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The following titles are available, covering a wide range of subjects, from history and philosophy to culture and contemporary politics.

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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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Why Study the Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution was the most significant event in modern history. In his lecture on March 11, 2017, David North answers the question with ten reasons, followed by a summary of the main events from the February revolution to the October seizure of power by the Bolshevik Party. North’s presentation was the first of five lectures in the ICFI series commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

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In the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, please also make a donation to our Centenary Fund.

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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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