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Left Archive: Workers Hammer, Spartacist League, 1992 April 3, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive.

To download the above please click on the following link. Workers Hammer

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Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

Another document from the Spartacist League, this edition of Workers’ Hammer from 1992 clearly outlines the concerns of that formation during that period. So the front page in a piece on the Maastricht Treaty which takes that latter to task as ‘anti-working class’ has a subheading ‘Free abortion on demand!’. The rest if the page is taken up by a report on attacks by security forces in South Africa against anti-apartheid protestors.

Inside there’s part of an exchange between the Spartacist League and the Revolutionary International League (Britisih section of the International Trotskyist Committee). A full page is devoted to a critique of Lutte Ouvriere, the French organisation, depicting it as ‘anti-gay, anti-Trotskyist’ and exclusionary. Other pieces address the bombing of Dresden in World War Two and labour disputes in Germany. The last page is devoted to Scotland and nationalism.

As ever with the Spartacist League the style of language is idiosyncratic. The thought strikes that this document was essentially an international one with some small sections devoted to Irish conditions.


1. NollaigO - April 3, 2017


The above link provides an amusing analysis of the Sparts noting that:
“…Spartacist League / Britain was formed in 1978, but they no longer even have an independent web presence in Britain. Their publicity operations are [nowadays] handled direct from the US…”

I don’t know if this also true for the Irish Sparts and if the mother group from either London or the US made several attempts (unsuccessfully one hopes!) to establish an Irish “section”.

The origins of the Sparts in 1966 under James Robertson (still alive) provides a case study of political and physical thuggery by the Gerry Healy led SLL.


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