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Mailings and Correspondence of the Leninist Trotskyist Tendency / Faction 1972 – 1977

November 11, 2017
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LTTJohn Beadle has done an amazing job in digitising the documentation of the Leninist Trotskyist Tendency of the FI.

John writes:

“I’ve just finished scanning, digitizing and uploading Gus Horowitz’s voluminous collection of mailings of the Leninist Trotskyist Tendency (later Faction), a grouping within the Fourth International (United Secretariat) that was led by the US-Socialist Workers Party (and for a time, the Argentine Partido Socialista de los Trabajadores) from 1973 to 1977. Together with the mailings that I scanned and uploaded to the MIA a few years back, this is an almost-complete record of the internal workings of this tendency.
I realize this is an obscure subject, and forty years after this dispute ended the controversies that so engaged us then take on a dream-like quality. Still, historians of left political movements may find this material of interest.

David Walters is in the process of uploading all the files to the MIA as I write this. However, I have uploaded all of them to my own server as well, and you might like to look at them.

If you take a look at the homepage for the listing of documents, you’ll notice a number of things highlighted in red. These are mainly pseudonyms that I’d like to track down proper names for, and other information that I’d like to verify before the archive goes “public.” Some people reading this may be able to help in this regard. Also, I’m sure that there’s a considerable amount of corresopondence related to the LTF that was not included in the “official” mailings and would help to fill out the picture.

At some point it would be nice to undertake a similar project for the other main group in that factional struggle, the International Majority Tendency, led by the Europeans. But after finishing this effort, I’m pretty beat!

You can contact me at beadlejp (at) yahoo (dot) com “

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Helen John- a tribute

November 9, 2017
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HelenJohnHelen John, who died a few days ago, was a fantastic inspiration to a generation of women in the early 1980s through the Greenham Common women’s peace camp and her activity against nuclear weapons. 

She did a number of interviews for Socialist Challenge and Socialist Action.

Here is one from Socialist Challenge no280 (centre pages)

Obituaries can be found below.

Morning Star tribute here:
Stop the War here:
Northern Echo here:
CND here:

 

Complete, searchable collection of BLACK DWARF now on line!

November 8, 2017
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AmielThe Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust have done an amazing job in digitising a complete run of Black Dwarf. High quality scans and key-word searchable.

http://banmarchive.org.uk/collections/blackdwarf/index_frame.htm

Thanks go to Ross Speer for doing most of the hard work in putting this together.

Readers will also be interested in the archive of “7 Days” at the same site, a spin off from the later period Black Dwarf.

http://banmarchive.org.uk/collections/7days/index_frame.htm

…then three come at once

October 26, 2017
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RevoRegular viewers will know of our quest to find copies of the elusive ‘Revolution’ newspaper of the IMG sponsored Revolution Youth group.

Previously we brought you the first issue and also number 17 but now we are able to present three more issues – number 4 which shares a similar punk/ ANL / late 70s aesthetic to number 1, number 13 and number 14

As it happens, we have also received, quite recently, copies of the Socialist Youth League (WSL) paper Red Youth, and Class Fighter a youth paper associated with early Socialist Organiser.

We shall have a word in the ears of our chums at Splits&Fusions about doing a comparative piece on Trotskyist youth publications…

 

Fancy a pint, comrade?

October 16, 2017
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October 1968- A competitive pubcrawl to celebrate Karl’s 150th birthday- organised by South West London Vietnam Ad-Hoc Committee and believed to be the brain-child of one Al Richardson.

This is ticket no82. Posterity does not record who won, nor what the unique prize was…

*Update* As you will see from the comments below, the prize was Lenin’s door knocker and the winner was Peter O’Toole!!

Thank you for your patience!

October 16, 2017
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Defend.pngSo, at long last I have now scanned all the copies of the public press of the IMG and its descendents which I can lay my hands on. It has taken me 7 years, on and off, I think!

This morning I finished off the last 20 or so issues of Socialist Action tabloid bringing us through the period in which the left was on the defensive in the face of Kinnock’s witch-hunt and the Socialist League / Socialist Action faced internal upheaval. We have already looked at the group which became the International Group in 1985 but, in early 1988, the co-thinkers of the US SWP also split from Socialist Action.

This appears to have dealt a mortal blow to the hopes of SA continuing as a paper and, according to Lubitz, issue 181 was the last one in tabloid format. However, our collection ends with issue 180. If any comrade does have Socialist Action no181, we would very much like to borrow it for scanning.

SOCIALIST ACTION NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE

*Update* By the marvellous power of the internet, Comrade Keith S brings you the ‘missing’ issue 181

Thanks to the Bogeyman!

October 4, 2017
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Thanks to Tariq Ali for donating a large box of papers, documents and ephemera, which I’m currently sifting through.

The material will form the basis of a number of future posts on Red Mole Rising.

To whet your appetite, here is an article from 1981, which speaks for itself and has contemporary resonances:

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And here is an easy-to-read PDF of the article

 

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