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History

Labour's racist record

In mid-November the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999 became law. Its provisions mean hardship, social isolation and effective criminalisation for asylum seekers. Linda Miller and Kate Foster explain that support for racist legislation is nothing new, either from the Labour Party or Britain’s trade union movement. Read more...

1929: the Wall Street crash

Bill Jenkins remembers the Wall Street crash of 1929, seventy years ago this month, which plunged the world economy into recession, and punctured capitalism’s dreams of an endless golden future Read more...

Schools for socialism – Bolsheviks and education

Kate Foster looks at education in Russia in the first years after the revolution Read more...

The Red Army: A workers’ army built from scratch

To make a revolution we will have to smash the existing armed forces and build our own, democratic workers state. “It can’t be done”, is the response we are often met with. But it can - it was. In this article on the Red Army, built during the Russian Revolution, Colin Lloyd shows how it was done, and how, against the odds, the armed power of the working class defeated a powerful counter-revolution Read more...

International Left Opposition, 1928-33; forging an international leadership

Battered but unbroken by his fight inside the USSR with Stalin, Trotsky began his foreign exile in 1929 by creating an international opposition (ILO). Dave Stockton reveal the obstacles that had to be overcome by the ILO in building unity around political principle, a trusted international leadership and disciplined practice Read more...

An ongoing history: the LRCI ten years on

The LRCI was founded ten years ago. Richard Brenner draws a balance sheet of our fight for a re-elaborated Trotskyist programme and a new democratic centralist international Read more...

The break up of Yugoslavia

Imperialism has played, and continues to play a destructive and reactionary role in the Balkans and in the break up of former Yugoslavia. But no revolutionary socialist can neglect to point the finger of blame at Stalinism too. Read more...

The murder of Luxemburg and Liebknecht

Eighty years ago, on the night of 15 January 1919, two great socialist revolutionaries died. Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were brutally murdered by paramilitaries, acting on the orders of the German social democratic government. Lesley Day commemorates the anniversary of Luxemburg and Liebknecht’s death by analysing their contribution to the Marxist tradition. Read more...

Clara Zetkin and the struggle for a working class women's movement

The period of the 1880's and 1890's in Germany was a period of rapid industrialisation carried through under the guidance of the repressive German state. It saw the birth and growth of German Social Democracy as the mass workers party. It drew women, and children, into industry on a large scale.

It was in this situation that women within the SPD-particularly Clara Zetkin struggled to lay the basis for a socialist led, working class based women's organisation. In 1891 the first issue of Die Gleicheit, subtitled 'for the interests of working women' appeared. It was an independent paper, with its own editorial board, led and coordinated by Social Democratic women, themselves disciplined party members. Read more...

Trotsky and the Fourth International: Turn to the masses

The final split with the Communist International (Comintern) brought home a brutal fact: the International Left Opposition (ILO) was tiny. Read more...