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Bernard Dix

(Summer 1996)

From Revolutionary History, Vol. 6 No. 2/3, Summer 1996, p. 304.
Transcribed by Alun Morgan for the Revolutionary History Website.
Marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Dear Comrades

A couple of interesting facts could be added to your obituary of Bernard Dix. As a founder member of the Socialist Review Group and editor of its journal for several years, I can well recall when Bernard Dix, along with John Reekie, Ron Keating and Shirley Lerner joined us. Bernard’s membership was especially welcome. With my final degree examinations at university looming, I did not have the time required to produce a monthly journal, but Bernard did.

Bernard was then working for the TUC, getting out its monthly journal, Labour. So something happened, almost certainly unique in revolutionary politics; a revolutionary journal, Socialist Review, was surreptitiously produced at Congress House alongside the stuffy organ of the General Council.

The other fact is that Bernard’s collaboration with Max Shachtman’s organisation was much closer than your obituary suggests. He contributed many articles to both Labor Action and New International. These appeared under the nom-de-plume Owen Roberts – Robert Owen in reverse.


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