Obituaries

Carl Hornsey, 1977-2015

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Camila Bassi

I knew Carl during our student activist days. I can still recollect our intense political conversation in a noisy upstairs room of a London pub that led to him joining the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty in 1997, of which he was a member for around two to three years.

An obituary of Carl Hornsey, a former member of Workers' Liberty who has died aged 38.

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Les Forster, 1919-2016

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Ann Field

The veteran Glasgow socialist Les Forster died last week, aged 96. Forster was the last survivor of a generation of socialist activists in the West of Scotland who broke with the Communist Party in the early 1950s and struck out to build a non-Stalinist and anti-Stalinist socialist tradition.

The veteran Glasgow socialist Les Forster died last week, aged 96. Forster was the last survivor of a generation of socialist activists in the West of Scotland who broke with the Communist Party in the early 1950s and struck out to build a non-Stalinist and anti-Stalinist socialist tradition.

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Ellen Meiskins Wood (1942-2016): a Marxist who put class centre

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Andrew Coates

Ellen Meiksins Wood, who has died aged 73, was a noted intellectual figure on the international left who influenced several generations of thinkers and activists.

Born in New York as Ellen Meiksins one year after her parents, Latvian Jews active in the Bund, arrived as political refugees, Wood studied in California before establishing herself as an academic in Canada, based at York University in Toronto.

Her writings were thought-provoking and luminous.

Ellen Meiksins Wood, who has died aged 73, influenced several generations of left academics and activists. She was a Marxist who combined creative and original thinking with a powerful defence of the centrality of class and class struggle to socialist politics.

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Benedict Anderson, 1936-2015

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Michael Johnson

Influential historian Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson died on 13 December in Java, the Indonesian island that did much to form his outlook as a scholar of south-east Asia and theories of nationalism.

Influential historian Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson died on 13 December in Java, the Indonesian island that did much to form his outlook as a scholar of south-east Asia and theories of nationalism.

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Árpád Göncz: 1922 – 2015

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John Cunningham

Sometimes being worthy, decent and honest isn’t enough.

Although at the time I moved in slightly more elevated circles than I do now, in the nine years I lived in Hungary I never met Árpád Göncz, Hungarian President for ten years in the nineties, who died on 6 October.

Árpád Göncz, Hungarian President for ten years in the nineties, died on 6 October.

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Grace Lee Boggs, 1915-2015

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David Finkel

When Grace Lee Boggs died, on 5 October in her beloved adopted city of Detroit, she was well into her eighth decade of activism.

Grace Lee Boggs, socialist and civil rights movement activist, former member of the "third camp" Trotskyist Workers Party, and close political collaborator with C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya, has died, aged 100.

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Bill Hunter 1920-2015

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Sean Matgamna

Bill Hunter died on 9 July. He was a leading member of the early British Trotskyist group, the Revolutionary Communist Party, later a member of the organisations led by Gerry Healy, but joining the faction which opposed and split from Healy in the 1980s. Sean Matgamna remembers Bill Hunter.

Bill Hunter died on 9 July. He was a leading member of the early British Trotskyist group, the Revolutionary Communist Party, later a member of the organisations led by Gerry Healy, but joining the faction which opposed and split from Healy in the 1980s.

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Jacques Morand, 1938-2015

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Martin Thomas

Jean-Claude Kerjouan, known in his political activity as Jacques Morand or Illy, died on 10 May, at the age of 77. He was a leader of the L’Etincelle group in France, with which AWL have collaborated for many years.

L’Etincelle is now a group within the NPA (New Anti-Capitalist Party), but was previously, from the early 1990s until it was expelled in 2008, a faction in another large French revolutionary socialist group, Lutte Ouvriere (LO).

Jacques Morand, a leader of the L’Etincelle group in France, died on 10 May, at the age of 77.

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Talking, explaining, and telling the truth

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Mick O’Sullivan

I knew Tom Cashman as a friend and comrade from the early 70s.

Tom was someone who had a hinterland; his interests spanned good whiskey, particle physics, a love of Sean O’Casey’s plays, modernist architecture, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of schisms in the Catholic Church, which quite frankly bemused me. Tom was a very rounded person and a very humorous one.

Remembering Tom Cashman, a socialist trade unionist and long-time associate of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty who died in August.

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The political vacuum in Albania (Colin Foster)
Levers for the lovers of power (Joan Trevor)
Blair wins a place in the Sun (Jim Denham)
Glasgow councillors abandon election pledges (Stan Crooke)
Tony Blair and the union laws. (Tom Rigby)
Letter from prison (Dita Sari)
Anti-abortion campaign, a winning scheme? (Helen Rate)
Should holocaust denial be a crime?
Iranian oil workers dare to fight
Obituary: Coin Coyle
The left and the election

A round-up of news from WL39

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