Posts Tagged ‘socialism’

A group that advertised in Aberdeen People’s Press in 1975. The advert stated the aim was ‘an attempt to promote radical Christian theology and Socialist theory’.

References: Aberdeen People’s Press, 1975.

Sources: unknown.

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The national group was formed by University students and graduates who were expelled and/or left the Socialist Party of Great Britain around 1973. There were a number of splinter groups in Britain, including one in Aberdeen (see the Aberdeen Libertarian Socialist Group, who also called themselves Aberdeen Anarchists). The national group issued publications such as ‘Libertarian Communism’, ‘Workers’ Power – for social revolution’ and ‘Social Revolution’. The Aberdeen group were very active and edited an issue in 1976 and also hosted a key conference that same year. In 1977 the movement merged with another group called Solidarity which had been formed in 1960 by former members of the Socialist Labour League (note: there had been an earlier Solidarity Group in Aberdeen between 1967 and 1972). Following the merger the new group published a journal called ‘Solidarity: for Social Revolution’.

The Aberdeen group was also part of the Scottish Libertarian Federation in the late 1970s. Members of the group were also involved in a host of local campaigns throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including the British Withdrawal from Northern Ireland Campaign/The Other Army Information Centre, Aberdeen Campaign Against The Cuts and the Stuff The Jubilee! campaign in 1977.

Related entries: Aberdeen Anarchists, Aberdeen Libertarian Socialist Group, The Big Print Collective and Solidarity.

References: information and issues of the national group magazines are available via website http://www.libcom.org. Aberdeen Group report in Scottish Libertarian Federation newsletter (1976).

Sources: there are copies of some printed material as part of Aberdeen Peoples Press archive at Aberdeen University Library.

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A branch of the national organisation which had been founded in 1950 (as the Socialist Review Group), which became the International Socialists in 1962 and finally the Socialist Workers Party in 1977. Members are very active in campaigns in the city and selling the Socialist Worker newspaper.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Socialist Worker Student Society.

References: adverts in International Socialism newspaper.

Sources: national archive is held at Warwick University, Modern Records Centre.

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A Socialist Arts Group meeting was advertised in Aberdeen Peoples Press in December 1974. The meeting was ‘to discuss contributions for political comics and future projects’.

References: advert in Aberdeen Peoples Press, December 1974.

Sources: unknown.

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The Socialist Party (with organisations in both Scotland and in England/Wales) is a Trotsykist organisation previously known as Militant Labour (which was active in the 1970s and 1980s). The Party are part of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), a socialist international that organises in over forty countries across the world. The Party also plays a leading role in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

There is also a student wing called Aberdeen University Socialist Students Society.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Socialist Students Society.

References: national group website.

Sources: unknown.

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The International Marxist Group (British Section of the Fourth International) advertised in Aberdeen People’s Press and The Big Print in the mid-1970s – early 1980s.

The Group was a national Trotskyist organisation and emerged in the mid-1960s. It changed its name in 1982 to the Socialist League.

References: adverts in Aberdeen People’s Press (1975) and The Big Print (June 1978 – early 1980s).

Sources: unknown, but papers of the national body are held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick and also at the London School of Economics.

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A branch of the national organisation which had been founded in 1904 following a split from the Social Democratic Federation (SDF).

A group in Aberdeen was advertised from 1971 with a University of Aberdeen student as the contact point. The group reported in c.1972 that there were only a few members and that they had been active distributing the party newspaper Socialist Standard.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Socialist Party of Great Britain.

References: see below and also a report of activities in the University of Aberdeen student magazine ‘Brown Elbow’ in 1972.

Sources: a pamphlet ‘Marx’s Early Writings: a guide to some of the major ideas’ (1973) is held at the Scottish Radical Library/ACE archive in Edinburgh.

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