Works of Michael Kidron

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Michael Kidron

Mike kidron

1930 – 2003

Michael Kidron was a leading theoretician of the British Socialist Review Group and its successor, the International Socialists, from the mid-1950s, when he joined the group, until the mid-1970s, when he dropped out of active politics. In particular he developed the theory of the Permanent Arms Economy as an explanation of the long post-war boom. Another important contribution was a critique of Lenin’s Imperialism, or rather of the way it was (and is) interpreted by many socialists. He was later managing editor of Pluto Press, one of the most influential socialist imprints in Britain.

At the moment the following texts are available either here in the Archive or by links to other Websites:

Feb.–Dec. 1954

Our Programme (series)

March 1954

Letter to the Socialist Review

August 1954

The Steel Scandal

November 1954

For Democracy Within the Labour Movement

August 1956

Automation (pamphlet)

December 1956

Policy for Redundancy

January 1957

Nationalisation is a Class Issue

April 1957

The Mixed Economy

May 1957

The Decline of British Capitalism

Dec. 1957–Sept. 1958

The Fight for Socialism (series)

Summer 1958

The economic background of the recent strikes

June 1959

The Limits of Reform: A Reply to Ken Alexander

November 1959

Labour after the Election: The Future of the Left

January 1960

The Flow of Money (book review)

January 1960

After the end of Empire

February 1960

A note on the Limitations of Reforming “Realism”

Autumn 1960

Two left feet (book review)

Spring 1961

Washington or Moscow? (book review)

Autumn 1961

Inflation (book review)

Winter 1961

Reform and Revolution – Rejoinder to Left Reformism II

Spring 1962

Inside Britain (book review)

Spring 1962

Tunnel or Bridge (book review)

Summer 1962

Imperialism: highest stage but one

Summer 1963

Bright-Wing Boy (book review)

Autumn 1964

Badly Served (book review)

Spring 1965

The Fire Last Time

Spring 1965

International Capitalism

Spring 1965

Letter to Readers on India (editorial)

Summer 1965

C&A Marx (book review)

August 1965

World Trade

August 1965

State Capitalist Handbook

Winter 1965/66

Coal, Gas & Sparks (book review)

Winter 1965/66

Crooked Sixpence (book review)

Winter 1965/66

Manual in Mufti (book review)

Spring 1966

Centre for Socialist Education (discussion document)

Spring 1966

Some Trees, No Wood (book review)

Spring 1966

Whiff of Decay (book review)

Autumn 1966

Pregnant Choice (book review)

Autumn 1966


Spring 1967

A Permanent Arms Economy

Autumn 1967

Indonesian Communists


Still a chance for the reformers

Spring 1968

Marx’s Theory of Value

Autumn 1968


April/May 1969

Maginot Marxism: Mandel’s Economics

3 July 1969

Tropical Trotskyism

Oct./Nov. 1969



Western Capitalism Since the War (book)

Feb. 1971

SALT in the wounds

Mar. 1971

Memories of Development

Mar. 1973

For Every Prince There is a Princess

July 1977

Two insights don’t make a theory

Winter 2002

Failing growth and rampant costs: two ghosts in the machine of modern capitalism


From The Guardian
by Richard Kuper

From Socialist Review
by Chris Harman

From Socialist Worker (GB)
by Alex Callinicos

From Socialist Worker (US)
by Lee Sustar

Last updated on 25 July 2015