World War I

The left wing - S.J. Rutgers

In this collection of five articles written in 1916 the Dutch socialist S.J. Rutgers outlines capitalism's descent into its imperialist phase, the passing of the age of liberal democracy, and the need for a new kind of mass action to replace electoral activity and purely economic strikes. These articles were written as part of a series called "The Left Wing" for the American publication International Socialist Review.

The Princetown escapee

A short account of the case of Scots anarchist John Kerr, war resister

From the Founding Congress of the Communist Workers’ Party of Poland


A translation of two documents from the 1918 Founding Congress of the Communist Workers’ Party of Poland (KPRP): the political platform of the party and a proclamation directed to the proletariat of Poland. These documents represent the early politics of the KPRP, which have been by some characterised as ‘Luxemburgist’ or ‘ultra-leftist’ (e.g. opposition to national self-determination, rejection of parliamentarism).

Harsh justice in Folkestone: repression against opponents of World War I

Voice of Labour newspaper

A short account of the severe sentence handed out to anarchists in Folkestone just for flyposting anti-war posters.

The Kaiser goes: the generals remain - Theodor Plivier

New York Herald: Kaiser abdicates

This is an amazing novel about the German Revolution, written by a participant. Republished here in PDF and Kindle formats.

The Keir Hardie Myth

New mural at Peace Passage based on Keir Hardie speaking at an anti war rally ju

From Socialist Standard March 1961
The myth about Keir Hardie's attitude to war is very persistent. At an anti-Polaris rally in Glasgow last December, the Co-operative Movement representative had only to refer to him, ". . . if we could get Keir Hardie here . . ." to have his words drowned by applause. Whatever the sentiments of the audience may have been, it was certainly in error about Hardie's attitude to war.

"The Germans would court-martial me too": St. Paul's World War I socialist draft resisters - William R. Douglas

An article by William R. Douglas about the Socialist Party of America and their anti-consciption stance during World War I in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Defenders of business: the Minneapolis Civic and Commerce Association VS. labor during WW1 - William Millikan

An article by William Millikan about strikebreaking in Minneapolis during the First World War.

The War and The Socialist Position

Socialist Standard September 1914

The text is taken from the original leaflet, THE WAR AND THE SOCIALIST POSITION, produced and printed by The Socialist Party of Great Britain. The leaflet was published for distribution to the working class until being prevented from being circulated at meetings by the capitalist State on the spurious grounds that it was considered “likely to cause disaffection to His Majesty or to interfere with the success of His Majesty’s forces by land or sea etc.” with the imposition of The Defence of the Realm Regulations enacted in November 1914.