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Tony Cliff


Tony Cliff 1917-2000: the pilot who weathered the storm

14 April 2000
Tony Cliff, the founder of what became the Socialist Workers Party, died on 9 April 2000. Twenty years on, we republish the obituary we printed at the time.

Tony Cliff interview ten years after the wall came down

06 November 1999
When a person dies, the autopsy reveals the nature of their illness. The collapse of the Stalinist regimes in Russia and Eastern Europe makes it possible to be absolutely clear about the nature of those regimes. There was no resistance to the collapse from the mass of people. They didn't defend the system. That shows they didn't believe the regimes had anything to do with socialism or workers' power.

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