Online Pamphlets

The Labour Party in perspective (1996)

Submitted by Matthew on 15 June, 2010 - 12:32 Author: Sean Matgamna

"The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working-class parties. They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole. They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement...

Left-wing films

Submitted by AWL on 20 February, 2014 - 5:37


1900 - Robert DeNiro learned to speak Italian for this 3-hour saga about the Italian Communist party and the rise of the Black Shirts.

Absolute Beginners - A one-hour show about the Bolshevik-Menshevik split, starring Patrick Stewart as Lenin, which is one of 13 episodes of the British Series "Fall of Eagles" series.

Bread and Roses (1994) - Summarises the early life of politician Sonja Davies. Sonja is a young independent socialist embarking on a career in nursing during World War 2.

Balance sheet on James P Cannon (2004)

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 24 September, 2004 - 12:00

James P Cannon still has a lot to teach Marxists today and the balance sheet on his life and politics is largely positive (Solidarity 3/56 and 3/57). There is no doubt his decision to support Trotsky in 1928 was of enormous significance in creating the international tendency opposed to Stalinism, on whose shoulders we stand today.


Submitted by dalcassian on 10 April, 2016 - 7:46 Author: William Morris, H. M. Hyndman, E. Belfort Bax, H. Quelch and others

SOCIALISM, as a social and political system, depends altogether upon the history of mankind for a record of its growth in the past, and bases its future upon a knowledge of that history in so far as it can be accurately traced up to the present time. The groundwork of the whole theory is, that from the earliest period of their existence human beings have been guided by the power they possessed over the forces of nature to supply the wants arising as individual members of any society.

William Morris: Ecology and the shift to socialism

Submitted by AWL on 12 February, 2009 - 8:14 Author: Paul Hampton

The sixth part of a series by Paul Hampton

Sometime in 1882, William Morris decided he was no longer a radical and began to associate himself explicitly with socialism. He stated in How I Became A Socialist (16 June 1894) that by the summer of 1882 he was ready “to join any body who distinctly called themselves Socialists.” (Edward Thompson, William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary, 1976)

Our History — The left and local government in the 1980's: an Open Letter to Ted Knight (1980)

Submitted by Matthew on 18 February, 2010 - 10:54 Author: Sean Matgamna

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

So too with labour movements: there are turning points, crises, decisive moments whose outcomes shape the future. The victory of the Thatcher Tories in 1979 was one such turning point. But it was the turning point it proved to be only because of the response of the labour movement and its leaders to the assaults that followed.

The IRA in a West of Ireland Town in the 1930s

Submitted by dalcassian on 24 August, 2014 - 3:15 Author: Sean Matgamna

Below the great political generalities - opposition to British Imperialism, Partition, the "sell-out of Republican principles" by De Valera's constitutional Republican party, Fianna Fail - what was the IRA? Let us look at what it was in the 1930s in one area, Clare, and particularly in one town, Ennis, part of Eamonn De Valera's constituency.

We are not, in this excursion, in which we will look at the labour movement in that town, wandering off the subject: we are trying to bring the IRA of that time and of such places, and the sort of people who joined it, into clearer focus.

Ms German replies to critics of SWP and Stop the War Coalition links with political Islam (2004)

Submitted by dalcassian on 20 January, 2016 - 1:16 Author: Sean Matgamna

"The British are... doing all in their power to foster the Moslem Brotherhood, a clerical-fascist organisation in Egypt... [the Moslem Brotherhood] refused to participate on 21 February, 1946, "Evacuation Day" as this was a real anti-imperialist movement and not a communal one..
"Slogans of solidarity among Moslem, Christian and Jewish workers were shouted throughout the demonstrations, and the fascist leader Ahmed Hussein, who tried to worm his way into the demonstration, was howled down and not allowed to speak."
Tony Cliff, writing in 1946

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