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25 years since the killing of Joy Gardner

This book is a record of the Workers Inquiry into the killing of Joy Gardner during an immigration raid on her home on July 28, 1993.

Joy, a 40-year-old Jamaican mother of two, came to Britain legally from Jamaica in 1987 to be reunited with her mother and family. She applied for leave to stay on compassionate grounds. Joy’s appeal was rejected without her being informed, and deportation procedures instigated against her and her five-year-old son Graeme. At 7.40 in the morning, five police officers and an immigration official forced their way into her home. Joy was thrown to the ground, bound with leather belts and gagged with 13-feet of surgical tape. She suffocated, suffering massive brain damage and never regained consciousness. On August 1, 1993 her life support was ended.

The International Communist Party (ICP), forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, instigated a Workers Inquiry into Joy’s killing. The Inquiry was a historic step forward for the working class. For the very first time, the truth of how the state murdered an innocent working class women has been exposed. This was only made possible because the ICP insisted that workers take matters into their own hands. From the start, the Workers Inquiry opposed any reliance on the Labour Party and the unions, and all attempts to divert anger over Joy’s death into the bankrupt programme of black nationalism and pressurising the capitalist state for justice.

Submissions to the Inquiry were heard from Joy’s mother, Myrna Simpson; Grace Nnalue, whose husband Joseph was also killed during an immigration raid; Sarah Erwin, whose husband David was shot by the Metropolitan Police S019 firearms unit; and Marge Harris, whose son Mark died in police custody.

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Why Study the Russian Revolution? Vol I & Vol II (combined)

Centennial Lectures of the International Committee of the Fourth International
VOLUME I: THE FEBRUARY REVOLUTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BOLSHEVIK STRATEGY

VOLUME II: TOWARD WORKERS’ POWER AND WORLD SOCIALIST REVOLUTION

Between February and October 1917, Russia was shaken by two monumental revolutions. The first overthrew the Romanov autocracy that had ruled the country for more than 300 years. The second overthrew the bourgeois Provisional Government and established the first socialist workers’ state in history. One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the events of 1917, their consequences, and their lessons remain the subject of the most intense and bitter controversy.

This combined volume contains lectures and essays written by leading members of the International Committee of the Fourth International to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The contents of this combined volume are unique in that they are written from a Marxist perspective. The authors stress the contemporary relevance of the lessons of 1917 for a world wracked once again by a global crisis of the capitalist system.

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Karl Marx bicentenary

Socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle

By David North
“One can be certain that the bicentenary of Marx’s birth will be marked by numerous academic seminars in which professors will poke around at Marx’s theories. Many of them will focus on what they claim to be his errors or omissions. There will be some, a small minority, who will praise Marx’s work. But the truest and most objective appraisal of Marx’s life will take place outside the classrooms. The year 2018—the bicentenary of Marx’s birth—will be characterized, above all, by an immense intensification of social tensions and an escalation of class conflict around the world.”

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The Falsification of David King’s work
Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 at the Tate Modern in London

David King (1943-2016) devoted his extraordinary artistic gifts to salvaging the historical truth of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath from beneath the vast and now wrecked edifice of Stalinist crimes and lies.

His works include Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the Soviet Union, Trotsky: A Documentary and John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon.

Mehring Books (UK) has produced a new pamphlet to memorialise his work and vital contribution.

It contains the obituary by WSWS chairman, David North, David King 1943-2016: Revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth. North notes of King’s vast historical collection that, “In the examination of an artefact, David moved from its appearance to the discovery of its historical essence–the relationship of the fragmentary part to the whole. This process of discovery determined the form of artistic recreation.”

Accompanying this is the review by Paul Mitchell, The Falsification of David King’s work. Also originally published on the World Socialist Web Site, it concerns the Tate Modern’s 2017-18 exhibition of King’s Red Star, which eviscerated this dedicated and principled artist’s life work and orientation.

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The Class Issues in the General Election

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

It is critical for working people and youth to understand the real reasons for the calling of the June 8 snap general election and the class issues that are at stake. Only in this way can the working class prepare for what will follow the election and determine how it must respond.

In this general election, the SEP will seek to build our party in the working class and particularly among the younger generation, for whom capitalism offers nothing, based the history and programme outlined in this statement.

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Writings of David North—Special Offer

David North has played a leading role in the international socialist movement for forty-five years, and is presently the chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party (US). His many published works include The Heritage We Defend; The Crisis of American Democracy; In Defense of Leon Trotsky; The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century; and The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left.

This special book bundle includes:

  • A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990 – 2016
  • The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique
  • The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
  • In Defense of Leon Trotsky

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For a new socialist movement against militarism, austerity and war

Resolutions of the Third National Congress

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) held its Third National Congress in Sheffield from October 28 to October 31. The Congress unanimously endorsed the February 18, 2016 statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, “Socialism and the Fight Against War,” and adopted two additional resolutions: “For a new socialist movement against militarism, austerity and war,” and “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: The strategic lessons.”

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A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990 – 2016

By David North

Beginning with the first Persian Gulf conflict of 1990–91, the United States has been at war continuously for a quarter century. While using propaganda catchphrases, such as “defence of human rights” and “War on Terror,” to conceal the real aims of its interventions in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, as well as its confrontation with Russia and China, the United States has been engaged in a struggle for global hegemony.

The essays and lectures in this volume, informed by a Marxist understanding of the contradictions of American and world imperialism, analyse the progression of military interventions and geopolitical crises as they have developed over the past quarter century, not as a sequence of isolated episodes, but as moments in the unfolding of an interconnected historical process.

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The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique
An important contribution to Marxist theory

by David North

The polemical essays in this volume examine the complex interaction between history, philosophy and politics. The author defends historical materialism against contemporary anti-Marxist philosophical tendencies related to the Frankfurt School and postmodernism.

Among the topics covered are the irrationalist assault on the traditions of the Enlightenment, the reactionary character of modern utopianism, and the importance of a historically-directed consciousness in the understanding of objective political reality. The book evaluates the work of such neo-utopian theoreticians as Hendrik de Man, Ernst Bloch, Wilhelm Reich, and Herbert Marcuse.

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In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Second edition, by David North

David North defends Trotsky’s legacy against the campaign of historical falsification begun by Stalin and continuing to this day. While Stalin assassinated Trotsky in 1940, he was unable to silence the Fourth International, founded to embody the revolutionary heritage of 1917.

This work contains a devastating refutation of biographies of Trotsky published in recent years by three British historians: Ian Thatcher, Geoffrey Swain and Robert Service. The significantly expanded edition contains a new foreword, four new chapters and two appendices.

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The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

by David North

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, and 97 years since the Russian Revolution, none of the problems of the twentieth century—devastating wars, economic crises, social inequality, and the threat of dictatorship—have been solved. In fact, they are posed even more sharply today.

David North argues against contemporary historians who maintain that the dissolution of the USSR signalled the “end of history” (Fukuyama}, or the “short twentieth century” (Hobsbawm).

Disputing postmodernism’s view that all history is merely subjective “narrative,” North insists that a thorough materialist knowledge of history is vital for humanity’s survival in the twenty-first century.

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The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece

The betrayal of the struggles of the Greek working class against austerity by the Syriza government (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) is a strategic experience for the working class not only in Greece, but internationally. Assimilating these lessons is vital for political arming workers and socialist-minded intellectuals for the class battles that are on the agenda.

The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) has issued a powerful statement, The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece, that is now available as a pamphlet from Mehring Books. It documents the treachery of Syriza and provides a revolutionary perspective for the working class.

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The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Adopted at our founding congress in 2010, this book reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement.

The Socialist Equality Party is the British section of the Fourth International, the world party of socialist revolution founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938 and led today by the International Committee. The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) represents the continuity of the struggle waged by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky to forge an independent revolutionary party of the working class for the overthrow of the capitalist profit system. This heritage is outlined in The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party, published by the SEP (US) in 2008, which also constitutes the programmatic basis for the work of the SEP in Britain.

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Dave Hyland: A Tribute to a Fighter for the International Working Class

Dave Hyland: March 7, 1947-December 8, 2013

Dave Hyland’s lasting political legacy is that in 1985-1986 he led the faction of the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) that declared its support for the International Commitee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and opposed the efforts of the party’s central leadership, Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter and Mike Banda, to liquidate the Trotskyist movement in Britain and internationally.

He became the national secretary of the International Communist Party and, for a shorter period, its successor, the Socialist Equality Party, before retiring as a result of ill health.

This 48-page pamphlet contains the obituary published on the World Socialist Web Site on the occassion of his passing along with tributes made at the memorial meeting in his honour in Sheffield on January 18, 2014 in Sheffield, England by WSWS Chairman David North, Chris Marsden (SEP National Secretary, UK), Nick Beams (SEP National Secretary, Australia) and Ulrich Rippert (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit National Secretary, Germany).

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Socialism and the Fight Against War

A new pre-revolutionary period has opened up, analogous to the years leading up to the First World War. The objective maturing of the historic crisis of capitalism poses the question: socialism or barbarism.

Only one social force can prevent a new world war—the working class. This requires a struggle against the entire bourgeois order—to be waged by the methods of class struggle.

The crisis of mankind is reduced to the crisis of revolutionary leadership. The building of the Fourth International, under the leadership of the International Committee, is the central strategic question.

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