Revolution

Scottish Revolution: They Took the High Road

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Joint Deutscher Prize winner Neil Davidson looks at the debate provoked by his book.

Whatever disagreements we may have with his interpretation of events, there is no doubt that Isaac Deutscher's major works are great literary achievements which helped keep alive a critical approach to the Russian Revolution in the darkest days of the Cold War.

Latin America: Continent of Discontent

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For the third time in three years a spontaneous uprising has forced a neoliberal president to flee from a presidential palace in South America.

First Jamil Mahuad in Ecuador in January 2000, then De La Rua in Argentina in December 2001, and now Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado in Bolivia.

When miners armed with sticks of dynamite, clubs and rocks joined the crowds thronging the centre of the capital, La Paz, on 17 October they showed the extent to which the movement against corporate globalisation finds its sharpest practical expression on the streets of Latin America.

The Fight for Revolution

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How do working people win improvements in their lives, and how do they hold on to them?

This is one of the biggest questions facing socialists today. Take the defence of the National Health Service, which concerns millions of people. The NHS is a very good example of a past reform. It did not exist until 1948. Its introduction was vigorously opposed by conservative forces. It was very much in the interests of the great mass of the people, and especially of working class people. It was also, from the beginning, something of a compromise, but a compromise more in our favour than otherwise. Of course, not everything described as a reform is anything of the kind.

Can There Be a Revolution in Britain?

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Report from a Marxist Forum in Bristol

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in April, 30 of us got together in Bristol for one of our regular Marxist forums. Sitting round cafe tables in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, we discussed the possibility of revolution in Britain. We were of different ages and varying political backgrounds, but what we had in common was a concern about the society we live in and a desire to change it.

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