Mayday Manifesto


May 2013
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A re-issue of the text of the Mayday Manifesto, with a new introduction by Michael Rustin.

Our aim is to offer this both as a historical document of intrinsic interest and to remind readers that the intellectual work of presenting the possibility of a more democratic, equal and just society has a long tradition in our country.

Note on text

There are two versions of the May Day Manifesto. The first published in May 1967 was the result of a large group of contributors and edited by Stuart Hall, Edward Thompson and Raymond Williams. The second, a Penguin special was released with Raymond Williams as sole editor. Both versions are copyright the May Day Manifesto Committee of which Michael Rustin was secretary. The 1968 version has been preferred.

Revisiting the May Day Manifesto of 1967-68 - Michael Rustin
Original preface

1. May Day  2. Where the analysis starts  3. Social realities  4. Poverty today  5. The facts of inequality  6. Social poverty  7. Housing, health and education  8. The realities of work  9. Communications  10. Advertising  11. The meaning of modernisation  12. New capitalist requirements  13. The laws of the new market  14. The laws of the United States economy  15. The economic drive outwards  16. America and Europe  17. The technological gap  18. Effects on the ‘host’ nations  19. The new imperialism  20. The power of trade  21. The power of money  22. The international firm  23. The effects of aid  24. Changes in the Third World  25. Elites and armies  26. War and Cold War  27. The Cold War moves outwards  28. Political managers of the world  29. Backlash in Europe  30. The British crisis  31. The position of British industry  32. The response of British industry  33. Special characteristics of British capitalism  34. The role of the State  35. But what is the State?  36. Labour’s aims and capitalist planning  37. Labour and the crisis of the world economy  38. The Rake’s Progress  39. Devaluation and after  40. The power of capital and labour in Britain  41. There are alternative policies  42. Against managed politics  43. Voters, representatives and others  44. Two meanings of social democracy  45. The Labour Party  46. Other radical groupings  47. Other socialist groupings  48. The unions and politics  49. The bearings of change  50. The politics of the manifesto