The Theory of Permanent Revolution: A Critique
Organisation: Communist Party of Great Britain
Author:Loizos Michail
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

14th November 2016

Many thanks to Michael Cunningham for forwarding this to the Archive.

This document is somewhat anomalous in the archive in that it does not directly address the political situation in Ireland. However, as a production of the Trotskyist Study Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain there is a tenuous link to Ireland. Geoff Roberts, the historian at UCC and author of various works on Stalin and the Soviet Union was, it appears,> a member of that group in the CPGB. Others involved included Monty Johnstone, Betty Reid, Liozos Michail and John Callaghan. Mention is made online to the TSG in various places and any further information would be welcome.

Still, as an indication of a response from the CPGB towards the increasing popularity of Trotskyist parties in the UK and, indeed, in Ireland during the late 1960s and early 1970s it is well worth considering.

In relation to the group the Preface outlines its aims;

The Trotskyism Study Group consists of a group of Communist Party members engaged in the study of various aspects of the history, theory, and politics of Trostkyism. As part of our work we intend to publish a series of articles and documents dealing with some of the controversial questions that Communists and Trotskyists have devoted over the past 50 years. The first of these is the present pamphlet which discuses possibly the most contentious issues of that continuing debate – Trotsky’s theory of Permanent Revolution. For those readers wishing to examine the issues involved more fully a brief reading list is appended at the back.

The views expressed in this pamphlet should not be taken to express the views of the Communist Party or those of the Trotskyism Study Group or those of any individual members apart from the author himself.

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