Battle of Ideas

Catalan separation: "against the advice and criticism of the Communists"

Submitted by martin on 17 February, 2018 - 10:14 Author: Leon Trotsky
Catalan Republic 1931

Leon Trotsky: The National Question in Catalonia

Written: July 13, 1931. First Published: The Militant, Vol. IV No. 24, 19 September 1931

Once more on the subject of the timely questions of the Spanish revolution.

The inverted pyramid of fake politics

Submitted by AWL on 13 February, 2018 - 5:04 Author: Martin Thomas

This is the era of the instant availability online, to many millions, of scientific and critical writings and documentation previously accessible only in a few libraries. It is the era when protest meetings and demonstrations can be built online, with the publicity quickly getting to wider circles than could be reached by the old methods of hand-to-hand leafletting.

Witch-hunt tries to prohibit radical ideas

Submitted by SJW on 12 February, 2018 - 12:17 Author: Martin Thomas
Russian modernist art

At London Young Labour conference on 4 February 2018 a witch-hunt was launched against Workers’ Liberty to brand us as a “secretive top-down” organisation; it instrumentalised and exploited a case about sexual assault.

Our report of London Young Labour conference is here

Our response on and report of our process of investigating the case about sexual assault is here

"We, the democrats and feminists from Muslim backgrounds, have been deleted"

Submitted by AWL on 4 February, 2018 - 7:19

Anissa Hélie is an assistant professor at John Jay College in New York. Her articles include “Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of the ‘Veil’” and “Policing gender, sexuality and ‘Muslimness’” in the book Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Resistance and Restrictions, which she co-edited with Homa Hoodfar.

Fighting the cuts with Council Tax hikes? SJW Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:56

The departure of Chris Williamson as a shadow minister has been explained by Williamson and others around the Labour leadership as either a conflict over principle or the removal of a maverick left-winger.

It is true that Williamson has spoken out on other issues outside his brief as Shadow Fire Minister, in his weekly online videos. Most recently he advocated rises in council tax for more expensive homes.

Why we need to stop Brexit Matthew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:08
Stop Brexit

The resignation of the Blairite Lord Adonis from his position as adviser to the Tory government has shown the issue of Brexit, and whether or not to try and stop it, is not over in the Labour Party.

A new survey has suggested that allegedly 78% of Labour members want Brexit to be stopped or at least want a second referendum.

Locking horns with the Tory government SJW Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:59
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson begins a two-part article on the 1972 struggle over council house rents in the Derbyshire town of Clay Cross.

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.

Distinctions on left antisemitism

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 12:06 Author: Martin Thomas
Left antisemitism

Workers’ Liberty has been debating theories of racism and their relationship to left anti-semitism. This contribution is a response to Carmen Basant (Solidarity 454).

Modern political antisemitism consists in damning the very existence of the Israeli state (however modified) as inescapably racist and imperialist, and thus damning all Jews who fail to renounce connection to or sympathy with Israel (however critical) as agents of racism and imperialism.

No straight line from Balfour to today

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 10:43 Author: Paul Hampton

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, the promise made by the British government to support a Jewish “homeland” in Palestine. Paul Hampton argues there was never an inexorable, linear development from the Balfour declaration to the creation of Israel, or indeed, to the current injustice towards the Palestinians.

On 2 November 1917, British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild, one of the leaders of the British Jews, which stated: