SWP

The Paradoxes of Tony Cliff, 1917-2000: A Critical Memoir

Cliff

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

"The miners' strike is an extreme example of what we in the Socialist Workers Party have called the 'downturn' in the movement."

Tony Cliff, Socialist Worker, 14th April 1984

Examining the legacy of Tony Cliff, the chief leader of the Socialist Workers' Party in Britain until his death in 2000.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

AWL versus SWP

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

Download all the stuff for the dayschool as pdf (570 Kb), or read individual items below.

"AWL vs SWP" day school, November/ December 2005

Discussion points for the day school

1. Transitional programme vs fake ultra-leftism

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Lenin and the Iraqi “resistance”

The SWP isn’t keen on systematic discussion of ideas — but on the few occasions when its publications do make a nod towards theory, they tend to rely on a small number of well-worn quotations. Among SWP favourites at the moment is this, written by Lenin in July 1916, and now used to justify support for the so-called resistance in Iraq:

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Around the world: 

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Why SWPers voted for the sell-out

The two members of the SWP on the Executive of the civil service union PCS, Martin John and Sue Bond, voted to approve the Government-TUC pensions deal.

Yet an article in Socialist Worker that same week, personally signed by SW editor Chris Bambery, and featured as the lead item on the SWP website, had already denounced the deal in the most strident terms as an “abject capitulation”.

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Issues and Campaigns: 

What we do

The third in the AWL's new series of political day schools is scheduled for 19 November (in London) and 3 December (in Sheffield). It will be about “AWL and SWP”. Every week, in trade union branches, in colleges, on demonstrations, even on the doorsteps, AWLers have to argue our differences with the SWP. In Iraq, should we support the new labour movement, or the Islamist “resistance”? In elections, should we back George Galloway’s “Respect”, or vote socialist and Labour?

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The left and ‘reactionary anti-imperialism’: the theory of accommodation

Author: 

Clive Bradley

In Manuel Puig’s novel The Kiss of the Spider Woman, two men confront each other in a prison cell, somewhere in South America. One is a trashy movie-loving homosexual; the other a revolutionary, a guerrilla.

A review of Chris Harman's pamphlet The Prophet and the Proletariat.

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Marxist Theory and History: 

Looking Left

This is no peace
conference

The SWP and their Stalinoid allies in the leadership of the Stop the War Coalition have been working hard to present their 10 December “Peace Conference” as a left-wing, labour movement-oriented event. Its sponsors include not only the usual trade union and Labour left suspects such as Paul Mackney and Jeremy Corbyn, but international trade union figures including activists from the Korean Confederation of Trade Union and Democratic Labour Party, and Hassan Jumaa from the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions.

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Very "loyal rebel" fails to win SWP ranks

The Socialist Workers' Party's annual conference, which took place
over the weekend of January 7-8, witnessed an event unprecedented in
the last twenty years: a contested election. What's going on?

The SWP's pre-conference bulletin No 3, contained an announcement
from Portsmouth SWPer John Molyneux of his intention to stand for the
group's Central Committee, on a platform mildly critical of the SWP
leadership. Molyneux is an SWP member of longstanding, and his
challenge was significant enough to receive a reply from the CC.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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"Brittle, Irrational and Childlike" - Response to Mark Fischer

On 4 April the Weekly Worker newspaper published a letter from Weekly
Worker/CPGB full-time organiser Mark Fischer referring to me (but not
mentioning me by name).

On 4 April the Weekly Worker newspaper published a letter from Weekly Worker/CPGB full-time organiser Mark Fischer referring to me (but not mentioning me by name). This is my response.

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