A contribution to the debate about recent events in the SWP, aiming to offer some advice and encouragement to members and ex-members feeling disillusioned by the ongoing internal conflict. By Billy P., a libertarian communist and former SWP member.
For many of us, Leninism, and in particular the version of Leninism promoted by the Socialist Workers Party, is our first encounter with organised revolutionary anti-capitalism.
A lengthy critique of the SWP's attempt to rewrite the history of the resistance to Italian fascism in the early 1920s as well as the revolutionary Red Years after World War I. An important, if not well known, bit of anarchist history.
The Resistible Rise of Benito Mussolini, Tom Behan, Bookmarks, 2003, £8
"If the anarchists are not careful, their enemies will write their history" (Gaetano Salvemini)