It seems that a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine is beginning. Workers' Liberty sides with Ukraine. Here we explain why.
The General Grades Committee of the RMT rail union has called further strikes against London Underground's job cuts.
This is the 16-page bulletin our comrades have published for the National Union of Teachers 2014 conference (18-22 April, Brighton).
About half of all tax relief goes to the top 10 per cent of earners.
Care UK workers in Doncaster, who have held prolonged strikes against the imposition of new contracts, are keeping up their struggle.
The Local Associations National Action Campaign has made big gains in the recent elections for the National Union of Teachers National Executive Committee.
Mental health service users in Cambridge are occupying a drop in centre to stop its closure - and need solidarity.
The National Union of Students conference defied its leadership to demand free education for all but it will take a struggle to make NUS fight for it.
We need an open and honest discussion of the issues around trade union organisations in China.
In the run up to the May European elections, UKIP have been getting a lot of attention.
“March in March” last month brought over 100,000 Australians onto the streets against the Abbott government’s policies.
On 26 March the coalition government voted through a law to “cap” welfare benefits for future years. Most Labour MPs voted for the “cap”. Only 13 rebelled.
- Le marxisme - quelle sorte de marxisme?
- Rosa, Karl 1919
- How Norway's Labour helped Stalin against Trotsky
- What Is To Be Done? A Revolutionary Socialist Credo
- Lenin and the Russian Revolution
- 22 parables for socialists
- Afghanistan, Marxism, And The Shape Of The 20th Century
- 'The Penny Has Dropped'
- Peter Fryer on the 1956-7 crisis in the Communist Party
- When the Weekly Worker Group ("CPGB") Backed Imperialism in Afghanistan (2004). An Exercise in Political Sanitation.
- Gaddafi, Ken Livingstone, and the left
- 60 propositions on the "Irish Question": a challenge to the left 
- The 7 periods in the formation of the SWP (WL 3/38)
- The SWP: some fundamental questions
- Solidarity with Iraqi workers!
- IS (SWP), Tony Cliff and the Question of the "Revolutionary Party"
- The ABCs of socialism today: an outline of the basics
- George Orwell and Today's Left
- Tony Benn, the left, and Ireland: some debates
- September 1969 IS conference discussion on Northern Ireland crisis
- Sylvia Pankhurst and Democracy
- Marxism and Ireland: Articles from the AWL Press
- Lenin: The collapse of the Second International
- Vladimir Lenin: the Basic Writings
- Socialists' attitude to religion and to political Islam: the 2013 controversy
- Gerry Healy and the Failure of the Old British Trotskyist Movement
- Is the Alliance for Workers' Liberty "Shachtmanite"?
- Hal Draper on Anthony Crosland's Social-Democratic Reformism
- Hal Draper on Israel, 1948: War of independence or expansion?
- Hal Draper: Cliff on Russia, only "a matter of terminological taste"
- Hal Draper: An Eye-Witness Account of the Russian Revolution
- What to learn from Stalinism
- How the Mid-1940s “Orthodox Trotskyists” Saw Stalinism
- The Fate of the Russian Revolution: Lost Texts of Critical Marxism, volume 1
- Learning about our tradition
- Palestine 1929: Pogrom or revolution?
- The free-speech fight that shaped the New Left
- The heart of the “third camp”
- Why This Profit System and Its Government Bar a Democratic Foreign Policy
- 1. Russia's invasion of Poland and Finland: What happened in 1939-40
- Debating Stalinism in the 1940s
- Is Cuba Socialist?
- Lenin and the Myth of Revolutionary Defeatism by Hal Draper (part 2)
- Lenin and the myth of revolutionary defeatism by Hal Draper
- The Bolsheviks, as they were
- Bernard Dix (1925–1995) British correspondent of Labor Action
- 1917 was a democratic revolution!
- The October Revolution Was Made For Freedom in equality!
- The Price of the Isolation of the Bolshevik Revolution
- Russia's 1917 Revolution: Kerensky, head of the government that Lenin ousted, debates Max Shachtman
- Trotsky's legacy
- The Russian Question: A debate between Raya Dunayevskaya and Max Shachtman
- Wellington seafarers and the invasion of Finland
- The Crisis in the SWP: What Sort of Revolutionary Party do We Need?
- Neither Washington nor Moscow - For the Third Camp Against War!
- Neither Washington nor Moscow: those were the days
- Ignazio Silone and the Third Camp
- My political faith by Ignazio Silone
- An open letter to Ignazio Silone
- What is the Third Camp?
- The Fate of Civil Liberty in Imperialist War
- Rival of Capitalism, Oppressor of Labor, Enemy of Peace
- Fair Deal Parrot or 'Architect of the Future'?
- Youth Conscription and the Drive Against Academic Freedom
- The Third Camp: “Neither victims, nor executioners”
- The life and death of Henk Sneevliet, Dutch Internationalist
- What the Third Camp meant to me, and to some others
- The Left and Max Shachtman Part 1
- The fate of Max Shachtman: a critical assessment
- Matt Merrigan: a fighter for the Third Camp in Ireland
- The first mass workers' revolts
- Fight in Germany is nationwide
- How workers launched the June Days
- The East German workers revolt
- Who were the leaders?
- Since the uprising
- Stalinist imperialism
- What is Independent Socialism?
- Why is the working class central?
- What is the role of a revolutionary organisation?
- The Neo-Stalinist Type: Notes on a New Political Ideology
- Germany 1953: Workers rise against Stalinist rule. Workers' Liberty 3/40:
- Korea,Whose War Is It?
- US Imperialism and the Political War for Korea: Clash Tests U. S. Position in Far East
- Why did Cliff slander Shachtman?
- Publications advertised by the Workers Party as of October 1948
- "For a Labor Declaration of Political Independence"
- Isaac Deutscher: The Anatomy of an Apologist
- George Orwell's "1984"
- After the March on Washington (Max Shachtman, 1963)
- Hitler, Stalin and the Trotskyist split of 1939-40. Workers' Liberty 3/41
- Sacco and Vanzetti - Labor's martyrs
- April 1940: the USSR and and the World War
- September 1939: Behind the Stalinazi pact
- Stalin’s Place in History: Assessing the Social Role of the Great Assassin
- How Stalin destroyed communism
- U S Labor needs its own party!
- What is Stalinism?
- Atomic Energy: for Barbarism or Socialism? A Socialist Manifesto From the Dawn of the Nuclear Age
- The Price of Isolation for the Russian Workers and their Revolution
- What is Stalinism?
- The Working Class is Key
- Revolution against Stalinism
- “Practical" Capitalism? "Utopian" Socialism? A 1945 Election Speech on U S Radio
- Fighting sin or fighting capital? A Debate on Socialism and Religion
- African Americans, 1947: We want to be free!
- Leon Trotsky and the (Shachtman) Workers Party (1946)
- SOCIALISM THE HOPE OF HUMANITY (1944)
- 75 years ago: the Fourth International is founded after a 15-year fight against Stalinism
- Blitzkrieg and Revolution (May 1940)
- Tradition and Living Revolutionary Policy
- Stalinist Terror: The First Sixteen Years, to the Murder of Trotsky
- What is Trotskyism?
- 1940: A “petty bourgeois” opposition? Max Shachtman examines the evidence.
- John Brown—Revolutionist
- The Third Camp socialists in the USA: a symposium of recollections and reflections
- New book portrays an era
- Marx and Lenin on press freedom
- Dieudonné: symptom of a wider problem
- Trotsky's "My Life", reviewed by Max Shachtman (1930)
- Revolutionary socialists and black struggle in America
- 'The Pickets'
- The ABCs of socialism today: an outline of the basics
- Ukrainian nationalist guerrillas in the 1940s
May Day Manifesto of the Russian Socialist Movement (Russian Mandelites)
A review of Look Back in Anger by Harry Paterson, about how the national 1984-5 miners' strike played out in Nottinghamshire.
Ukraine is diverse, but it is a distinct nation, with a right to independence from Russia; and, despite Russian claims, it does not divide neatly into two sectors.
In 1939 Leon Trotsky raised the call for Ukrainian independence as an urgent matter. He stressed the deep historic roots of Ukrainian national feeling.
Ukraine is a nation historically oppressed by Russia which has the right to national self-determination. Russians living in Ukraine should enjoy democratic minority rights, but their rights cannot cancel the right to self-determination of the whole Ukrainian nation.
1993 Warrington Bombing: The roots of the deadlock in Northern Ireland - Blame the British ruling class!
An open letter to British trade unionists, from an Irish socialist living in England, after the killing of two children by an IRA bomb in Warrington, in March 1993.
Lenin called for the "dictatorship of the proletariat" as a great expansion of democracy.
Objections to citing white, male thinkers from the past sometimes have a point - but can also be extremely problematic. Registering "privilege" and the systematic dismissal of thinkers and writers from oppressed groups is vital, but we can and should learn from history and from theory produced by all kinds of people.
In the Guardian of 5 March, Seumas Milne, associate editor of the paper, argued for blaming the conflict in Ukraine almost entirely on the USA and the EU.
With the passing of the historic generation of revolutionary leaders in the next five to ten years, a new political landscape will emerge in Cuba where oppositional political action may resurface.
About 120 attended the political weekend organised by RS21, the most recent splinter from the SWP.
Left Unity has held its first policy conference.
The fact that their proponents are surely not racists does not answer the questions raised by root-and-branch "smash Israel" agitational themes.
A Marxist analysis of the rise of Islamism, from 2002, by Clive Bradley.
The realignment of the unions and the Labour Party against the cuts has not materialised. There is, as indeed there was during the Blair/Brown government, some unity between the leaders of the unions and the leaders of the Labour Party, but this has been to prevent any meaningful opposition to the cuts, not to promote it.
When those who now find face-to-face politics, or “heavy” political reading, too much, and who prefer to limit themselves to “knocking around on social media with people who broadly think the same way”, find the confidence to come on the streets, they will want more than a Facebook status as their intellectual sustenance and their active contribution.
The official regulator for the energy industry, Ofgem, reported on 27 March that suppliers’ retail profits — from selling energy to households and businesses — had risen to £1.1 billion in 2012 from £233m in 2009.
Socialist feminism and stay at home mothers.
It is true that prior to the internet there were forums for serious political debate – journals, newspapers, meetings – but these tended to be vertical and horizontal rather than diagonal.
A brief account of the Irish Workers Union, the Socialist Republican League, the Irish Communist Group, and the Irish Workers Group.
UKIP is the opposite of what we stand for — workers’ unity across borders and international socialism.
An analysis of the political career of Tony Benn who died on 14 March.
A once-famous parable about class society and class exploitation. Wilhelm Liebknecht, together with August Bebel, founded the German Marxist movement. Liebknecht died in 1900. He was the father of the hero of German resistance to the First World War, Karl Liebknecht.
We solidarise with the Ukrainian people's right to self-determination, and with the protests against Russia's invasion and intervention made by the left in Russia.
Myths and truths about the history and basic ideas of the SWP and its forerunners.
The debate on imperialism among socialists before 1914 is illuminated in a large collection of translations now becoming more widely available.
Over a hundred people, from all over the country and a range of trade unions and workplaces, took part in the New Unionism 2014 conference in London on 29 March.
An article from Against The Current, the publication of the US socialist group Solidarity, in which Haideh Moghissi reviews Karima Bennoune's Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.
A new book from Workers' Liberty tells the story of the 1984-5 miners' strike in week-by-week detail.
Ideas for Freedom, the annual weekend of socialist discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty, takes place 4-6 July at University of London Union.
3 May 2014, 16:00-23:00, ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY: a political and social event to celebrate May Day 2014, initiated by Marxist Revival
Members and friends of Workers' Liberty are organising a summer event at Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
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- Workers' Liberty Teachers bulletin and fringe meetings at NUT conference 2014
- Solidarity 320
- The Open Book #7 — April 2014
- Solidarity 319
- Tubeworker 02/04/14 — Management Isn't Budging In Talks: Prepare To Strike Again!
- Solidarity 318
- Solidarity 317
- Solidarity 316
- Lewisham Hospital Worker #39 — 10 March 2014
- Solidarity 315
- Tubeworker 26/02/14 — Keep up the fight to save jobs!
- Solidarity 314
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- Stalinism on the Clyde: WL 3/43
- Revolution for black liberation: WL 3/42
- Hitler, Stalin and the Trotskyist split of 1939-40: WL 3/41
- Germany 1953: Workers rise against Stalinist rule: WL 3/40
- 1871: the Paris Commune: WL 3/39
- The formation of the SWP: WL 3/38
- How bureaucracy strangled the Russian Revolution: WL 3/37
- The Slansky trial: WL 3/36
- The revolt of the Ennis labourers: WL 3/35
- Libya, anti-imperialism, and the Socialist Party: WL 3/34
- Alex Callinicos and the future of the SWP: WL 3/33
- Does socialism make sense in the 21st century? A discussion: WL 3/32
- Trotsky and the Stalinist state: WL 3/31
- The 1939-40 split in the Fourth International: WL 3/30
- The lessons of Stalinism: WL 3/29
- Lenin and the Russian Revolution: WL 3/28
- The Bolshevik-Trotskyist tradition: WL 3/27
- Looking backward. Sean Matgamna reflects on 50 years in the socialist movement: WL 3/26
- The fall of European Stalinism: WL 3/25
- How Mao conquered China: WL 3/24
- Debate on the unions and Labour Party: WL 3/23
- Max Shachtman on Isaac Deutscher's "Trotsky": WL 3/22
- General Strike in France, May/June 1968: WL 3/21
- Arbeiter und Soldat: WL 3/20
- When the workers rise, part two: WL 3/19
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- Free trade, fair trade, and socialism: WL 3/17
- Marx's Grundrisse: WL 3/16
- How can we best help the Palestinians? WL 3/15
- Trotsky: The Spartacus of the 20th century: WL 3/14
- Trotskyists and the creation of Israel: WL 3/13
- Israel/Palestine - solidarity yes, boycott no: WL 3/12
- 1917 - revolution for freedom and equality: WL 3/11
- Mexico/ Venezuela: WL 3/10
- Workers' Liberty 3/9: Scotland
- The other history of American Trotskyism: WL 3/8
- What is the Third Camp? WL 3/7
- The betrayal of the Spanish revolution: WL 3/6
- Revolution and counter-revolution in Iran, 1978-9: WL 3/5
- The 1926 general strike: WL 3/4
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- A Worker's Guide to Ireland