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YOUR chance to test YOUR knowledge of the SNP and all things SNP.
Marieme Helie-Lucas, the Algerian sociologist and socialist-feminist, contributes to discussions on patriarchy, women's rights, and racism following the Cologne attacks.
Cameron wants to hold an in-out referendum quickly, possibly in June. The chief plan is for the UK (or any other EU state) to be able to cut EU migrants’ rights to in-work benefits (tax credits, child benefit, etc.) for four years.
The first national committee meeting of Momentum, the left-wing, pro-Corbyn Labour organisation, takes place on Saturday 6 February.
Left US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' brother Larry spoke at the rally his supporters organised in London on 2 February.
An updated version of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.
The new edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.
Our unions should resist attacks on our pensions, not collude with them!
Almost anything can be misappropriated by the right. The left should not take its cue on what we can say, draw or do, from what the right might do with it.
The answer to sexist attitudes is to challenge them and, fight them wherever you are. To fail to do that is to make yourself a neutral bystander in the struggle of women to be out of the domestic sphere, to have an education, to work, to be independent and safe.

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Battle of Ideas

The more our movement discusses its strategy and tactics in taking on the Tories, the stronger it will be. We can debate this while we fight to elect the largest possible number of Labour councillors across the country.
This poem by Ralph Chaplin appeared in the US magazine Labor Defender in 1926.
Capitalism is creating grand possibilities, but simultaneously stifling, blighting, and threatening human life.
Since the immediate recovery from the great 2008-9 economic crisis, world economic growth has been slow and troubled. Major areas have slipped back into recession. Now a “third leg” of the crisis, or even a new crash, are possibilities for 2016.
Yes and no, says Sean Matgamna in this article
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the world's food and clothes.
Ellen Meiksins Wood, who has died aged 73, influenced several generations of left academics and activists. She was a Marxist who combined creative and original thinking with a powerful defence of the centrality of class and class struggle to socialist politics.
Survey article by Janet Burstall and Tony Brown on Ellen Wood's writings of the 1980s and 90s.
A review of Ellen Meiksin's Wood's 1995 book Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism.
A review of The Retreat From Class: A New 'True Socialism' by Ellen Meiksins Wood.
Sanders campaign for the presidential nomination is an inspiration. But it needs a strategy for building a left political organisation.
John Keats pours scorn on the pretensions and pride of a bourgeoisie which lives by mean and inhuman exploitation.
The “great recession” has opened a period of “chaotic regulation” at the global level. A new crisis seems today to be more or less inevitable.
The Big "Why"? of capitalist society
The Workers’ Europe initiative opposes British withdrawal from the European Union on the basis of campaigning for international working-class solidarity, democracy and migrants’ rights.
Star Wars makes no pretence to a code of ethics or morality; no one does anything because it is the right thing to do. Both sides are despotisms — one ruled by an Emperor, the other by a Princess —with warlords commanding uniformed fighters and sending them to their deaths in an endless conflict that has gone on for decades, if not centuries.
The American people acquired national freedom through “sedition,” that is, by an uprising against the intolerable evils of an outlived foreigh regime.
The class forces active in the great 18th Century American Revolution.
A Kurdish socialist discusses the historical and political background to the rise of the ISIS.
"The working-class movement cannot and will not make real progress, let alone achieve its basic aim, until it has destroyed Stalinism." Max Shachtman in 1949 discusses the class nature of the Stalinist Parties.
W. Spear addresses the Big Question of 2016: TO JOIN, OR NOT TO JOIN AWL?
These are the documents adopted by the AWL conference of 21-22 November 2015
The reaffiliation of unions like the railworkers’ RMT and the firefighters’ FBU to Labour could help Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, and the left.
Assaf Adiv is the national director of the Workers Advice Centre, based in Israel, the WAC MAAN trade union and political organisation which organises Palestinian and Israeli workers in the occupied territories.
"The policy of Stalinism in regard to the working masses everywhere is universally recognized as a policy of manipulation." So too with their historiography of black people in America. CLR James examines the evidence.
The Spanish-American war and the beginnings of U S Imperialism
When black trade union leader A. Philip Randolph told a Senate sub-committe that unless black-white segregation in the armed forces was ended, he would call upon black people to go to jail rather than be inducted into the USA's Jim-Crow army.
"I will argue that, on the level of Marxist theory, Cliff's position is an inorganic hybrid of post-Trotsky 'degenerated workers' state' theory and 'bureaucratic collectivism', and its implications and perspectives have most of the faults of post-Trotsky degenerated workers' state theory."

The Fate of the Russian Revolution

Buy e-book versions, or the printed book, here. Second edition, December 2015.
Reviews and comments on the book by Paul Hampton, Paul Le Blanc, Ed Strauss, Ed Maltby, Andrew Coates
By the end of his life, there were different and conflicting strands in Trotsky's political thought. In World War 2 "Orthodox" Trotskyism built on one strand at the cost of screening out more fundamental ideas.

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We must campaign for positive demands — for a right to strike.
A new pamphlet from Workers' Liberty tells the story of British workers' mass anti-slavery protests during the American Civil War.

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