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John MacLean was a political activist and wrote most of his works travelling on trains and buses to meetings and events. "In the Rapids of Revolution" John MacLean works and speeches have been selected and published in the 1970's by Nan Milton, his daughter, as part of the John MacLean Society's policy to bring MacLean's work to a newer audience. Here at the SRSM we will start to make his works available to be downloaded and read as we research our archives. These works are as relevant today as they were then. Much of his works are timeless, especially his disdain of the Labour Party of the day. They are still selling out. His description of them as "Labour Fakirs" perhaps needs respelling. We have a few of his pamphlets available and some we will reprint soon. Our thanks to London researcher, Jim Clayson, for discovering yet another contemporary pamplet on John MacLean. His latest was writen by his comrade Tom Anderson, which we are processing for publication.

 

                                                                       
                                                                         

Condemned From The Dock Pamphlet

 

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CONDEMNED FROM THE DOCK

 

John MacLean His famous speech against War and Capitalism

 

Historical pamphlet which is now available to be read in PDF format here at the SRSM Website. Please ensure you have Adobe Reader installed to view it

 

 

                                              

 

 

To read click here 1-3, 4-5, 6-7

The Irish Tragedy Pamphlet

 

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The Irish Tragedy: Scotland's Disgrace John MacLean M.A.

 

Historical pamphlet which is now available to be read in PDF format here at the SRSM Website. Please ensure you have Adobe Reader installed to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

To read click here 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12

I Accuse Pamphlet

 

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'I ACCUSE' A scathing Indictment of Capitalism by JOHN MACLEAN

 

A tribute to John MacLean and an interpretation of his message by W. McDougall

 

Historical pamphlet which is now available to be read in PDF format here at the SRSM Website. Please ensure you have Adobe Reader installed to view it.

 

 

 

To read click here 1-2, 3-4

Remembering John MacLean Pamphlet

 

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Remembering John MacLean

 

Portrait of a Scottish Revolutionary by Harry McShane

 

Historical pamphlet which is now available to be read in PDF format here at the SRSM Website. Please ensure you have Adobe Reader installed to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

To read click here 1-3, 4-6, 7-8

Comrade John MacLean, M.A Pamphlet

 

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Comrade John MacLean, M.A - Comrade Tom Anderson

 

Historical pamphlet that was written by Comrade Tom and was first published in 1930 then 1938. As far as we are aware this phamplet is quite rare and very seldom seen. Here at the SRSM we now make this pamphlet available online for all to view, read and download.

 

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To read click here 1-5, 6-11, 12-17, 18-23, 24-29, 30-35, 36-41, 42-48

John MacLean and Scottish Independence

 

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John MacLean and Scottish Independence

 

Historical pamphlet which is now available to be read in PDF format here at the SRSM Website was first published by the John MacLean Society circa 1970 and has a foreword by Thurso Berwick (Morris Blythman). The words to The Ballant o John MacLean written by Sidney Goodsir Smith, John MacLean - The Ghost from the Past by Jim Fyfe. Nan MacLean Milton writes the article on John MacLean and Scottish Independence, On John MacLean by John Kincaid, John MacLean (1879-1923) by Hugh MacDiarmid.

 

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To read click here 1-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17, 18-22

American Imperialism by John MacLean Pamphlet

 

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American Imperialism by John MacLean

 

Historical pamphlet which is now available to be read in PDF format here at the SRSM Website which was printed in the 1970s by Scottish Worker. Please ensure you have Adobe Reader installed to view it.

 

 

                                                    

 

 

To read click here 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19

 John MacLean and Conspiracies Pamphlet

 

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John MacLean and Conspiracies by Jim Clayson

 

Historical pamphlet written by Jim Clayson which looks at the establishments attempts to deny John MacLean a passport to visit countries such as Russia and their attempt to darken his name name by saying that the man was insane. Sir Basil Thomson, Head of Intelligence had a personal interest in John MacLean. This phamplet is well researched and quotes minutes from Foreign Office and Home Office minutes. This phamplet has been updated a few times as new information on the life and activities of John MacLean comes to light.

 

 

This phamplet can be read here on our website

John MacLean His Life and Work 1918-1923 Pamphlet

 

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John MacLean His Life and Work 1918-1923 by Graham Bain

 

Historical pamphlet book which has been out of print for a long time. This booklet is another nugget, in as much as he gets right to the heart of the real MacLean and traces his Scottish Workers Republican Party during and after MacLean‘s death. His agenda is the same as MacLean’s; Nan Milton, Harry McShane and a few others. Compare his honesty and forthrightness with the obvious Brit Nat agenda of the very British left “biographers” and “objective“ Brit Nat academics. His research into the SWRP made him comment that the membership consisted of poor working class members, as opposed to the middle class left of the Hyndmanites of the day. He also compared that with the SRSP membership of the time when he wrote this, who also belonged to that same class and had clear objectives that did not confuse socialism with voting for the Labour Party and the British State, as the British left still do. The British left still argue about Tories and Labour within the Great British context, whilst the SWRP and SRSP found the alleged differences not worth arguing about, as do the SRSM today.

 

From this point of view his work is invaluable, as his “Thunderbolt of Reason” book on a fellow Elgin citizen of the ‘United Scotsmen’, Robert Watson, who was also Napoleon’s tutor. His hero died of a Willie MacRae type suicide in a London garret. The 78 year old “throttled himself with a stick twisted in cravat”, proving himself as acrobatic as Willie MacRae shooting himself in the head and throwing his gun, briefcase and neatly stacked papers many yards away from his crashed car. Graham Bain is a native of Elgin. Sadly we have lost touch with him since he moved to Spain to work. Let’s hope he sees this and gets back in touch.

 

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To read click here 1-9, 10-18, 19-27, 28-36, 37-46

John MacLean: Educator of the Working Class  

 

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John MacLean: Educator of the Working Class by James D Young

 

Historical booklet which is very hard to get a hold of and is well researched by the historian Dr James D Young. At the heart of this important pamphlet on the Clydeside socialist John Maclean and late-20th century capitalism is the lecture given by James D. Young in Glasgow in 1986 during workers' strikes. The meeting was organised by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) to initiate the first annual memorial lecture on John Maclean. The lecture was titled John Maclean: Educator of the Working Class. However, it is now accompanied by an introduction dealing with the Thatcher/Major attack on Newbattie Abbey College, insurgent, radical Scotland and the attacks of such would-be Tory "historians" as Michael Fry on John Maclean and Scottish socialism.

 

In a strong insistence on the need for a militant socialist response to right-wing Tory and spineless Kinnockite- "socialism", James D. Young offers a counter-attack in the spirit of John Maclean. His pamphlet on John Maclean and late-20th century capitalism concludes with a brief tribute to Harry McShane, the last of the Clydeside Reds. In anticipating a new era of socialist resurgence and renaissance as we move towards the 21st century, Young finds inspiration in the lives of John Maclean and the pioneers of the Scottish Socialist Teachers' Society.

 

A lifelong socialist militant, historian and writer, James D. Young was a Reader in history at the University of Stirling. The author of seven books, he is working on a history of socialist martyrs from 1883 to 1943.

 

 

 

To read click here 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-39

V.I. LENIN on John MacLean pamphlet

 

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V.I. LENIN on John MacLean

 

Historical pamphlet that was published by the Workers' Party of Scotland (WPS) in 1977 for the 60th Anniversay 1917-1977 of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

 

Contents within this pampler are V.I. Lennin on John MacLean, Working Class Treason, The Stockholm Conference, The Zimmerwald Left & its British Supporters, The Masses Move Against the War, John MacLean- Soviet Consul, J.V. Stalin's Tribute to John MacLean, Appendix - Lenin and MacLean, Reference Notes.

 

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To read click here 1-10, 11-20