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Plan C's "Fast Forward" Festival

Author: 

Daniel Randall

Nearly 200 people attended "Fast Forward", a three-day "festival" organised by Plan C and held at a youth hostel in Edale, Derbyshire, from 12-14 September. The event was an impressive undertaking, of which the organisers will undoubtedly, and rightly, feel proud.

Plan C's "Fast Forward" Festival asked important questions, and began useful discussions.

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Class War in Britain's Ports (1967)

The Devlin plan and the docker (1967)

This July 1967 pamphlet was the first piece of public literature put out by the Workers' Fight group, forerunner of AWL.

This June 1967 pamphlet was the first piece of public literature put out by the Workers' Fight group, forerunner of AWL.

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A portrait of Gerry Healy's Workers Revolutionary Party, patron of the Livingstone Labour Left, in 1980

Gerry Healy
For describing the WRP as like the Moonies, John Bloxam and Sean Matgamna were in 1980 sued for libel by the actress Vanessa Redgrave. The WRP was then subsidising and producing Labour Herald, the paper of the Livingstone Labour left.

For describing the WRP as a cross between the Moonies, the Scientologists, and the Jones Cult, which exploited young people, etc.,John Bloxam and Sean Matgamna were in 1981 sued for libel by the actress Vanessa Redgrave. This portrait of the WRP was part of an appeal for labour movement support in fighting the libel action. The WRP was then subsidising and producing Labour Herald, the paper of the Livingstone Labour left.

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Revolutionary politics, imperialism, and anti-racism: a further reply in the "Marxism and religion" controversy

In an October 2013 article, Marcus Halaby of Workers Power attacked the AWL for our "neo-Shachtmanite" refusal to unconditionally support anyone fighting imperialism. Here, two AWL members respond.

Marcus Halaby’s polemic against Workers’ Liberty’s politics on religion, Islamism, and anti-imperialism (“The AWL’s anti-anti-imperialist Islamophobia”) is worth reading because it illustrates some differences between the political method of Workers Power and ourselves in Workers’ Liberty.

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Blitzkrieg and Revolution (May 1940)

I. IF HITLER WINS – PERSPECTIVE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION

As Hitler overruns most of western Europe, what are the perspectives for the working class?

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Blitzkrieg and Revolution (May 1940)

I. IF HITLER WINS – PERSPECTIVE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION

As Hitler overruns most of western Europe, what are the perspectives for the working class?

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Remembering Azad Ahmed

On Saturday 2 November a memorial service was held in London by the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in memory of their fallen comrade Azad Ahmed.

Azad was kidnapped and killed a week previously in Kirkuk, Iraq by unknown assailants. Members of the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq, Kurdistan and Iran were all present to pay tribute to Ahmed, a longstanding member of the Iraqi party’s Central Committee, who had long been a prominent advocate of secularism, pluralism and workers’ rights in Iraq.

On Saturday 2 November a memorial service was held in London by the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in memory of their fallen comrade Azad Ahmed.

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The left: resolution passed by AWL conference 2013

Resolution passed by AWL conference 2013 on the left. The text below reports a defeated amendment.


The left

1. We will need to relate to further fall-out, fragmentation and political muddle from the implosion of the SWP, over the long-term.

2. We will base our intervention on “left unity”: comradely debate over disagreements, collaboration and unity on things we agree on. We will also seek discussion on “strategic issues” — party and class, feminism, the record of the Trotskyist tradition.

Resolution passed by AWL conference 2013 on the left.

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