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“Finland Station” and the struggle for socialism today

By Alan Jones, US Socialist Alternative, New York A Response to Bhaskar Sunkara  At the end of June, in the midst of a growing discussion about socialism in the United States, Bhaskar Sunkara published an important op-ed in the New ...

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CWI/IR unification: An historic step forward for the forces of international Marxism

As has been reported on socialistworld.net, the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), which Socialist Party Scotland is affiliated to, and Izquierda Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Left from Spain, Venezuela and Mexico) held a special unification congress on 22 July in Barcelona. ...

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Trotskyism’s rich history in Scotland

Ronnie Stevenson - Socialist Party Scotland and a supporter of Militant from 1975 The right wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party, aided by their friends in the media, have tried everything to undermine Corbyn’s leadership. One of the tactics has been to ...

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Perspectives for world capitalism and the class struggle

CWI International Secretariat The following is an edited version of a draft document on world perspectives, , that will be discussed at the January 2016 World Congress of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). The meeting will be attended by ...

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Militant anniversary: 50 years of socialism and workers’ struggle

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Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary When we started publishing Militant, the Socialist’s predecessor, in October 1964, few of our political opponents expected that we would not only continue publication for 50 years, but become an important factor in subsequent ...

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Socialism and the national question today.

From Socialism Today No.181, September 2014 by Peter Taaffe, General Secretary of Socialist Party (England and Wales), CWI International Secretariat The bloody conflict in Ukraine, alongside the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza, has brought the issue of the ‘national question’ ...

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40th anniversary of the founding of the Committee for a Workers’ International

Socialistworld.net Socialist Party Scotland is affiliated to the worldwide socialist organisation the Committee for a Workers’ International. To mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Committee for a Workers’ International on April 21st 1974 we are publishing here three ...

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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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Marxism and the second world war

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Seventy years ago, the major powers plunged humanity into the horror of world war

Peter Taaffe, from Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party, cwi in England and Wales

"Winston Churchill, wrote the following about Hitler’s rise to power (see picture opposite) in the 1939 edition of his book, Great Contemporaries: “I have always said that if Great Britain was defeated in war, I hope we would find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among the nations”. The Nazis were financed and aided by the British ruling class with massive support from British big business so long as they faced east, towards attacking the Soviet Union. Thus Britain effectively backed Hitler’s rearmament programme in the 1935 Anglo-German naval agreement that allowed an expansion of the German navy that broke the Versailles Treaty’s limits."

 

And I can’t help but wonder now Willie McBride

Do all those who lie here know why they died?

Did you really believe them when they told you the cause?

Did you really believe them that this war would end wars?

But the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame –

The killing, the dying – it was all done in vain.

For Willie McBride, it’s all happened again

And again, and again, and again, and again.

© Eric Bogle

The lyrics to Eric Bogle’s haunting folk song, No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France, or Willie McBride), set against the background of an imaginary young soldier killed in the first world war, are as relevant today on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the second world war which falls on 1 September. War did happen ‘again and again’ with its countless victims and will continue to do so as long as capitalism remains. Indeed, the total number of victims of the second world war dwarfed even the carnage of the first. Estimates of the total number of casualties for the war suggest some 60 million died, 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians.

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