uk political history

PSA: the main reason that Britain never had a European-style mass fascist movement in the 1930s is because socialists, Jews, trade unionists, black folk and queer people physically dismantled the Blackshirt movement in its infancy by disrupting meetings, toppling stages and assaulting prominent fascists. This meant it never reached critical mass as a street gang capable of controlling public space and providing a pole of attraction for white, working-class youth - a fundamental precondition for the exercise of political power independent of the state by fascist Parties.

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British massacres of the 20th century
Britain's massacres of the 20th century. Throughout the 20th century the British Army and colonial forces carried out a number of massacres. The most recent ...

As Remembrance Day draws closer and Britain’s jingoistic & reactionary poppy cultists flex their social strength, it’s worth noting exactly why people rightly shun the culturally enforced donning of this symbol of British imperialism & barbarism.

This video, British Massacres of the 20th Century by Crimes of Britain, though only showing a fraction of the horrors unleashed by the British upon the world, demonstrates in no uncertain terms why the British armed forces are not an institution to be lionized, worshiped, or sympathized with.

For any revolutionary, solidarity must always be with the victims of Western Imperialism & neocolonialism!

The thing is, capitalism has never been reformed ‘peacefully’.

Reform movements which have formally disavowed violent means - from the Civil Rights movement in 1960s America, to Attlee’s Labour government in 1940s Britain - have only been historically successful because mass, organised, revolutionary movements of the politically disenfranchised outside of the formal reform movement have forced those benefiting from the status quo to cede concessions to non-violent, often middle-class, reformist leaders. Malcolm X, the Socialist Party of the USA and the Communist Party forced the American elite to come to the table with Dr. King; the syndicalist and communist trade unions in post-War Britain made opposition to Attlee’s NHS and limited nationalisations foolhardy.

Those who preach non-violence as a strategy rather than as a flexible tactic fatally mistake capitalism for a rational, logical system which plays by its own rules and respects human life.

We know better.

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)  is one of the most recognisable leaders o the British suffrage movement. She founded the Women’s Franchise League, and was involved in several causes aimed at offering women more rights in society.

She was also the founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, later transforming it in the Women’s Party, continuously pushing for women being offered the vote. Even though her tactics were described as radical and militant, her efforts eventually led to equal suffrage in 1918.

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With apologies to the historians in the audience - I know this is very over-simplified. 77 years is a really long time. Anyway some of this is stuff I didn’t know until recently and it may or may not help you in countering some of the bullshit you come into contact with in life, so there you go.

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For some reason I can’t find many a level students who are studying the humanities? There seems to be loads of STEM peeps out there, and while I love your posts, I need some kinda support through my hellish Geog and History courses!! 😊

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Rare parchment manuscript of US Declaration of Independence found in England
Two Harvard researchers have found only the second known parchment manuscript of America’s formative text in a West Sussex archive
By Alan Yuhas

This is amazing! Some key information about this document sourced from the article:

  • Researchers believe the man behind this copy of the Declaration was James Wilson, a Pennsylvania delegate to the continental congress, one of six men to sign both the declaration and constitution, and, later, one of the original supreme court justices. 
  • They concluded the document dated to the 1780s, and was produced in America, most likely in New York or Philadelphia. 
  • Unlike previously known copies of the declaration, which have signatures grouped by states, the Sussex copy has its signatures in a patterned jumble. The researchers who discovered the document hypothesize that the appearance of randomness was deliberate and symbolic, part of a nationalist argument that the United States was founded by citizens, each created equal, and not by a looser confederation of states. 
  • Only the second parchment manuscript copy known to exist besides the one kept in the National Archives in Washington DC. 
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The bloody clash that changed Britain
The long read: It was to be a grand day out: a peaceful rally to call for political reform. But the authorities were spoiling for a fight. The Peterloo massacre marked a turning point in our democracy
By Stephen Bates

The crowd was left to crawl home. “All the roads leading from Manchester to Ashton, Stockport, Cheadle, Bury, Bolton are covered with wounded stragglers,” the Star reported the following day. “There are 17 wounded persons along the Stockport Road, 13-14 on the Ashton road, at least 20 on the Oldham road, seven or eight on the Rochdale road besides several others on the roads to Liverpool.”

Some would conceal their injuries for fear of retribution from employers. But 654 people were sufficiently injured to require medical treatment. The figure is that precise because, in the following weeks, names, addresses and details of injuries were drawn up by newspapers, radicals and a relief committee set up to raise funds to help the wounded and their families. Contrary to the assertions of the authorities, fewer than a quarter were crushed in the crowd: more than 200 were sabred, 70 battered by truncheons, and 188 trampled by horses.

Many of the injured were children, or men and women with families and jobs, of middle age and older. At least two fatalities were special constables. Some died on the spot, others lingered for weeks. The wounds were ghastly: deep sabre cuts to the head and arms, a nose nearly cut off, one man driven into a lime pit and burned, “a piece the size of a half crown clean off the head” of another.

The north remembers

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