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Quantum mechanics and dialectical materialism

Marxism, materialism and particle physics Pete Mason, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) The following article is based on a talk given by Pete Mason during the 2010 CWI Summer School, held in Belgium, last July. In a personal contribution, Pete ...

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The general strike

Important tool of the working class Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) deputy general secretary All across Europe workers and young people face the austerity axe. And all across Europe there is a fight to defend jobs ...

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Jimmy Reid and the UCS work-in

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Not a yard will close - Not a man down the road

 

Glasgow in 1971 was an exciting place to be. Thousands of workers had occupied several shipyards on the Clyde to force the Tory Government of Edward Heath to change their decision to close the shipyards.  At the forefront of that struggle were several shop stewards leaders and the most prominent of those was Jimmy Reid who died on 20th August 2010 aged 78.

 Ronnie Stevenson - Glasgow

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70th anniversary of the assasination of Leon Trotsky

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Coming mass revolts will see workers and youth look to Trotsky’s ideas

 

Peter Taaffe, General Secretary Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)

Seventy years ago the greatest living revolutionary of the time, Leon Trotsky, was murdered by Josef Stalin’s hit man Ramon Mercader. There had been a number of failed previous attempts on Trotsky’s life but this time a fatal blow from an ‘ice pick’ successfully destroyed the ‘brain’ of the working class and the symbol of implacable opposition to capitalism and totalitarian Stalinism. This event, celebrated in the Kremlin by Stalin and the bureaucratic elite he represented, also brought joy to the capitalist governments of Europe, America and the world.

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World Capitalist Crisis

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Class struggles on the rise


Report by Kevin Parslow from CWI Summer School, Belgium

Over 400 people attended the CWI Summer School in Belgium in July, including from across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, India, the US and Quebec and the Middle East. The 2010 CWI School tooko place against the background of capitalist governments, throughout Europe and internationally, taking savage measures against the working class to cut the huge rise in budget deficits following the collapse of the world banking system in 2008-09. The first discussion, on the World Capitalist Crisis and the Class Struggle in Europe, was introduced by Peter Taaffe from the International Secretariat.

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Liverpool 1983-87: The Council That Took On Thatcher

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"We Translated Socialism Into The Language Of Jobs, Housing And Services" 

The savage cuts announced by the ConDem government will have a devastating effect on the lives of millions of people across Scotland.  The building of a mass opposition to these cuts is essential if we are to defeat them.  Below is an article about the mass movement in Liverpool in the 1980s led by the forerunners of the Socialist Party, The Militant, which defeated Thatcher's cuts and won a famous victory against cuts and privatisation. The lessons of this struggle has importance relevance for us today.  Below is reprinted article commemorating the 20th anniversary of this extraordinary movement. 

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Bloody Sunday Enquiry

“This was MURDER”

Re-publication of article from the Militant newspaper (CWI in Britain – predecessor of the Socialist)

More analysis on the outcome of the Saville report investigation into the massacre of 13 civilians by British paratroopers on on Sunday, 30th January 1972 will follow soon on socialistworld.net. Below we publish an article carried in Militant, newspaper of the Militant tendency (CWI – predecessor of the Socialist Party) on that tragic day’s events.

Withdraw troops - Replace with Armed Trade Union force Militant 4th February 1972

The murder of 13 unarmed demonstrators in Derry on Sunday, 30th January 1972, will go down in history as the North of Ireland’s BLOODY SUNDAY. It is to be compared to the Croke Park massacre of 1920 when ’Black and Tans’ shot down 12 civilians. The modern ’Black and Tans’ are the thug detachments of British Paratroopers who, despite the lying accounts which first appeared in the British Press, in an orgy of terror indiscriminately shot defenceless men and boys, some of them in the back.

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Women, the Russian revolution and the collpase of Stalinism

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the world media have been falling over themselves to commemorate events that showed once and for all that capitalism was victorious, that communism, socialism and Marxism were confined to the dustbin of history and the people of Russia and Eastern Europe can now bask in the wealth and freedom that we in the west have ‘enjoyed’ for decades.  

What a crushing disappointment the reality of market capitalism has meant for the working class in these countries.  Mass unemployment, poverty pay, inequality and war have been the reality for millions of people.  Women, in particular, have faced the sharp edge these social and economic ‘reforms’.

Christine Thomas and Sinead Daly

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The Russian revolution, its degeneration and the collapse of Stalinism

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The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent demise of the Stalinist regimes of Eastern Europe is a crucial time for socialists to discuss the nature of the USSR, why the regimes fell, the subsequent consequences this had for the labour and socialist movement in Europe and internationally, and crucially what lessons can we learn to arm us in the campaign for socialism today.

 

Luke Ivory - International Socialists

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