Can socialism make sense?

Submitted by martin on 25 April, 2016 - 5:03

A book from Workers’ Liberty which makes the case for socialism. In a time when socialism is the most searched word on the Merriam-Webster dictionary website, more and more people call themselves socialists, and a self-confessed socialist is leader of the Labour Party, this book explores what socialism means, whether it can rise again, how, and why.

It answers questions such as: What about Stalin? Are revolutions democratic? How can we have a planned economy? and is socialism still relevant?

Reclaim Brixton! AWL Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:22

Two thousand people gathered in Brixton on Saturday 25 April under the banner of Reclaim Brixton.

The day included a short lived occupation of the Town Hall, several marches and speeches and music in Windrush Square.

Reclaim Brixton brings together a number of new and existing campaigns together.

Demands of the protest included:

• Refurbishment not regeneration of council estates — no evictions of Lambeth residents

• Stop racist policing, stop police violence, no more stop and search

• No cuts to local services — save Lambeth Libraries

Occupy needs politics

Submitted by Matthew on 3 December, 2014 - 11:23 Author: Andy Forse

After being evicted by the police from their nine day occupation of Parliament Square in October, a new movement called “Occupy Democracy” attempted to reclaim the Square on Friday 21 of November.

Police repressed the direct action. The former deputy chairman of the Liberal Democrats, Donnachadh McCarthy, was arrested.

The demonstration continued nearby, with speakers including NHS campaigner Lucy Reynolds and the Green Party’s Natalie Bennett and a total around 200 people participating. One protester chained himself to the railings of parliament.

March in March: Australian indignados?

Submitted by Matthew on 2 April, 2014 - 10:15

It seemed to come from nowhere, then it was everywhere. It was against everything, but not clearly for anything.

It was the largest political mobilisation for years, but the mainstream media virtually ignored it. It was inspiring and revitalising for workers, union and community activists, but had little support from the larger campaigns and parties.

The Origins of Work’s Control of Industry in Revolutionary Russia

Submitted by dalcassian on 13 February, 2014 - 8:27

(From The Boston Traveler, Nov 21,1918)
One of the big mistakes made by the Bolsheviki in
Russia, was their failure after they got in power to
keep managing brains in charge of businesses.
They assumed that ownership of properties conferred
upon them special magical powers which would
enable them to operate businesses efficiently.
If we may believe the dark reports that come from
Russia, and there seems to be reason for doubting
them, business has been paralyzed, factories are

New Unionism 2014: a conference for activists, 29 March, London AWL Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:50

On 29 March, Workers' Liberty, the IWGB University of London branch, Lambeth Activists, PCS Independent Left, Ruskin College UCU, and others will host a conference on how the activist left can contribute to rebuilding and transforming the labour movement.