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Socialism or war and capitalist decay

We are publishing this text from an unpublished book War, Imperialism and Socialism by Bill Hunter because yet again the question of capitalist decay is posed in relation to the collapse of Carillon. The failure of Carillon to be able to build a hospital, schools, rail infrastructure, etc. is...

Why Stalinism Collapsed

Bill Hunter - 1993. Originally published @ Socialist Voice #26.   Gorbachev, who became general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, began Perestroika and Glasnost, proclaimed as “restructuring” and “openness”, and introduced profound changes in economic practice, internal affairs and international relations. The changes were meant...

‘Left’ Labour and opportunism

This is the second selection of Labour  Review articles by Bill Hunter from the early 1980s showing  the historic role of Labour ‘lefts’ over the post-war period. This contains an important analysis for today looking at ‘left’ Labour and the refusal to break with the right-wing. Here, Bill shows...

The rise and fall of Labour

   Histories of the Labour Party and tales of Labour heroes can perform a very specific function. They can ‘legitimise’ woolliness, lack of theory, class-collaboration and opportunism as a natural and beneficial product of British conditions and as being in line with the superiority of British institutions to those...

Rank And File Movement In The World War II

The phrase “the spirit of 1945” has inspired many activists this year. Ken Loach’s film of the same name led to discussions of what that spirit was. But what is less known are the deep processes taking place in the working class during the Second War World.  There was a...

Scargill, the Socialist Labour Party and the Discussion on a New Party

Editor’s Note: The question of a new party of the working class has arisen a number times since the 1990s. This archive from Bill Hunter deals with the fundamental issues of how a new party could be build out of the class struggle and what the main principles...

Thatcher’s Schooling

Introduction Thatcher is proclaimed to be a self-made politician but her ideas, policies and strategies were developed over many decades. Friedrich Hayek inspired Thatcher and Pinochet, the Chilean dictator and mass murderer. Hayek and his followers were economic liberals. Others who followed included Milton Friedman, Alan Walters, Keith Joseph...

The Role of Stalin and Stalinism in Destroying the Heritage of Leninism.

Bill Hunter’s Archives: Bill Hunter is 92 years of age, for 73 years he fought for Trotskysm and still does. In this is lively account Bill tells how Trotskyism developed when Khrushchev (partially) revealed the role of Stalin and Stalinism in destroying the heritage of Leninism. Taken from...

30 Years Since The Founding Of The IWL.

Bill Hunter, 92 years of age, 73 for Trotskyism. New comrades and contacts have asked about the history of Bill Hunter. We are publishing a short account of his struggle in the workers and Trotskyist movement, which will be continued in the next issue. It is also to celebrate the 30...

Capitalism’s crisis undermines its strength

We are printing a recent statement made by Bill about the stage the world is passing through. We will return to his archives in future issues. There is a huge insoluble rift as the USA tries to maintain control over the world and prepares for more wars. The centre...

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