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Fighting sin or fighting capital? A Debate on Socialism and Religion

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Max Shachtman and Fr. Charles Owen Rice

Father Rice presents the case for religion

The Catholic Church is not out to capture the world in the sense in which that phrase is used. We would be out to capture, perhaps, the souls and hearts of all the people in the world if they want to embrace the true religion. But we are not setting out any revolutionary procedure such as the Marxists have entered upon, or such as the fascists have entered upon.

Max Shachtman debates Charles Owen Rice.

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40 reasons why Tariq Ramadan is a reactionary

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Yves Coleman

“40 reasons why Tariq Ramadan is a reactionary bigot” was written by the French Marxist, Yves Coleman and has been reproduced by the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL). The text presents factual information about the politics of Tariq Ramadan.

There are many issues the Left must address.

First is the question of honest polemic.

Useful political debate requires clearly presented political positions and an attempt to honestly engage with opponents.

The real politics and religion of Tariq Ramadan

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Albert Einstein explains why he was a socialist

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Albert Einstein

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"The oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organised political society. The members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties financed or influenced by private capitalists. Moreover, private capitalists control the main sources of information (press, radio, education)." - Albert Einstein

Einstein, 1949: "The oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organised political society. The members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties financed or influenced by private capitalists. Moreover, private capitalists control the main sources of information (press, radio, education)."

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Anti-Zionism and anti-semitism on the left: a debate - Paul Foot, Jim Higgins, Sean Matgamna

By Sean Matgamna

The main bulk of this item is a debate on Israel and the Palestinians in the mid-1990s in Workers' Liberty, between the late Jim Higgins and myself.

A debate on Israel and the Palestinians in the mid-1990s in Workers' Liberty, between the late Jim Higgins and Sean Matgamna, triggered by an article in Socialist Worker by Paul Foot.

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Isaac Deutscher: The Anatomy of an Apologist

"Deutscher...eludes any precise political identification. Deutscher was widely seen as a Marxist historian in the authentic socialist, anti-authoritarian tradition". This view is belied by a more thorough reading of his work.

Issac Deutscher published his biography of Stalin 16 years ago. Since then he has produced a small book on Russian trade unions, several collections of essays and lectures, a three-volume biography of Trotsky and scores of newspaper and magazine articles analyzing contemporary developments in the Communist world.

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Gerry Healy: After Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin - will they take back the lies about Trotsky? [1956]

Article by the then leader of the British "orthodox Trotskyists" from the March 9, 1956, issue of Tribune, the paper of the left-wing Bevanite current in the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Introductory note

This article by the then leader of the British "orthodox Trotskyists", Gerry Healy, appeared in the March 9, 1956, issue of Tribune, the paper of the left wing Bevanite current in the Labour Party and the trade unions.

The Bevanites were then a mass movement. Healy's piece appeared in the middle pages alongside a larger article by Aneurin Bevan on the same subject. It shows how well-integrated the Healy group was in the mass labour left wing of that time.

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Gerry Healy and "Orthodox Trotskyism in Britain in the 1950s

Gerry Healy, the main leader of the "Cannonites", or "Orthodox Trotskyists" in Britain during the 1950s is justly discredited because of the antics of the "WRP" in the last phase of his life. The memory of the earlier Healy, who had the guts, determination and conviction to hold some of the Trotskyists together in the general semi-collapse at the end of the 1940s, and afterwards, does not deserve to be buried under the later Healy. - Sean Matgamna.

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SWP: from "IS tradition" to Respect

Galloway and Rees

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1 article each from Tony Cliff, Martin Thomas, Gerry Bates and Lynne Moffat, and 7 from Sean Matgamna

11 articles on the SWP's political collapse into a decade of alliance with Islamic clerical fascism. Solidarity has commented on the SWP's ongoing political collapse at each stage.

In the first decade of the 21st century the SWP collapsed politically into its "Red-Green-Brown" alliance with clerical fascism - with the MAB, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and other reactionaries

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Appeal to the young

Peter Kropotkin's classic appeal to educated young people to join the working-class movement rather than pursue a bourgeois career was written (in French) in 1880. For obvious reasons it reads as "dated" today, but the basic argument remains strong, and the text is of great historical interest because of its huge influence on the left in the late 19th century.

Peter Kropotkin's classic appeal to educated young people to join the working-class movement rather than pursue a bourgeois career.

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Rivers of rubbish: on the reputation on the left of AWL's predecessor, Socialist Organiser (1991)

Biblical scholars, I understand, have a terrible time of it working out what some of the long-vanished early Christian groups believed.

They have to rely on such chance survivals as the "Dead Sea Scrolls". Most of the rich history of the competing Christian groups in the later Roman Empire is lost: the victorious Catholic Christians entwined with the Roman and later states from the early 4th century onwards, suppressed their opponents and left little trace of them and their beliefs except for factional slanders and lies. Mostly we don't know what they believed.

We need a culture of honest criticism on the left, and an end to telling lies about other socialists.

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