Marxism and anarchism

Anarchism, the anti-cuts movement and working class politics: a reply to the Anarchist Federation

For the full text of AFed's article 'The Anti-Cuts Movement and the Left', see www.afed.org.uk/org/org77.pdf. All other AFed publications referred to in this article can be found on www.afed.org.uk.
For Pete Radcliff's article on AFed's attempt to disrupt Nottingham May Day, see here

An analysis of the Anarchist Federation.

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The myth of Baader-Meinhof

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Stan Crooke

Review of the film: The Baader Meinhof Complex

This film traces the history of the German “Red Army Fraction” (RAF) from its origins in the predominantly student protest movement of the late 1960s through to the prison suicides of its remaining leaders in 1977.

Stan Crooke reviews The Baader Meinhof Complex

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Only half an answer

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Stuart Jordan

Weighing up the pros and cons of “consensus decision-making”.

The anti-capitalist movement is a rich and diverse place, encompassing a broad range of ideas and political philosophies. In reaction to what they see as a fractured, sectarian Trotskyist movement, the anti-capitalists focus on building consensus for action.

Stuart Jordan weighs up the pros and cons of “consensus decision-making”.

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Marxists and anarchists at Sheffield University debate - sort of

Anarchism

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Daniel Randall

Recently, members of the Anarchist Federation in Sheffield formally withdrew from the Workers' Rights Coalition, an informal campaigning network of activists at the University of Sheffield set up by the local No Sweat group (which included some AWL members) to investigate and campaign around workers' rights issues effecting campus workers such as cleaners and catering staff.

Members of Workers' Liberty at Sheffield University, and other AWL youth in Sheffield, have been working with young members of the Anarchist Federation on a variety of campaigns, including one for workers' rights. The AFed, however, recently withdrew. What were the issues?

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From Shachtmanite Trotskyism to Anarchism: Exploring the Relationship of a Marxist Tendency to Anarchism

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Wayne Price

This article, by the anarchist writer Wayne Price, was published in the journal The Utopian. It explores the relationship between the “Third Camp” Trotskyist tradition, with which Workers' Liberty identifies, and anarchist politics. It is republished with the author's permission. Visit the website of The Utopian here.

The anarchist writer Wayne Price explores the relationship between the "Third Camp" Trotskyist tradition, with which Workers' Liberty identifies, and anarchism.

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Anarchist strawmen and Corbyn

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Ira Berkovic

An article, signed by “Phil”, on the LibCom website, puts the anarchist case against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. It says that working-class activists should “steer clear” of Labour, and makes five specific arguments:

1. The fight isn’t just against The Tories

Maintaining one’s critical faculties and independent perspective — about Corbyn himself, Parliamentary politics in general, and the Labour Party as an institution — is vital, but if someone who purports to be a working-class revolutionary, of whatever stripe, can look at the immense surge around Corbyn and say only “well, he’s a politician, he’s bound to sell you out”, you are unlikely to get much of a hearing.

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Critical support for PYD

The politics of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in western Kurdistan/Syria (Rojava) and the nature of governance there has been debated on the revolutionary left with some anarchist, autonomist Marxist and libertarian communists seeing more or less enthusiastically welcoming the democracy taking root there.

Workers’ Liberty backs the Kurdish struggle the YPG defence of Kobane against the Islamic State; but we do not back the politics of the forces on the ground.

The politics of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in western Kurdistan/Syria (Rojava) and the nature of governance there has been debated on the revolutionary left with some anarchist, autonomist Marxist and libertarian communists seeing more or less enthusiastically welcoming the democracy taking root there.

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1864: the First International

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Michael Johnson

A hundred and fifty years ago, on 28 September 1864, the working-class movement took a huge step forward with the founding of the International Working Men’s Association.

A meeting at the St Martin’s Hall in London brought together radical and socialist delegates from around Europe, to set up the organisation which would become known as “The First International”.

A hundred and fifty years ago, on 28 September 1864, the working-class movement took a huge step forward with the founding of the International Working Men’s Association.

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The IRA in a West of Ireland Town in the 1930s

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Sean Matgamna

Below the great political generalities - opposition to British Imperialism, Partition, the "sell-out of Republican principles" by De Valera's constitutional Republican party, Fianna Fail - what was the IRA? Let us look at what it was in the 1930s in one area, Clare, and particularly in one town, Ennis, part of Eamonn De Valera's constituency.

We are not, in this excursion, in which we will look at the labour movement in that town, wandering off the subject: we are trying to bring the IRA of that time and of such places, and the sort of people who joined it, into clearer focus.

Below the great political generalities - Imperialism, Partition, the "sell-out of Republicanism" by De Valera - what was the IRA?

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