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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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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Forum & Reviews

Letters and debate, and reviews from WL38

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Drugs: serious solutions, not vigilante repression!
The debate on the Workers' Government

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Revolutionaries and victims
Roots of violence
Screen and life

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Letters and debate from WL 37:

What is state-capitalism?
Yes, but what is the revolutionary party for?

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Springtime for Eva and Argentina
Blair: a suitable case for treatment?
Not yet the brackets

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Silencing the wage slaves

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Section on working class politics in Europe

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Europe: The workers against mainstream politics (Hugh Jenkins)
Blair plans a coup against party democracy
The alternative Europe (Ken Coates MEP)
What real reformists think of Blair (Anne Mack)
Debate: Should we call for a workers' government?

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