www.workersliberty.org 3. The attitude of the revolutionary left before 1970 https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/3-attitude-revolutionary-left-1970 <article data-history-node-id="25634" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/3-attitude-revolutionary-left-1970" rel="bookmark"><span>3. The attitude of the revolutionary left before 1970</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:37</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The attitude of the revolutionary left in Britain towards Europe before 1970 was almost unanimously internationalist, a legacy of Trotsky’s consistent support for a United States of Europe. The revolutionary left began the post-war period mostly united within the Revolutionary Communist Party, formed in 1944. It was part of the orthodox Fourth International, led by Ernest Mandel and took much of its politics from that source. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/3-attitude-revolutionary-left-1970" rel="tag" title="3. The attitude of the revolutionary left before 1970" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 3. The attitude of the revolutionary left before 1970</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/3-attitude-revolutionary-left-1970#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:37:59 +0000 PaulHampton 25634 at https://www.workersliberty.org 4. The chauvinist summer of 1971 https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/4-chauvinist-summer-1971 <article data-history-node-id="25633" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/4-chauvinist-summer-1971" rel="bookmark"><span>4. The chauvinist summer of 1971</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:36</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Before 1971 almost the entire revolutionary left held an abstentionist position on the Common Market: In or out, it was about capitalist integration and not a matter for workers to choose a side to support. Although this left several key questions begging, it at least had the virtue of maintaining a consistent internationalist position, having no truck with chauvinism and championing cross-Europe worker solidarity in the face of bourgeois integration.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/4-chauvinist-summer-1971" rel="tag" title="4. The chauvinist summer of 1971" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 4. The chauvinist summer of 1971</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/4-chauvinist-summer-1971#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:36:07 +0000 PaulHampton 25633 at https://www.workersliberty.org 5. How the revolutionary left fell in behind the Stalinists in 1971 https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/5-how-revolutionary-left-fell-behind-stalinists-1971 <article data-history-node-id="25632" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/5-how-revolutionary-left-fell-behind-stalinists-1971" rel="bookmark"><span>5. How the revolutionary left fell in behind the Stalinists in 1971</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:34</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The revolutionary left on the cusp of the 1970s was significantly larger than it had been since the mid-1920s, when the CPGB was a real revolutionary force with around 10,000 members. In 1964 the SLL had an estimated 500 members, IS around 200 members and Militant about 40 members. After 1968 all groups grew, and so by the time of these Common Market debates the SLL had around 2,000, IS a similar number, the IMG with around 400 and Militant with 250 members (John McIlroy, ‘Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned’: the Trotskyists and the Trade Unions, 1999: 262). </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/5-how-revolutionary-left-fell-behind-stalinists-1971" rel="tag" title="5. How the revolutionary left fell in behind the Stalinists in 1971" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 5. How the revolutionary left fell in behind the Stalinists in 1971</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/5-how-revolutionary-left-fell-behind-stalinists-1971#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:34:07 +0000 PaulHampton 25632 at https://www.workersliberty.org 6. 1975 and all that https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/6-1975-and-all <article data-history-node-id="25631" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/6-1975-and-all" rel="bookmark"><span>6. 1975 and all that </span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:31</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The revolutionary left grew significantly between its volte-face over the Common Market in 1971, Britain’s accession to the EEC on 1 January 1972 and the Labour government’s referendum on membership on 6 June 1975. However this growth was not accompanied by greater political clarity, but rather characterised by chasing after legitimacy on the industrial front. This accommodation was disastrous for the internationalist consciousness among working class militants in Britain and ultimately for the fate of the revolutionary left itself. </p> <p>International Marxist Group </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/6-1975-and-all" rel="tag" title="6. 1975 and all that " hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 6. 1975 and all that </span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/6-1975-and-all#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:31:47 +0000 PaulHampton 25631 at https://www.workersliberty.org United Europe and the Marxist tradition https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/united-europe-and-marxist-tradition <article data-history-node-id="25422" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/united-europe-and-marxist-tradition" rel="bookmark"><span>United Europe and the Marxist tradition</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:57</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Working-class socialists will advise workers how to vote in the UK’s European Union (EU) in/out referendum by addressing the actual question on the ballot paper and by evaluating the known, quantifiable consequences of the options. Judged on the basis of workers’ interests, it is clear that however much the EU is a capitalist club, however neoliberal it is, however hostile it plainly is to migrants and refugees seeking shelter – the alternative of “Britain out” in today’s conditions will be far worse.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/united-europe-and-marxist-tradition" rel="tag" title="United Europe and the Marxist tradition" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about United Europe and the Marxist tradition</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/united-europe-and-marxist-tradition#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:57:14 +0000 PaulHampton 25422 at https://www.workersliberty.org 2. Marxists in the nineteenth century https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/2-marxists-nineteenth-century <article data-history-node-id="25421" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/2-marxists-nineteenth-century" rel="bookmark"><span>2. Marxists in the nineteenth century </span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:53</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Marx and Engels developed their original synthesis of socialism as working class self-liberation through combining elements of English political economy, Germany philosophy and French socialism. Marx and Engels inherited the common sense demand for a federal united Europe from other socialist writings of their time – for example Henri Saint-Simon and Augustin Thierry’s De la reorganisation de la societe europeenne (1814).</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/2-marxists-nineteenth-century" rel="tag" title="2. Marxists in the nineteenth century " hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 2. Marxists in the nineteenth century </span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/2-marxists-nineteenth-century#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:53:46 +0000 PaulHampton 25421 at https://www.workersliberty.org 3. The debate on a united Europe around the First World War https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/3-debate-united-europe-around-first-world-war <article data-history-node-id="25420" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/3-debate-united-europe-around-first-world-war" rel="bookmark"><span>3. The debate on a united Europe around the First World War</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:51</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The threat of world war did not recede into the new century. On the contrary, it became clear by the second decade of the twentieth century that Europe was fast heading towards a terrible armed conflict. In these circumstances, the demand for European unity took on a growing urgency.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/3-debate-united-europe-around-first-world-war" rel="tag" title="3. The debate on a united Europe around the First World War" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 3. The debate on a united Europe around the First World War</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/3-debate-united-europe-around-first-world-war#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:51:27 +0000 PaulHampton 25420 at https://www.workersliberty.org 4. The Comintern and the Fourth International https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2017-07-26/4-comintern-and-fourth-international <article data-history-node-id="25419" role="article" class="blog teaser clearfix"> <h2> <a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/4-comintern-and-fourth-international" rel="bookmark"><span>4. The Comintern and the Fourth International </span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="author"> Submitted by <span><span>PaulHampton</span></span> on <span>Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:49</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The nascent Russian workers’ state survived beleaguered the civil war and resulting economic collapse, but saw capitalism stabilise and the immediate possibilities of workers’ revolution recede across Europe. Lenin and Trotsky sought to reorient the Communist Parties through their joint work in the Communist International, particularly at the Third (July 1921) and Fourth (November 1922) Congresses.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/4-comintern-and-fourth-international" rel="tag" title="4. The Comintern and the Fourth International " hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about 4. The Comintern and the Fourth International </span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2017-07-26/4-comintern-and-fourth-international#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> </div> </article> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:49:08 +0000 PaulHampton 25419 at https://www.workersliberty.org