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Aslef drivers on Southern rail have rejected their leaders' attempts to sell out their fight against "Driver Only Operation".
New law decriminalises "modest" violence on the grounds of protecting the "traditional family".
Immigration controls are part of the means states use to construct and maintain their power. When those states are administered by authoritarians and racists, as in the case of the current US administration.
The Tories now claim the right to shape Brexit their way, above and outside all democratic control.
A bulletin written by supporters of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers, urging Southern drivers to reject the deal aimed at settling the dispute over "Driver Only Operation".
Trump-Pence are going after abortion rights in the US as well as globally.
Against a determined push by Trump, the liberal bourgeoisie will not safeguard the mild cosmopolitanism on which it prides itself. It falls to the labour movement to defend even the limited bourgeois ameliorations.
The first issue of a socialist bulletin for Northern rail workers, published by Workers' Liberty.
Two RMT branches, Bakerloo Line and Finsbury Park, have recently passed this motion in defence of free movement, and calling for solidarity with refugees and migrants.
Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip on Labour MPs to vote for Theresa May's Brexit Article 50 bill is wrong and destructive.
The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.
Supporters of the coup in Momentum are reported as rationalising it on the grounds that it was a necessary panic measure to stop Momentum being proscribed by the Labour Party.

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Trump-Pence are going after abortion rights in the US as well as globally.
Eugene Victor Debs speaks for socialism, in January 1919.
The American Journalist John Reed describes what happened in the Russian workers revolution of 1917 and after.
A review by Clive Bradley of Steve Cohen's, 'That's funny, you don't look anti-Semitic', and a comment by Martin Thomas.
Is the fact that the first jazz records were made by five white guys a practical demonstration of racism, even in the foremost art-form developed by African-Americans?
The Marxist tradition on European unity.
In the turmoil around the revolutions of 1848 Engels and Marx came to understand that a formal, merely-political democracy was possible, which would preserve the rule of profiteers and of profit in economic life.
An interview with a Ritzy worker, from the previous wave of Picturehouse cinema strikes in 2014.
What separated Trotsky from Stalin was not a matter of tempo of economic development but principle. State planning could be properly and creatively applied only under conditions of Soviet democracy
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Who was Lenin? He led the workers of the Tsarist Russian Empire to make the most profound revolution in history in 1917. He was the leader of the Russian Bolshevik Party, without which the workers would have been defeated.
A pamphlet published in 1987.
An interview by Arun Gupta from Jacobin magazine with Marxist academic Leo Panitch about Trump’s agenda
Labour should defend existing freedoms of movement — and vote for keeping economic barriers suppressed, too.
Italy's 5-Star movement online decision-making structure was invention of business man founder and has been used to institute centralised control.
Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicolo Sacco, socialist-anarchists, were killed by the US state in August 1927 on trumped-up murder charges, after a long campaign to save their lives. This is Vanzetti's last speech.
Some light from Leon Trotsky on the Momentum Kerfuffle
This account of the red flag, a translation from the Jewish Social Democrat, appeared in the British De Leonist monthly. The Socialist, in January 1916.
"We have fed you all for a thousand years". Dating from the early part of the 20th Century, this powerful working class verse originates in the USA.
Only a resurgent labour movement, fighting boldly and unequivocally for a different world-view, and a different world, of co-operation and solidarity, can turn the tables. Not a bland, moderate, liberal defence of the status quo.
A leader of the Spanish Trotskyist movement during the 1936-37 revolution on how the Stalinists helped the ruling class undercut workers' control.
Veteran of the "Third Camp" socialist left, Sam Bottone, has died, aged 90.
Race and language: an exchange between Ernest Rice McKinney and Hal Draper (1950)
Right-wing Labour MPs want Labour to adds its voice to those telling workers that the problems they face are caused by immigration.
Report of Conference of the Socialist Movement for the United States of Europe, 1949
Steve Bloom continues the debate about "The Two Trotskyisms"
The Red Flag was written in 1889 by Jim Connell, an old Fenian, during a train journey between Charing Cross and New Cross Gate.
Hal Draper’s 1949 speech before the New York State Board of Regents opposing the inclusion of the Workers Party/Independent Socialist Leage in a list of 'subversive' organisations.
The story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising told on its 6th anniversary in Labor Action, April 4 1949

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Reviews and comments on the book by Paul Hampton, Paul Le Blanc, Ed Strauss, Ed Maltby, Andrew Coates, Herman Benson, Robert Fine, Steve Bloom, Duncan Morrison, Tom O'Lincoln, David Finkel, Gemma Short, Steve Bloom in reply, Paul Buhle, D R O'Connor Lysaght, Ed Maltby in reply, Steve Bloom in further response, Jason Schulman
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By the end of his life, there were different and conflicting strands in Trotsky's political thought. In World War 2 "Orthodox" Trotskyism built on one strand at the cost of screening out more fundamental ideas.

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