Workers' Liberty 12-13, August 1989

Reviews: Rushdie, Austen Morgan, Mandel, P J O'Rourke


Edward Ellis; Sean Matgamna; Stan Crooke; Belinda Weaver

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Edward Ellis on Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses"
Sean Matgamna on Austen Morgan's "James Connolly"
Stan Crooke on Ernest Mandel's "Beyond Perestroika"
Belinda Weaver on P J O'Rourke's "Holidays in Hell" and Joe Bob Briggs's "Joe Bob goes to the drive-in"

Desmond Greaves, 1913-1988


Sean Matgamna

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Obituary of a man who, as editor of the Irish Democrat from 1918 to 1948, and writer of many books, influenced Irish left-wingers in the run-up to the 1968-9 crisis possibly more than any other.

Is Scotland a colony?


Stan Crooke

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A critique of the theories of the Scottish Socialist Party of 1989. (The 1989 SSP was not organisationally related to the later SSP, founded in 1998 and still active in 2010, but its attitudes on the supposed revolutionary significance of Scottish independence were similar).

The working class in the second Chinese revolution


Elizabeth Millward

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Before 1989 the Chinese workers' movement had been crushed for 60 years. But in the 1920's it fought heroic battles, rich in lessons for today. Elizabeth Millward describes how a working class developed in China, how its struggles interlaced with those of the nationalist bourgeoisie, and why it was defeated.

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