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The tragic fiasco of Liverpool City Council under Militant-Socialist Party leadership

Militant

It is over twenty years since the final collapse of the left-wing Liverpool Labour council of 1983-6.

Through that council, the avowedly Marxist “Militant Tendency” had the leadership of a mass workers’ movement which could have shaken or defeated the government. Arguably it marked the highest point ever (so far) of active mass influence for would-be revolutionary Marxists in Britain, higher than anything achieved by the Communist Party when it was a revolutionary party in the 1920s.

The forgotten massacre of the Vietnamese Trotskyists

On demonstrations in the 1960s, it was common to hear marchers chanting “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, we will fight and we will win”, in honour of the Vietnamese Stalinist who led the fight against US occupation. The best sections of the left replied with their own rhyme — Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh — how many Trots did you do in?” They were referring to the mass murder of the Vietnamese Trotskyists by Stalinist forces in 1945. Sixty years on, the massacre has largely been forgotten.

Venezuela: Le capitalisme d'État de Chavez vacille

Author: 
Pablo Velasco

Traduction d'une article de Pablo Velasco, Solidarity 3/170, 2 April 2010.
 
Une décennie après que Hugo Chavez ait proclamé la «révolution bolivarienne» au Venezuela, son projet est enlisé dans la stagnation. Malgré toute la rhétorique sur le «socialisme du 21e siècle», le régime bonapartiste continue de présider sur un capitalisme vénézuélien et d'étouffer l'émergence d'un mouvement ouvrier indépendant authentique.

Les socialistes et l'Europe

Les nations n'ont pas toujours existé. En Europe, la croissance du commerce a créé des unités avec une langue commune, une culture, des lois, un système fiscal et des communications, les États-nations qui se sont développés entre les 16e et 19e siècles.