Chartism and revolution

‘The era of Chartism is immortal in that over the course of a decade it gives us in condensed and diagrammatic form the whole gamut of proletarian struggle-from petitions in parliament to armed insurrection. All the fundamental problems of the class movement of the proletariat. . . were not only crystallised out of the progress of the Chartist mass movement, but found in it their principled answer.’ (Trotsky 1925) CHARTISM BURST into British politics one hundred and fifty years ago in May 1838. Described by

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The Workers Government

The Workers’ Government The Fourth Congress of the Communist International recognised that in countries where the relationship of forces between reformist parties and the openly bourgeois parties raised the question of which should form the government, the slogan of a workers’ government, “follows inevitably from the entire united front tactic.” Even where this was not the case the slogan itself could be “used practically everywhere as a general propaganda slogan.” That is to say, the argument that the government should be under the control of

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