Battle of Ideas

In Defence of Bolshevism

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 August, 2018 - 12:26
Lenin

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Max Shachtman's Under the Banner of Marxism, which forms the bulk of this book, deserves to be considered one of the classic polemics of the Marxist movement, alongside The Poverty of Philosophy, Anti-Dühring, and others. It defends the Bolsheviks, their revolution, their work to build a revolutionary socialist movement, and the continued relevance of their approach.

The professor and the helicopter
Stop the war protest with the flag of the Syrian government
SJWWed, 19/09/2018 - 12:44

People tried to construct flying machines for thousands of years before the first planes were built in the early 20th century, and the first regularly-produced helicopters from the 1930s.

Suppose a historian were to study all the documents she or he could find about that effort, prior to say 1900, but without registering that the purpose was to find a flying machine.

Maybe the historian would imagine that the purpose was just to find some way of getting from place to place, and would comment: why didn’t they just walk?

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US socialists debate electoral strategy

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 12:01 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In the US, self-described socialists running on Democrat ballot lines have produced shock electoral successes.

The successes include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district and, more recently, Julia Salazar’s victory over incumbent New York State Senator Martin Malave Dilan to become the Democratic nominee for the 18th district.

These successes have revived a long-running debate on how the American left should approach elections.

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Why revolutionaries organise
Lenin and Trotsky
SJWWed, 29/08/2018 - 08:56

Why revolutionaries organise

The working class has the potential to become a great power in society, but can make that potential a reality, even on the most limited scale, only by organisation.

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Latin America, violence, and capitalism
Protesters hold a banner reading “who killed Marielle?” at protests after Marielle Franco’s death
SJWWed, 08/08/2018 - 11:18

Marielle Franco, the Brazilian socialist feminist and LGBT activist, was brutally gunned down in Rio de Janeiro in March this year.

Franco was a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), a revolutionary split from the Workers’ Party (PT). She was an outspoken critic of police brutality and the Brazilian president’s use of the army to intervene in the favelas of the city.

Franco’s death has been attributed to gangs, but many suspect it was an extra-judicial killing by militias closely linked to the state.

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US socialists challenge Trump

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 2:14 Author: Ira Berkovic

America’s largest socialist organisation, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), has taken a lead in organising radical action in solidarity with migrants and in opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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What should Labour do about policing?
A Labour Party leaflet in the shape of police helmets calling for more police officers
Gemma_STue, 17/07/2018 - 13:14

Carrie Evans spoke at Socialism makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018 on 23-24 June about Labour, crime, and policing.

Labour have positioned themselves as the party of law and order. Most notably they are calling for police funding to go back to pre-2010 levels, and promising 25,000 extra police on the streets.

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