Workers' Liberty 12-13, August 1989

A Chinese Marxist in the 1920s

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Wang Fan-hsi

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A veteran Chinese Trotskyist describes his time in the Chinese Communist Party, between joining in 1925 and being expelled in 1929.

A veteran Chinese Trotskyist describes his time in the Chinese Communist Party, between joining in 1925 and being expelled in 1929.

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Reviews: Rushdie, Austen Morgan, Mandel, P J O'Rourke

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Edward Ellis; Sean Matgamna; Stan Crooke; Belinda Weaver

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Edward Ellis on Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses"
Sean Matgamna on Austen Morgan's "James Connolly"
Stan Crooke on Ernest Mandel's "Beyond Perestroika"
Belinda Weaver on P J O'Rourke's "Holidays in Hell" and Joe Bob Briggs's "Joe Bob goes to the drive-in"

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Desmond Greaves, 1913-1988

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Sean Matgamna

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Obituary of a man who, as editor of the Irish Democrat from 1918 to 1948, and writer of many books, influenced Irish left-wingers in the run-up to the 1968-9 crisis possibly more than any other.

Obituary of a man who, as editor of the <i>Irish Democrat</i> from 1918 to 1948, and writer of many books, influenced Irish left-wingers in the run-up to the 1968-9 crisis possibly more than any other.

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Is Scotland a colony?

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Stan Crooke

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A critique of the theories of the Scottish Socialist Party of 1989. (The 1989 SSP was not organisationally related to the later SSP, founded in 1998 and still active in 2010, but its attitudes on the supposed revolutionary significance of Scottish independence were similar).

A critique of the theories of the Scottish Socialist Party of 1989 (not related to the later SSP, founded in 1998 and still active in 2010).

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A collection of short articles from Workers' Liberty 12-13, August 1989

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Strikes in Stalinist and ex-Stalinist states; Rushdie; EU; Dock Labour scheme scrapped; more on USSR strikes; strikes in UK; abortion rights in USA; world economy; British economy; Scottish left and Assembly; independent union in China.

Strikes in Stalinist and ex-Stalinist states; Rushdie; EU; Dock Labour scheme scrapped; more on USSR strikes; strikes in UK; abortion rights in USA; world economy; British economy; Scottish left and Assembly; independent union in China.

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Escaping an historical trap: Clare Short MP talks to Workers' Liberty on Ireland

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Clare Short MP

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The problem is wrongly stated, in my view, when the call is for the removal of British troops. British troops are in Northern Ireland because there we have a malfunctioning political unit...

"The problem is wrongly stated, in my view, when the call is for the removal of British troops. British troops are in Northern Ireland because there we have a malfunctioning political unit..."

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The working class in the second Chinese revolution

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Elizabeth Millward

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Before 1989 the Chinese workers' movement had been crushed for 60 years. But in the 1920's it fought heroic battles, rich in lessons for today. Elizabeth Millward describes how a working class developed in China, how its struggles interlaced with those of the nationalist bourgeoisie, and why it was defeated.

Before 1989 the Chinese workers' movement had been crushed for 60 years. But in the 1920's it fought heroic battles, rich in lessons for today. Our feature on those class battles opens with Elizabeth Millward's account of how a working class developed in China, how its struggles interlaced with those of the nationalist bourgeoisie, and why it was defeated.

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Art and the Russian revolution

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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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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

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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.

The first Palestinian intifada, the uprising that began in December 1987, has 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.

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

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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.

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 a comrade from the Iranian Marxist group 'Socialism and Revolution' debated the nature of the Eastern Bloc.

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

PoMo

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Mark Perryman and Alan Johnson
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.

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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.

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Social Democracy goes Thatcherite: Kinnock and the market

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Ruth Cockroft

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Neil Kinnock's applause for the capitalist market is part of an international trend. In many countries, social democracy has gone 'Thatcherite'.

Neil Kinnock's applause for the capitalist market is part of an international trend. In many countries, social democracy has gone 'Thatcherite'.

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The road to Tienanmen Square: Workers and Students in China

Tienanmen

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Sean Matgamna
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.

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In defence of the French revolution

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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.

The French Revolution set the benchmarks for radical and democratic politics, and it was the launch-pad for socialist politics.

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