100 years since founding of Communist International; 90 years since Trotsky’s expulsion from Soviet Union

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. This week saw two important historical anniversaries – the first conference of the Communist (Third) International, held on 6 March 1919, established to help organise Marxist revolutionary forces on an international basis and, after years of defeats of revolutionaryContinue reading “100 years since founding of Communist International; 90 years since Trotsky’s expulsion from Soviet Union”

1918: Revolution ends First World War as international radicalisation shakes the world

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International.  The horrific slaughter of the First World War has haunted generations. By the time it ended, it had put into question the ‘right’ of the ruling classes to rule, something that helped provoke revolutions and mass struggles around theContinue reading “1918: Revolution ends First World War as international radicalisation shakes the world”

The renewed relevance of Engels’ classic, ‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. ‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’ should be read and studied by socialists, worker-activists and young people interested in socialist ideas, as it greatly adds to our understanding of the roots of socialism and the tasks the working class need toContinue reading “The renewed relevance of Engels’ classic, ‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’”

France 1968: when workers were on the brink of taking power

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. 50 years since the greatest general strike in history Much has changed in the half century since the revolutionary events of May 1968 in France. At that time there was still a ‘cold war’ between states with very differentContinue reading “France 1968: when workers were on the brink of taking power”

Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. On 30 January 1968 the National Liberation Front (NLF) and the People’s Army of Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive against US and allied troops in South Vietnam. On the 50th anniversary of this key stage in that war, weContinue reading “Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive”

Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism, still relevant today

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused toContinue reading “Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism, still relevant today”

History: The political legacy of Malcolm X

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. 50 years after his assassination “The centerpiece of Malcolm’s political project was to internationalize the condition of Black peoples in the United States.” Sohail Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America 21st FebruaryContinue reading “History: The political legacy of Malcolm X”

Review: ‘Eleanor Marx – a life’

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Clare Doyle reviews ’Eleanor Marx – A Life’ by Rachel Holmes Eleanor Marx was an extraordinary woman – youngest daughter of an extraordinary man, Karl Marx, and of Jenny, his lifelong partner through revolution and counter-revolution. Many socialists knowContinue reading “Review: ‘Eleanor Marx – a life’”

Trotsky: ‘The national principle’

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. An article written by LEON TROTSKY, exposing the hypocrisy of world powers towards national minorities and oppressed peoples, translated into English for the first time Continuing our series to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the firstContinue reading “Trotsky: ‘The national principle’”

1914: The capitulation of the Second International

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Before 1914, the Second International resolved to act to prevent war… Before 1914, the Second International, grouping together socialist and workers’ organisations throughout Europe, resolved to act to prevent war. Once war had been declared, however, nearly all ofContinue reading “1914: The capitulation of the Second International”