Theory & History

40 years of the Committee for a Workers’ International

40 years of the Committee for a Workers’ International

Theory & History April 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

International solidarity is a vital aspect of the struggle for socialism. The Socialist Party fights for a world free of poverty, war and inequality. But that requires more than just supporting workers in struggle in other countries, important though that is. We need to build a powerful international organisation, capable [...]

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History: The 1974 revolution in Portugal

History: The 1974 revolution in Portugal

Theory & History April 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

On the 40th anniversary of the Portugese revolution we remember how half a century of fascist rule was swept aside in a day It started at 12.25am on Thursday 25 April 1974 when the rebel song, Grandola Vila Morena, played on the radio. By early evening the end of dictatorship [...]

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Chile: 40th anniversary of bloody overthrow of Allende government

Chile: 40th anniversary of bloody overthrow of Allende government

Theory & History September 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

In re-building a socialist movement, lessons of coup need to be learnt By Tony Saunois, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) The terrorist attack on the TwinTowers in New York in 2001 was not the first ’9/11’. In Chile, on 11 September 1973, a bloody coup, led by General Augusto [...]

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Book: It doesn’t have to be like this

Book: It doesn’t have to be like this

Gender, Theory & History April 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Women and the struggle for socialism By Christine Thomas Introduction At the turn of the millennium we were promised that women’s equality was just around the corner – and to many it really did seem possible. We had travelled such a long way compared to our grandparents and even our [...]

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Socialism and Left Unity – A critique of the SWP

Socialism and Left Unity – A critique of the SWP

Theory & History April 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

Socialism and Left Unity – A critique of the Socialist Workers Party The Socialist Party in England and Wales, and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) are the two largest organisations on the ‘Marxist left’ in Britain. Therefore, in a period when the left in general has been weakened – as [...]

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What role for cooperatives in changing the world?

What role for cooperatives in changing the world?

Theory & History March 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Millions of people around the world are desperately searching for a way out of the misery inflicted by capitalism. Within the constant mass upheavals taking place in many parts of the world, many are debating new and old ideas of how to change society for the better. The idea of [...]

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The murder of Rosa Luxemburg

The murder of Rosa Luxemburg

Theory & History January 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

On 15 January 1919, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, the finest brains of the German working class and its most heroic figures, were brutally murdered by the bloodthirsty, defeated German military, backed to the hilt by the cowardly social-democratic leaders Noske and Scheidemann. On this important anniversary, it is vital [...]

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Che Guevara: Symbol of fashion or symbol of struggle?

Che Guevara: Symbol of fashion or symbol of struggle?

Theory & History November 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara is perhaps the most recognisable revolutionary icon, his image having graced countless posters and t-shirts. For some it is just a fashion statement, but many are drawn to him as a symbol of the struggle against capitalism and the fight for a better world. Films such as [...]

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Algerian war of independence 1954-1962

Algerian war of independence 1954-1962

Theory & History October 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

Colonialism, national liberation and revolutionary struggle Fifty years ago, in 1962, the ‘Algerian war’, one of the longest and bloodiest anti-colonial conflicts, ended with the victory of the Algerian fighters against French imperialism. Algeria had been under French colonial rule for 132 years. It was the ‘flagship’ of the French [...]

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The lessons of Port Arthur

The lessons of Port Arthur

Theory & History August 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The following article appeared in The Militant newspaper (predecessor of The Socialist) in June 1996. We are republishing it now for the first time online against the backdrop of a spate of shooting massacres around the world. The article explains how socialists deal with issues like gun control, mental healthcare [...]

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