Nationalism and the 'national question'

The ideas Lenin was arguing against in "The Discussion on Self-Determination Summed Up"

Submitted by martin on 7 March, 2018 - 7:33 Author: Yuri Pyatakov, Yevgeniya Bosh, and Nikolai Bukharin

These are the theses of the section of the Bolshevik Party which during World War 1 came out against "the right of nations to self-determination", and which Lenin argued against in "The Discussion on Self-Determination Summed Up" https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/jul/x01.htm#bkV22E100 and "A Caricature of Marxism and Imperialist Economism", https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/carimarx/

Catalonia impasse demands challenge to Rajoy

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 10:56 Author: Martin Thomas

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has scheduled the first session of Catalonia's new parliament for 17 January.

Elections on 21 December gave a result similar to 2015. The pro-independence parties won a small majority of seats in the parliament (70/135 this time, 72/135 in 2015) with a slight minority of the votes (47.3% this time, 47.8% last time).

Only now several of the leading pro-independence MPs are now held in Spanish jails for sedition, or self-exiled in Brussels for fear of being jailed if they return to Catalonia.

2018 day schools: Marxism, national questions, and nationalisms

Submitted by martin on 25 December, 2017 - 8:18
Lenin on the national question

Marxism, national questions, and nationalisms

Selected reading (fuller list below): http://www.workersliberty.org/system/files/180217nationalquestion.pdf

Agenda:

1. Basics from our tradition: the Marxist debates on the national question before 1914

2. How Orthodox Trotskyism skewed the tradition

4. Ireland

5. Israel-Palestine

6. Catalonia and the "Norwegian way"

Reading:

Catalonia goes to the polls

Submitted by Matthew on 13 December, 2017 - 10:59 Author: Tony Holmes

The constitutional crisis in Catalonia continues to simmer as the region awaits elections on 21 December.

A number of Catalan politicians and activists, including members of the recently dismissed government, have been denied bail and remain jailed on charges of sedition. Some are in exile in Belgium.

Vote is tight in Catalonia

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 10:16 Author: Rhodri Evans

On 5 December, the Spanish Supreme Court withdrew its international arrest warrant against Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four other members of the government who have sought refuge in Belgium. Other Catalan politicians, arrested in Spain, have however been refused bail and will have to run their campaigns for Catalonia’s 21 December elections from jail.

Catalonia: rights and unity

Submitted by Matthew on 15 November, 2017 - 11:00
Catalonia protest

Editorial from Solidarity 454

On Saturday 11 November, 750,000 people (on the city police’s count) demonstrated in Barcelona to demand the release of Catalan government ministers and pro-independence association activists jailed by the Madrid regime to await trial on charges such as sedition. A general strike called by a pro-independence union confederation, Intersindical-CSC, under the slogan “Defend Our Rights”, on Wednesday 8 November, also had impact.

Madrid tries to bludgeon Catalonia

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 1:22 Author: Martin Thomas
Protest

The people of Catalonia are caught up in a macabre game of bluff and who-blinks-first.

The democratic way out is for the people of Catalonia to be able to vote in a fair referendum on independence. Previous polls have indicated no majority for secession, and many on the left in Catalonia (for good reasons, we think) oppose creating a new border; but if there is now a majority for separation, then Madrid, and the EU, should respect it.

Catalonia: no to Madrid clampdown!

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 1:25 Author: Tony Holmes
Catalan Firefighters

The Spanish government in Madrid says that it will suspend regional autonomy and impose direct rule on Catalonia from Thursday 19 October unless president Carles Puigdemont abandons his push for independence for the territory.

A Madrid clampdown would, soon if not immediately, lead to violent clashes such as happened when the Spanish government tried to stop Catalonia’s 1 October referendum. The Catalan police might well side with the Catalan government against Spanish government forces.