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May 1968

France in May 1968 may give us one of the best pictures we can get of what a socialist revolution will be like in the most developed capitalist countries.

May 1968

"By its scope, tone and temper the mass strike was insurrectionary - the workers’ drive was clearly for a total reconstruction of society. It raised inescapably the big question: which class is to rule?" Our account, written in 1968, of the great general strike in France in May-June 1968.

Telescope

In a little-known but major work, the Grundrisse, Marx looked at the very long-term trends of capital as through a telescope. His ideas can help us orient ourselves in 21st century capitalism.

A ring of roses with the words "socialism makes sense" in the middle.

Workers' Liberty summer school 21-24 June 2018, Birkbeck University, Malet St, London. "Challenges of a Labour government" is a major theme - how we can get such a government, how the labour movement can hold to its promises, whether Labour policies are adequate, what the left should demand... Thursday: walking tour. Friday evening: debate on socialism vs free market with Kristian Niemetz of the IEA. Saturday-Sunday - debates, workshops, film showings, and more. Book online here.

Fake news

Workers' Liberty forum on Fake News and Socialism: Friday 25 May, 7:30pm, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

manifesto

Re-evaluating and reasserting the perspectives and ideals of the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels after the experience of Stalinism and its collapse

Karl Marx

There were many socialists and communists before Marx. But, in short pamphlets like the Communist Manifesto and in longer, more analytical books like Capital (1867), Marx developed a new perspective for socialism.

Israel-Palestine protest 14 April 2018

About 60 Palestinian demonstrators were shot dead by Israeli snipers on the Gaza border on 14 May, making the total killed over 100 since the current wave of Hamas-backed protests started on 30 March. Workers' Liberty and other activists, especially from the Worker-communist Parties of Kurdistan and of Iran, have protested against the killings and for a democratic political settlement in Israel-Palestine each Monday from 23 April to 14 May. Place: Kensington Court, High St Kensington, London W8 5EA (opposite the Israeli Embassy).

nationalise energy

The TUC called a march and rally on 12 May under the slogan of a “new deal for working people”. There is plenty to protest about, but the TUC's effort - in proportion to its resources - was feeble. Workers' Liberty was there on the march, declaring that the "new deal" we want is socialism.

LCSM

Labour right-winger Chuka Umunna is using European issues as a device for self-promotion and to bash Corbyn, but on the Single Market he is right.

Capitalism isn't working but what should the left say?

The left which has flooded into Labour since Corbyn’s leadership campaign in 2015 now holds the balance of power within the Party. But what kind of left is this, and where is it going?

Gaza protests

The Israeli army has killed 25 Palestinians, and injured hundreds more, after Israeli Defence Force (IDF) snipers opened fire on two demonstrations on Israel’s border with the Palestinian territory of Gaza, on Friday 30 March and Friday 6 April.

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Battle of Ideas

Abbas

Dressed up as profound historical insights, and given a superficial gloss of “authenticity” by citing “three Jewish Zionist writers” as the source of his claims, Mahmoud Abbas’s comments were in fact straightforward antisemitic statements.

PT demonstration

Brazilian socialist Andressa Alegre spoke to Solidarity about the experience with the governments led by the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) between 2003 and 2016

Haringey Local Government conference

On 4 May, there were two announcements significant to Haringey Labour. One was that they won 42 seats in the council elections, with the Lib Dems winning 15. The other that the former Leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober, had found a job in a major property development company, Pinnacle.

Trofim Lysenko

In the discussions prompted by centenary of the first workers’ government, little has been said about the Bolsheviks and their science policies. This series will attempt address this.

Management

Labour-movement bureaucrats act more like managers of the relation between workers and bosses than as militant representatives of the workers.

Trans solidarity flag

Motion passed on 7 April 2018 by the AWL's national committee

Repeal 8th artwork

Elizabeth Butterworth reviews Repeal the 8th, edited by Una Mullally (2018, Unbound press)

Syriza

Greek socialist Dora Polenta spoke to Solidarity about the challenges that were faced by Syriza and the lessons for a Corbyn government

Jordan refugee camp

Socialists and decent liberals should back an independent Palestinian state, in contiguous territory, alongside Israel. But on too much of the left, the “destroy Israel” strand dominates, and not the “help the Palestinians” strand.

Esther Roper

The story of women’s suffrage is conventionally divided into the militant suffrage campaign led by the WSPU and the constitutional one led by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).

It is strange to see things for which Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty have long been despised and abused, among much of the left, the kitsch left, now being brandished as weapons against the Corbyn Labour Party by our political enemies.

racist brain

The return of racist science

Castro and Khrushchev

Teachers' union spends £48,000 on “solidarity” holidays to Cuba. Text of a Workers' Liberty leaflet handed out at National Education Union conference on Saturday 31 March.

Stalin's head

Erecting statues to oneself is the work of someone with state power. The purpose is to project permanence, grandeur, great dominance and authority. And to create veneration and devotion around the individual who demands power and control without accountability.

Second amendment

The working class and oppressed groups may need arms for self-defence, as in the late 1960s when the Black Panthers armed themselves for protection against the police. The problem, of course, is that the current beneficiaries of guns being freely available will not be revolutionary workers’ organisations but petty criminals, not to mention the kind of disturbed individuals who have carried out numerous shootings in American schools.

Print of people being pushed into a grinder and into boxes with the slogan "don't let the bastards grind you down"

We should not peacefully exist in and with a society in which the precondition for workers to live is that they submit to being wage slaves, and accept that their productive energies are owned and controlled by employers who take a large part of the new wealth the workers create.

Fake news, the internet, and political scandals.

Galloway tweet

The charge that political organisations like Workers’ Liberty are “cults” is a common weapon in factional battles within the left today. This is our response to that line of argument.

Anissa

Algerian feminist and scholar Anissa Hélie, in discussion on feminism and Islam.

Stop Brexit

Labour Party spokespersons should have asserted clearly, simply and repeatedly that migrants and refugees are welcome here, that our problems are caused by the Tories. Instead Labour has appeared mealy-mouthed and incoherent. Without a clear lead, continuing with Brexit is seen as “just the way it had to be”.

Clay Cross

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.

Left antisemitism

Five reasons for distinguishing between political antisemitism and racial antisemitism.

antisemitism

Workers’ Liberty has been debating theories of racism and their relationship to left antisemitism. This contribution is by Carmen Basant. An alternative view will be published soon.

Balfour

Paul Hampton argues there was never an inexorable, linear development from the Balfour declaration to the creation of Israel, or indeed, to the current injustice towards the Palestinians.

An interview by Arun Gupta from Jacobin magazine with Marxist academic Leo Panitch about Trump’s agenda

Lenin

How socialists capitulated to the warmongers in 1914.

One Hundred Years

Epic poem marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution

Crisis and Sequels cover

"Crisis and sequels" is a book about the 2008 economic crash and its sequels by Solidarity and Workers' Liberty contributor Martin Thomas.

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