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Land or Death: The case of Hugo Blanco

August 11, 2017

The third of our offerings from Socialist Current which should be of interest is their (re)printing of a pamphlet Land or Death The Case of Hugo Blanco issued by the British Committee for Solidarity with the Victims of Repression in Peru…


It was a great privilege for me to meet Hugo Blanco a few years ago when he did a tour of Britain sponsored by Socialist Resistance and Green Left.

A letter to the editor…

August 10, 2017

SCFurther to yesterday’s posting of a review of the 1956 “Why We Left The CP” pamphlet, we find in the very next issue- Socialist Current v2 no3 March 1957 a letter from Pat Jordan urging Socialist Current supporters to get involved with setting up local socialist discussion forums.

It is on page 14 with an editorial board reply on page 15.

Why They Left The Communist Party

August 9, 2017

I have been busy of late scanning copies of the Socialist Current magazine from the 1950s and 60s. The fruits of this labour will appear shortly on the Splits and Fusions site.

Just this morning I came across a very interesting short piece in Socialist Current vol2 no2 for February 1957, a review of the “Why We Left The CP” pamphlet which can be considered a founding document of the tendency which was to become the International Group…

SC review

Is it time…

June 12, 2017

… to reproduce an old badge?


Co-Ordinator no 1 July 1968- For Unity on the Left

May 4, 2017

Co-ordinCoord.jpgator was the official organ of the Lambeth branch of the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign but clearly saw itself as a revolutionary socialist publication in its own right, rather than just an organ of the VSC.

It was edited by Al Richardson, then still a member of the IMG and its editorial board had representatives of the IMG, the International Socialists, the CPGB and the Working Peoples Party of England, a Maoist group.

Its ‘What We Stand For’ column was based on opposition to racism, full support for working class struggles, and support for the VSC.

This is the only issue we have so far found- it would be interested to know if a second issue was ever produced.

Al Richardson was to break with the IMG a little over a year later and went on to join the Revolutionary Communist League / Socialist Charter group.

Our sister site Splits and Fusions will be featuring a collection of RCL / Chartist publications very soon.


The Adventures of the Red Mole

April 28, 2017

Written in December 1971 molehrThe 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.



The FI and Africa

April 20, 2017

Last year we showcased copies of a magazine produced by the Fourth International in Azaniathe 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.

We have two issues- both from 1965- no4 and no8

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



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