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
Introduction to the December 1980 pamphlet published by Socialist Organiser, "Labour democracy and the fight for a workers' government".
The articles in which we first argued for the use of the slogan "workers' government", in April 1980.
From Workers' Action nos.173-5, 19 April, 26 April, and 10 May 1980.
[This is a copy-edited and slightly expanded version of the text in Solidarity replying to Lysaght.]
A dozen years on from the “Good Friday Agreement” (GFA) things in Northern Ireland are far from settled. The recently threatened breakdown of the power-sharing executive was avoided. But the Good Friday system is far from stable.
A pamphlet bringing together polemics, debates and exchanges between Workers' Liberty and anarchist comrades. Buy online (£5).
Or order from AWL. For single copies, send a cheque for £6.10 (including £1.10 postage), payable to AWL, to AWL, 20E Tower Workshops, Riley Road, London SE1 3DG; or buy online by clicking below. Five copies for £20, ten copies for £36.
“An open letter to a direct action militant” by Ira Berkovic
“Can we build a revolutionary workers’ movement?” by Ira Berkovic
“Ends and means: continuing the debate on tactics” by Anne Archist
“Anarchism, direct action and class struggle: a reply to Ira Berkovic’s ‘Open Letter’” by Bobi Pasquale
“Direct action and class struggle: a reply to Bobi Pasquale” by Sacha Ismail
“How to organise to change the world” by Ed Maltby, (a speech given in a debate with blogger Laurie Penny, January 2011)
“All Feathered Up: A New Defence of Anarchism” by Martin Thomas
“The AWL versus anarchism” by Iain McKay (The Anarchist FAQ blog)
“Six points in reply to Iain McKay” by Martin Thomas (December 2011)
“Working-class struggle and anarchism” by Martin Thomas and subsequent debate
“Anarchism and classless society: a reply to AWL” by North London Solidarity Federation
“We should work in the mass organisations: a reply to Sol Fed” by Stuart Jordan
“Climate Camp shuts down... itself” by Bob Sutton
"The Anti-Cuts Movement and the Left" by the Anarchist Federation
"Anarchism, the anti-cuts movement and working-class politics: a reply to the Anarchist Federation" by Tom Unterrainer
“Five things Trotskyists should know about today’s young ‘anarchists’” by Yves Coleman
“Anarchism without trade unions: fresh wave or utopianism? A reply to Yves Coleman” by Ira Berkovic
That’ll teach me to make silly jokes! A few issues back, in a fit of self-indulgent whimsy, I mocked some ex-comrades of ours who had abandoned socialist politics to enlist in George W Bush’s neo-conservative crusade to bring bourgeois democracy and American-style capitalism to Iraq. In a little skit, I had one of them confuse the Communist Manifesto with “the Bourgeois-Democratic Manifesto”.
October marks the anniversary of the memorable day when the workers of East London stopped police-protected fascists marching through the Jewish areas of the East End. The Battle of Cable Street was an epic, and is now a myth-enshrouded event in British working-class history.