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 Orange General Strike of May 1974

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Sean Matgamna
Despite its peculiar features, the Northern Ireland general strike of May 1974 was perhaps the most, certainly one of the most, successful general strikes in history. It shaped everything that came after it for 20 years, up to the ceasefire of 1994. How did that happen?

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Their Europe and ours

Cause for glee: the Tories are deeply split over Europe. Our glee could be purer if the left had something clear and worthwhile to say on Europe. It has not.

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The left should oppose both Tory factions — by extending to the European arena the same battle for workers’ rights, improved conditions, and democracy that we wage within nation-states.

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