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US socialism and organising against Trump

Jason Schulman, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, co-editor of New Politics, and author of Neoliberal Labour Governments and the Union Response, discusses the challenges facing the US left under Donald Trump.

Jason Schulman is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, co-editor of New Politics, and author of Neoliberal Labour Governments and the Union Response. He spoke to Solidarity about the challenges facing the US left under Donald Trump.

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French left discuss prospects for fightback

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Faza Kurly

Over the weekend of 29-30 April members of the French Trotskyist group, Fraction L’Étincelle met in Paris to discuss their industrial organising and the class struggle in France. I attended the meeting and this is a flavour of their perspectives.

French left discuss prospects for fightback after Macron election win.

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Rallying to stop Macron-monarchy

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Arguments pour la lutte sociale

The French socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale reports on preparations for the June legislative election.


So this Sunday, while the workers of Souterraine barricade their factory with the active support of the whole population, the Elysee is seeing the monarchical ritual of the “transfer of power” from Mr Hollande to Mr Macron.

The French socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale reports on preparations for the 11-18 June legislative election.

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Darcus Howe on Black Power

Long-time black and left activist Darcus Howe, who recently died, was a founder member of the British Black Panthers. In this interview from 1995, he discussed the politics of “black power”.

A new TV drama — Guerilla — tells the story of the British Black Panthers. Long-time black and left activist Darcus Howe, who recently died, was a founder member of the group and consultant for the show. In this interview from 1995 Howe discussed the politics of “black power” with Dan Katz.


DH: The Panthers have been grossly misrepresented in political circles. They were an intensely revolutionary organisation, the largest non-establishment political party ever to exist in America — larger than the Communist Party or any left-wing group.

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Greece: Towards a fourth memorandum?

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Theodora Polenta

The latest poll in Greece shows Syriza has the support of just 15% of the electorate. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has boasted that a third of the austerity measures Greece had to impose as part of the current programme have been “totally completed”, another third are “totally agreed”, while the rest are subject to “political negotiation”.

The IMF estimates Greece’s debt will be 170% of gross domestic product by 2020 and 164 per cent by 2022, and “become explosive thereafter”, escalating to 275 per cent of GDP by 2060.

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Italy: a shift in the political centre

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Hugh Edwards

At its recent conference Italy’s governing party, il Partito Democratico (PD), split. This follows a massive defeat in the December 2016 referendum for party leader and head of government Matteo Renzi.

There are now a number of groups and figures in Italy pointing to the need for a more social democratic orientation, even the notion of an explicitly working-class party.

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Grim picture in French elections

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Martin Thomas

On the website of the French daily Le Monde, Matthieu Goar writes: “If the MPs [of the main right-wing party, LR, The Republicans], Sarkozy [right-wing president 2007-2012], Juppé [prime minister 1995-7, and candidate to be LR nominee for president] and the others give the impression that they are ‘killing off’ Fillon by replacing him, the risk of some of Fillon’s voters going off to the National Front is not negligible.

Seven weeks from the French presidential election, the risk that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will win is not disappearing.

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The dangers of Stalinism in Labour

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Martin Thomas

24 September 2016 gave me a condensed snapshot of the problems which are now generating unease among Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters in the Labour Party.

The pressures and blockages on the left-wing Labour leadership cannot be defeated by panic-stricken manipulations, but only by helping the new left-wing members to organise, mobilise, debate, learn, and win democratic control.

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Spain: Podemos split on strategy

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Eoghan Gilmartin

Last month Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias won an internal leadership contest against faction opponent Íñigo Errejón. A temporary truce has now been declared. The following extract from an article by Eoghan Gilmartin, written before the vote, explains the background and is reproduced from Jacobin online magazine.

Podemos, a party that traces its origins back to the indignados movement, is divided over how it should approach its new role as a force in Spain’s political institutions.

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How to fight the Labour right

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Keith Road

The Labour Party has 600,000 members and Momentum has 20,000. That should be good news for the activist left in the party. Certainly, if the left organises on the scale it did for the two leadership elections that delivered majorities for Corbyn, then it should be capable of making real progress in other Labour internal elections, in getting through positive rule changes which would strengthen and democratise the Party.

The huge potential of left support that arose out of the Labour leadership elections should be able to stop the right, but the left has to up its game and ensure that activists are prepared to fight locally for both socialist policies and for democratic procedures across the board.

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