Imperialism

The ISG and the "Marxist tradition"

Author: 
Dale Street

“We believe that the Marxist tradition is essential for anyone who believes we need radical social change and will attempt to develop Marxist theory. We aim to produce a regular theoretical magazine to provide space for the development of Marxist theory. ... For the Marxist tradition!”

This was the ringing declaration issued by the 39 Scotland-based members of the Socialist Workers Party in April of last year when – for reasons yet to be fully explained – they quit their organisation and formed the International Socialist Group (Scotland).

Israel out of Gaza and the West Bank!

Date: 
23 February, 2009 - 17:00 - 18:00
Location: 

Opposite the Israeli Embassy, Kensington High St, 2 minutes from Kensignton High St tube station

Description: 

Weekly pickett of Israeli Embassy to demonstrate against the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip and occupation of the West Bank. Calling for the creation of an independent palestinian state on the basis of internationalist working-class solidarity and the recognition of both the palestinian and israeli right to national self determination.

London socialist-feminist dicussion group: Pornography, sexual explicitness, and women's oppression

Date: 
9 May, 2008 - 21:30
Location: 

Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, near Kings Cross

Description: 

In this meeting we will examine and critique different feminist views of pornography Some feminists argue porn is an expression of an exploitative “male culture” and is irredeemably oppressive to women At the other extreme some say that porn as sexually explicit material can benefit women’s sexual liberation What’s wrong/right about these views and the all the others in between?

Suggested reading:

Book
Latest (against porn): Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking (2007) edited by David E. Guinn and Julie DiCaro; Captive Daughters Media

On the net
http://www.wendymcelroy.com/
author of the book XXX a Woman’s Right to Pornography available on her website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_Against_Pornography: history of radical feminist anti-pornography campaign
www.fiawol.demon.co.uk: Feminists Against Censorship
https://www.againstpornography.org: loads of stuff against porn!

AWL London forum: Capitalism, slave revolts and workers' solidarity

Date: 
15 March, 2007 - 19:30
Location: 

The Plough, 27 Museum St, London WC1

Description: 

The official history of how slavery was ended emphasises wealthy philanthropists motivated by religious and liberal principles. In fact, revolts by the slaves themselves, and solidarity from workers and the poor in the developed capitalist countries, played a major role. Come and hear and discuss the hidden history of the abolition of slavery. Speaker: Paul Hampton.

description:

The official history of how slavery was ended emphasises wealthy philanthropists motivated by religious and liberal principles. In fact, revolts by the slaves themselves, and solidarity from workers and the poor in the developed capitalist countries, played a major role. Come and hear and discuss the hidden history of the abolition of slavery. Speaker: Paul Hampton.

Location:
The Plough, 27 Museum St, London WC1

"Capital, empire and revolution" conference

Date: 
9 October, 2004 - 12:00
Location: 

Birkbeck College, London

Description: 

As part of the preparation of the London European Social Forum, the journals HISTORICAL MATERIALISM and SOCIALIST REGISTER, as well as the ISAAC AND TAMARA DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE COMMITTEE invite you to a two-day conference on ‘CAPITAL, EMPIRE AND REVOLUTION’ on Saturday 9 October – Sunday 10 October 2004, at Birkbeck College, London.

Speakers include : ELMAR ALTVATER, JOSEPH FRACCHIA, CHRIS ARTHUR, PATRICK MURRAY, LEO PANITCH, COLIN LEYS, VIVEK CHIBBER, MICHAEL DENNING, MICHAEL HEINRICH, PAUL MATTICK JNR., RICHARD WALKER, SUMIT SARKAR, GEORGE COMNINEL.

NEIL DAVIDSON AND BENNO TESCHKE will be delivering their ISAAC AND TAMARA DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE LECTURES on the Saturday.

Other invited speakers include : DAVID MCNALLY, GERARD DUMENIL, MOISHE POSTONE, PATRICK BOND, ELLEN WOOD, PETER GOWAN.

If you would like to attend this conference, please register by sending your name by email to hm@lse.ac.uk.

As part of the preparation of the London European Social Forum, the journals HISTORICAL MATERIALISM and SOCIALIST REGISTER, as well as the ISAAC AND TAMARA DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE COMMITTEE invite you to a two-day conference on ‘CAPITAL, EMPIRE AND REVOLUTION’ on Saturday 9 October – Sunday 10 October 2004, at Birkbeck College, London.

Libya, anti-imperialism, and the Socialist Party

WL3-34
Author: 
Sean Matgamna

This is a copy-edited and slightly expanded version of the printed text.

Click here for the debate on Libya of which this is part.
Click here to download the printed Workers' Liberty supplement as pdf.
Click here to download the text, as slightly edited and expanded, in pdf format.


Libya, anti-imperialism, and the Socialist Party
Did Taaffe equate the Libyan rebels with the Nicaraguan contras?
Anything other than "absolute opposition" means support?
Intellectual hooliganism and AWL's "evasions"
What is more important in the situation than stopping massacre?
Bishop Taaffe and imperialism
What is the "anti-imperialist" programme in today's world?
From semi-colony to regional power
Taaffe's record as an anti-imperialist
The separation of AWL and the Socialist Party
Militant in the mid 1960s
How did we come to break with Militant? Anti-union laws
What is a Marxist perspective?
Peaceful revolution
Our general critique of Militant's politics
"We can't discuss what Grant and Taaffe can't reply to"

The US in Iraq and union freedoms
Socialists and the European Union
Toadying to Bob Crow
Ireland: why socialists must have a democratic programme
Conclusion: Pretension
Postscript: Militant and the Labour Party, 1969-87 - a strange symbiosis