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


Bombs or Brains? Dynamite or Organisation?, 1920

by John S. Clarke

image from Red Clydeside collection

Pamphlet written by John. S. Clarke, prominent member of the Socialist Labour Party and later the Communist Party of Great Britain. It was written in response to a court case of the time when several revolutionary Marxists, influenced by the tactics of Sinn Fein, were found guilty of conspiring to use explosives in a terrorist campaign against the state.

The pamphlet is a denunciation of the use of terrorism in order to achieve revolutionary aims and argues that workers' power and control of industry will only be achieved through adoption of the tactics of direct action.

The pamphlet was published by the National Workers Committee, a syndicalist inspired workers organisation with close ties with the former Clyde Workers' Committee and led by William Gallacher, J. R. Campbell and John. S. Clarke.

Source: Bissett Collection, Glasgow University Special Collections