Just added to the ‘Useful Files’ page (see above) a couple of critiques of Trotskyism dating from the 1970s and coming from two very different angles.
First up is Monty Johnstone’s Trotsky and World Revolution in Cogito, Theoretical And Discussion Journal of the Young Communist League.
Second, Big Flame’s pamphlet The Revolution Unfinished. A Critique of Trotskyism which elicited a response from the IMG in the form of Phil Hearses’ pamphlet On Trotskyism and the Fourth International
Our post on the Workers Internationalist League and Workers International Review Group pointed to the formation of the Revolutionary Internationalist League, in 1984, as a new British affiliate of the Trotskyist International Liaison Committee (TILC) or International Trotskyist Committee as it was then known.
Our collection of RIL publications can be found here:
Revolutionary Internationalist League
This includes issues 2 – 14 of the Revolutionary Internationalist magazine (we would love to find a copy of issue 1) along with some of the later Revolutionary Fighter which superseded it.
There are two pamphlets- a Revolutionary Fighter one on the Politics of Militant and Gerry Downing’s book WRP Explosion
We also have three early issues of Fighting Worker, paper of the US TILC affiliate the Revolutionary Workers League, which was distributed by the RIL. Again we would like to find more issues of Fighting Worker.
The League for Socialist Action was a group of supporters of the US SWP Tendency in the Fourth International (United Secretariat) which split from the British International Marxist Group in the mid-1970s.
It produced a paper- Socialist Action – and a number of pamphlets.
We have 20 issues of their newspaper here:
Socialist Action LSA newspaper
and a small number of their pamphlets LSA Pamphlets
LSA members were active in the Labour Party and later merged again with the IMG in 1982 when its members too joined the Labour Party.
Do let us know if you can add to our collections of LSA publications.
Not to be confused with either the 1940s Workers International League or the later 1980s group of the same name, the Workers Internationalist League was a small group deriving from the Workers Socialist League.
The Wikipedia entry gives a good summary of this short lived grouping and its confusing evolution. For more detail this article and issue 1 of Workers International Review are also useful.
The WIL published four issues of a newspaper which you can find here:
Workers International News
The WIL split in early 1984 with a group breaking away to found the Workers International Review Group.
Confusingly, it seems that the WIRG continued to use the Workers International News masthead on its leaflets- such as this one – whilst the continuity Workers Internationalist League was responsible for the publication of Workers International Review (see link above to issue 1)!
Shortly afterwards, supporters of both sides of the split came together to form a new British section of the Trotskyist International Liaison Committee (TILC) under the name Revolutionary Internationalist League.
If anyone has any further publications from either of these groups, or can shed light on some of the history, we would love to know.
The Socialist Democracy Group was formed in late 1998 by Phil Hearse and a small number of comrades who left Militant Labour. Shortly afterwards they were joined by another small group who had recently left the International Socialist Group / Socialist Outlook.
In 2002, it merged into the Socialist Solidarity Network which was itself derived from a split from the Socialist Party / Militant.
Socialist Democracy was an early proponent of the idea of building broad class-struggle parties of the left and it was a strong supporter of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Alliance.
Nine issues of the journal Socialist Democracy were published, all of which can be found here.
Socialist Democracy files
For a critical discussion of the Socialist Democracy Group, at its founding, see the article by Charli Langford in Workers Action no1
Over the next year or two or three we hope to put up posts, with scans of publications, for most of the following (in no particular order):
- Workers Internationalist League and Workers International Review Group
- Revolutionary Internationalist League
- International Communist Party/International Worker
- Socialist Democracy Group
- Fourth International Supporters Caucus (FISC)
- Workers Power
- Workers League
- International Socialist League
- IS Group
- Communist Forum (Banda)
- Marxist Party (Healy)
- WRP- Workers Press
- Communist League- Socialist Future
- Communist League- SWP US franchise
- Workers Fight- the British Lutte Ouvrier followers
- The Matgamna tendency- Workers Fight / International-Communist League / AWL
- Workers Socialist League – in both its Thornett and Matgamna incarnations
- Revolutionary Democratic Group (SWPs external faction) and its offshoots
- The Revolutionary Communist Party – the next step and the RCT
- The Chartist tendency
- Socialist Action
- The League For Socialist Action
- The Pabloites
You will note we do not intend to tackle some of the major tendencies- IS/SWP, The Militant group or the original WRP but we may well publish specific interesting publications from these- for example Womens Voice from the IS/SWP stable.
It is to be hoped that supporters of the SWP or the Socialist Party might embark on their own projects to put their historic publications online.
We will also be assisting the Marxist Internet Archive / ETOL project by scanning in some older publications from the 1940s and 50s- notably Socialist Outlook, published by The Club in the Labour Party.
Some other smaller groups, notably Red Action, the Spartacists and the Posadists already have all their historic publications online, which saves us a job!
If you can help with any of the above by providing loans of documents, or suggest groups we may have overlooked, please get in touch.
Yesterday we re-posted a short piece from RedMoleRising about the International Group founded in 1985 and we have also recently posted about the Socialist Group / Socialist Viewpoint which was formed by Alan Thornett, John Lister and others who had been in the Workers Socialist League.
After a period of working together, and an extended fusion process, the two groups came together to form the International Socialist Group and established the magazine Socialist Outlook.
Our collection of Socialist Outlook magazine, which ran for at least 30 issues in its first series, can be found here:
Socialist Outlook magazine files
Later in the year we will scan and post copies of the later Socialist Outlook in tabloid format.