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March in March: Australian indignados?

It seemed to come from nowhere, then it was everywhere. It was against everything, but not clearly for anything.

It was the largest political mobilisation for years, but the mainstream media virtually ignored it. It was inspiring and revitalising for workers, union and community activists, but had little support from the larger campaigns and parties.

“March in March” last month brought over 100,000 Australians onto the streets against the Abbott government’s policies.

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Workers' Control of Industry in Bolshevik Russia

An article by John Reed, author of 'Ten Days that Shook the World', in defence of workers' control in the Russian Revolution.

A MISTAKE MADE BY BOLSHEVIKI

(From The Boston Traveler, Nov 21,1918)

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The Origins of Work’s Control of Industry in Revolutionary Russia

Article in defence of Workers Control in the Russian Revolution. Written in Feb 1918, it was published in The Revolutionary Age, an American Communist paper, in November 1918

A MISTAKE MADE BY BOLSHEVIKI
(From The Boston Traveler, Nov 21,1918)
One of the big mistakes made by the Bolsheviki in
Russia, was their failure after they got in power to

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New Unionism 2014: a conference for activists, 29 March, London

On Saturday 29 March, the AWL, the IWGB University of London branch, PCS Independent Left, Lambeth Activists, Ruskin College UCU, and others will host a conference on how the activist left can contribute to rebuilding and transforming the labour movement.

On 29 March, Workers' Liberty, the IWGB University of London branch, Lambeth Activists, PCS Independent Left, Ruskin College UCU, and others will host a conference on how the activist left can contribute to rebuilding and transforming the labour movement.

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August 4th 1914: The First World War

Go fight, you fools! Tear up the earth
with strife
And1 spill each others guts upon the
field;
Serve unto death the men you served in
in life
So that their wide dominions may not
yield.

The First World War broke out on August 4th 1914

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Brand vs Paxman

Brand’s outspokenness is to be admired. There are few people of his position who would risk taking such ardent positions that challenge power, and voice criticism of the same regime that sustains their celebrity affluence.

Brand’s verbal wizardry is not without content, but does lack coherence or completeness, although the context clearly doesn’t permit the elaboration sufficient to supplement such a call to action.

When Paxman probes Brand’s call for a ‘socialist egalitarian society’ he replies:

In a new interview with Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman, Russell Brand delivered a furiously entertaining attack on economic inequality and bourgeois democracy and called for a revolution.

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The SWP and the Iran-Iraq war: the sudden shift to super-anti-imperialism

In 1988 the SWP suddenly became very 'anti-imperialist'. It became a loud cheerleader for what it sees as progressive or revolutionary nationalisms.

It still talks of socialism and class struggle, but now these are proposed as merely the best means to secure the greater nationalist end. It fiercely supports Iraq in the Gulf War. It insists fanatically that it is not even worth thinking about an appeal to the Israeli working class, that Israel must be destroyed, and that a 'two-state' solution in Palestine is worthless even as an interim measure.

How the SWP shifted drastically on "anti-imperialism" in 1987-8.

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