Triumph and disillusion: Vietnam 1975

Just over forty years ago, on 30 April 1975, the Vietnam war ended. The Stalinist National Liberation Front swept into Saigon, and the US Embassy was hurriedly evacuated by helicopter from its roof. Two and a half weeks earlier, on 12 April 1975, the Cambodian Stalinists had triumphed, seizing the capital, Phnom Penh. For the previous ten years or more, big demonstrations against the US war in Vietnam had been a major route by which tens of thousands of young people came into revolutionary socialist politics. The demonstrators not only denounced the corruption and authoritarianism of the...

I. S., the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign, and the I S "Turn to Industry": After October (1968)

Rachel Matgamna, a member of the Trotskyist Tendency (forerunner of AWL), in International Socialism magazine (winter 1968-9), calling for an effort to turn the young activists mobilised over Vietnam to the working class. This article was published soon after the Workers' Fight group merged into IS (forerunner of the SWP), and - by explicit agreement with the IS leadership - reorganised as the Trotskyist Tendency in IS. Later the IS leadership would be less willing to print articles by members of the tendency. The call for Vietnam activists to turn to the working class was one of the major...

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