Our 2006 introduction to Workers' Liberty 3/1, about Marxism and religion, has been much reviled on Facebook, but little criticised. Of the three attempts at a critique - by Simon Hardy of the ACI, Marcus Halaby of Workers' Power, and Yassamine Mather for Weekly Worker - Yassamine Mather's was first.
Instead of contributing to discussion and explaining his differences with the majority of the AWL on questions of Islamism, the definition of Islamophobia, and imperialism, Patrick Smith has decided t
Over the next two and a half months, a fundamental debate will be run among some hundreds of left activists, most of them at present politically homeless and looking for a way forward.
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).
The Weekly Worker, published by the so-called "Communist Party of Great Britain" group, generally focuses its coverage obsessively on the activities of the far left.
Open letter to the left from the SWP; and the AWL's reply
An open letter to the left from the Socialist Workers Party
It’s time to create a socialist alternative
Unwilling to debate the AWL in public, the so-called CPGB continues its snipping at us from the safe distance of its paper.
I got something wrong in my previous comments on the current Weekly Worker campaign - which consists of wriggling out of debate with AWL on Israel and Iran and at the same time claiming that we evade debate with them.
"Matgamna [Sean Matgamna of AWL] knows he would be forced to state openly that he believes an Israeli attack [on Iran] justified...", claims Mark Fischer in Weekly Worker 745 (13 November).
Song of the Weekly Worker
I'm so small! But I'm poisonous too;
What I say is at best but half-true:
I spread gossip thin,
So they'll think I'm well in;
But I'm useful, torn up in the loo!
In August AWL approached the Weekly Worker group for a debate on Israel and Iran. The WW group has wriggled out of this debate, while simultaneously, at the top of its voice, accusing AWL of refusing to debate with WW! Bizarre? Yes. But here's the correspondence since 14 October, so that readers can see for themselves that there is no fire behind the billowing masses of WW smoke on this question. MT.