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The Left in Disarray: study guide

Submitted by martin on 28 July, 2017 - 2:48

1. Stalinist roots
Read: Introduction and first part of "Stalinism has not been buried yet", pages 8 to 73.
Background or further reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 10. Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed.

Quotes to discuss:

"Philby stuttered... 'Whatever Stalin does - that is the left!'... It is a statement that sums up an entire epoch in the history of the world and of the left" - p.20

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Workplace activist skills training from Workers' Liberty

Submitted by AWL on 2 March, 2013 - 8:56

Trade union activists in AWL have developed a short series of workshops to help develop workplace activist skills.

The workshops are:

- Beyond "organising": has "the organising agenda" replaced "partnership" as the orthodoxy of the trade union bureaucracy? What are the positive aspects of "the organising agenda", and what are its limits? Can socialists argue for and build a radical model of organising? Click here to download workshop notes as a PDF.

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Marxism and trade unions

Submitted by AWL on 23 April, 2012 - 1:27

This a six-part AWL education course.

Its purpose is to give all members a solid grounding in some fundamental ideas about what trade unions are, and the role of socialists in unions and workplaces. We want every member to do this course – members currently active in unions, and those who will be union activists in future, or have past experiences to share. This collective knowledge and understanding will help make AWL even more effective and help develop our ideas. By all means also invite contacts.


Submitted by AWL on Thu, 10/01/2013 - 13:46

The first session is being run three times:

⚫ Wednesday 16 January at AWL London Colleges branch, 7pm at University of London Union
⚫ Thursday 17 January at AWL North East London branch, 7.30pm near Old Street
⚫ Sunday 20 January after a Tubeworker distribution session, 3pm near Kings Cross

We will be running the course in South London at some point soon.

For more information ring 07961 040 619 or email

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New AWL basic education programme, based on "We Stand For Workers' Liberty"

Submitted by martin on 25 April, 2011 - 4:45

Twelve sessions, based on the AWL pamphlet We Stand For Workers' Liberty.

Click here to download pdf of the study guide.

To view the articles to which the study guide relates, see the online contents page by clicking here.

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AWL week school, 31 August-4 September 2010

Submitted by AWL on 23 July, 2010 - 2:31

Workers’ Liberty will be running a five day long educational school in London, in the afternoons between Tuesday 31 August and Saturday 4 September (roughly 3-7.30 each day). The aim of the school is to help comrades educate themselves and encourage reading and discussion on a number of related political themes, as well as developing public speaking and arguing skills (the latter is part of each session, not just the first day).

The topics covered will be:

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