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17 November 2010

Fast news

More jumpers: PRIVATISED ENERGY giant British Gas has dropped its charm offensive of lower prices to customers with a 7% rise in gas and electricity bills this winter...

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

18 August 2010

The legacy of Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky, a revolutionary leader of the Russian revolution, was murdered on 20 August 1940 by an agent of Stalin. His role in the 1917 revolution, the greatest single event in human history, alone makes his writings worthy of study.
The ideas and methods of the Socialist Party and the socialist international to which it is affiliated, the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), are based on Trotsky's, alongside those of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin.
70 years after his death Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, assesses the contribution of Trotsky's ideas to the struggle for socialism in the 21st century.

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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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27 November 2009

British Marxist debates Stalin and Trotsky

CWI represented in Moscow debate: It's certainly the first time that the first speaker at a meeting in which the CWI participated was a Russian orthodox priest in full robe speaking through video link from St Petersburg...

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Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

18 November 2009

Service with a snarl: Robert Service refuses to answer questions

HISTORIAN ROBERT Service recently wrote a well-publicised and widely distributed book Trotsky - a biography...

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25 August 2009

The real lessons of the Second World War

Seventy years ago, the major powers plunged humanity into the horror of world war, Peter Taaffe writes in the latest Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party.

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

7 July 2009

Stalin's Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky

Review: An account of Trotsky's last years in exile in Mexico, during his heroic struggles against Stalinism, fascism and capitalism, and, pertinently, during the last great economic crisis, is to be welcomed, Reviewed by Niall Mulholland

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26 November 2008

Art and revolution

What is the relationship between art, revolution, capitalism and class struggle? This year was the first time there was a commission on 'art and revolution' at the annual summer school of the Committee...

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27 February 2008

Feature: Fidel Castro's resignation opens up new chapter

Fidel Castro in his days as a guerrila

Fidel Castro in his days as a guerrila

The formal resignation of Fidel Castro as president of Cuba opens up a new chapter in Cuba's history. PETER TAAFFE comments on this latest development and argues the need for workers' democracy in Cuba.

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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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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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8 March 2007

What's Left? - not Nick Cohen!

PETER TAAFFE reviews What's Left? by Nick Cohen and replies to his accusation that the 'left' supported Saddam Hussein because it opposed the invasion...

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22 October 2006

The Communist Manifesto

"A SPECTRE is haunting Europe..." With these famous words Marx and Engels began what is probably the single most famous work of scientific socialism... By Ben Robinson

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22 February 2006

Khrushchev: The Stalinist who denounced Stalin

50 years ago...: AT THE 20th conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in February 1956, first secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounced the crimes of Stalin (who had died in 1953)...

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11 October 2002

Who Really Fought Stalin's Dictatorship?

A NEW book by the novelist Martin Amis entitled "Koba the Dread: Laughter and the twenty million" has created a stir in the world of politics as well as literature, writes Jim Hensman.

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