New Labour cheats workers on leadership election

Submitted by cathy n on 1 May, 2007 - 1:13

“THE King is dead. Long live the King!” Blair is dead — long live... er... Blair, Mark II.

Brown is the Blair for today and tomorrow. Brown is the new, New Labour blue!

Or try it in Stalinist-Orwellian vein. Political choice is most free when there is a complete absence of political choice — when the new leader is elected unopposed. The best New Labour leadership election is — no election!

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The USA: communist or reactionary critique?

Submitted by Anon on 29 April, 2007 - 12:49

The Oxford Union is not a union at all, but a posh Oxford University debating society you have to pay almost £200 to join. It does, however, occasionally have some interesting debates, including one this Thursday, 26 April - "This House regrets the founding of the United States of America".

Who is speaking on the proposing side? One Robert Griffiths, general secretary of Communist Party of Britain, along with speakers from the UK Islamic Party and Hizb ut-Tahrir. (Those speaking in opposition look like bog-standard right-wingers.)

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Feminists who ally with the right

Submitted by Anon on 28 April, 2007 - 10:55

By Sofie Buckland

After refusing to debate at the Feminist Fightback conference organised by socialist feminist students last year , the feminist anti-porn group Object have continued their campaign of trying to silence anti-censorship feminist voices.

In a press release last week, Object claim that Ladyfest, the feminist non-profit DIY festival, is in fact more like a “porn fest” — the extremely thin evidence being a claim that Ladyfest Leeds held a pole-dancing benefit for the event, something that the organisers flatly deny.

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Solidarity with Sanitarios Maracay workers

Submitted by PaulHampton on Fri, 27/04/2007 - 21:12

Workers from Sanitarios Maracay in Venezuela, which has been occupied and run under workers' control for more than 5 months, were subjected to brutal repression last Tuesday 24 April.

Workers were travelling by bus to Caracas to participate in a national march called by FRETECO, the Revolutionary Front of Workers in Occupied Factories. The workers have demanded that the company be nationalised under workers' control. They want to produce bathroom suites for the housing projects.

Questions and answers on Iraq

Submitted by martin on 21 April, 2007 - 7:53

Who is Moqtada al-Sadr?
He is a Shia Islamist cleric who inherited a political movement from his father, Muhammed Sadiq al-Sadr, an Ayatollah who, along with Moqtada’s brother, was assassinated by Saddam Hussein’s agents in 1999.
He, in turn, had been the political heir of his brother, Ayatollah Muhammed Baqir al-Sadr, a major ideologist for the relatively soft-Islamist Dawa Party who was killed by Saddam in 1980.
Moqtada is a "harder" Islamist than the earlier Sadrs. He favours direct rule by the clergy on the model of Iran.

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Ted Grant and Marxism as "Prediction"

Submitted by AWL on 19 April, 2007 - 4:43 Author: Sean Matgamna

“The only true prophets are those who carve out the future they announce.”
James Connolly

Ted Grant, the last survivor from the leading figures of the Trotskyist movement of the 1940s died last July.

Ted Grant defined Marxism, in my hearing, as the “science of prediction”. Grant made many “Marxist” predictions, about the Stalinist states, the, so-to-speak, predetermined evolution of the Labour Party and many other things.

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Kurt Vonnegut

Submitted by cathy n on 19 April, 2007 - 4:06

Despite a career as a playwright and essayist, it is as a novelist that Kurt Vonnegut will be most remembered. A social and moral critic, his writing held a mirror up to humanity and showed us all absurdity, the cruelty and plain insanity of the world. Any socialist worth their salt should read at least one, preferably all of his novels.

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Why isn't Hamas the same as the Algerian FLN?

Submitted by cathy n on 17 April, 2007 - 12:05 Author: Clive Bradley

Islamism represents despair. It is not an alternative economic and political programme, but a retreat from having one, trusting instead in God.

Old-style nationalism was for something positive and concrete in the real world. The Islamists of course have their ideology (or ideologies, plural, ranging from that of Sayyid Qutb to that of Khomeini) - but what it represents is essentially negative.

Download and read the article: Why isn't Hamas the same as the Algerian FLN? by Clive Bradley.

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Why for socialists the working class is central

Submitted by Anon on 12 April, 2007 - 10:46 Author: Max Shachtman

WE consider ourselves as heirs of the Trotskyist movement when it was a living movement in the full sense of the word, when it represented the imperishable tradition of revolutionary Marxism. And today, 25 years after the founding [in 1928] of that movement, looking backward with a minimum of maudlin sentimentality and a maximum of calm, objective and reasoned analysis — what do we celebrate on this 25th anniversary?

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