Workers' Liberty 19, March 1995

Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Against the stream: the class struggle is the decisive thing

Can groups of activists who recoil from building political organisations and organise instead around academic journals or in friendship circles play a useful role in building the left?

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Choose: the working class or sect building!

"The great thing is to get the working class to move as a class; that once obtained, they will soon find the right direction, and all who resist will be left out in the cold with small sects of their own."

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The life and death of a sharecropper

Formal equality before the law is relatively new for black people in the USA. Until the 1960s they suffered under a "Jim Crow" system not far from apartheid. The story of Odell Waller shows how monstrous it was.

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The "IS-SWP Tradition" 2: A symposium

A symposium on the IS-SWP tradition, including a contribution from ex-IS/SWP National Secretary Jim Higgins.

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Taslima Nasrin: "I will not be silenced"

An interview with Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, who faced death threats from Islamists for speaking our for women's rights and freedom.

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Women and Fundamentalism

Is Islamic religious dress such as the veil a tool of oppression or a symbol of anti-imperialist resistance? What should socialists say about religious fundamentalism?

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