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The left in disarray

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 January, 2017 - 11:58
The left in disarray

The left needs to emerge from defining itself primarily in a negative and reactive way, and rediscover what, positively, the real left must be for. A companion volume, by Sean Matgamna, to Can Socialism Make Sense?. Published June 2017.

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Russian Revolution: when workers took power

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 January, 2017 - 12:04
Russian Revolution

A new book from Workers' Liberty, published April 2017.

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Submitted by Jason Schulman on Mon, 10/04/2017 - 20:53

I suspect this disagreement has little bearing on any political differences (or similarities!) between the AWL and myself on current questions, but...

I think the Russian working class lost its last grip on state power in 1921, not 1927. Not so much because of the Kronstadt rebellion (I'm not convinced by left anarchist accounts on that one) but when the Russian Communist Party became not a workers' party but a party of "workers and peasants." As we know, no real political party -- one that controls who joins and who doesn't -- can represent two classes at once. And the ruling parties of the "People's Democracies" always said they stood for the same thing.

If the Bolsheviks stood openly for the dictatorship of the (tiny) proletariat over the peasantry, they would lose the peasant base which they had obtained by adopting the SRs' land reform program and be destroyed by an uprising of the vast majority of the country. If they attempted to politically represent the peasantry, they could do so only by crushing the struggles of the proletariat and its most advanced sections -- by becoming a collective Louis Bonaparte. But in this case - unlike Bonaparte, whose power ultimately rested on the bourgeoisie, or the similar Byzantine or pre-revolutionary Chinese regimes, which ultimately rested on slaveholder and landlord classes -- the Bolsheviks could not count on the peasantry's class fear, but could only rely on ideology and direct coercion.

The NEP was the Bolsheviks' attempt to square this circle, at least temporarily, by making a deliberate, explicit and partial retreat to capitalism. It ultimately failed. Stalin's forced-collectivization policies from 1928 onward simply completed the shift of the CPSU to becoming the political representative of the peasantry. The peasantry *cannot rule* and in consequence it can only, when it acts independently, find a master who will coerce it to produce for the society. That master is the absolutist state.

That's what "bureaucratic collectivism" really was -- not a post-capitalist mode of production, but a sort of peasant and petit-bourgeois Bonapartism. And it began years before 1927 regardless of the intentions of Lenin and Trotsky.

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Can socialism make sense?
martinMon, 25/04/2016 - 17:03

A book from Workers’ Liberty which makes the case for socialism. In a time when socialism is the most searched word on the Merriam-Webster dictionary website, more and more people call themselves socialists, and a self-confessed socialist is leader of the Labour Party, this book explores what socialism means, whether it can rise again, how, and why.

It answers questions such as: What about Stalin? Are revolutions democratic? How can we have a planned economy? and is socialism still relevant?

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New stickers from Workers' Liberty!

Submitted by Gemma_S on 20 February, 2017 - 1:22

We have had a new bunch of stickers printed. Stickers are A6 and are perfect for sticking on notebooks, laptops, and on around and about where you live. Use the PayPal buttons below to buy. Please get in touch if you want to order a different number or a specific set of stickers.

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Nationalise the Big Six! Campaign launch

Submitted by SJW on 22 February, 2017 - 6:59
Nationalise the Big Six!

The Big Six -- British Gas, EDF, npower, E.ON, Scottish Power and SSE -- currently profit from contributing to catastrophic climate change while making us pay extotrionate energy bills (or freeze to avoid the costs).

Nationalisation of their operations offers a way to radically reduce the burning of fossil fuels, to support workers in the transition to renewable energy, and to stop rip-off energy bills.

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A workers' guide to Ireland
martinThu, 25/08/2016 - 04:22

An illustrated history of Ireland, from the Viking invasions to 1993. First published 1993; published as e-book, 2016.

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Transform the labour movement!

Submitted by AWL on 13 June, 2016 - 7:14

This 20-page pamphlet from Workers' Liberty, published in its second edition (September 2016) with new material from after the EU referendum and the coup in the Labour Party, sets out ideas and perspectives for transforming the labour movement to make it an effective force for working-class self-assertion.


"The left-wing surge which has shaken the Labour Party means an opportunity to revive the socialist left and begin to make serious headway reviving the labour movement.

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