Setting the Record Straight

Socialist Studies pamphlet on their split from the SPGB

The Practical and Logical Impossibility of Anarchism

Socialist Studies (London) pamphlet

Some cursory thoughts on the imminent bombing of Syria / ISIS

An immediate and unthinking call to bomb a country following a terrorist outrage committed by individuals is the gruesome manifestation of the worst aspects of nationalism, patriotism, and revenge, from faux-strongmen who dress up their dick-swinging and reactionary positions to give the impression that they are the only people prepared to defend national security….

Labour party debate What is Socialism?

Is Labour Government the Way to Socialism 1946 SPGB pamphlet cover

Transcript of the opening remarks of a debate between Steve Coleman (for the Socialist Party of Great Britain) and Councillor Laurence Spigel (for the Labour party) taking place on 4 April 1985 at the Duke of York in London. Full audio recording also available online.

Summerhill education versus standard education - A. S. Neill

Summerhill school

A. S. Neill, the founder of the libertarian independent school Summerhill, on the differences between its educational style and that of conventional schools.

The character builders - Harold Drasdo

Harold Drasdo on "adventure" schemes such as Outward Bound, aimed at young people.

Experiences with trade unions in West London

Experiences with Unite, GMB, USDAW at, amongst others, Sainsbury's distribution centre, Waitrose warehouse, Bakkavor food factory, Alpha LSG airline caterer.

The masque of anarchy - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley by Alfred Clint

Poem written by Shelley in the wake of the Peterloo massacre of peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in Manchester in 1819.

Eyewitness account of the Peterloo massacre - Samuel Bamford

Poster entitled Manchester Heroes, published in 1819

A first person account of the Peterloo massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators by the British army in 1819, by Samuel Bamford, who was arrested and imprisoned for a year after the killings.

History of the Peterloo massacre, 1819

Print of the Peterloo Massacre published by Richard Carlile

A short history of the mass killing of workers protesting for democracy and better conditions by the British army in 1819. While brutal, the repression did not dampen working class unrest but in fact helped spawn the Chartist reform movement.