UCU London demonstration

On Monday 12 March Universities UK and the University and Colleges Union (UCU) announced they had reached an ″agreement″ at ACAS in the ongoing dispute over the USS pension scheme.

As details of the ″deal″ came to light UCU members across the country were at first confused as to why the UCU would have agreed such a deal, and then angry.

World trade

On 1 March Donald Trump announced tariffs of 25% on steel imports, 10% on aluminium imports.

Saudi welcome billboard

This month’s visit to the UK of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, at the head of a large delegation of Saudi military and business leaders, marks a new low for the Tory government.

Black Panther audience

Sameem Rahimi reviews Black Panther.

Workers' Liberty debates Prof. Mark Pennington on "Socialism or the free market?"

Socialism makes sense

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.

Banner reads "Communism is the future of the world"

Travel with Workers' Liberty activists to a festival of socialism in France

UK border controls

The Labour Party has inched a step further to opposing the erection of new barriers between Britain and Europe.

Lega Nord

The origins and growth of Italian fascism are fed by a widespread anger at, and desperation before, an oppressive social order.

Venezuela: radical left squeezed out, trade unionists arrested, elections gerrymandered, economy sprials down.

A big red picket fence in front of the gates to a University building.

UCU members at 64 universities are on strike over pension changes, and students organise solidarity to support them.

West Virginia teachers

20,000 public school teachers continue their strike. US socialists explain the background to a struggle which could be a turning point for the US labour movement.



WP and ISL

Battle of Ideas

It looks increasingly likely that Formby will be anointed as the successor to McNichol. First of all it should be an open contest. That was Momentum Chair Jon Lansman's stated reason for standing, and he is right against the leadership of the Labour Party who want Unite official Jennie Formby to get the job and are pressing Lansman to stand down.

Erecting statues to oneself is the work of someone with state power. The purpose is to project permanence, grandeur, great dominance and authority. And to create veneration and devotion around the individual who demands power and control without accountability.

The working class and oppressed groups may need arms for self-defence, as in the late 1960s when the Black Panthers armed themselves for protection against the police. The problem, of course, is that the current beneficiaries of guns being freely available will not be revolutionary workers’ organisations but petty criminals, not to mention the kind of disturbed individuals who have carried out numerous shootings in American schools.

Fake news, the internet, and political scandals.

The charge that political organisations like Workers’ Liberty are “cults” is a common weapon in factional battles within the left today. This is our response to that line of argument.

Algerian feminist and scholar Anissa Hélie, in discussion on feminism and Islam.

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.

Five reasons for distinguishing between political antisemitism and racial antisemitism.

Workers’ Liberty has been debating theories of racism and their relationship to left antisemitism. This contribution is by Carmen Basant. An alternative view will be published soon.

Paul Hampton argues there was never an inexorable, linear development from the Balfour declaration to the creation of Israel, or indeed, to the current injustice towards the Palestinians.

An interview by Arun Gupta from Jacobin magazine with Marxist academic Leo Panitch about Trump’s agenda

How socialists capitulated to the warmongers in 1914.

Epic poem marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution

"Crisis and sequels" is a book about the 2008 economic crash and its sequels by Solidarity and Workers' Liberty contributor Martin Thomas.

In the first of two articles Camila Bassi looks at racism and hate crime in Britain today and discusses academic understandings of racism.

Jan Willem Stutje's biography reviewed.

A review of 'A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas’ Victory'.

An interview with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the US socialist magazine Jacobin.

Review of The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony

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.

Review of the new grouping involving Socialist Action (USA), A&R (France), and other groups.

The line between “anti-Zionism” and anti-semitism on the pseudo-left is ceasing to exist. Read this issue of Workers' Liberty online.

Kelly Rogers, a victimised Picturehouse cinema worker and Workers' Liberty supporter, talks about the politics of their long-running dispute,

The labour movement debate about how to approach Brexit is hotting up.

A review of Contemporary Left Antisemitism by Dave Hirsh (Routledge).

Denials from Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the new group, Jewish Voice for Labour



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