The First International

For the WIL’s organization-wide reading for November and December 2014, we link here three articles on the founding of the First International. The Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen’s Association by Karl Marx, The First […]

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WWI—Part Five: The Great Slaughter Begins

How do you commemorate a war that swept away four empires, killed 18 million people and left tens of millions of others with their lives shattered? A very good question, and now we have the […]

WWI—Part Four: Into the abyss

The tensions between the major European Powers, which were ultimately rooted in the struggle for markets, colonies and spheres of interest, were increasing steadily in the decades before 1914. They found their expression in a […]

4th August 1914: The Great Betrayal and Collapse of the Second International

This year marks not only 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, but it also marks the centenary of another debacle: the collapse of the Second International, the international body that brought […]

WWI: Assassination in Sarajevo—The First Shots of the Great Slaughter

One hundred years ago, on 28 June 1914 two pistol shots shattered the peace of a sunny afternoon in Sarajevo. Those shots reverberated around Europe and shattered the peace of the whole world.  

D-Day and the Truth About the Second World War

[Written in 2004] On the anniversary of the Normandy D-day landing. The leaders of the major powers were all present at the official celebrations, a far more pompous celebration than the 50th anniversary. This has more […]

Stalinism in the Postwar World

World War Two ended in a complex and entirely unforeseen relationship of forces between the nations and between the classes. It ended in the victory of two continental powers on the world arena, US imperialism […]

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Women in First World War Britain: Exploitation, Revolt, and Betrayal

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the media is dedicating much time and attention to it. However, one aspect which so far has not received sufficient consideration is the role […]

Problems of Entrism

For our December 2013 organization-wide reading we republish Problems of Entrism by Ted Grant. This document assesses the situaton faced by the weakened forces of Marxism in Britain in the postwar period and how to […]

Will There Be A Slump?

For our November 2013 organization-wide reading we republish Ted Grant’s Will There Be A Slump. An excellent restatement of the basics of Marxist economics and an analysis of the world economy coming out of World […]

The Spanish Revolution 1931–37

For our monthly organizaton-wide reading for September 2013 we republish writings of Ted Grant’s on the Spanish Revolution of 1931–37. Written in 1973 while revolution shook the remnants of the Franco regime, it highlights the […]

Against the Theory of State Capitalism

For our July 2013 monthly organization-wide reading we republish Against the Theory of State Capitalism, by Ted Grant. It was written as a polemic against the ideas put forward by Tony Cliff, then a member […]