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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 battle now shapes the future

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Colin Foster

Peter Frase’s book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism is due to be published on 1 November. He will be explaining its ideas in a speaking tour in Britain from 24 September, and has already written about them on the website of Jacobin, the US socialist magazine he writes for.

He explains, at the end of that preview article, that his argument is dramatically over-simplified. The aim is to jolt us out of the always-common prejudice that society will go on much as it is now, with a nudge this way or that. It won’t.

Peter Frase’s book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism is due to be published on 1 November. He will be explaining its ideas in a speaking tour in Britain from 24 September, and has already written about them on the website of Jacobin, the US socialist magazine he writes for.

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Ports and workers’ power

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Martin Thomas

"The RWG [container] terminal [in Rotterdam, 2.35m teu capacity], with its fully automated cranes, is operated by a team of no more than 10 to 15 people on a day-to-day basis. Most of its 180 employees aren’t longshoremen, but IT specialists” (Journal of Commerce, 4 Feburary 2016).

The managing director says: “We are in fact, an IT company that handles containers”.

Compare: in 1900 the Port of London was the busiest port in the world. It had 50,000 workers shifting cargo mostly by hand, as they had done for thousands of years. It handled 7 million tons of cargo.

Port work went through a technological revolution in the 1960s and 70s, with “containerisation”. Now it is going through another technological revolution, with automation.

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Scapegoating Jews for the slave trade?

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Dan Katz

There was a lot of Jewish support for the US Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

Martin Luther King spoke out against anti-Semitism:

“How could there be anti- Semitism among Negroes when our Jewish friends have demonstrated their commitment to the principle of tolerance and brotherhood…

“It would be impossible to record the contribution that the Jewish people have made toward the Negro’s struggle for freedom — it has been so great.” (1965)

Black Africans, forced into slavery in the Americas, suffered terribly over centuries. But it is reactionary nonsense to blame that on the also-persecuted Jewish people.

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American socialist writer to tour UK

Between 23 September and 7 October, American socialist writer Peter Frase will be touring the UK.

Peter is on the editorial board of the magazine Jacobin, which has become one of the foremost anti-capitalist, socialist voices in the USA. Frase will be addressing the themes in his forthcoming book, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism and his chapter in the Jacobin-published book ABCs of socialism.

• For more information on the tour dates and Peter’s work, see here

Between 23 September and 7 October, American socialist writer Peter Frase will be touring the UK.

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TTIP stalled

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Gerry Bates

On 30 August the French minister for foreign trade, Matthias Fekl, tweeted that he had called for the US-EU negotiations for TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, to stop. Germany’s economy minister Sigmar Gabriel had already said: “The negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it”.

Talks for TTIP were announced in February 2013, and were due to conclude by end 2014. Now it looks dead. In the USA, Donald Trump opposes TTIP outright, and Hillary Clinton now declares herself “critical” of it.

Talks for TTIP were announced in 2013, and were due to conclude by the end of 2014. Now it looks dead.

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Towards a broad-based left party?

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Traven Serge

“Opportunities for the left have been created which never existed before.”

The Sanders campaign cohered a mass base especially of young people, and showed that it is possible to connect with broad sections of the working class who desperately want a break from neoliberal policies and the two party system. But the impact of the Sanders phenomena will be limited to the degree that it fails to find organisational expression in a movement for a new political party.

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Why Sanders and his supporters are now backing Clinton

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Eric Lee

Over the course of the last year, millions of Americans voted for Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist candidate who offered a programme of radical change. According to public opinion polls, nearly all of them are now going to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton.

If Clinton wins the election on November 8th, all those millions of Sanders supporters who grudgingly voted for her, will need to be mobilised to force her and Congress to enact as much of the Democratic Platform as we can. Sanders has launched a new organisation, “Our Revolution”, which is devoted to precisely that.

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Trump and after

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Lance Selfa and Alan Maass

The Republicans gathered in Cleveland [earlier this month] to ratify the verdict of primary voters and choose Donald Trump as their presidential nominee for 2016.

A last-minute attempt by the “Never Trump” forces to obstruct his nomination was easily overcome when party officials rushed through a voice vote on convention rules. Still, whatever show of unity they manage for the cameras, many Republicans seem to wish that their party would have chosen someone else.

A last-minute attempt by the “Never Trump” forces to obstruct his nomination was easily overcome when party officials rushed through a voice vote on convention rules. Still, whatever show of unity they manage for the cameras, many Republicans seem to wish that their party would have chosen someone else.

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“Blue lives matter” used to smear Black Lives Matter movement

″Blue lives matter″ was the relentless message from America’s political leaders and the media establishment after the shootings in Dallas [7 July] that left five police officers dead. But that message is a bitter pill to those who recognize it is being used to sideline and silence a movement demanding justice for victims of police murder after two more killings of black men, captured on video, became international news.

The renewed protests following the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota — the largest national surge of anti-police violence activism in over a year — represent a much-needed return to the streets. But the chorus of official voices calling for “respectful dialogue” will be used to drown out our cries for justice and accountability. The celebration of police officers who “put their lives on the line” will be used to downplay the injustice of a system built on racism, repression and violence.

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