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Changing the culture of the left

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:55 Author: Sean Matgamna

Now Kumar deigns to argue rather than hurling stale abuse (Solidarity 465: bit.ly/ashok-k). Discussion is good.

The atmosphere on the ostensible left is heavily charged with heresy-hunting, trolling (which is only another name for gang mobbing and bulling), shouting-down, and drowning-out. There is little or no real political debate or dialogue.

That is what the internal life of the pseudo-Leninist sects has been for decades (the SWP, for instance, or, worse, the SP). It has now become the culture of Momentum.

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A response to critics

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:52 Author: Ashok Kumar

In response to your reply to my Sky News appearance I had immediately said that I did not seek to send a response of my own. In answer to this you wrote a short text saying that I had failed to deal with the substance of your issue. Now I feel I should reply to answer your political questions.

First of the questions posed is: is the AWL racist? To which one might reply: what would a left-wing racism even look like? In the week in which we mark fifty years since Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood speech’ the AWL’s response on this question is an important one.

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A revolutionary left turned neoliberal

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:02 Author: Rhodri Evans
Ortega & Putin

According to a local human rights group, at least 34 unarmed demonstrators have been killed, and hundreds injured, as the Nicaraguan government has attacked protests against pension changes which will make workers pay more from their wages to get less in pensions.

The government has promised to consider changes, but only in discussion with Nicaragua’s bosses’ federation, its main social ally.

Yet this government is headed by Daniel Ortega, leader of the Sandinista Liberation Front, which first won power in Nicaragua in 1979 as an avowedly revolutionary socialist force.

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How the ground was laid for Enoch Powell

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 11:09 Author: Matt Cooper
Dockers march for Enoch

Last week saw the fiftieth anniversary of Enoch Powell’s “River of Blood” speech”.

The contents of the speech are well known, arguing that black and Asian people were an immutable and alien pollutant in Britain and that immigration should be stopped and reversed through repatriation.

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The Warsaw ghetto and the meaning of resistance

Submitted by Matthew on 1 May, 2013 - 8:53

Warsaw wrote two brilliant chapters in its history during the war, and also entered a dark blot on its pages.

The first was the uprising, against the Nazi occupation, of the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto, starting on 19 April 1943 and lasting about six weeks. This struggle of the Jews, and especially of the Jewish workers, against overwhelming odds is one of the most glorious episodes in the book of struggles of oppressed peoples and labour for freedom.

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Learning from the mural row

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:46 Author: Matt Cooper
Antisemitism spider

In the recent furore about antisemitism on the left triggered by the uncovering of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2012 defence of Kalen Ockerman’s mural Freedom for Humanity, much of the coverage found it unnecessary to explain the nature of the mural’s antisemitism.

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National Committee statement 7-4-18

Submitted by AWL on 9 April, 2018 - 12:09 Author: Workers' Liberty National Committee

The National Committee of the AWL welcomes the report produced by the Working Group, and thanks its members, and the external individuals they consulted and who contributed to the production of the report, for their work on it.

This report has concluded that the AWL lacked an adequate understanding of issues and procedures around safeguarding, and were guilty of serious collective and individual failures of duty of care, on the part of some members, including, in particular, some members of our elected committees.

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Teachers call for strike ballot on 5% pay demand

Submitted by martin on 10 April, 2018 - 10:14 Author: By a delegate

Delegates from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) section of the National Education Union (NEU) met in Brighton from 30 March to 3 April for our union’s national conference.

Workers’ Liberty school workers intervened alongside other activists organised around the Education Solidarity Network (ESN) to put forward arguments on testing and workload as well as to challenge the union leadership on its weak industrial strategy.

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Moishe Postone 1942-2018

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:04 Author: Colin Foster

The Marxist writer Moishe Postone, best-known for his 1993 book Time, Labour, and Social Domination, died on 21 March at the age of 75.

He was also well known for his critique of left antisemitism.

Born in Canada, he first studied for a degree in biochemistry at Chicago University, but then moved to studying history. He recalled a big student occupation in 1969, and a reading group on Hegel and Marx which came out of it, as turning-points in his development.

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