The top 5% in Britain own 60% of all financial wealth, that is, of the wealth that brings power. Wealth inequality has been increasing since the Thatcher years, and has jumped again in the last ten years.
Socialism is again on the agenda — a society based on human solidarity, social ownership of industry and banks, and on political, economic, and social democracy. A new booklet, £5 plus postage: order here.
The story of the great rebellion against the Shah's dictatorship, and how it was confiscated by the clerical fundamentalists. Pic: women protesting against the Shah in 1978, and not yet coerced into religious dress.
Hospitals across the country continue to buckle under the stress of winter-related conditions — persistent cold weather and a nasty strain of influenza. But the responsibility for this crisis must lie with the government.
The labour movement should demand that not just Carillion, but all the big public service contractors, Serco, G4S, Capita, should be nationalised with minimum compensation, and their public contracts brought back in-house.
"Our program is for Hispanic Federation with the indispensable maintenance of economic unity. We have no intention of imposing this program upon the oppressed nationalities of the peninsula with the aid of the arms of the bourgeoisie. In this sense, we are sincerely for the right to self-determination" - Leon Trotsky: The National Question in Catalonia - July 1931.
The departure of Chris Williamson from the Shadow Cabinet has been explained by Williamson and others around the Labour leadership as either a conflict over principle or the removal of a maverick left-winger.
Labour Party spokespersons should have asserted clearly, simply and repeatedly that migrants and refugees are welcome here, that our problems are caused by the Tories. Instead Labour has appeared mealy-mouthed and incoherent. Without a clear lead, continuing with Brexit is seen as “just the way it had to be”.
Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.
Kautsky assumed modern socialism could be defined once and for all at one point — or at least during one period — and thereafter had only to be disseminated. This is wrong, because the world changes — for example, production and hence the working class is repeatedly restructured — so, unless we keep on developing them, socialist ideas can decay, and even turn into weapons in the hands of the ruling class.
This article from 1947, by Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) Trotskyist Colin De Silva, discusses the stance on partition by the main bourgeois political groups in India — the Congress Party and the Muslim League. A terrible rupture and violence followed partition when 10-12 million people were displaced along religious lines.