Theory & History

The origins of capital and labour in Australia

The origins of capital and labour in Australia

July 25, 2016 at 9:56 am

In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. There is no doubt that in Australia no less than the driving force of history has been the struggle between capital and labour. In this article Anthony […]

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1936: Spain’s revolutionary promise

1936: Spain’s revolutionary promise

July 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Eighty years ago, the working class and poor peasants of Spain rose up against capitalist exploitation, dire poverty and fascist forces – a high point of years of struggle. At times, they held power in their hands. By Tony Saunois, CWI July 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of one of […]

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The life and times of William Lane

The life and times of William Lane

June 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

By Conor Flynn William Lane has been regarded as one of Australia’s most important early socialists. In his short life, Lane was to have a profound impact on the development of trade unionism and the Labor Party in Australia. But objective conditions prompted Lane to draw the wrong political conclusions. […]

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China’s ‘Cultural Revolution’ 1966-67

China’s ‘Cultural Revolution’ 1966-67

June 10, 2016 at 10:21 am

50 years ago the ‘Cultural Revolution’ began in China. Here we carry an edited version of article written by Peter Taaffe for the British Militant newspaper in February 1967. Within the last month, events within China have taken a dramatic turn. Reports of fierce clashes between forces for and against […]

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What is democratic socialism?

What is democratic socialism?

May 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

Interview with Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember Bernie Sanders has popularized the idea of democratic socialism to an audience of millions. His program for a $15 an hour minimum wage, free higher education, and single-payer health care speaks to the interests of working-class people. But his vision of socialism is […]

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The Eureka rebellion

The Eureka rebellion

April 28, 2016 at 8:42 am

A revolt that pioneered a tradition of militant struggle By Anthony Main That a flag used by gold miners during a revolt in 1854 is still seen today as a symbol of struggle says something about the significance of the Eureka rebellion. While the establishment has often tried to downplay […]

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Irish socialist James Connolly

Ireland: 100th anniversary of Easter 1916 Rising

March 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

By Cillian Gillespie, Socialist Party (Ireland) This weekend marks the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising against British rule in Ireland. For many working class people in Ireland this event is regarded as a key defining event in Irish history, with its participants and leaders held in high esteem. Their […]

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Womens’ and LGBTIQ liberation in revolutionary Russia

January 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

By Emma Quinn (Socialist Party, CWI in Ireland) Millions of people internationally are joining the fight against the oppression of women and LGBTIQ people, opening up debates as to how this discrimination and inequality can be ended once and for all. This article looks at the historic experience of the Russian Revolution and the radical progressive […]

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New movements, old dilemma: Reform or Revolution today

New movements, old dilemma: Reform or Revolution today

January 14, 2016 at 1:00 am

By Paul Murphy, Socialist Party TD in Ireland The election of the Syriza government in February 2015 was greeted with enthusiastic support by working class people in Greece and across Europe, only to turn into bitter disappointment after its capitulation to the Troika in July. As inequality and austerity continue […]

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Some of the founding meetings of the party were held at the New Unity Hotel in Balmain.

ALP: From socialist origins to capitalist tool

November 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

How the early ALP was transformed The Australian Labor Party (ALP) may have long forgotten its socialist roots but it was brought into being in the late 19th century by groups of trade unionists and socialists. The Australian Socialist League (ASL) played a major role in the formation of the […]

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