New Left Review; Bill Warren; B&ICOSeptember 25 2008 at 6:22 PM
Response to Smith Group
NLR in the 1960s and 1970s was one of the journals that published stuff that Marxism Today at the time would not touch. The New Left brought together people who had left the CP over Hungary and the 20th congress, and those who had chosen to stay, believing that the communist movement was reformable.
Bill Warren was for some time associated with B&ICO - formerly an Irish Maoist organisation which went on to espouse Ulster Unionism, the EEC (they had a front organisation in 1975 "Communists for Europe") and so on. I don't know whether he was ever in the CPGB. He is mainly known for his work "Imperialism, Pioneer of Capitalism" that argued that imperialism played a historically progressive role by stimulating the development of productive forces. At a later stage certain ex-B&ICO-ists (notably the journalist John Lloyd) were involved with Marxism Today. They were a strange bunch - rather like the RCP/Living Marxism lot in the 1980s, they existed to wind up the rest of the left.