- Category: IS History
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014
- Written by Steve Freeman
The aim of this pamphlet is look at the relationship between Marxism and Republicanism through the debates that took place in the Socialist Workers Party in 1978-80. In 1980 some SWP members, dissatisfied with the party line, set up the Republican Faction. They raised many ideas which are pertinent today. The Faction is part of the hidden history of the SWP. It is significant because it began to highlight contradictions in the politics of the SWP around the issue of democracy. Today when the left is responding to the third Scottish referendum it is useful to look back to debates around the first referendum in 1979.