Who we are

Where we stand

Today one class, the working class, lives by selling its labour power to another, the capitalist class which owns the means of production. Society is shaped by the capitalists' relentless drive to increase their wealth. Capitalism causes poverty, unemployment, the blighting of lives by overwork, imperialism, the destruction of the environment and much else.

Against the accumulated wealth and power of the capitalists, the working class's basic weapon is: solidarity.

The basic programmatic statement of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty.

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Introduction to the AWL

Notes of a speech introducing the AWL made by Sacha Ismail to a student group on 15/01/04.

1. The first, basic thing the AWL stands for is the idea of socialists being organised. We believe that individual socialists, no matter how right their politics or good their intentions, can never be as effective as an organised, educated, activist socialist group.

We also believe that the last hundred years have seen many historical situations in which socialism was possible - and that the absence of effective socialist organisation has meant dozens of missed opportunities.

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Autocollants: the public face of the activist

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Beth Redmond

Workers' Liberty has produced a set autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here)

In his book on autocollants, Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

Buy a batch of the new Workers' Liberty autocollants, and get your socialist message out and about!

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Survey

The political vacuum in Albania (Colin Foster)
Levers for the lovers of power (Joan Trevor)
Blair wins a place in the Sun (Jim Denham)
Glasgow councillors abandon election pledges (Stan Crooke)
Tony Blair and the union laws. (Tom Rigby)
Letter from prison (Dita Sari)
Anti-abortion campaign, a winning scheme? (Helen Rate)
Should holocaust denial be a crime?
Iranian oil workers dare to fight
Obituary: Coin Coyle
The left and the election

A round-up of news from WL39

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In memory of Jo Walker and David Hague

On Sunday the 2nd of July, minibus returning to Lancaster from our Workers' Liberty 95 summer school crashed on the motorway between Preston and Lancaster. We print our impressions of and tributes to David Hague and Jo Walker.

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On Sunday the 2nd of July, minibus returning to Lancaster from our Workers' Liberty 95 summer school crashed on the motorway between Preston and Lancaster.

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The forgotten Keir Hardie

John B Askew, in the Call, referring to an appreciation of Keir Hardie which has appeared in that Räte-Korrespondenz, an organ of the German Communist Party, says that Keir Hardie, “the man who set out to found an Independent Labour Party, and yet was resolutely determined to ignore the class struggle or the Marxist theories which alone could give such a party a firm foundation, presents a contradiction which is none too easy to unravel.”

Keir Hardie (1856-1915), was first elected to Parliament as a labour and socialist MP in 1892, helped set up the Independent Labour Party in 1893, and was a founder of the Labour Party. He died in 1915. Sylvia Pankhurst, who had been Hardie's lover, argued in this 1921 article that Hardie was always a class struggle politician and more influenced by Marx than many would have credited.

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The forgotten Keir Hardie

During his lifetime he was not always well regarded by contemporary socialists, particuarly those in the Social Democratic Federation. After his death labour movement biographers, keen to make Labour respectable, tried to play down his socialist credentials and stressed his religious and temperance background.
This article by Sylvia Pankhurst, written in 1921.

Keir Hardie (1856-1915), was first elected to Parliament as a labour and socialist MP in 1892, helped set up the Independent Labour Party in 1893, and was a founder of the Labour Party. He died in 1915. Sylvia Pankhurst, Hardie's lover, argued in this 1921 article that Hardie was always a class struggle politician and more influenced by Marx than many would have credited.

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Le marxisme: quelle sorte de marxisme?

Traduction par Hugo Pouliot


L'AWL est trotskyste : ce qui veut dire que nous nous basons sur les idées et les luttes des bolcheviks loyaux qui, après avoir mené la Révolution russe en 1917, ont continué à résister à la contre-révolution stalinienne.

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