Susie Helme

Behind the Myths

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John Pickard

Behind the Myths is a Marxist study of the origin of myths about the three major Abrahamic religions - the stories the holy books tell about how their religions were born.

Pickard examines the history of the Israelites and looks at why the scriptures tell a different story. The early Israelites did not come out of Egypt and were not a separate race from the Canaanites; and there was no Conquest. They were far from monotheistic; Yahweh even had a goddess consort, Asherah.

Caribbean Workers' Struggles

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Recorded history in the Caribbean islands begins with slavery, when Christopher Columbus "discovered" that superior military technology would enable his soldiers to violently exploit the native Amerindians. Caribbean Workers' Struggles, by Jamaican-born Richard Hart and available from the Socialist History Society, describes the development of labour relations, from slave labour to capitalist free labour through to modern trade unions and political independence.

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