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Kier Hardie



The Independent Labour Party

The ILP was a reformist Party founded by the leaders of “New Unionism” in 1893, capitulated to social chauvenism during WW1, but then took up a centrist position between the Labour Party and the Communist Party.

The I.L.P., from the Encyclopedia of Marxism.


Persia, Finland, and our Russian Alliance, ILP pamphlet 1915.
Oil and Finance In Turkey, Persia and Mesopotamia, ILP pamphlet 1921.


The I.L.P. published The New Leader, Controversy, Left and other periodicals which included the following:

Intervening in Abyssinia, C.L.R. James, New Leader, October 1935.
“Civilising” the “Blacks”, C.L.R. James, New Leader, May 1936.
Trotskyism, C.L.R. James, Controversy, October 1937.
Fascism in the Colonies, George Padmore, Controversy, Vol. 2, No. 17, February 1938
An Outrageous Report, George Padmore, Controversy, Vol. 2, No. 18, March 1938
White Workers and Black, George Padmore, Controversy, Vol. 2, No. 20, May 1938
The Government’s Betrayal of the Protectorates, George Padmore, Controversy, Vol. 2, No. 21, June 1938
Hands Off the Soviet Union, George Padmore, Left, No. 41, February 1940
Empire “Gauleiters” Greet Each Other, George Padmore, Left Forum, No. 52, January 1941
The Socialist Attitude to the Invasion of the U.S.S.R., George Padmore, Left, No. 60, September 1941
Blue-Print of Post-War Anglo-American Imperialism, George Padmore, Left, No. 84, October 1943
Imperialism: The Basis of Labour Party Crisis, George Padmore, Left, No. 92, June 1944
Where Goes This New Communism?, Christopher Pallis, Left, No. 95, September 1944
“State Capitalism – a New Order”, Raymond Challinor, Left, No. 140, June 1948