Before we cast a general glance back the discussion about Bernstein's book in the party press, we still wish to treat individually some questions of detail which were particularly stressed in that discussion. This time, let us turn to the English trade union movement.
In June 1905 the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was founded. Delegates from America’s most militant unions and workers’ organisations came together in Chicago to discuss the foundation of the “one big union”, an “industrial union”, organising all workers. The “Wobblies”, as the organisation became known, aimed to break down all the barriers between workers of craft and tradition put up by right-wing labour bureaucrats.
“Ireland occupies a position among the nations of the earth unique... in the possession of what is known as a physical force party — a party, that is to say, whose members are united upon no one point, and agreed upon no single principle, except the use of physical force as the sole means of settling the dispute between the people of this country and the governing power of Great Britain..."
James Connolly, Workers’ Republic, July 1899.
The need to fight against sexism and for women’s liberation remains a key part of socialist politics. Socialist feminism may also be enjoying something of a revival. With this in mind we have collected together here articles from our press about socialist feminists in history.
- How I came to advocate an Israeli nuclear strike on Iran
- Under the Sign of the Oxymoron
- Critical Notes on the "CPGB" Part 1
- Critical Notes on the "CPGB" Part 2
- Weekly Worker Group: Never Stalinist?
- Report of John Bridge/Sean Matgamna Debate
- Gossip No Substitute For Politics
- Open Letter to Members of the CPGB
- Some History For the Bemused
- Introduction. Afghanistan: the Russian Invasion and the Left
- "Workers' Voice", the "CPGB's" Turkish Stalinist Mentors
- Conrad and Fisher on Afghanistan: The Tankies' Tankies -1
- The Tankies' Tankies -2
- The Tankies' Tankies -3
- The Tankies' Tankies -4
- The Tankies' Tankies -5
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether -1
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether -2
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether-3
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether -4
- Stalinist Mind At End Of Its Tether-5
By John O’Mahony
A. For socialists in Britain, what are the most important political issues in relation to the situation in the Middle East after the Israeli-Hizbullah war?
A collection of 24 articles by members of AWL or its predecessor organisations on some basic questions of SWP theory, history, politics and people.
Debate between Moshe Machover and Sean Matgamna
- Moshe Machover: "AWL - Abominable Warmongering Left"
- "Israel, Iran, and socialism". Sean Matgamna replies to Moshe Machover
- "Zionism: propaganda and sordid reality". Moshe Machover replies to Sean Matgamna
- "Israel and the 'essence of Zionism'". Sean Matgamna responds to Moshe Machover's second polemic.
- Two states - or no hope for either nation - third article by Sean Matgamna, dealing with a lecture in which Moshe Machover outlined his programme on Israel/Palestine
- Report of the Matgamna-Machover debate in London on 12 October
- Audio files (mp3) of the complete 12 October debate
The discussion article which sparked the debate
Debate and polemic following that article, other than the Machover-Matgamna exchange
- Iran and Israel: debating the issues. A selection (various authors)
- No to an Israeli attack on Iran! (Sacha Ismail)
- No to any attack on Iran: for working-class resistance to imperialisms big and small (Daniel Randall)
- "How I came to advocate an Israeli nuclear strike on Iran" (Sean Matgamna, replying to the Weekly Worker's "interpretation")
- Q & A on Israel-Iran (Martin Thomas)
- Ambiguities in the Third Camp (Bruce Robinson)
Other relevant reading
- Iran, Israel, and nuclear weapons (the back page article on the question in the same issue of Solidarity as carried the original discussion piece)
- When Marxists fall out: in defence of Sean Matgamna (Philip Bounds)
- The Weekly Worker group (CPGB) and its fatuous gossip sheet: The Cheshire cat of Stalinism
- The Weekly Worker group ("CPGB"): Under the sign of the oxymoron
Three young members of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty headed up the Workers' Climate Action campaign to mobilise workers at the Vestas plants against the closure of the factories.
This is the second part of an article* by the American Trotskyist James P Cannon about the US Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or “Wobblies”), founded 100 years ago.