1980s

Liverpool 1981 - An Eye Witness Account of the Toxteth Riots

A personal account of the racist policing which sparked riots in the Toxteth area of Liverpool in 1981.

Workers and students - Hagen Koo

A chapter on the alliances and solidarity between South Korean industrial workers and radical students in the 1970s and '80s.

1988: The Tompkins Square Riot

A brief account of the riot of 1988 when Police started evicting homeless people from Tompkins Square park. The event led to the exposure of widespread brutality by the precinct police.

Italy 1980-81: After Marx, jail! The attempted destruction of a communist movement - Red Notes

A person in mime makeup, black and white

Red Notes' pamphlet charting the repression of Italy's 1970s extraparliamentary communist movement, when thousands of radical workers and intellectuals were swept into the country's jails.

Gender politics in the Korean transition to democracy

Jeong-Lim Nam's essay on Korean women's battles against dictatorship in the 1980s.

Did Lenin Distort Marx?

Socialist Standard April 1970

Debate between Steve Coleman (the Socialist Party of Great Britain) arguing 'Yes' and Monty Johnstone (Communist Party of Great Britain) arguing 'No', taking place at Islington Central Library, London on 11 November 1982. Full audio recording also available online.

Only Socialism Offers Any Hope for the Future

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Conservative Party Conference 10 October 1980

Debate between Steve Coleman (Socialist Party of Great Britain) and Kate Hughes (Conservative Party), 2 February 1982 taking place at University College, London. Full audio also available online.

How Can a Real Revolution Be Achieved?

Black Flag organ of the Anarchist Black Cross magazine logo from the 1980s

Transcript of the opening remarks of a debate between Dick Donnelly (for the Socialist Party of Great Britain) and Albert Meltzer (for Black Flag) taking place on 12 February 1987 at the Duke of York in London. Full audio recording also available online.

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.

Some editions of Communication Worker - 1987-88

'Christmas is cancelled' headline

Here are seven editions of the bulletin produced by the rank-and-file postal workers' group Communication Workers Group.