AWL versus SWP

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

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"AWL vs SWP" day school, November/ December 2005

Discussion points for the day school

1. Transitional programme vs fake ultra-leftism

Socialism after Stalinism, by Sean Matgamna, from How Solidarity Can Change The World

The SWP and its "March on Parliament", by Sean Matgamna, from Socialist Organiser 591, 03/03/94

2. Marxism vs "Apparatus Marxism"

The Degradations of Apparatus Marxism, by Jack Cleary, from Workers' Liberty 2/1

3. Striving to be "the memory of the class" vs invention of tradition

Our traditions: where the AWL comes from (document for 1995 AWL conference)

Where the SWP came from

The Great Gadsby: The Paradoxes of Tony Cliff, 1917-2000, from Workers' Liberty 64-5

SWP/ IS: history and myth, from Workers' Liberty 42


Leaflets produced for the SWP's "Marxism 2003" (downloadable pdf files)

After RMT conference: organise the rank and file! plus Crisis in the Socialist Alliance

Solidarity with Iraqi workers!

Should socialists save the pound?

Responses to globalisation: class struggle or Yankophobia?



Leaflets produced for the SWP's "Marxism 2002" (downloadable pdf files)

Should socialists have backed the Taliban?

Solidarity with the Palestinians - but don't line up behind Hamas!

The SWP's new petition on Israel-Palestine. Backing "two states": good! Calling on the British state to bring it about: bad!

Should socialists save the pound? (no longer on server: 2003 leaflet is similar)

A class response to globalisation (no longer on server: 2003 leaflet is similar)



Leaflets produced for the SWP's "Marxism 2001" (downloadable pdf files)

The Kosova war, two years on

Neither Washington nor Beijing, but international socialism!

The Socialist Alliance and the labour movement

Socialists and Israel-Palestine

The 'new anti-capitalism'

A class response to globalisation (no longer on server: 2003 leaflet is similar)



Items prepared for an AWL day school, July 2000


Where the SWP came from

Abridged introduction to a pamphlet, "A tragedy of the left", published in 1991 and now out of print.

The SWP and the miners

John Bloxam and Colin Foster review 'The Great Strike' by Alex Callinicos and Mike Simons, April 1985.

The SWP and the Labour Party

By Clive Bradley, July 1985.

The Iran-Iraq war

By Clive Bradley, 1988.

The SWP and British troops in Ireland in 1969

Back in 1969 when the British army was first put on the streets in Northern Ireland, the SWP effectively supported them and opposed their withdrawal.

Ireland and slogans

By Paddy Dollard, January 1987.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: