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Bruce and Bannockburn

The second part of our series exposing the myths of Scottish nationalism.

June 24th marked the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn which was just one of many battles between...

A Resource Based Economy

This is the chapter by Kelly Mitchell omitted from his book Gold Wars, and we publish it here alongside his letter to us.

‘Economy means efficiency - a lack of waste’ Peter Joseph


The Condition of the Working Class in Zimbabwe

Extracts from two communications we have received from workers there.

Workers of Zimbabwe are sheep without a shepherd as the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has been hijacked by...

Ukraine: The Illusion of ‘Social Slogans’


Ukraine is now in the throes of full-scale civil war.

On one side – the ‘Maidan’ movement, the new government it brought to power in Kiev, the European and American...

Editorial: Middle East - Wars Without End

The collapse 25 years ago of US rivals for world domination, the Russian state-capitalist empire, was hailed as a step forward for humanity by the US and its bloc of Western capitalist states. Their ideologues proclaimed the end of history and the beginning of an era of peace and free trade in a world of democratic states.

It hasn’t turned out like that and was never going to. Capitalism is a system which has a built-in conflict between states, and the capitalist groups they represent, over sources of raw materials, trade routes, markets and investment outlets and areas to secure or protect these. Usually this takes place economically and through diplomacy but, when a state feels that its vital economic interests in one of these fields is under real threat, they resort to war.

Ehud's Dagger: Class Struggle and the English Revolution

Talk recorded in London (Head Office)

Sunday, 3 November 2013

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The Socialist Party's latest pamphlet

Strange Meeting: Socialism and World War One

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. Referred to as 'the war to end all wars', it was in fact the prelude to a century of mass killing and new ever more destructive weapons.

Socialists pointed out at the time that there were no working class issues at stake in the war: rather, it was fought as a consequence of rivalry among capitalist powers for markets, trade routes, raw materials and politico-military influence.

This pamphlet contains articles from the Socialist Standard between 1914 and 1918, which set out our principled opposition to the war, together with other material giving an overview of the war, its causes and its effects on working-class lives.

Price: £4.50