Editor's Choice

The poverty of anti-racism

Submitted by AWL on 15 August, 2004 - 9:51 Author: Annie O'Keefe

Annie O'Keefe reviews 'Who you callin' a n.....?'

Darcus Howe (Channel 4, Monday 9 August,2004) explored the growing hostilities in Britain between Pakistanis and West Indians and between Somalis and West Indians, between groups of 'black' people, towards all of whom white racists have an identical attitude of hostility.

White racism against black people, noted Howe, now brings pariah status to its proponents, but racism against each other is on the increase among Britain's racial minorities. "Black is turning on black".

Pluto-democracy in America (2004)

Submitted by AWL on 9 November, 2006 - 9:34

In ancient Athens the citizens gathered in the agora, the market place, to debate the affairs of the city state and vote on them. They did that with every issue that arose, including the appointment of military commanders. It has been called the “classic” democracy. In fact, only a fraction of those living in Athens could debate and vote.

Slaves, women and foreigners had neither voice nor vote. Those citizens who made up the Athenian democracy were therefore a narrow, privileged caste, consisting of, maybe, a fifth of the population, or less.

An appeal to the left: Unite to build solidarity with Iraq's new labour movement (2005)

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 28 January, 2005 - 5:06

The past couple of months have seen a rise both of strikes and workers’ organisation in Iraq, and of attacks by the ultra-Islamist or neo-Ba’thist militias on trade unionists.

Yet the British labour movement and the left is still dawdling and fumbling on the issue of solidarity with the new Iraqi labour movement.

There have been lots of scattered initiatives, meetings, and activities. There is no concerted campaign. There is no political coherence.

As we were saying: Oppose the fundamentalists! Defend free speech! (1994)

Submitted by dalcassian on 9 November, 2016 - 12:59 Author: Socialist Organiser Editorial 10 11 1994

“Half echo of the past, half menace of the future; at times, by its bitter, witty and incisive criticism, striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart's core; but always ludicrous in its effect, through its total incapacity to understand the march of mod ern history".

This description of reactionary, feudal "socialists" in the Communist Manifesto of 1848 fits Hizb-ut Tahrir perfectly.

Burn Lenin's Corpse! (1990)

Submitted by dalcassian on 4 November, 2016 - 7:53 Author: Sean Matgamna

Twenty-something years ago, I vividly remember feeling a shock of emotional horror when I read an account, by Victor Serge, I think, of how, one drunken night in Moscow in the late '20s, the author and a friend had seriously talked about breaking into the Lenin Mausoleum and burning Lenin's mummy.

Not because they were hostile to Lenin, but because they believed the cult of Lenin, of which the sainted medievalist mummy on display in Red Square was a part, to be a gross offence against the real Lenin and what he had represented.

When "The Sun" backed Ken Livingstone for Labour leader (1992)

Submitted by dalcassian on 3 November, 2016 - 4:12 Author: Sean Matgamna

Easter, it seems, is this
year's season of panto-
mime, not Christmas.
In pantomime, you will
recall, everything is turned up-
side down and inside out. The
"principal boy" Is a woman,
the Dame a man.
Events are larger than life,
and sometimes an arch com-
ment on life. Characters are
stereotyped, wear colourful
costumes, and have funny
names. Animals, and sometimes
inanimate objects, talk. Actors
wink at the audience, mug for
them, and talk to them out of

The reactionary right-wing politics of the Gaza demonstrations

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:49 Author: Sean Matgamna

[For those who have been directed to this article in reference to why the AWL opposes boycotts of Israel, see 'Why left-wing students should not support boycotting Israel'.]

The demonstrations all over Britain since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began on 27 December [2008] have been heavily fuelled by justified raw outrage at the human cost to the Palestinians of what Israel is doing.

The end of the road for renegade socialist and Labour Leader, Neil Kinnock (1992)

Submitted by dalcassian on 12 October, 2016 - 12:46 Author: Sean Matgamna

Neil Kinnock will, it seems, resign as Labour Party leader. Good! He has been leader for nine years, during which the Labour Party has been turned into a depoliticised one-faction organisation - a sort of right-wing equivalent of the SWP or Militant [Now the Socialist Party], much bigger, linked to the unions, able to win millions of votes, but still for all that a party increasingly organised as a narrow, intolerant, social-democratic sect and run on quasi-Stalinist lines (often by "ex-Stalinists").

Alan Thornett vs Martin Thomas: socialists debate the Euro and the EU

Submitted by dalcassian on 17 July, 2008 - 7:29 Author: Alan Thornett and Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas:
It is not the job of socialists to support or oppose the single currency. More precisely, in principle we are for the single currency, but not in this way, by these people. Our answer to the single currency is to advocate workers' unity across Europe, a democratic, united Europe and a socialist united Europe.

The battle for democracy in the Arab revolution (2011)

Submitted by Matthew on 30 March, 2011 - 12:13

Sean Matgamna examines the prospects of the Arab Revolution, and compares it to certain events in recent history.

The Arab revolution, the inspiring mass popular movement for freedom and democracy, sweeping across the Middle East might be compared to the “Springtime of the Peoples”, in 1848, when mass popular revolution spread from France to Germany, then to other countries, such as Hungary and Italy.

Most of them were quickly defeated.