Written in December 1971 The Adventures of the Red Mole, a preliminary survey of the politics of the IMG, to give it its full, grand title, is a Workers Fight Internal Bulletin by Martin Thomas.
The cover price was 7 and a half pence and it was for members only, but you can read it here for free!
And, for good measure, from the same stable, 21 years later, we have Trotskyism after the collapse of Stalinism- an open letter to Ernest Mandel an Alliance for Workers Liberty pamphlet by Sean Matgamna
Our sister site Splits and Fusions will feature a -large collection of Workers Fight / Socialist Organiser / Workers Liberty bulletins and pamphlets in the near future.
Last year we showcased copies of a magazine produced by the Fourth International in the mid-1970s called Africa In Struggle
However, ten years earlier, the “African Commission of the Fourth International” had produced a bi-monthly magazine titled Under The Banner of Socialism.
Fourth International supporters were also involved with the South African organisation APDUSA (African Peoples Democratic Union of South Africa) and we have one issue of its newspaper of the same name together with a leaflet for the Unity Movement to which it was affiliated.
The APDUSA newspaper, in the early 1970s at least, was printed by the IMG’s Prinkipo Press.
Finally, the Azania Worker (originally Azania Frontline) magazine ran for some 12 issues between 1983 and 1988. Published in London by the Azania Liberation Support Committee with the support of the Fourth International.
We have only two issues: vol 2 no 3 1986 and vol 3 no 3 1987 but advertisements for the other issues of the magazine can be found in contemporary issues of Socialist Action newspaper
To round off our look at student and youth perspectives we present here the November 1979 International Youth Information Bulletin produced by the Young Socialist Alliance- youth section of the (US) Socialist Workers Party then in political sympathy with the Fourth International.
The key text is the report adopted by the YSA on turning the organisation to industry- ie encouraging supporters to take jobs in key blue-collar industries along similar lines to the strategy then being pursued by the SWP.
This is followed by an article from the IMG Youth Commission outlining the sharp turn towards youth then underway with the launch of the Revolution newspaper and the attempts to build an organisation of revolutionary youth around it.
Further reports detail the work of FI sections in France, Spain, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Continuing the theme of the last couple of posts, we present here some discussion documents from the later 1970s which informed the thinking of the IMG in relation to the student movement…
First Pre Conference Internal Discussion Bulletin no 48(!) for May 1976 consists of a 20 page document by Comrade Inglefield covering all aspects of student perspectives and organisation.
Two years later the 1978 Students Notes bulletin contained a balance sheet of the Socialist Students Alliance by Dale as well as a report on IMG youth work by Brown. Brown’s motion on youth for the IMG Central Committee the same year is contained in Party Builder Bulletin no9
We finish with two more discussion documents from the IMG students fraction from 1979, and an IMG students bulletin from Oxford:
Thanks to Mike for donating his copies of the Socialist Students Alliance materials from the late 1970s.
The SSA was a broad grouping of students within NUS opposed to the right-ward trajectory of the dominant Broad Left grouping. IMG students were active in SSA.
In addition to the bulletins and leaflets, of note are the first issue of a nicely produced Socialist Student magazine and two pamphlets:
Racism In Education which is a reprint of a pamphlet originally put out by the Socialist Teachers Alliance.
As we previously noted, copies of the youth paper Revolution have proved hard to find.
We do, however, have a few pamphlets which might be of interest.
From Rebellion To Revolution (1982) is a pamphlet on South Africa written by three Revolution activists and jointly published with Socialist Challenge
Similarly, Volcanoes and Hurricanes – Revolution in Central America and the Caribbean is a joint Revolution / Socialist Challenge pamphlet.
Building the LPYS is credited only to Revolution Youth and also appears to date from the early 1980s
Here is the first issue of a Monthly Bulletin for IMG members and sympathisers in the NALGO local government trade union. Dated May 1976, it runs to 11 pages and contains the platform of IMG members for election to the steering committee of the Nalgo Action Group, a rank and file body largely dominated by supporters of the International Socialists (IS).