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Socialist Labour Party (UK 1903)

The Left and the First World War

'The Left and the First World War'
Speaker: Keith Scholey

Venue: Head Office

The discussion part of the recording was unfortunately cut short.

Recorded: 
Sunday, 17 August 2014

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S.L.P Anchors Dragging - A Review

"THE STATE: ITS ORIGIN AND FUNCTION," by Wm. Paul. Socialist Labour Press, Renfrew st., Glasgow. Cloth, 2s 6d.
 

Historians in the past have made many attempts to discover and state what may be called the driving force or dynamic factor behind the various changes that have taken place in Society. As Larfargue has so well pointed out in his essay on ''Marx's Historical Method." Vico, the Neapolitan historian, was one of the first to seek for this factor in man's material conditions. Guizot was of the opinion that it was the development of man's intellect that formed this driving force, though he failed to show on what this development was based. Buckle, in his valuable History of Civilisation in England, laid greatest stress on the climatic and geographical conditions of Society as being the factors of social change, failing to see how much more rapidly societies change than do climatic or geographical conditions.

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