Party and class

Socialism, Reformism and Democracy [a 1994 debate between AWL and former Labour leader Michael Foot]

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Martin Thomas

DO official Labour politics offer any real hope today? Or must serious socialists, and even serious democrats, look instead to the revolutionary left?

Such was the question in debate before a packed audience at London's Conway Hall last Wednesday, 9 March, when John O'Mahony [Sean Matgamna], editor of Socialist Organiser, a paper banned by the Labour Party leaders in 1990 for our Trotskyist politics, confronted Michael Foot, leader of the Labour Party from 1980 to 1983.

A face-to-face debate between AWL and former Labour leader Michael Foot - Febuary, 1994

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Workers' Liberty 3/3: Factory bulletins in the 1920s and today

Workers' Liberty 3/3 (March 2006) reproduces many communist factory bulletins from the 1920s, and discussion from that era about how they should be produced. "Workers cannot write newspapers? Really? Just tell us some news about your factory". It also includes information on workplace bulletins produced by the AWL. Click here to download pdf.

How to take revolutionary politics into the workplace.

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Democracy, direct action, and socialism


There are decisive turning points in history that shape the future for many years ahead. The British labour movement was brought to such a turning point by the victory of the Thatcherite Tories in the 1979 general election and the events that came after it. The defeat of the labour movement then shaped the social, political, and ethical world we live in now. Was that defeat unavoidable? The revolutionary left argued then that it wasn’t: that if we mobilised our strength we could defeat Thatcher, as we had defeated her Tory predecessors in 1972-4.
Is direct action undemocratic? What methods should the labour movement use to defeat the bosses? Should we stick within the law? This new pamphlet discusses these issues and more.

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Leaving principles for later?

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Martin Thomas

At the Lutte Ouvriere fete on 14-16 May, we met comrades from IZAR (Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Left), a group expelled in 2015 from the “Mandelite” (Fourth International) organisation in Spain because they called for a stance more independent from the leadership of Podemos, the new broad leftish party.

The following critique is part of a document published by IZAR with sympathisers in France, the USA, Germany, Greece, and Italy.

A critique produced by IZAR (Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Left), a group expelled in 2015 from the “Mandelite” Fourth International organisation in Spain because they called for a stance more independent from the leadership of Podemos, of attempts to build "broad parties".

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The left before 1968: two contributions

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Sean Matgamna, Patrick Avaakum

13 February 2016 conference: Before ’68: the Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s

Two contributions

1. Militancy and Solidarity on the docks in the 1960s
2. The life and times of Bob Pennington

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Militancy and Solidarity on the docks in the 1960s; and: The life and times of Bob Pennington

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What if workers ran public transport?

At Workers' Liberty summer school, Ideas for Freedom 2015, we hosted a workshop about public transport systems and the struggle for workers' control, featuring Herman Rosenfeld from the Canada's Free Transport campaign; and Janine Booth, worker on London Underground. Click the video below to play. (Audio only from 15 mins).

Recording of two speeches from Ideas for Freedom 2015 about the struggle for democratic, worker controlled transport systems.

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Love thy neighbour or class struggle?

At Workers' Liberty summer school – Ideas for Freedom 2015 – Worker's Liberty member Rosie Woods debated the Bishop of Manchester David Walker, on the question of 'Love thy neighbour, or class struggle?'

Below is a video recording of the debate, and also a transcript of Rosie's speech.

At Workers' Liberty summer school – Ideas for Freedom 2015 – Worker's Liberty member Rosie Woods debated the Bishop of Manchester David Walker, on the question of 'Love thy neighbour, or class struggle?'

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Realism or illusion? The left, Labour, and reforms

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Vladimir Derer and Sean Matgamna

While the Labour right openly try to sabotage and smear Jeremy Corbyn, more subtle Labour centrists tell him that he must move only as fast as the middle ground.

The Labour left surge of the early 1980s saw the same debate. That makes this exchange from that time relevant today.

A debate between Vladimir Derer and Sean Matgamna from the last Labour revival, in the early 1980s, relevant today.

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Gramsci defies a “terrible world”

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Martin Thomas

Antonio Gramsci was a leader of the Italian Communist Party in its early days, when it was a real revolutionary party, and is now famous for the Prison Notebooks he wrote when jailed by Italy’s fascist regime between 1926 and just before his death in 1937.

In this new collection of his letters from between when he was 17 and living away from home in order to study for entrance to university, and his jailing in 1926, the longest section is from just six months, between December 1923 and May 1924.

A review of A Great and Terrible World: Gramsci’s pre-prison letters 1908-1926, edited by Derek Boothman.

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