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Left Archive: Marxist-Leninist Weekly, Organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), November 1989 January 7, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist Leninist), Irish Left Online Document Archive, Uncategorized.


To download the above file please click on the following link: CPML 89

This edition of the CPI (M-L) publication, Marxist-Leninist Weekly, is perhaps most notable for the date of publication, and for the lead article on page one which has the headline ‘Groundless euphoria over breaching of Berlin Wall’. The article continues:

Last week the mass media had a field day with the scenes at the Berlin Wall which ensued from the decision of the East German Government to end restrictions on travel by their populations.

And the article takes a bleak view of what it regards as two capitalist systems, one in the West and the other in the USSR vying for hegemony. It asserts:

Gorbachev’s policy of ‘glasnost’, openness or ‘democracy, is simply a demagogic enticement to the Soviet working class to accept still greater exploitation to overcome the economic and political crisis of revisionism in their bloc by the open restoration of capitalism (known as perestroika), so that the new Soviet bourgeoisie can the more efficiently finance the sinews of capitalist competition in the world market and also the sinews of war. The events in the Soviet bloc, each more rapidly following the other, do not auger a reduction in international tension and the danger of inter-imperialist war.

It ends:

(Next week, an article to explain further how the so-called ‘contention between democracy and communism’ cannot be the basis of the treat of world war since these are not opposites in the first place).

Other articles deal with a broad range of issues including the British Government maintaining the Prevention of Terrorism Act powers of detention for 7 days, a subventions cut for places in old people’s homes, the Brazilian election campaign and El Salvador.

As interesting are the advertisements for Progressive Books, the CPI (M-L) bookshop on Essex Quay in Dublin, and for Public Meetings on the Anniversary of National Liberation of Albania in Cork and Dublin.

It is worth noting that the CPI (M-L) managed to put out this publication on a weekly basis for many years.


1. Pj - January 7, 2013

Their editor eventually admitted that they got it wrong with their analysis of the USSR, what year was the final issue of MLW?


charlie cairns - January 8, 2013

Linen Hall Library in Belfast has a partial run of this paper, Last issues held are
18 Jan 1990 – 14June 1990, 17 Mar 1991, so presumably it ceased in 1991.


2. Starkadder - January 7, 2013

On the subject of the left’s reaction to the end of the Soviet
Bloc, I remember “Peace News” running an editorial in
September 1991 welcoming the collapse of the Soviet

I also found this article by Ernest Mandel : “The Irresistible
Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev”:



Martin Savage - January 7, 2013

Did they really think the USSR was capitalist?


WorldbyStorm - January 7, 2013

I think they did.


Mark P - January 7, 2013

They did indeed.

They initially followed the Maoist line that the USSR went capitalist with Krushchev. Then later they discovered that China was capitalist too and only Albania was socialist. Then they later decided that they’d been wrong and that the USSR and the Eastern Bloc were all socialist countries, but that was towards the end of their visible existence.


3. littlemicky2012 - January 8, 2013

I remember they had great posters. “Hail the success of genuine socialism in Albania as reformist regimes collapse across Europe” Or “Celebrate the anniversary of the overthrow of King Zog in Albania”

I always though the king Zog thing was some sort of parody until I read a bit of Albanian history.


4. Branno's ultra-left t-shirt - January 8, 2013

Steptoe and Son: Son, scanning old newspaper found in rubbish, reads out headline ‘Italians invade Albania, King Zog flees’: Steptoe’s response ‘There’s bloody king-size fleas around and all, what difference does that make.’ Boob, boom…


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