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1 June 2016

France 1936: sit-in strikes

Workers across France are stepping up their action against the country's new labour law, with strikes in various sectors and big demonstrations. The French working class has a long history of struggle, including widespread sit-in strikes in May-June 1936. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of this movement, and to learn its lessons, here we carry an extract from an article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and published in Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in 1978.

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2 September 2015

Zimmerwald Conference 1915: lessons for the socialist movement

100 years ago, during the carnage of World War One, a small number of socialist delegates assembled at an anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland.

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German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

11 February 2015

1918: When German workers entered history

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, covered by the Socialist in previous issues. But when the war ended, it was in a wave of revolution, most notably in Russia in 1917, but also Germany in 1918

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Lenin flankned by Trotsky addressing a demonstration in Moscow, May 1920. Under Stalin's counter-revolution, Trotsky was airbrushed out of the picture

Lenin flankned by Trotsky addressing a demonstration in Moscow, May 1920. Under Stalin's counter-revolution, Trotsky was airbrushed out of the picture

29 October 2014

Lessons from history: 1917 Revolution in Russia

The October revolution (7-8 November in the modern calendar) of 1917 in Russia was the greatest event in human history. Under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, it brought into existence the first, and so far the only, workers-led government to hold power for any length of time

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Vladimir Lenin

21 January 2014

Lenin's revolutionary legacy

In an attempt to answer the description of Lenin by capitalist historians as a brutal dictator, some on the left turn to Lars T Lih. Peter Taaffe reviews Lih's book: "Lenin"

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14 January 2013

Historical Roots of the SWP

The SWP today finds its ideological roots in post-1945 British Trotskyism, which split into three main trends...

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The April Theses, from Leveller reprints, June 2011, cover by Kavita Graphics

14 June 2012

Lenin's April Theses, 1917

In February 1917 in Russia, women textile workers in Petrograd went on strike and during subsequent days were joined by industrial workers across the city, small business people, students and many soldiers...

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Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

15 February 2012

Another attempt to assassinate the legacy of Leon Trotsky?

Condemnation of Leon Trotsky is well-trodden ground for so-called biographer Robert Service. Service was condemned by The American Historical Review (June 2011), which considered his 'biography' of Trotsky

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Peter Taaffe answers the Hoover institute video debate on Robert Service's book on Trotsky

Peter Taaffe answers the Hoover institute video debate on Robert Service's book on Trotsky

29 July 2010

In defence of Leon Trotsky

In defence of Leon Trotsky: Five part video discussion with general secretary Peter Taaffe

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Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

19 May 2010

The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Review: The Chinese revolution of 1925-27 represented one of the most gigantic and splendid movements in human history. This book, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, evokes with great literary brush strokes the magnificent panorama of the heroism, self-sacrifice and determination to change the world of the terribly exploited Chinese workers and peasants...

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4 June 2008

Engels: A Revolutionary Life

Freidrich Engels

Freidrich Engels


The ideas of the Socialist Party, based on scientific socialism, are identified with Karl Marx and 'Marxism', but Friedrich Engels deserves to be bracketed alongside the great 'philosopher of the millennium'. Peter Taaffe reveiws Engels: A Revolutionary Life, by John Green. (Artery Publications, London 2008)

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30 January 2008

How Hitler came to power

Rise of evil?: Towards the end of World War One Germany was a country in ruin. Over one and a half million Germans had died. An economic blockade meant conditions for workers in the cities were deteriorating...

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Lenin speaking, Trotsky standing to the right

Lenin speaking, Trotsky standing to the right

11 October 2007

1917 October Revolution: the working class took power

Russian revolution 90th anniversary: THE CAPITALIST media have made little comment on the 90th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. Peter Taaffe looks at the events of the October revolution in Russia 1917.

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9 August 2007

Exchanging socialist ideas worldwide

THE COMMITTEE for a Workers' International (CWI) held its annual summer school in Belgium. The socialist gives here some excerpts of the reports given by its sister European sections.

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12 July 2007

The 'July days' - rich in lessons for today

Following previous articles on the 1917 February revolution and the April Days, PETER TAAFFE now moves on to the 'July Days'....

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5 July 2007

Two plays reviewed by Mark Baker: 'Philistines' and 'The Last Confession'

Philistines was written in 1902. Its author, Maxim Gorky, was a Marxist and a close associate of Lenin up to 1913 when he broke from the Bolsheviks. ...

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28 June 2007

Rehabilitating Stalin?

Review by Peter Taaffe of Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore: "Lenin shot by Trotsky in drunken brawl". This was a headline, not from the gutter press but from a so-called 'quality' US capitalist newspaper in...

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3 May 2007

Russia April 1917: Lenin returns from exile

2007 is the ninetieth anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution. To mark this, the socialist is running a series of articles looking at the events of...

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15 March 2007

February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

23 FEBRUARY 1917 (8 March in the new style Gregorian calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia that sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world. PETER TAAFFE analyses the lessons of February for the working class today.

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26 May 2000

Lenin's lasting legacy

Review: Lenin: A biography by Robert Service. Published by Macmillan, and reviewed by MARK WAINWRIGHT...

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