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Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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The left should not "Trumpify" itself!

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Michel Husson

On 23 January 2015, several days after being named as the Finance Minister of the new Greek government, Yanis Varoufakis answered questions from Channel Four. His first objective, he explained, was to take emergency steps to reduce the social effects of the crisis, and the third was to re-negotiate the debt. Between these two, and before even getting to the question of the debt, Varoufakis named as his target the system of oligarchy: “We are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system”.

The idea that the left should develop its own "national sovereignty narrative" plays into the hands of the xenophobes.

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The economic consequences of Donald Trump

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Martin Thomas
Beyond domestic regression, President Trump may also disrupt the large trends which have allowed capitalist growth for 60 years.

Newly-elected US president Trump will surely hack back migrants', workers', women's, and civil rights; speed environmental destruction; and raise risks of war, especially with Iran. He may also disrupt the large trends which have allowed capitalist growth for 60-plus years.

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Solidarity with water protectors!

On 27 October. police attacked Native American water protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota, after they had moved their encampment to be directly in the path of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction.

Police attack Native American water protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

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Trump win shows a sick system

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Donald Trump has won the US Presidential election.

He won by tapping into the reality of and the fear of poverty and failure among millions of working-class Americans.

He won by exploiting the deep racial divisions that have blighted the US for centuries. He attacked all Hispanic workers when calling Mexicans criminals and rapists. By scapegoating Muslims.

The necessity of remobilising the labour movement on socialist politics has just become many times more urgent.

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From Shachtmanite Trotskyism to Anarchism: Exploring the Relationship of a Marxist Tendency to Anarchism

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Wayne Price

This article, by the anarchist writer Wayne Price, was published in the journal The Utopian. It explores the relationship between the “Third Camp” Trotskyist tradition, with which Workers' Liberty identifies, and anarchist politics. It is republished with the author's permission. Visit the website of The Utopian here.

The anarchist writer Wayne Price explores the relationship between the "Third Camp" Trotskyist tradition, with which Workers' Liberty identifies, and anarchism.

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The ABCs of Socialism

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Simon Nelson

The team behind Jacobin magazine have produced a great set of short simple essays tackling questions often asked about the politics of the socialist left titled The ABCs of Socialism. As with any book with multiple authors — this has 13 in total — there are differences in style, emphasis and political conclusions (which I will address later). Nonetheless the book is remarkably consistent and reads well.

The team behind Jacobin magazine have produced a great set of short simple essays tackling questions often asked about the politics of the socialist left titled The ABCs of Socialism.

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The rise of Trumpism and how to fight it

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Dorian Bon (International Socialist Organization-US)

Even after the latest controversy over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, it appears that the Republican nominee [for President] has been too thoroughly exposed as a sexual predator, tax cheat and all-around sleazebag to catch up with Clinton. Nevertheless, tens of millions of people will cast their ballots for this man.

For many people, the instinctive reaction to the rise of a figure like Trump isn’t to build social movements, but to hope that a more liberal figure from the political establishment will stop the right-wing menace. But this only further entrenches the very conditions that give rise to the audience for Trumpism.

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When the left refused to condemn 9/11 (2001)

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Cathy Nugent

The last issue of Action for Solidarity went to press two days after the aircraft attack on the US. At the time We believed the British left had condemned the attacks. That was not quite right.

All of the British left have described the events as horrific, of course but most have not made an unequivocal condemnation. Rather they have condemned the “tactics” of the attackers(Socialist Party) or said they condemn the attack “because the actions will not take forward the struggle against US domination by a single step...” (Workers Power).

Comment from the time on left groups' responses to the 11 September 2001 atrocity in New York.

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Prescription opioids: the opiate of the people

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Les Hearn

The 2016 World Congress on Pain, meeting in Yokohama in late September, held a packed Special Session on Opioids. The theme was their role in pain medicine. This might seem fairly settled since the analgesic properties of opium have been known for at least 3,000 years. Not so!

Nearly two million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014, a quarter of those taking prescription opioids; over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids every day. Eighty per cent of opioid prescriptions world wide are in the US, with just 5% of the population.

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