John Brown was a revolutionary terrorist.
What is the relationship between sex and class in the oppression of women? How useful is the concept of ‘patriarchy’?
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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.
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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Reports and interviews from our visit to Thessaloniki and Athens, 4-9 July 2012.
Pre-revolutionary Greece in July 2012: click to download pdf
An AWL pamphlet for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, making the case for socialist republicanism. Click here to download the PDF.
Discussion of the ill-fated cooperation agreement between AWL 'supporters and Labour Briefing in 1995.[GB is Graham Bash and MM is Mike Marqusee] Read online or click here to download pdf.
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.
Six articles about how the Provisional IRA/Sinn Fein has changed over recent years, and background to Northern Irish politics.
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.
- See also: Weekly Worker: A Little Light on the W W Group ("CPGB")
Song of the Weekly Worker:
I'm so small! But I'm poisonous too;
What I say is at best but half-true:
I spread gossip thin,
So they'll think I'm well in;
But I'm useful, torn up in the loo!
*(And see appendix by the Marxist-Limerick Tendency)
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.
- Sean Matgamna's critique of "Perdition" in Workers' Liberty 6, arguing against the cancellation under pressure but contending that the play was indeed anti-Jewish
- Tony Greenstein's first polemic
- Sean Matgamna takes a second look at "Perdition"
- Tony Greenstein's second polemic
- Sean Matgamna's second reply
Alliance for Workers’ Liberty: cinq textes
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
The main document of the Trotskyist side in the faction fight in the Irish Workers' Group in 1967-8.
I. Vacillation and inconsistency
II. What kind of revolutionary party?
III. The record: political chameleonism
Eclecticism and nationalism
IV. The present orientation
Result of the nationalist accommodation
Accommodation to Labour too?
V. The theory of Irish exceptionalism
VI. The internal "regime"
The chameleon at home - a petty bonaparte
Centralism vs. democratic centralism
The Lawless clique and the Workers' Fight faction
VII. Whither the IWG?
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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.
Antecedents and sequels of the crisis: discussion notes by Martin Thomas on the first two "rounds", November 2010.
December 2008 onwards: second comments, and some new contributors
1. Michel Husson: The Crisis of Neo-Liberal Capitalism
2. Fred Moseley: The Bondholders and the Taxpayers
3. Leo Panitch: The Chain Broke at its Weakest Link
4. Andrew Kliman: The Level of Debt is Astronomical
5. David Laibman: The Onset of Great Depression II: Conceptualising the Crisis
6. Costas Lapavitsas: The debacle of financialised capitalism
7. Robert Brenner: The economy in a world of trouble
8. Simon Mohun: The neo-liberal model is bust
9. Dick Bryan: The underlying contradictions of capitalist finance
March to June 2008:
1. Fred Moseley: The Long Trends of Profit
2. Costas Lapavitsas: A New Sort of Financial Crisis
3. Leo Panitch: The Crisis Depends on the Fightback
4. Simon Mohun: An Era of Rampant Inequality
5. Trevor Evans: The Imbalances in the System are Unsustainable
6. Dick Bryan: The Inventiveness of Capital
7. Michel Husson: A Systemic Crisis, Both Global and Long-Lasting
Appendix: AWL 2008 conference document on the world economy