“You who have really done something, must have noticed yourself how few of the young literary men who attach themselves to the Party take the trouble to study economics, the history of trade, of industry, of agriculture, of the social formations… The self-conceit of the journalist must therefore accomplish everything and the result looks like it…" — Friedrich Engels
Left groups and people
by Albert Glotzer
Many of the core activists of today’s left had their thinking shaped by the dramatic struggles of 1979-84, or of the late 1960s and early 70s — times when capitalism seemed to be in intractable crisis, and mass working-class action to change society was a prospect near at hand.
Farooq Tariq, general secretary of the socialist group Labour Party of Pakistan, has been released from prison following his detention without charge by Pakistani security forces. Released on 19 June after a 16-day detention, Tariq describes his imprisonment as “one the of worst jail experiences I’ve had during my 30 years of political activism”.
Parables for Socialists 9
How can you tell when a political purge has turned into a witchhunt, and the witch-hunt has taken on a momentum of its own?
A delegation from the AWL attended the annual fete of the French Trotskyist organisation Lutte Ouvriere on 26-28 May.
By Martin Thomas
Solidarity Scotland, Tommy Sheridan's splinter group from the SSP, has found reasons to gloat despite its electoral rout.
In the first round of the French presidential election, on 22 April, postal worker Olivier Besancenot, standing for the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire, won 1.5 million votes (4.11%). That was 300,000 more votes for Besancenot than in the 2002 poll, which at the time was considered a surprisingly good score for a revolutionary candidate.
Unlike the SWP, Permanent Revolution, the group expelled from Workers Power last year, are quite consistent. They supported Argentina in the war and still think they were right to do so. They have posted to this effect, attacking the position of Socialist Organiser/Workers’ Liberty not only on their own website, but on ours too.
“The only true prophets are those who carve out the future they announce.”
Occasionally you find something in the “left” press which is so bad it makes you sit up, blink and wonder if you’ve read it correctly. Even by the usual low standards of the Morning Star, its 22 March article on the House of Lords was astonishing.