The Marxist

The Marxist

The Marxist

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The first issues of The Marxist were published by a group of ex-members of the Communist Party of Great Britain who had left following that organisation’s total adoption of revisionism. This manifested itself very early on, in 1951, with the adoption of the Party Programme ‘The British Road to Socialism’. This revisionist stance even preceded that of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union which, from late 1956, had turned its back on the revolutionary ideology of Marxism-Leninism. The crucial event is this shift in policy in the Soviet Union was Nikita Khrushchev’s so-called ‘secret speech’ – where he attacked Comrade Stalin and all the achievements of the Soviet Union since the October Revolution of 1917 – at the Party’s 20th Congress in November of that year.

This caused confusion in most Communist Parties worldwide and it was no different in Britain. Many (both those still in the Revisionist CPGB and those who had left – or had been expelled) congregated in the Committee to Defeat Revisionism for Communist Unity (CDRCU) and the decision to publish The Marxist was a late manifestation of the work of that group.

As it says in the first article in issue No 1, Our Purpose;

‘This journal has come into being because of the urgent need to bring Marxist-Leninist thought and analysis back into the British political struggle.’ p3.

Amongst the early contributors were Reg Birch – who was later one of the principle founding members of the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) CPB(ML) in 1968 – and William Ash – who was for many years the editor of The Worker, the newspaper of the CPB(ML).

In the early days it was produced by a group of like-minded anti-revisionists. However, it soon became evident that being anti wasn’t enough and if the British working class were to have any say in their future then a proper constituted Marxist-Leninist Communist party was necessary. Although there were quite a lot of areas where there was common ground among different individuals it seems that personalities got in the way. The result was a fractured anti-revisionist movement – and the formation of a number of groups. When unity was needed it was not provided.

Some of those wanted to be ‘big fish in little pools’ and refused to unite in the common battle against British capitalism and imperialism. As is always a risk of little pools they dried up and few organisations had any significant longevity. The Marxist lasted longer than most.

A number of other organisations claiming the title ‘Marxist-Leninist’ appeared – and disappeared through the 1980s and 1990s. Examples of some of their publications can be seen on the the page devoted to The Marxist-Leninist and Anti-Revisionist Movement in Britain. To the best of our knowledge the only Marxist-Leninist organisation that was formed in the late 1960s/early 1970s that still exists is the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) – CPB(ML).

The group that produced The Marxist went through a number of manifestations until the last (available) issue was published in 1994. For the first three years it wasn’t associated with any specific grouping but from September 1969 the magazine became the mouthpiece of the Communist Federation of Britain (Marxist-Leninist). However, sometime around 1977 the Federation must have dissolved and the publication came out under the name of the Marxist Industrial Group. After No. 44, at the end of 1985, there was a gap of more than five years before No. 45 was published. Here the name of the publisher became Marxist Publications – and that was the name it was published under until No. 52, (published at the end of 1994) the last in this list. Whether that was the very last issue we do not know, there’s no statement to the fact that it was.

[Many of these scans come originally from the Marxist Internet Archive, who we thank for their work.]

Volume 1, No. 1, November-December 1966, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1966, 29 pages.

Volume 1, No. 3, March-April 1967, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1967, 33 pages.

Volume 1, No. 4, May-June 1967, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1967, 33 pages.

Volume 1, No. 6, Spring 1968, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1968, 21 pages.

Volume 1, No. 7, Summer 1968, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1968, 25 pages.

Volume 1, No. 8, Autumn 1968, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1968, 21 pages.

Volume 1, No. 9, Spring 1969, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1969, 26 pages.

No. 10, April 1969, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1969, 21 pages.

No. 11, July 1969, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1969, 24 pages.

No. 12, Autumn 1969, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1969, 26 pages.

No. 13, Winter 1970, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1970, 21 pages.

No. 14, Spring 1970, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1970, 25 pages.

No. 15, Autumn 1970, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1970, 24 pages.

No. 16, January 1971, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1971, 22 pages.

No. 17, 1971, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1971, 34 pages.

No. 18, 1971, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1971, 32 pages.

No. 20, 1971/2? Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1971/2? 32 pages.

No. 21, 1973, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1973, 32 pages.

No. 24, 1973, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1973, 32 pages.

No. 28, 1975, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1975, 32 pages.

No. 30, 1976, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1976, 32 pages.

No. 31, 1976, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1976, 32 pages.

No. 32, 1977, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1977, 32 pages.

No. 33, 1978, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1978, 24 pages.

No. 34, 1979, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1979, 25 pages.

No. 35, 1980, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1980, 22 pages.

No. 36, 1980, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1980, 18 pages.

No. 37, 1981, Oasis Publishing Company, London, 1981, 25 pages.

No. 38, 1982, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1982, 18 pages.

No. 39, 1982, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1982, 22 pages.

No. 40, 1983, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1983, 32 pages.

No. 41, 1983, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1983, 22 pages.

No. 42, 1984, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1984, 29 pages.

Supplement to No. 42, 1984, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1984, 5 pages.

No. 43, 1985, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1985, 26 pages.

No. 44, 1985, Marxist Industrial Group, London, 1985, 26 pages.

No. 45, 1991, Marxist Publications, London, 1991, 22 pages.

No. 46, 1991, Marxist Publications, London, 1991, 26 pages.

No. 48, 1992, Marxist Publications, London, 1992, 22 pages.

No. 50, 1993, Marxist Publications, London, 1993, 22 pages.

No. 51, 1994, Marxist Publications, London, 1994, 30 pages.

No. 52, 1994, Marxist Publications, London, 1994, 26 pages.

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Working class history in Britain

This page will contain a mix of aspects of the History of the British Working Class. It will include items of class struggle; trade unions; significant strikes and militant action; certain key individuals; social conditions; reports and studies of different aspects of life that had an effect on the working class; some successes – and some failures; some specific to Merseyside; various other ‘political movements’, e.g. anarchism; so very much a hodgepodge. But, hopefully, it will be able to provide a broad picture of working class struggle of the period – as well as providing some historical context.

These will be from various political perspectives. And that’s because much of these documents date from the 1960s to the early/mid 1980s’. During that period the organised working class in Britain were getting off their knees and fighting against the injustices that existed throughout the United Kingdom. As there was activity this meant that many organisations were able to attract members and/or supporters and the result of that was an increase in the amount of material produced.

Most of those organisations never had any money and that had an impact upon the material they produced. Little money was often available to produce the material at the level of quality that would have been desired. What was most important was getting the information out – however amateur it might have looked to the reader. Modern readers will be more aware of the low quality – it wasn’t such an issue when these documents were produced and distributed.

All these stories should be seen in the context of the other political groups that are documented on the Britain page.

Working class history

A textbook of industrial history in wartime, including a record of the Shop Stewards Movement, Wal Hannington, The Marxist Textbook Series, No 5, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1940, 119 pages.

Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, Frederick Engels, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1943, 149 pages. From Project Gutenberg website.

Russia is for Peace, DN Pritt, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1951, 106 pages.

Education and the Industrial Revolution, WD Morris, National Council of Labour Colleges, NCLC, Tillicoultry, 1951?, 24 pages.

Selections from William Morris, FLPH, Moscow, 1959, 519 pages.

What’s Wrong at Fords? Published by the Joint Ford Shop Stewards Committee for the information of their fellow trade unionists on the history of the disputes at Fords, London, 1963, 16 pages.

Unity – Strength – Progress, The Story of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&GWU), T&GWU, London, June 1967, 40 pages.

Bill Feeley, Singer, Steel Erector, International Brigader, AUEW (Constructional), Progress Bookshop, Manchester, 1968, 32 pages.

Industry and Empire, an economic history of Britain since 1750, EJ Hobsbawm, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1968, 336 pages.

A Short History of the British Labour Movement, Logie Barrow, Sheed and Ward, London, 1969, 68 pages.

Re-Education, No 1 June-July 1969, no publisher, 14 pages.

Women’s Struggle, Newsletter of the Women’s Liberation National Co-ordinating Committee, Volume 1 No 3, 1970, London, 36 pages.

Productivity Dealing and the Miners’ Next Step, John Charlton, International Socialists, Pluto, London, 1970?, 16 pages.

Children’s Strikes in 1911, Dave Marsden, History Workshop Pamphlets, No 9, Oxford?, 1973, 48 pages.

The Luddites, Machine-breakers of the Early Nineteenth Century, …. the most famous of the protests against the owners of the machines and their managers, Douglas Liversidge, Watts, London, 1973, 96 pages.

British Labour and the Russian Revolution, The Leeds Convention, Report from The Daily Herald, introduction by Ken Coates, Documents on Socialist History, No. 1, Spokesman Books, 1974?, 40 pages.

Industrial Democracy, Report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) General Council to the 1974 Trades Union Congress, TUC, London, 1974, 52 pages.

Every One a Witness, The Norman Age, Commentaries of an era, AF Scott, Purnell, London, 1976, 336 pages. [Perhaps slightly out of place but has some interesting factual information.]

Liverpool 1921-1922, the classic account of life on the Dole and the struggle against the Means Test, George Garrett, introduction by Jerry Dawson, Whitechapel Press, Liverpool, n.d., 1976?, 38 pages.

The English Utopia, AL Morton, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1978, 295 pages.

The life and ideas of Robert Owen, AL Morton, International Publishers, New York, 1978, 239 pages.

The International Working Men’s Association and the Working Class Movement in Manchester 1865-85, Edmond and Ruth Frow, Working Class Movement Library (WCML), Manchester, 1979, 26 pages.

The Soldiers’ Strikes of 1919, Andrew Rothstein, Macmillan, London, 1980, 114 pages.

The Match Girls Strike 1888, Reg Beer, Labour Museum Pamphlets, No 2, London?, 1980, 69 pages.

The Railwaymen, National Union of Railwaymen, (NUR), 1980?, 12 pages.

The Poplar Story, Teachers Notes No 5, Labour Museum, London?, 1980?, 17 pages.

When the People Arose, The Peasants Revolt of 1381, AL Morton, a Communist Party pamphlet, published to mark the 600th anniversary of the great peasant uprising in south-east England, CPGB, London, May 1981, 40 pages.

Inside the myth, Orwell – views from the Left, edited by Christopher Norris, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1984, 287 pages.

Poverty in Britain

Condemned, A Shelter Report on Housing and Poverty, Shelter, London, 1971, 88 pages.

Born to Fail, Peter Wedge and Hilary Prosser, Arrow, London, 1973, 68 pages.

Unequal Britain, A report on the cycle of Inequality, Frank Field, Arrow, London, 1973, 68 pages.

Down the Road, Unemployment and the Fight for the Right to Work, Sarah Cox and Robert Golden, Writers and Readers Publishing Co-operative, London, 1977, 128 pages.

Working class struggles

Claimant’s Handbook for Strikers, Claimant’s Union, London?, 1971, 52 pages.

The Postal Workers and the Tory Offensive, Paul Foot, Socialist Worker pamphlet, London, 1971, 28 pages.

The UCS Work-in, Foreword by Jimmy Reid, Willie Thompson and Finley Hart, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1972, 95 pages.

Lessons of the General Strike 1926, Bob Dent, Millennium, Liverpool, April 1973, 28 pages.

The Fine Tubes Strike, TGWU/AEUW Official Dispute, 15.6.70 – 15.6.73, Tony Beck, Stage 1, London, 1974, 128 pages.

The Shrewsbury Three, Strikes, Pickets and Conspiracy, Foreword by Bert Ramelson, Jim Arnison, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1974, 84 pages.

Shrewsbury, Whose Conspiracy, The need for an inquiry, Des Warren, New Park, London, 1976, 36 pages.

Who Profits from Coal? The Niclas Society, Cardiff, 1980?, 15 pages.

Unemployed Demonstrations, Salford and Manchester, October 1931, Wilf Gray, Mick Jenkins, Edmund and Ruth Frow, Working Class Movement Library (WCML), Manchester, 1981, 20 pages.

Going Private, The case against private medicine – a report from Fightback and the Politics of Health Group, London, 1981?, 52 pages.

Health Leaflets, a few examples of leaflets produced in the struggle to defend the National Health Service, 1981?, 4 pages.

Coal Not Dole, National Union of Mineworkers, Sheffield, 1984, 12 pages.

‘A strike-breaker is a traitor’, poster produced at the time of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike in Britain. Reuses an image of blacklegs (scabs) from a mining dispute in the Garw Valley in South Wales in 1929. Together with Jack London’s definition of a scab. 1984/5?, 1 page.

The British Worker, May 5th – May 14th 1926, the daily newspaper produced by the Trades Union Congress during the General Strike of 1926. Reproduced by the Labour Museum, London, n.d., possibly in 1984/5 as a response to the Miners’ Strike taking place at the time, includes two version of issue No 8, 50 pages.

Response to the Lightman Inquiry, Arthur Scargill, Campaign to Defend Scargill and Heathfield, Women Against Pit Closures, 1990, 24 pages.

Merseyside

Who Controls Liverpool Industry? An analysis of profits and control of some large firms, Labour Research Department and the Liverpool Trades Council, Liverpool, November 1969

Government White Paper ‘In Place of Strife’ – OUT, North West [England] Shop Stewards Action Committee, Ellesmere Port, 1969, 12 pages.

Exposed, Commission on Industrial Relations, Big Flame, Birkenhead, 1970, 10 pages.

Kirkby Resistance, Fisher Bendix Occupation Special, Kirkby International Socialists, 1972, 14 pages.

Leo McCree, What a man, what a fighter, an account of Leo McCree’s part in the working class struggles in Liverpool, Jim Arnison, Union of Construction, Allies Trades and Technicians (UCATT), London, 1980, 118 pages.

50 Years On ‘Remember Birkenhead’ – 1932 The Unemployed Strike Back, Merseyside Socialist Research Group, Liverpool, 1982, 24 pages.

Campaigning for Jobs and Services, Liverpool – a Socialist Council, Liverpool’s Budget Crisis 1984: the story of the campaign, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool, 1984, 35 pages. Includes broadsheets and leaflets produced at the time of the campaign. Under the name of the city council but a document produced by the ‘Militant Tendency’.

Labour Research Department (LRD)

Wages, Prices and Profits, Preface by Sidney Webb, LRD, London, November 1921, 110 pages.

The Case Against Beeching, Foreword by SF Greene, General Secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR), LRD, London, 1963, 16 pages.

Privatisation, Who Loses, Who Profits, LRD, London, 1983, 55 pages.

The Miners’ Case, LRD, London, 1984, 24 pages.

Women’s Pay, Claiming Equal Value, LRD, London, 1986, 41 pages.

Racism in Britain

Black Voice, Popular Paper of Black Unity and Freedom Party, Volume 1 No 2, Black Unity and Freedom Party, London, 1970, 12 pages.

Anarchism

On Law, William Godwin, Freedom Press, London, 1945, 16 pages.

About Anarchism, Nicolas Walter, Freedom Press, London, 1980, 32 pages.

Solidarity

A ‘libertarian socialist’ grouping that was formed in the early 1960s and which last until about 1992.

Capitalism and Class Consciousness, Solidarity (Glasgow), Pamphlet No 3, 1970, 30 pages.

Labour Government vs The Dockers 1945-1951, Solidarity, London, Pamphlet No 19, 1970?, 20 pages.

The Commune, Solidarity Pamphlet No 35, Solidarity, London, 1971, 14 pages.

Strategy for Industrial Struggle, Mark Fore, Solidarity Pamphlet No 37, Solidarity, London, 1972, 32 pages.

Under New Management? The Fisher Bendix occupation, Solidarity Pamphlet No 39, 1972, 16 pages.

Science

British Society for Social Responsibility in Science Manifesto, BSSSR, London, 1970, 12 pages.

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June Election 1970

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The Worker

The Worker was the newspaper of the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) – CPB(ML). It started out as a monthly until mid-June 1972 when it was published fortnightly. It appeared as a weekly from October 1977.

1969

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1970

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1971

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1972

January

February

March

April

May

June 1

Mid-June

Mid-July

August

September 1

No 15, October 19

No 16, November 2

No 17, November 16

No 19, December 15

1973

No 2, January 25

No 4, February 22

No 6, March 22

No 10, May 1

No 11, (misnumbered No 10) May 17

No 14, July 12

No 15, July 26

No 16, August 9

No 17, September 6

No 20, October 18

No 21, November 1

No 22, November 15

1974

No 3, February 7

No 4, February 21

No 5, March 7

No 6, March 21

No 8, April 18

No 9, May 1

No 13, June 27

No 14, July 25

No 15, August 8

No 16, September 5

No 18, October 3

No 19, October 17

No 20, October 31

No 21, November 14

No 22, November 29

No 23, December 13

No 24, December 23

1975

No 1, January 16

No 2, January 30

No 3, February 13

No 4, February 27

No 5, March 13

No 6, March 27

No 7, April 17

No 8, May 1

No 9, May 15

No 10, May 29

No 11, June 12

No 12, June 26

No 13, July 10

No 14, July 30

No 15, August 7

No 16, September 4

No 17, September 24

No 18, October 1

No 19, October 16

No 20, October 28

No 21, November 11

No 22, November 22

No 23, December 9

1976

No 5, March 8

No 6, March 22

No 8, April 19

No 9, May 3

No 12, June 14

No 13, June 28

No 14, July 12

No 15, August 2

No 17, September 5

No 18, September 20

No 19, October 4

No 20, October 18

No 21, October 28

No 22, November 15

No 23, November 29

No 24, December 20

1977

No 1, January 10th

No 2, January 24th

No 3, February 7th

No 4, February 21st

No 5, March 7th

No 6, March 21st

No 7, April 4th

No 8, April 25th

No 9, May 8th

No 10, May 22nd

No 11, June 6th

No 12, June 20th

No 13, July 4th

No 14, July 18th

No 15, (misnumbered 16) August 8th

No 16, August 29th

No 17, September 12th

No 18, September 26th

No 19, October 10th

No 20, October 22nd

No 21, October 29th

No 22, November 5th

No 23, November 12th

No 24, November 19th

No 25, November 26th

No 26, December 3rd

No 27, December 10th

No 28, December 17th

No 29, December 24th

1978

No 1, January 12th

No 2, January 19th

No 3, January 26th

No 4, February 2nd

No 5, February 9th

No 6, February 16th

No 7, February 23rd

No 8, March 2nd

No 9, March 9th

No 10, March 16th

No 11, March 23rd

No 12, April 6th

No 13, April 13th

No 14, April 20th

No 15, April 27th

No 16, May 4th

No 17, May 11th

No 18, May 18th

No 19, May 25th

No 20, June 8th

No 21, June 15th

No 22, June 22nd

No 23, June 29th

No 24, July 6th

No 25, July 13th

No 26, July 20th

No 27, July 27th

No 28, August 10th

No 29, August 24th

No 30, September 7th

No 31, September 14th

No 32, September 21st

No 33, September 28th

No 34, October 5th

No 35, October 12th

No 36, October 19th

No 37, October 26th

No 38, November 2nd

No 39, November 9th

No 40, November 16th

No 41, November 23rd

No 42, November 30th

No 43, December 7th

No 44, December 14th

No 45, December 21st

1979

No 1, January 4th

No 2, January 11th

No 3, January 18th

No 4, January 25th

No 5, February 1st

No 6, February 8th

No 7, February 15th

No 8, February 22nd

No 9, March 1st

No 10, March 8th

No 11, March 15th

No 12, March 22nd

No 13, March 29th

No 14, April 5th

No 15, April 12th

No 16, April 26th

No 16, Election Supplement

No 17, May 3rd

No 18, May 10th

No 19, May 17th

No 21, May 24th

No 22, May 31st

No 23, June 7th

No 24, June 14th

No 25, June 21st

No 26, June 28th

No 27, July 5th

No 28, July 12th

No 29, July 19th

No 30, July 25th

No 31, August 2nd

No 32, August 9th

No 33, August 23rd

No 34, September 6th

No 35, September 13th

No 36, September 20th

No 37, September 27th

No 38, October 4th

No 39, October 11th

No 40, October 18th

No 41, October 25th

No 42, November 1st

No 43, November 8th

No 44, November 15th

No 45, November 22nd

No 46, November 29th

No 47, December 6th

No 48, December 13th

No 49, December 20th

1980

No 1, January 3rd

No 2, January 10th

No 3, January 17th

No 4, January 24th

No 5, January 31st

No 6, February 7th

No 7, February 14th

No 8, February 21st

No 9, February 28th

No 10, March 6th

No 13, March 12th

No 19, May 15th

No 21, June 5th

1981

No 1, January 8th

No 2, January 15th

No 5, February 5th

No 6, February 12th

No 7, February 19th

No 11, March 19th

No 12, March 26th

No 17, May 7th

No 21, June 4th

No 28, July 23rd

No 43, November 19th

No 48, December 24th

1982

No 1, January 14th

No 2, January 21st

No 27, July 29th

No 40, November 11th

1983

No 13, April 11th

No 22, June 13th

1984

No 47, December 17th

1985

No 44, November 25th

1987

No 7, February 14th

No 8, February 21st

No 20, June 5th

Election Special

No 21, June 4th

No 25, July 23rd

1988

No 42, November 14th

1989

No 14, April 10th

No 27, July 17th

No 28, July 24th

No 29, July 31st

No 30, August 7th

No 31, August 14th/21st

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