Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


The Commune, May 1924

An Organ of His Majesty's Communist Opposition

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Cover of 'The Commune', the official publication of the Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation (APCR). The Commune expressed opposition to parliamentary social democracy and reformist trade unionism, and stressed the need for self-organised working-class activity, direct action, and the formation of workers' councils or soviets at moments of revolutionary crisis.

The APCR was a political grouping of anarchist-communists based in Glasgow and led by Guy Aldred. It was formed in 1921 when the Glasgow Anarchist Group and the Glasgow Communist Group joined forces under an anarchist label.

The Commune was edited by Guy Aldred and featured his political cartoons and slogans. Aldred believed that socialism was a fundamentally libertarian phenomenon and that the road to freedom and communism could never be achieved by taking the parliamentary route which the CPGB had embarked upon.

Source: Gallacher Memorial Library, Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives