Articles By Topic: 1987 to 1994

Socialist History and Theory

Fear of CorporatismRacism as Anti-RacismH. G. Wells Vision of Benevolent Dictatorship.
Parliamentary Democracy Downplayed in the Communist ManifestoMarx and Engels excluded Parliamentary Democracy from the Communist Manifesto.

Charter 88 – the British Left demand for a written constitution.   How the British Left defeated itselfFull Employment – a lost ideal.  Poverty and Its CausesThe Post-1956 Failure of Pro–Moscow CommunismTrade Unions – Industrial DemocracyWas Modern Industry a Mistake?

Student Politics Remade the Left in Britain (1 of 3).  Student Politics (2 of 3).  Student Politics Remade the Left(3 of 3).  When Marxism Was Made Fashionable  (comment by Brendan Clifford).

 

Socialist of the Past

Noted British Socialists: Anthony Crosland.    R. H. Tawney.     Clement Attlee.     Hugh DaltonKier Hardy – Labour’s First MP.

Interview with Barbara Castle.  In Place or Strife was a lost opportunity.  This and refusing various other schemes paved the way for Thatcher.
1991 interview with Eric Heffer, considering Labour’s likely future.Tribute to Eric HefferEric Heffer autobiography reviewed.
Jack Jones on Ernest Bevin.

Socialism & Society by Ramsay MacDonald (1). Ramsay MacDonald (2 of 2)Letter to the editor about Ramsay MacDonald, plus Reply.

William Morris On What Life Might Be.

 

British Politics and Political History

Brixton Riots of 1987.    The British Monarchy (why socialists should tolerate it).   Child Benefit.   British Spies.   1688 and Socialism.   Thatcherite Selfishness (Loadsamoney).
Education Reform, Criticising Britain’s Green Party in 1989.  Why British socialist should not be hostile to the monarchy (criticising Christopher Hitchens).

British Literati bravely defending Rushdie in 1990 over the Satanic VersesThe 1990 Poll Tax RiotEvil in Return (causes of the 1990 Poll Tax riots).  Racism in London in 1990.  Full Employment – a lost ideal.  ChurchillThe Politics of Britain’s Bonfire NightHow John Major Almost Restored Conservatism; lost possibilities from 1991.

Force-Labour Camps in 1930s BritainTories Claim a Classless SocietyAdam Smith Had Alien Social ValuesBlasphemy for Atheists? Why Bother?. The Post-1956 Failure of Pro–Moscow CommunismNeglect of the Mentally Ill (in 1991).  British Government Under John Major Disrupts the European Union.   ‘Marxist Today’ smugly winds itself up amidst the ruins of left-wing politics‘Bomber’ Harris in 1920s Iraq.

British Citizens or UK CustomersLost Chances in the English Civil WarBad NHS Reforms (in 1993).  Weaknesses of the “Voluntary” Sector.      Crime and MoralityLitigation as the enemy of Welfare.   Incomes Policy.    Defending the Right to Silence.   Feminists Against Equality?  British balance-of-power gamesHaig’s Command (World War One Generalship).

 

The Soviet Collapse

Scepticism in 1987 about Gorbachev’s Reforms.    Remembering in 1988 the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia (which with hindsight doomed the Soviet Bloc to stagnation and death).   Thatcher and Gorbachev as Soulmates (in 1989, before both fell).  Flux in the Europe that Stalin Made (written before the Warsaw Pact collapse).

The collapse of East European Leninism, written in March 1989.  Fall of Romania’s CeausescuPoland in 1991 With Lech Walesa as PresidentThe Post-1956 Failure of Pro–Moscow CommunismThe Soviet Collapse (written just after the failed 1991 coup).

Kleptocracy in Yeltsin’s Russia.  Russia past and present (in 1992).  Yeltsin Becoming Dictatorial in Russia (1993).  Russia : The Incompetent Capitalist Revolution.

 

The Soviet Past

Soviets Since StalinMisunderstanding StalinThe 1930s Moscow Trials.    Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy.

 

The British Labour Party

Harold Wilson.   Labour and the Bomb (in 1989), Housing in Britain.   Labour and the Atomic Weapons (in 1989).  Debate with the Socialist Party of Great Britain on the 1945 Labour governmentAmericanizing the Labour Party (in 1990).
Interview with Barbara CastleIn Place of Strife was a lost opportunity.  This and refusing various other schemes paved the way for Thatcher.
Sovereignty and a Single European Currency; considered in 1991.  1991 interview with Eric Heffer, considering Labour’s likely future.  Green Policies for Labour.   Jack Jones on Ernest Bevin.   Black Sections in the Labour Party.    Eric Heffer.   Labour and the UnionsLabour Needs a Working Class SectionTrade Unions – A Link with Reality for Labour.

Kier Hardy – Labour’s First MP.

 

The Conservative Party

Thatcherism in 1989 coming apart at the seams.   Thatcher’s Rise to Power, considered in 1989.  The economic destructiveness of Thatcherism, noted in 1990.  ChurchillHow John Major Almost Restored Conservatism; lost possibilities from 1991.  How Thatcher Repeatedly Rewarded IRA Violence.    How Thatcher boosted WelfarismTories Claim a Classless SocietyBritish Government Under John Major Disrupts the European Union.

 

Trade Unionism

The Building Industry and the role of Trade Unions in it.   1990 interview with Jimmy Knapp, General Secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen.   Letter on Frank Chapple and the Electricians Union Scandal of the 1950sThe US Teamsters Union1991 interview with Jack Jones.   1991 interview with Bill MorrisTrade Unions – Industrial Democracy.   Jack Jones on Ernest BevinTrade Unions – A Link with Reality for Labour.

 

Culture

Review of the French films Jean de Florette and Manon des SourcesRacism as Anti-Racism.   Why Pornography does not cause Rape.   In Defence of PornographyPeople of the Black Mountains (Book Review),  How Modern Pagans Celebrate Christmas.   Gender-neutral language.   British Literati bravely defending Rushdie in 1990 over the Satanic VersesDoes Pornography Cause Violence?.   Against Modernist Architecture.

Evil in Return (causes of the 1990 Poll Tax riots).  Morality and Modern Christian Failure.   Review of a Biography of Bertrand RussellThe Politics of Britain’s Bonfire NightStar Trek begun again in 1990Blasphemy for Atheists? Why Bother?Hunter-gatherers in a world of machinesSicilian Godfathers in Fact and FilmThe novel ‘How Green Was My Valley’Football as Culture.   The Illogic of English Spelling‘Falling Down!’ – a Film About US Failure.  Fascism & Social Nationalism.

 

 

Europe (Including Ireland)

Belfast and the French RevolutionThe 1789 French Revolution and Its Unstable Politics The IRA as criminals or warriors?Sovereignty and a Single European Currency; considered in 1991.   How Thatcher Repeatedly Rewarded IRA Violence.   Poland in 1991 With Lech Walesa as PresidentSicilian Godfathers in Fact and FilmA Misleading History of IrelandThe Irish Labour PartySerbs and Croats – who was anti-Nazi?  Serbs in 1991 Allowed to Crush Albanian KosovoHow Charles Haughey Transformed Ireland.

The IRA as the most British thing in IrelandSecession – Different Rules Applied in YugoslaviaBritain and Yugoslavia (Bosnia) in 1993.  Italy & the British Press in 1993.  Report from Lithuania (1)Lithuania (2 of 2)Workers Control in Germany (in 1993).   Hitler’s Fondness For Croats.

 

Islamic World

The West in 1987 saved Saddam Hussein after his failed war on Iran.  USA in 1988 neglecting Afghanistan.  (Before the emergence of the Taliban and other Sunni Islamic extremists).

The 1989 row over Islam and ‘Satanic Verses’: Multiculturalism and the Rushdie Dispute, Protecting Islam Within Britain (History ), and The Social Origins of IslamBritish Literati bravely defending Rushdie in 1990 over the Satanic Verses.

Iraq – just after the Invasion of Kuwait.  Warning that Iraq could not be ruled except by someone just as brutal as Saddam Hussein.  Further 1990 warnings Against a Gulf WarIraq and International Law (from 1990).    Morality of a Gulf War  (from 1990). Warning Against a Gulf War (in January 1991).  The First Bad Gulf War (March 1991).  The USA Forced a War Over Kuwait.    Saudi Arabia Encouraged the Gulf War.   Hunter-gatherers in a world of machines.   Iraq Tricked Into Invading KuwaitThe United Nations and the 1991 Gulf War – unjust but working just as its creators intended.  Gulf War Lies & Callousness to Arabs‘Bomber’ Harris in 1920s IraqIraq and The West (in 1993).

 

China

Chinese demonstrations in 1987 that anticipated of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest.    The Tiananmen Protests (predicting in 1989 that Communist Party rule would continue for many years).    Mao’s Achievements – success in two out of three ‘impossible tasks’.

 

United Nations and International Law

Nations in Conflict (a round-up of the conflicts happening round the world in 1988).  War Crimes Trials – Only for the Defeated.   Iraq and International Law (from 1990).   War Without Law (following the 1991 war on Iraq).  The United Nations and the 1991 Gulf War – unjust but working just as its creators intended.  America’s unjust hegemony (as it was in 1991).  Eric HefferThe USA’s New World OrderThe USA’s New World Order.

 

Other International

Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’.   The wider Turkish world (in 1990).    A hopeful 1990 forecast that South Africa under Mandela would work, contrary to what most people said. How Vietnam Won the War But Lost the Peace.     The US Teamsters UnionMaking peace in South Africa (prospects in 1991).  ‘Falling Down!’ – a Film About US Failure.  Rejecting the ‘New World Order’ (in 1993).  Fascism & Social Nationalism.

 

Economics

The economic destructiveness of Thatcherism, noted in 1990.
Sovereignty and a Single European Currency; considered in 1991.
British Citizens or UK Customers.

Friedrich List, the German economist whose ideas were closer to reality than those of Adam Smith.
Adam Smith Had Alien Social ValuesAdam Smith Opposed the American RevolutionAdam Smith Undermining Social ValuesAdam Smith and Fragmented WorkAdam Smith Misunderstanding State Power.   Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand.

 

Science and Technology

Climate Change needing urgent action (written March 1990).  Why US Electronics SucceededHunter-gatherers in a world of machines.    Was Modern Industry a MistakeDarwinism – a Creed Needing Correction.

 

Other

Morality and Modern Christian Failure.   Review of a Biography of Bertrand RussellBlasphemy for Atheists? Why Bother?.

Star Trek begun again in 1990.

 

All of these are from the old magazines which I am scanning and posting.
Note that some articles are listed in two or more sections, where they are connected to more than one category.