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Dissecting the right's "free speech" rhetoric

An analysis of the reactionary co-option of the term "freedom of speech" in the age of Trump and Bolsonaro, and discussion of how best to respond to it.

Racists, Reds and the Revolt on the Clyde, 1919

Black British sailors, 1919.

The story of a race riot that broke out in Glasgow, during the height of Red Clydeside militancy, when around 30 black sailors were chased out of the hiring yard by a mob of white sailors. Yet, rather than a spontaneous outburst of hatred, it was actually the culmination of nationalist and anti-migrant politics promoted within working-class organisations (such as the Independent Labour Party and the British Seafarers's Union) both before and even after the events.

1964: British troops help Julius Nyerere suppress a mutiny

In 1964 a wave of mutinies swept Tanganyika, Kenya, and Uganda. Julius Nyerere requested military assistance from the United Kingdom to put down the mutiny, as well as a later attempted general strike during which hundreds of workers were arrested.

Ethiopia and World Politics - George Padmore

George Padmore on the Italian war against Ethiopia and the Soviet response. Crisis, May 1935.

Yiddish radicalism, Jewish religion: Controversies in the Fraye Arbeter Shtime, 1937–1945

Lilian Türk & Jesse Cohn's joint essay examining the debates over religion hosted in the Yiddish anarchist newspaper Fraye Arbeter Shtime.

Representations of Catholicism in contemporary Spanish anarchist-themed film (1995–2011)

Pedro García-Guirao's essay exploring the portrayal of Catholicism in eight Spanish anarchist-themed films.

Soviet Appeasement, Collective Security, and the Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935 and 1936

Historical notes on the relationship between the USSR and Italy during Italy's war against Ethopia in 1935-1936, includes several excerpts from George Padmore's writings on the conflict.

The Courtaulds Red Scar Mill strike, 1965

Article on Courtauld's Red Scar Mill strike in the Lancashire Evening Post.

A short history of the unofficial strike at Courtauld's Red Scar Mill in Preston, 1965, the first of what would become a long list of significant 'migrant strikes' (such as Mansfield Hosiery in 1972, Standard Telephones and Cables in 1973, Imperial Typewriters in 1974 and, of course, Grunwick in 1976).

Links to PDFs of 96 left-wing books

Here's a list (taken from wrightswriting.com) of some good leftist books. Click on the titles for the PDFs. It's a somewhat arbitrary list, but I tried to keep it confined to fairly easy-to-read books, not overly theoretical or abstruse ones that might leave the beginning reader bewildered. I've been unable to find PDFs of certain excellent works, unfortunately. You can also check out the extraordinary footnotes to Chomsky's Understanding Power, which have informative excerpts from hundreds of books. .