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14 April 2021

1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism

Lessons from history: "Realising only by the abolition of this hideous capitalist system can the horror of unemployment be removed from our midst, I here and now take upon myself a binding oath, to never cease from active strife against this system until capitalism is abolished and our country and its resources truly be

7 April 2021

1981 Brixton riots: Racism and poverty - the anger explodes

April 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the riots in Brixton, south London, against police racism, unemployment and poverty.

24 March 2021

Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power

In 2011, trade unionists demonstrated in their hundreds of thousands and then took strike action in defence of their pensions and against public service cuts

24 March 2021

150th anniversary of the Paris Commune

The birth of the Paris Commune marked the first time in history when the working class took political power directly into its own hands

10 March 2021

150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth

A revolutionary life, exuding passion and determination: Rosa Luxemburg was born in Poland on 5 March 1871 - the year of the Paris Commune. In her short lifetime she experienced three major revolutions and participated in the most important debates among socialists

3 March 2021

A history of International Women's Day

8 March this year marks the 110th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD). Over the years there's been a sustained attempt to remove the socialist origin of the day

3 March 2021

1981: New Cross Massacre

On 2 March 1981, 20,000 young black people demonstrated in London against police and Tory government failures over the deadly New Cross fire which occurred on 18 January of that year.

24 February 2021

How militant trade unionism defeated the 1971 Industrial Relations Act

Not since the 'Great Unrest' of 1911-14 and the period of strikes following World War One had there been anything like it.

3 February 2021

1971: Rolls-Royce crisis - when the Tories nationalised in order to secure the interests of British capitalism

Fifty years ago, on 4 February 1971, the flagship British engineering company Rolls-Royce collapsed into receivership placing 80,000 workers' jobs at risk

27 January 2021

Ten years since the 'Arab Spring'

The year 2011 began with mass protests spreading across the Middle East and North Africa which shook the ground beneath the region's many autocratic regimes

25 November 2020

Friedrich Engels: A revolutionary who played a pivotal role in the development of socialism

28th November 2020, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels (1820-1895). Alongside Karl Marx, Engels was one of the greatest thinkers

19 August 2020

80th anniversary of Leon Trotsky's assassination

CWI book commemorating Trotsky

A revolutionary whose ideas and methods retain their validity

22 July 2020

100 years since the foundation of the Communist Party of Great Britain

World War One - the result of capitalist nations' rivalry - led to the slaughter, on an industrial scale, of the working classes internationally

15 July 2020

How capitalist restoration led to war and 'ethnic cleansing' in the Balkans

Srebrenica massacre - 25 years on: 8,000 Bosnian Muslim refugees were slaughtered in and around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica

1 July 2020

75th anniversary of the Attlee Labour government

The end of World War Two left behind a world in upheaval. Demobilised troops and a war-weary population demanded a better future. Resistance movements in Europe published programmes demanding nationalisation.

24 June 2020

Lessons from the Black Panthers

The Black Panther Party marked the high point of the Civil Rights movement - what are the lessons for today?

17 June 2020

Reform or revolt? How was the slave trade abolished?

The slave trade between the west coast of Africa and the Americas over a period of 300 to 400 years was probably one of the most barbaric periods of exploitation in history

10 June 2020

Roosevelt's New Deal programme - reforms to save capitalism

The present coronavirus crisis is tipping the USA into an economic depression which threatens the worst eco-nomic deprivation for Americans since the 1930s

27 May 2020

1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since"

In the sixth article in our series - 'war, global crises and working-class struggle' - Socialist Party national committee member Alistair Tice asks: does the picture following the World War One give more pointers to what we can expect today in terms of new economic crises and workers' struggles?.

27 May 2020

The 'Lucas Plan'

When workers set out an alternative to job losses by creating socially useful products and technology: The announcement by Rolls Royce of 9,000 redundancies in its aero-engine business is one of many likely threats of job losses in the coming recession, writes Jane Nellist Coventry Socialist Party and president of Coventry TUC (personal capacity).


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