By Tony Cliff
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Introduction by way of Paul Foot The autobiogrphy of the founding father of the Socialist staff celebration who many ponder the one so much influential socialist progressive to have emerged in post-war Britain. It charts Cliff's outstanding improvement from an impoverished Palestine within the Nineteen Thirties, the place he used to be encouraged via the writing of Trotsky, to a disappointed Blairite Britain, the place he was once instrumental within the construction of a mass-based progressive social gathering up until eventually his demise in April 2000.
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I told Mandel that I had read the story years before and it related to events a quarter of a century earlier! A few months ago, when researching my book Trotskyism After Trotsky, I asked Ian Birchall, who has been extremely helpful in my research, whether he could locate this article. A few days later A l Richardson of the Socialist Platform Archive located the article, and it was exactly as I had remembered it. I was shocked to read Mandel’s argument. As a matter of fact it was a hard blow to my trust in the leadership of the Fourth Inter national.
This particular speaker made a fierce attack on Marxism, calling it a ‘gentile ideology poisoning our Jewish spirit’. This was a mirror image of Nazi propaganda about Marxism being Jewish. ’ I paid for it by being beaten. The final threat, of course, was from the police. A few days after the beginning of the Second World War on 1 September 1939, two plainclothes policemen knocked on the door of the house I lived in in Haifa. They came to search the place. They found nothing incriminating, but while carrying out the search they spoke to one an other with the obvious aim of intimidating me.
In this its fate was very different to that of the First, Second and Third Internationals. The First International was made up of relatively large organisa tions, and although there was a break of some two decades between the end of the First and establishment of the Second International, many thousands who were members of the First joined the Second. The Third International, the Communist International (or Com intern) came into being as the result of huge splits in the Second In ternational.