We have uploaded loads more IMG pamphlets so, rather than saying anything about them at this stage, I will simply list their titles below and you can find them in the pamphlets section.
I am also in the laborious process of re-organising the pamphlets section (and later the papers and journals sections) to make them easier to navigate (hopefully) and to bring all my scanned files into one place and in logical order.
So, under “Pamphlets & Bulletins” you will now find folders for IMG pamphlets, Red Weekly, Socialist Challenge, Socialist Action pamphlets, local group pamphlets and bulletins and miscellaneous!
Trust me, it makes sense!
These are the new items in the IMG Pamphlets file:
Class Nature of the Workers States
Defend the Right to Work
Meaning of the Miners Strike
Theories of Workers Control
Socialist Policy for the Trade unions
After the Miners Strike, What Next?
British Troops Out Now
Dynamics of World Revolution Today
In Defense of the Portuguese Revolution
Portugal The Fight For Workers Power
Proposed Statutes of the FI
Reorganisation of the Party- Lenin
Shrewsbury, Repression and Class Struggle- 2nd Edition
Socialism and Man- Guevara
Teachers Salaries, the Way Forward
The Fight For Control
Unemployment- A Weapon of Capitalism
Lancaster IMG- What Is The IMG?
York IMG- The Rents Bill
IMG Teachers- Education Cuts and the Crisis
Many thanks to Mike for donating his collection of political badges!
First off, here is the exquisite Fourth International enamel badge. It’s tiny- seen here next to a 1p piece so you can see just how small.
Red Mole Rising readers may be interested in some recent postings on our sister site Splits&Fusions looking at the early days of British Trotskyism:
The Communist (1932-3) – journal of the British Section of the Left Opposition ie the Balham Group
The Red Flag– agitational paper of the Communist League from 1933 – 1937
Fight- For The Fourth International-1936-1938 paper of the Marxist League of CLR James and later the Revolutionary Socialist League
And, slightly more recent(!) a large number of copies of Socialist Outlook paper associated with Gerry Healy’s Club in the late 1940s early 1950s.
Those of you who check our Socialist Action Newpaper folder regularly will note that we hit issue 100 a short while ago! That takes us through the bitter period of the miners’ strike and out the other side.
Despite the growing internal tensions within the Socialist League / Socialist Action at that time, there was little evidence of this in the paper and the group threw itself wholeheartedly into the miners’ struggle.
Socialist Action continued as a tabloid newspaper for at least a further 80 issues up until late 1988 and we will scan those in due course.
Meanwhile, we have a number of items lined up for posting in the near future including Socialist Students Alliance materials, Revolution Youth, Socialist Challenge and Socialist Action pamphlets and a whole batch of 1970s IMG pamphlets.
Watch this space!
Peter Graham a Revolutionary Militant.
By Mick Healy
“In 1966 we in Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion (1916). The writings of James Connolly, which prior to then had been read little, and then only by the older hands’, began to be read more widely. The younger generation found through his writings that he was not quite as the Christian Brothers in school taught – “only the 7th leader’ of 1916.” They found in his writings Connolly the revolutionary, the worker, the union organiser and Marxist”. Peter Graham Workers Fight, June 1968.
Comrades who have read about the Irish Revolution know something about the contributions made by Nora Connolly O’Brien , Michael Davitt, Liam Mellows and Frank Ryan, but many do not understand the important contributions made by another, lesser-known Revolutionary Marxist Peter Graham. Peter came from 46 Reginald Street in the Liberties of Dublin and attended Bolton St, College of Technology. Working as an electrician in CIE he was a shop- steward for the Electrical Trade Union. He joined the Labour Party and later joined the Communist Party, before becoming involved with the League for a Workers’ Republic, an organisation openly declaring itself Trotskyist. Read more…
From Socialist Action 78, 16th November 1984
Fifty years ago, today, what was, in effect, the founding conference of the International Marxist Group started in the ballroom of the Albert Hotel in Nottingham.
The conference was held over two days and was described in one conference document as being “in a certain sense…the launching of our group on a national scale.”
The account of the IMG in this period, in Ernie Tate’s Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s. Volume 2. Britain 1965 – 1970, is essential reading and covers the 28-29 January 1967 conference which we focus on here.
We present here some of the conference documents:
Britain 1967: The Need for a Transitional Programme
Perspectives 1967 by Kork (Ken Coates)
The Politics of Organisation by John Walters (Ken Tarbuck) which is a response to IMG Organisational Report October 1966
Draft Resolution on the Group and the Fourth International
International Marxist Group Draft Constitution and suggested amendments from Ken Tarbuck.