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The SWP / IS tradition

The SWP, the Mainstream Left and Islamism

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Sean Matgamna

The Prophet and the demoralised opportunists

Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But, man is no abstract being squatting outside the world.

2002 analysis of liberal and SWP accommodation to Islamism in the anti-war movement

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The New Turn of the SWP

“Sometimes differentiation is essential if a revolutionary organisation is to survive in an unfavourable political environment... In the 1980s... the SWP [took] refuge in the Marxist tradition as protection against the right-wing climate in society” (Alex Callinicos SWP internal document).

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Learning from Rosa Luxemburg

Draft leaflet for SWP Rosa Luxemburg meetings

REFORM AND REVOLUTION. "For Social Democracy", wrote Rosa Luxemburg, meaning, in the language of the day, "for working-class socialism", "there exists an indissoluble tie between social reforms and revolution. The struggle for reforms is its means; the social revolution, its goal... The practical daily struggle for reforms, for the amelioration of the condition of the workers within the framework of the existing social order, and for democratic institutions, offers Social Democracy the only means of engaging in the proletarian class struggle and working in the direction of the final goal..."The revolutionary who believes that concerns for votes and elections and "democratic institutions", or defence of limited working-class betterment on issues like the welfare state or trade-union rights, is "reformist", is a poor and ineffective revolutionary. Workers' Liberty is working with the SWP and others to get joint working-class socialist slates to challenge New Labour in the June Euro-elections. We work with other socialists - and urge the SWP to join - in the Welfare State Network and the United Campaign for Trade Union Rights.

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Kosova and the political and moral collapse of the left in 1999

This is the text of a Workers' Liberty leaflet handed out at the SWP's 'Marxism' event in 1999:

The ethnic Albanians of Kosova were Milosevic's first victims. From the late 1980s the ethnic Albanians of Kosova lived under an ultra-chauvinist Serb regime, led by Milosevic, which imposed Apartheid-style rule on the region.

In 1990 the area's limited autonomy was abolished. The only Albanian-language daily paper, Rilidja, was banned, as were all TV and radio broadcasts in Albanian.

The SWP and others backed the Serb state in 1999, for "anti-imperialist" reasons when it was engaged in a genocidal drive in Kosova

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Transitional demands and the workers' government

AWL: Transitional demands have the following characteristics :1. they aim to give a lead to the mass movement; 2. they aim to link the struggles of today to the socialist future; 3. they encourage working-class self-organisation; 4. they assert working class needs against the logic of the market and the needs of the capitalists.

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