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What We Stand For

What the Socialist Party stands for

Introduction to Marxism

This collection of articles provides an introduction to the basic concepts of Marxism. The articles were first published in 2022 in Socialism Today, the monthly magazine of the Socialist Party.

1926 General Strike – Workers Taste Power

By Peter Taaffe, (2006). Written on the eightieth anniversary of the 1926 General Strike in Britain, this is the story of the most important and earth-shattering moment in the history of the British working class.

The Rise of Militant

Militant's Thirty Years 1964 - 1994: The official history of the Militant Tendency, forerunner of the Socialist Party by Peter Taaffe

Liverpool – A City that Dared to Fight

Liverpool – A city that Dared to Fight is a history of the famous Militant tendency-led struggle in Liverpool in 1984-87. Written by Peter Taaffe and Tony Mulhearn, leading participants in the struggle. Militant played a leading role in Liverpool city council’s battle against the Thatcher government 1983-87. This book presents both a commentary and penetrating political analysis of the growth of Marxism in Britain.

From Militant to the Socialist Party

By Peter Taaffe. From Militant to the Socialist Party covers developments from the Blairite takeover of Labour to the first rumblings of the world economic crisis of 2007-08, and is the sequel to the Rise of Militant

The case for Socialism

At the start of 2016, 62 people - barely more than a bus full - owned as much wealth as half the people on the planet. Never before has inequality reached these gargantuan levels.

Socialism and Left Unity – A critique of the Socialist Workers Party

Pamphlet published in November 2008. The Socialist Party in England and Wales, and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), are the two largest organisations on the ‘Marxist left’ in Britain. Many argue: ‘Why can’t you forget your differences and combine to unite yourselves and the left in a real alternative?’

How a fightback can stop the cuts

Lessons of how Thatcher was defeated, by Hannah Sell, Socialist Party Deputy General Secretary

Women and the struggle for socialism

It doesn't have to be like this: Women and the Struggle for Socialism, by Christine Thomas. Socialist Party publication August 2010

The Masses Arise

By Peter Taaffe. The great French revolution was to the Europe of the late eighteenth century and the first part of the nineteenth century what the Russian revolution is to the twentieth Century.

Empire Defeated – Vietnam War, the lessons for today

By Peter Taaffe. The Vietnam War was the longest conflict of the twentieth century – unfolding over 30 years, 10,000 days in length. This war left an indelible impression worldwide in the minds of the generation who lived through these tumultuous events.

Science, Marxism and the Big Bang

A Critical Review of Reason in Revolt: A contribution to a debate on Marxism and science

A civil war without guns – the 1984-85 miners’ strike

TWENTY YEARS ago British miners were forced into strike action to defend their jobs, their communities and their way of life. The strike became a trial of strength between Thatcher’s Tory government and the miners that still reverberates throughout the workers’ movement and society.

Planning Green Growth

Planning Green Growth: A Socialist Contribution To The Debate On Environmental Sustainability

Socialism in the 21st century

Just six months after the first edition of Socialism in the 21st century was published in 2002, two million people took to the streets of Britain on 15 February 2003 to oppose the impending war on Iraq. It was probably the biggest single demonstration in Britain’s history and it formed part of what was certainly the biggest ever simultaneous global movement.

The State: a warning to the labour movement

For socialists, the issue of the state is vital. What is its class character? What programme and policies should we put forward?

Marxist Classics

What About Russia?

The Russian Revolution took place in October 1917, inspiring revolutions throughout Europe and the rest of the world. For 70 years the debate about what sort of society had been established in Russia raged among socialists.

What is Marxism?

Extracts from Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky which explain some of the basic ideas, methods and philosophy of Marxism

Lenin: State and Revolution

Lenin wrote The State and Revolution in August and September 1917, when he was in hiding. It remains a great classic of Marxism.

The Communist Manifesto

The Manifesto of the Communist Party, written by Marx and Engels in 1848, begins: "A spectre is Haunting Europe – the spectre of Communism." Today this spectre, or ghost, is once again rising.

Marxism Opposes Terrorism

We are publishing here a number of articles by and about Trotsky. We begin with several short articles putting the socialist case against terrorism, which are still relevant today.

The case for Socialism – 2013 edition

When the Sunday Times first published its annual Rich List in 1989, the combined wealth of the 200 richest people in Britain was £38 billion (£80 billion in today's money). In 2013 it had increased to £318.2 billion.

A Strategy to Defeat the Cuts

Demonstrate, occupy, strike. Pamphlet by Hannah sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, dated 24/03/2011

The case for Socialism (2009 version)

The profound crisis that global capitalism entered in 2008 is resulting in increased hardship for the majority, in Britain and internationally.

Capitalism in Crisis

The defenders of capitalism were wrong and the socialists and Marxists were right. This is what the current economic crisis means...

The Great Gold Rush

2002 Pamphlet published by the Socialist Party against privatisation.

We beat the Poll Tax

The hated Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was dethroned as a result of the victorious struggle against the Poll Tax in 1991. But she did not abdicate voluntarily — she was pushed. This is the story of that victory, lead by the Militant, now the Socialist Party.

AUGUST 31, 1994, and the IRA’s announcement of a ceasefire, will go down as an historic date in Irish history. The ending of the IRA campaign was quickly followed by pressure from working class communities on the loyalist paramilitaries, the UDA and the UVF, to likewise call a halt. Six weeks later they also called off their campaigns.

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