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Welcome to Splits&Fusions.
Here we will showcase documents from the various tendencies of what can broadly be described as the Trotskyist movement in Britain (with a nod to Irish, US and other publications in the English language).
In most cases items will be presented without much in the way of editorial, beyond a brief (and hopefully factual) description of the group. Continue reading “Splits and Fusions- an archive of Trotskyist publications in Britain”
Following the major schism in the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) in 1985, both sides of the split continued to unravel and give rise to new groups for a number of years.
The ‘continuity’ WRP, which still exists as the Torrance led Newsline group, at first took the side of Gerry Healy but in 1987 broke with him, and his supporters- notably the Redgraves. This group then formed the Marxist Party which styled itself the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (one of at least three competing ICFIs in existence at the time!).
A year after Healy’s death in 1989, the Marxist Party expelled a group of members centered on Healy’s personal assistant Corinna Lotz, and Paul Feldman, who then went on to form the Communist League.
The issues around the split are far from clear. A Communist League pamphlet The Split In The Marxist Party And The Struggle For Marxism covers some of the events in detail and includes contemporary correspondence but does not shed much light on the political differences at stake.
From March 1992 the CL published a magazine Socialist Future / Socialist Future Review of which we have 36 copies in our COMMUNIST LEAGUE- SOCIALIST FUTURE ARCHIVE
The Communist League later renamed itself the Socialist Future Group and the Movement for a Socialist Future before becoming part of a broader formation A World To Win which is still active and which continues to sell Lotz and Feldman’s uncritical biography of Gerry Healy.
The ISL is the British affiliate of the International Workers League (FI) better known by its Spanish language initials the LIT (CI)- the international tendency associated with the Argentinian Trotskyist Nahuel Moreno.
The origin of the ISL lies in the break up of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party (WRP) in the 1980s. It was founded as the Bolshevik Faction of the WRP (Workers Press) group in August 1987.
In February 1988 the future Bolshevik Faction, led by veteran Trotskyist Bill Hunter and Martin Ralph, split from the WRP. Its membership was concentrated mainly in the north of England in the Manchester and Liverpool areas.
The November 2011 special issue of Socialist Voice gives a brief history of the IWL(FI)
Our ISL ARCHIVE contains some 70 issues of the magazine Socialist Voice together with various ISL pamphlets, leaflets and supplements.
We also have a small number of English language IWL publications such as the journal International Courier.
As ever, if any readers can supply us with additional materials to scan, particularly those of the international current, please get in touch.
At Splits and Fusions we do like to bring you some of the smaller and lesser known of the groups operating broadly on the terrain of Trotskyism.
WORKERS NEWS GROUP / SOCIALIST ALLIANCE archive
One such was the Socialist Alliance of the early 1980s. This group was formed by the Lambeth, Battersea and South Yorkshire branches of the Workers Party- itself a split from the WRP in 1979 (later known as the International Leninist Workers Party and still in existence as the Economic, Philosophical and Science Review) in opposition to what it saw as the WPs capitulation to Stalinism.
From issue 8 of its magazine Workers News, in July 1981, the group styled itself the Socialist Alliance and this presumably marks the point at which it was expelled from the Workers Party.
By issue 21 of the approximately monthly magazine, a debate was opened in the organisation about whether to dissolve into a larger group (presumably something like the SWP or IMG) or attempt to produce a broader based paper with other groups.
However, the organisation appears to have gone into crisis at this point and the next copy of the magazine, which might have been the last, did not appear until some five months later in February 1983…
We would be interested to know more about what happened next!
Women’s Voice was the women’s magazine / newspaper of the International Socialists, later Socialist Workers Party.
We have managed to track down the 35 issues of series 1 and the 65 issues of series 2 and present them for the first time in a stand-alone archive:
WOMENS VOICE ARCHIVE
The site features a brief overview and chronology of Women’s Voice together with links to some relevant articles.
The Communist was the theoretical journal of the British Section of the International Left Opposition- the group which would later style itself the Communist League and publish the Red Flag but which was at that time still operating clandestinely within the Communist Party. Continue reading “The Communist- Bulletin of the British Section of the Left Opposition”
Fight was the publication first of the British Bolshevik Leninists (Trotskyists) or The Marxist Group.
It ran for 11 issues.
FIGHT series one
Following the fusion of the Marxist Group with the Marxist League (formerly the Communist League) to form the Revolutionary Socialist League a second series of Fight was launched, incorporating The Red Flag and running for four issues.
FIGHT series two incorporating Red Flag
Once again our scans come from the SL Publications collection and will be supplemented shortly with additional materials.
Beginning in May 1933 with volume 1 no1, The Red Flag was the organ of the British Section of the International Left Opposition which, by issue 6 now styled itself the Communist League.
This ran for 11 issues before in November 1934 a single issue of volume 2 appeared.
RED FLAG SERIES ONE ARCHIVE
After a hiatus of more than a year, a second series of Red Flag appeared as the organ of the Marxist League, the name adopted by the Communist League upon entry into the Labour Party. This ran for 8 issues.
RED FLAG SERIES TWO ARCHIVE
Subsequently the Marxist League fused with the Marxist Group of CLR James to form the Revolutionary Socialist League and The Red Flag was incorporated into the journal Fight.
All our scans here are taken from the wonderful collection put together, in book format, by SL Publications. Long out of print, it is well worth buying if you can find a copy.
We have a number of additional items- pamphlets and leaflets – which we will post in the coming weeks to supplement this collection.