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International Socialism, Summer 1958



Introducing the journal


From International Socialism, No.1, Summer 1958, p.1.
Thanks to Ted Crawford & the late Will Fancy.
Transcribed and marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


September 1, 1958

The shocked generation in Labour movement history is slowly passing on. The decline in Western Capitalism – however protracted – is steadily undermining the stranglehold of Reformism, its servant, over the working class, Stalinism – the ideological expression of the State Capitalist world – is losing its potency as an alternative. Once again, the international working class is Looking to, its own resources for strength and inspiration.

In this, Marxism has a crucial role to play. A science of action, constantly assimilating and formulating the experiences of the international working class, it is the most biting weapon in the struggle against class society on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

We present International Socialism as a small contribution, to Marxist thought. Its function is to bring the traditions of scientific socialism to bear on the constantly changing pattern of class struggle, to help clarify its nature and conversely, to keep the science of working class action a living one and not the compendium of quotations to which it is so often and so tragically reduced.

One limitation will be obvious to readers. This first issue will be found too heavily biased towards economic problems. We hope, in future, to grow in scope to include every aspect of working class activity, that is, every aspect of the class struggle and the fight for socialism.

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