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AWL’s record on Ireland (and an account of the IWU, ICG and IWG) Part One

Derry

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Sean Matgamna
This article traces ideas developed in Workers' Republic, the journal of the Irish Workers' Group, before the Northern Ireland Catholic revolt in 1968; the place of those ideas in the debates of the 1960s; the reassessments necessary after 1968; and mistakes which we now think we made.

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Against the Tide: 163 Tales for Our Time

Parables

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Sean Matgamna
163 pieces by Sean Matgamna that illustrate important political issues: Lenin, Joe Columbo, Rockefeller, Shakespeare, Wernher von Braun, the Pet Pig, Hitler, Cannibalism, Columbus, Conrad Black, Clare Short, Eamonn McCann, Freud, Joe The Knife Boy, Margaret Thatcher...

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Ken Loach: Calls to action

Tim Thomas completes his series of articles inspired by the BFI’s Ken Loach retrospective.

Ken Loach is a committed film-maker with 50 years experience of the film business and a prodigious output amounting to nearly a film a year over that period.

Ken Loach is a committed film-maker with 50 years experience of the film business and a prodigious output amounting to nearly a film a year over that period.

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Left-wing films

HISTORY OF THE LEFT

1900 - Robert DeNiro learned to speak Italian for this 3-hour saga about the Italian Communist party and the rise of the Black Shirts.

A list of left-wing film suggestions for personal use or to base discussion around at meetings.

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Multiculturalism, racism and class in Britain today

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Camila Bassi

By Camila Bassi

Three phases mark the history of multiculturalism in Britain. The first starts after the period of immigration from the Commonwealth in the 1950s and 1960s.

Three phases mark the history of multiculturalism in Britain. The first starts after the period of immigration from the Commonwealth in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Education under socialism

Introduction

In 1883 the German socialist August Bebel published Woman under Socialism. The book helped spread a socialist message to many thousands of men and women. It was the most-read book in the German socialist movement’s large network of workers’ libraries. By 1895, 25 editions had been printed in Germany alone.

Bebel argued that the social emancipation of women is an integral part of transforming social relations and overthrowing capitalism.

An excerpt from August Bebel's "Woman Under Socialism"

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What is the Muslim Association of Britain?

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Sacha Ismail

Since September 2002, Stop the War Coalition protests have been co-sponsored by an organisation called the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). More recently, the SWP-sponsored Respect electoral coalition has worked closely with the MAB, with former MAB President Anas Altikriti heading Respect’s Yorkshire and Humberside slate for the European elections in June 2004.

A briefing on the Muslim Association of Britain and its links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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From the archives: Nay-saying, opportunism and principle

Revolutionary socialists take as their fundamental stand "intransigent opposition" to the entire capitalist system in which we live. But sometimes capitalist governments do things which help us, or are at least lesser evils.

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German socialism and the “woman question”

During the nineteenth century, the emerging workers’ movement began to develop its policy on the “woman question”. The early, “utopian” socialists argued strongly for women’s liberation. Ferdinand Lassalle led the “proletarian anti-feminists”, opposing votes for women and urging male workers to strike against women’s entry into industrial labour. Marx and Engels opposed Lassalle, arguing that women’s work was a step forward, and a precondition for liberation.

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The fall of the Commune

In 1894 Ernest Belfort Bax, one of the pioneer British Marxists, wrote a long series of articles on the Commune in Justice, the paper of the first British Marxist group, the Social Democratic Federation. We have abridged and adapted Bax’s narrative account of the Commune and also incorporated a few pages from a mid-1880s Socialist League pamphlet, written by Bax and William Morris.

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Why the SWP's "Anti-Imperialist" Negativism Is Sterile: Neither Washington nor London, but... er... Anywhere!

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Sean Matgamna

The 1950s movie The Wild One is about a motorcycle “rebel” gang, led by Marlon Brando, invading a small American town and frightening the natives.

Someone asks the Brando character: “And what are you rebelling against?” Famously, he replies: “What’ve you got?”

The film was, for decades, banned in Britain. That may have been to protect impressionable British Marxists, especially the SWP, from mistaking the Brando character’s philosophy — whatever it is, I’m against it — for a serviceable political programme. It is now the core and only approach of the SWP.

Chris Harman to the defence of Mao.

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The trouble with Northern Ireland

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Sean Matgamna

Why is Northern Ireland so intractable? Sean Matgamna looks to the intricacies of Irish history and the peculiarities of the Six County entity for an explanation.


There are two distinct peoples in Ireland, who see and define themselves differently and antagonistically, the Catholic “Irish-Irish” Nationalists and the Protestant “British-Irish” Unionists.

Why is Northern Ireland so intractable? Sean Matgamna looks to the intricacies of Irish history and the peculiarities of the Six County entity for an explanation.

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How the PLO came to advocate "two states"

In 1959, based in Kuwait, Yasser Arafat started a magazine called Our Palestine. In the guise of another variant of Arab nationalism, the magazine, and the small group linked to it, al Fatah, in fact promoted something new: a distinct Palestinian nationalism.

For most people then the Palestinian question was a “refugee problem”, and a problem of “Arab land”, not the question of the rights of the Palestinian nation.

In the guise of another variant of Arab nationalism, the magazine, and the small group linked to it, al Fatah, in fact promoted something new: a distinct Palestinian nationalism.

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The first Irish left

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Sean Matgamna

Identifiable left-wing politics first emerged in Ireland at the end of the 18th century.
It was the result of three revolutions.

By Thomas Carolan

The American revolution, which broke out in 1776. The French revolution, which started in 1789. And the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688 in which the English Parliament kicked out the would-be absolutist Catholic King James and put William of Orange and James’s Protestant daughter, Mary, jointly on the throne, under the control of Parliament.

Identifiable left-wing politics first emerged in Ireland at the end of the 18th century. It was the result of three revolutions.

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Iraq Debate 1: Don’t think twice, it’s alright

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Alan Johnson and Jane Ashworth

A reply to Sean Matgamna’s “Reactionary Anti-Imperialism”

Sean Matgamna’s article (“Reactionary Anti-Imperialism” [Solidarity 3/60]) was a useful brick to throw at reactionary anti-imperialists but was dishonest on three counts.

"In our opinion the best hope for democracy and the trade unions in Iraq is the UN-backed political transition process"

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