Workers' Liberty 12-13, August 1989

Art and the Russian revolution

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 6:06 Author: Rachel Lever

Most interested Westerners hold the idea that art is 'free', a metter for the artist expressing him or herself without restrictions. The notion that art should be 'used' for ideological purposes is presented in the media as a perversion practised mainly by Stalinists.

A five part article, written in 1966/7(and republished in 1989) focuses on the role of art in the Russian revolution and working-class culture.

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The other Israeli: Adam Keller speaks to Workers' Liberty

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 5:19 Author: Adam Keller

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The first Palestinian intifada, the uprising that began in December 1987, left deep marks on Israeli society. Commentators often dwell on the growth of the far-right and Jewish fundamentalism. But there has been a parallel development on the left, as Adam Keller, an Israeli socialist who visited Britain in 1989, was keep to point out.

Which class rules in the USSR? A debate on the character of the Soviet Union

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 5:13 Author: Robert Brenner, Oliver Macdonald, Torab Saleh, Frank Furedi, Martin Thomas

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Workers' states, systems where new ruling classes exploit the workers, or societies with no ruling class at all? At Workers' Liberty 1989, Martin Thomas (Socialist Organiser), Robert Brenner (Against the Current), Oliver Macdonald (Labour Focus on Eastern Europe and Socialist Outlook), Frank Furedi (author of 'The Soviet Union Demystified'), and Torab Saleh from the Iranian Marxist group 'Socialism and Revolution' debated the nature of the Eastern Bloc.

New Times or class struggle: Debate between Socialist Organiser and Marxism Today

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 4:56 Author: Mark Perryman and Alan Johnson

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Mark Perryman, from the editorial board of the Communist Party magazine Marxism Today, and Alan Johnson from Socialist Organiser, debated at the Workers' Liberty summer school in July 1989 on whether the watchwords for politics should be "modernising", "fragmentation", and "compromise" - or class struggle.

The road to Tienanmen Square: Workers and Students in China

Submitted by Chris on 29 December, 2010 - 4:37 Author: Sean Matgamna

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For three weeks in May and June 1989, the Chinese government lost control of a large part of Beijing. It lost control of its capital city to the people who live there, spearheaded by the students and workers demanding radical democratic reform.

In defence of the French revolution

Submitted by martin on 23 December, 2010 - 10:43 Author: Martin Thomas

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The Oxford dictionary dates the word "democrat" from 1790 ("an adherent or advocate of democracy; orig. opposed to aristocrat in the French Revolution"). It dates "revolutionary", in general use, from 1794; "liberal" in the modern sense and "constituent assembly" from 1801; "radical", from 1802; "socialist", from 1833.

The terms "right" and "left" in politics derive from where the factions sat in the French revolutionary assemblies.