With preparations for war in full swing the
small Workers' International League gathered around Ralph Lee and Ted Grant was
the only voice that stood out defending a real internationalist position. Here
we provide our readers with the lead article of the August 1939 edition of Youth
For Socialism, signed by Ted Grant.
In early 1945 the radical mood within the British
working class was preparing a landslide victory for the Labour Party. In this
context the I.L.P. leadership raised the idea of re-affiliation to the L.P.,
but gave no explanation for its 13 years of independent existence. Here Ted
Grant provided a sober-minded Marxist approach to the question of the Labour
Party and the mass organizations of the working class in general.
Grant in 1944 defends an internationalist approach towards the German workers
as opposed to the utter nationalist degeneration of the Trade Union, Labour and
C.P. leaders who enthusiastically joined the bandwagon of those blaming the
German workers for the crimes of the Nazi regime, when in fact they were its
A key historical document that analyses the important question of
"proletarian bonapartism", i.e. Stalinism, in the former colonial
countries. Previously it was available in an edited version. Here we
reproduce the full text. It explains the roots of the Chinese
revolution and why the Maoist regime came into conflict with the Soviet
Union, and also the nature of several similar regimes that came into
being in that period. It was also the basis for the expulsion of Ted
Grant and his followers from Mandel's so-called Unified Secretariat of
the Fourth International.
In 1942 a slanderous campaign against the Socialist Appeal waged by the Communist
Party leaders was backed up by the Sunday
Dispatch, infamous for its early enthusiastic support of Hitler, Mosley and
the Blackshirts. They shamelessly joined forces to accuse the Trotskyists of
being Hitler's agents! Here is Ted Grant's reply to these slanders.
1972 Nixon, the US
president, visited China
for talks, the contents of which were kept secret. Ted Grant exposed the
shameless behaviour of Stalinist China and Russia who engaged in power
politics with imperialism and at the same time launching bitter attacks against
each other. What a change in comparison to the approach to diplomacy defended
by Lenin and Trotsky.
In 1963 there were indications that a crisis was brewing in the USSR. Ted Grant
showed how the twists and turns of Kruschev's policies were empirical attempts
on the part of the Russian bureaucracy to reform the system in order to avoid
the possibility of a political revolution developing along the lines of Hungary 1956.
In 1962 Krushchev announced the introduction of
a new Constitution in the Soviet Union. Ted
Grant explained the real significance of this change and why the attempt to put
a check on the corruption of the bureaucratic caste without restoring real
workers' democracy was doomed to failure.
between Pakistan and India was eventually to be sparked off by the
Pakistani air attack of December 3, 1971, after escalating tension and India's interference in the West Pakistani
suppression of East Bengal (now Bangladesh).
On the verge of war, Ted Grant analysed the class interests of the different
parties involved in this article in the Militant.
In 1967 a conference of European Communist parties was held. A comment by Ted Grant was published by the Militant where he exposed the British Communist party leaders’ utter reformist and nationalist degeneration.
In 1966 an economic crisis
forced Yugoslav leader Tito to announce a plan of reforms in order to
decentralise power. Bureaucratic corruption and mismanagement were exposed for
the first time in the Yugoslav press. Ted Grant explained how self-reform on
part of the bureaucracy would not solve the problem and why workers' democracy
and internationalism would be the only way forward.