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Lets get this party started…

December 25, 2017

As a festive treat we present 5 copies of Party Organiser an internal newsletter of the 1940s Revolutionary Communist Party.


Party organiser gives a fascinating insight into the workings of the RCP with financial details, numbers of papers sold and the state of the various branches.

Our sister site Splits and Fusions will carry a fuller piece on the various publications of the RCP in the New Year.



CONFIDENTIAL The Position of Trotskyism in Britain

December 23, 2017

Do they mean us?Position

This ‘confidential’ internal document, The Position of Trotskyism in Britain, produced by the Communist Party in January 1964, takes a look at the groupings to its left.

Considering some of the execrable treatises on this subject from the Stalinist stable (“Quite Right, Mr Trotsky!” anyone? Yuck!) this is a well written and reasonably honest and accurate account, presumably produced for educational purposes.

The document looks first at the development of Trotskyism in Britain before the Second World War, through the 1953 split and on to the impact of the 1956 events which rocked the CP itself.

The second section covers developments in the FI in the early 1960s and the 1963 reunification.

The third section then concludes with a survey of the current Trotskyist movement with a discussion, first, of the (un-named) British Section of the United Secretariat and then of the the Healyite Socialist Labour League.

Also in the spotlight are the newly formed Posadist group- Revolutionary Workers Party and Solidarity- a non-Trotskyist grouping but with its roots in Trotskyism.

Finally, the 22 page document references International Socialism and the paper Young Guard then active in the Labour Party Young Socialists.

Jointly posted with Splits&Fusions

And yet more posters!

December 23, 2017

A third and final batch of seven IMG posters from the 1970s.

Back to Basics…

December 21, 2017


BasicBasic Documents of the International Marxist Group (Fourth International)  is a 20 page pamphlet which reprints the main resolutions of the 1968 IMG conference.

It appears to have been produced as an introduction to the politics of the group and FI for new members and supporters.

Another lot of posters…

December 20, 2017

Some more posters from Andy’s collection.

Feel free to print them out to make Xmas cards!

Revolutionary Socialist Students Federation conference 1969

December 19, 2017

LSE-students-006Here we have the minutes of the first delegate conference of the Revolutionary Socialist Students Federation held in Manchester, 22nd -23rd March, 1969.

The RSSF itself having been launched the previous year

Just for fun, have a read and see how many names you recognise!

And, if you were there, why not write us a very belated report?

Thanks to Fred for this item.


Thank you to the Anarchists!

December 18, 2017


Thank you to Barry at the Kate Sharpley Library who writes:

We collect anarchist material but the other day these IMG pamphlets arrived. If they are of any use to you let me know and we’ll send them on. No charge, of course
A.E.Jenning            The Struggle in Education  1972/3?
Alan Jones and Ron Thompson         After The Miners’ Strike- What Next? 1972
Bob Purdie              Ireland Unfree      1972″

The pamphlets are now safely in our archive!

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