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What is capitalism? Can it last?

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As economic crisis deepens, the revolutionary left in Europe needs to reorient politically. What kind of anti-capitalism do we stand for? How can the labour movement rebuild itself?

This book of readings aims to redevelop the Marxist socialist critique of capitalism as the political heart of a revolutionary left project for today.

Contents:
Fighting the Tories, what next? By Daniel Randall and Martin Thomas

SOCIALISTS AND EUROPE
Four programmes for the Euro-crisis. By Martin Thomas
Open letter to the left: Do you really want the EU to break up?
The United States of Europe. By Leon Trotsky
Greece: the fight for workers’ control. By Theodora Polenta
Who are the Greek left? A briefing

MARXISM AND THE CRISIS
What is capitalist crisis? By Colin Foster
Marx on capitalist crisis.
Keynes: the educated bourgeois. By Martin Thomas

REBUILDING THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT
Fight for a workers’ government. Two articles on Britain and Greece.
By Martin Thomas
What is the workers’ government? Excerpts from Leon Trotsky
Anti-capitalist, pro-what? By Rhodri Evans
What is the Bolshevik-Trotskyist tradition? By Sean Matgamna
What was the Minority Movement? By Stan Crooke

ISSUES FOR THE LEFT
The truth about BDS. By Harry Glass
What is the Muslim Brotherhood? Two articles by Clive Bradley
“Neither plague nor cholera!”: an open letter to the SWP
Reassessing imperialism: the case of the Falklands war
Building a workers’ “third front” in Iran.
Notes from a talk by Maziar Razi

INTRODUCTION TO MARXISM
What is capitalism? By Karl Marx
The past, present and future of the trade unions. By Karl Marx
Why is the left so divided? By Max Shachtman
What is socialism? By Frederick Engels

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Afghanistan, Marxism, And The Shape Of The 20th Century

In this study in depth, Sean Matgamna examines the political and social history of Afghanistan, especially in the last quarter of the Twentieth Century, and what the experience of Stalinism there, the 1978 Stalinist-Armed Forces Revolution and then the Russian invasion, tells us about Stalinism in history. Click here to read the article.

Women in the Irish nationalist movement 1900-1916

Author: 
Janine Booth

From Workers' Liberty 56, June/July 1999

Constance Markievicz and the other women who fought in the Easter Rising struggled to be accepted on equal terms by the Irish labour movement and among nationalists. Their experience holds many lessons for today's socialists and feminists.

The "Perdition" affair

In early 1987 there was a public controversy about "Perdition", a play by Jim Allen, a radical writer with a Trotskyist background, which was scheduled to be directed by Ken Loach at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

Critics claimed that the play, representing Zionists as collaborating with the Nazis in the massacre of Jews in Hungary, was anti-Jewish, and designed primarily to "delegitimise" Israel; defenders argued that it was being banned for highlighting awkward truths.

The Royal Court cancelled the production at a late stage. Later, the play, in an amended version, was published, and in 1999 it was performed at the Gate Theatre in London.

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Cinq textes en francais: Venezuela, Irak, Iran, Grèce, NPA

Alliance for Workers’ Liberty: cinq textes

Mai 2012

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Table des matières

Venezuela: Le capitalisme d'État de Chavez vacille
Les États-Unis se retirent d'Irak
Non à la guerre! Non à la bombe iranienne!
Contre l’étranglement de Grèce par les banques!
Un appel au NPA: non à la scission !

Traductions de Hugo Pouliot

Trotskyism or Chameleonism? The Irish Workers Group (1965-68)

Author: 
Sean Matgamna

The main document of the Trotskyist side in the faction fight in the Irish Workers' Group in 1967-8.

CONTENTS
I. Vacillation and inconsistency
II. What kind of revolutionary party?
Organisational politics
III. The record: political chameleonism
Eclecticism and nationalism
IV. The present orientation
Shopkeeper
Polemics
Result of the nationalist accommodation
Accommodation to Labour too?
V. The theory of Irish exceptionalism
And exclusiveness
Religion
VI. The internal "regime"
The chameleon at home - a petty bonaparte
Centralism vs. democratic centralism
Subjectivism
The Lawless clique and the Workers' Fight faction
VII. Whither the IWG?
[Notes, 2012]


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The dispute in the Irish Workers' Group was important in shaping - or mis-shaping - the available Irish left on the eve of the explosion of 1968-9 in Northern Ireland, when thousands of young people sought new revolutionary politics, and most ended up joining the Provisionals, a new version of old and indeed anachronistic militarist/Catholic-nationalist politics.