Chris Harman, 1942-2009

By Andrew Kliman.

We have just learned of the death of Chris Harman, Marxist thinker, editor of the International Socialism journal, and leading member of the International Socialism tendency and the (British) Socialist Workers Party. The announcement issued by the SWP Central Committee and my message of condolence are below.  — Andrew Kliman

Sat, 7 Nov 2009

Chris Harman 1942-2009

Supporters and readers of Socialist Worker as well as socialists from
around the world will be sad to hear the tragic news that Chris Harman
died last night in Cairo where he was speaking.

Our condolences go out to Talat, his partner, his children and all his
family and friends.

Chris Harman was a towering figure on the left in Britain and he made
an immense theoretical and personal contribution to the Socialist
Workers Party. He was editor of International Socialism Journal and
was previously the editor of Socialist Worker for over two decades.

He was also an influential and highly respected figure on the
international left.

He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. We will let comrades
know about the funeral as soon as we know any details.

There will be a full obituary in the next issue of Socialist Worker.

If you would like to send any messages of condolences please send them
to and we will make sure they are forwarded to
Talat and his family.

In comradeship

The SWP Central Committee

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Sent: Sat 11/07/09 11:49 PM

Dear Comrades,

I’m shocked and dismayed to learn of Chris Harman’s sudden and untimely death. His passing at this moment of capitalist crisis is particularly untimely and tragic. He was doing tremendously important work to clarify that the current economic crisis is a crisis of the system itself, not just a financial crisis. He keenly understood the great political importance of this analysis.

Although Chris and I were from different political traditions, we were corresponding frequently about this matter, especially about profit and rate-of-profit measures.  I feel a personal loss as well as a political one.

My condolences to you and to his family,

Andrew Kliman

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