Tony Cliff as a Socialist Leader
Publisher: Against The Current
Date Written: 01/09/2013
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20093
A book review of 'Tony Cliff: A Marxist for His Time.'
The recent scandal in the British Socialist Workers Party (SWP), involving accusations of rape against one of its leaders and opening up a profound internal party crisis, not only exposed how grossly the SWP central leadership mishandled the charges, but also revealed its historic lack of internal democracy.
Covered by much of the international left-wing press and even in the British mainstream media, this episode adds a new twist to the history of that political group and, indirectly, to the history of its founder and long-time leader Tony Cliff, a Palestinian Jew born Ygael Gluckstein in 1917 who emigrated to Britain in 1946, became an important figure in postwar international Marxism, and died in Britain in 2000.