Theory & History

The anti-communist Victorian State ALP Executive at Federal Conference in Hobart, 1955

60 years since ‘The Split’ in the ALP

November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) suffered its biggest ever split 60 years ago in 1955. The ramifications of this split were huge. It marked a turning point in the party’s history and has left a legacy that still exists today. By Anthony Main, Socialist Party The party had experienced two […]

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Marxism and World War Two

Marxism and World War Two

June 5, 2015 at 4:01 pm

This article looks at what led to the worst slaughter in human history and the events of the war. In doing so it contrasts the approach of genuine Marxists (grouped internationality around the exiled revolutionary, Trotsky) with the approach of Stalin and the Communist Party. By Paul True The First […]

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History: Australian trade unions in the 1930s depression

History: Australian trade unions in the 1930s depression

June 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

The great depression was like a ‘king-hit’ to the Australian trade unions. At first many union leaders did not even realise what was happening, but as the full extent of the catastrophe became clear, they had no real idea of how to deal with the situation. This led to the […]

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The Balmain ironworkers’ strike of 1945

The Balmain ironworkers’ strike of 1945

May 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

Remembering Australian working class history 70 years on The following two articles were published in Labour History in May and November 1972. They are a detailed account of the Sydney ironworkers’ strike that took place during World War Two. The strike is seen as controversial because it involved a revolt […]

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Pamphlet: The Balmain Trotskyists

Pamphlet: The Balmain Trotskyists

May 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

The need for a revolutionary leadership: 1933 This pamphlet was originally published by The Workers Party (Left Opposition) of Australia in Balmain, Sydney – 1933. This edition published by Militant in Parramatta, September 1996, with additional explanatory notes by Hall Greenland and Paul True. Published for the first time on […]

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70 years since the end of WW2

70 years since the end of WW2

May 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

May 8, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of VE day (Victory in Europe Day) – the end of World War Two in Europe. By Neil Gray, Socialist Party The capitalist mass media is awash with stories of heroism and sacrifice on the part of Australia and its Allies in the […]

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The Revolutionary Legacy of Malcolm X

The Revolutionary Legacy of Malcolm X

March 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

“The centrepiece of Malcolm’s political project was to internationalise the condition of Black peoples in the United States.” Sohail Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America, p.36 By Eljeer Hawkins, CWI in the United States February 2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the public […]

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Germany: 25 years since Berlin Wall brought down

Germany: 25 years since Berlin Wall brought down

November 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

While, for millions, the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall was rightly celebrated as a great victory for democratic rights, the official celebrations to mark its 25th anniversary have been dominated by anti-socialist propaganda. Governments have sought to hide the fact that, initially, the revolutionary movement that opened the Wall […]

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Fighting oppression – a Marxist viewpoint

Fighting oppression – a Marxist viewpoint

October 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

A materialist analysis of roots & nature of oppression By Laura Fitzgerald, Socialist Party (Ireland) Marxism is a philosophy and world view that seeks to materially analyse reality. Although it was not possible for Marx and Engels themselves to adequately address all questions of oppression, as well as other issues […]

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WW1: One hundred years since the great slaughter

WW1: One hundred years since the great slaughter

August 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

The first world war began 100 years ago, unleashing slaughter on an unprecedented scale. This anniversary has featured prominently in the capitalist media. Most fail, however, to explain why millions of working-class people were sent to their deaths in trench-warfare hellholes: capitalism’s drive for profit, exploitation, raw materials and markets. […]

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