Solidarity 081, 6 October 2005

Lenin and the Iraqi “resistance”

Submitted by Anon on 18 November, 2006 - 2:14

The SWP isn’t keen on systematic discussion of ideas — but on the few occasions when its publications do make a nod towards theory, they tend to rely on a small number of well-worn quotations. Among SWP favourites at the moment is this, written by Lenin in July 1916, and now used to justify support for the so-called resistance in Iraq:

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The deadly logic of "absolute anti-Zionism"

Submitted by AWL on 30 September, 2006 - 4:52

Prêcheurs de Haine (Preachers of Hatred), by Pierre-André Taguieff, is a large scale, French-language study of “left-wing” “judeophobia”.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/10/2005 - 12:16

You have too many qualms about what you say about the Left anti-Zionists/anti-jewish brigade. The book Stan reviews may seem phobic but in reality what has happened is adegeneration of massive proportions. those affected are doubtless useless for revolutionary or any politically respectable progressiver politics. AWL or SO once compared the lefts position on the Common Market with the positions of socialists at the outbreak of the Second World War. If you take the Idiot left back to the days of the Third Reich post-Wannsee conference you can very easily see what their role would have been. (And they share the Nazis bureaucratic pedantry.) In reality they are racialists, putrid prejudiced bigots pure and simple. You know them for the potentially violent bigots and tubthumpers they are in relation to the Trotskyist movement. Why don;t you understand them as the plain bigots they are towards Jewish people. the old "i'm not anti-jewish - only anti-Zionist" is simply the poisonous ex-leftists cover just like the way racialists commence argument "I'm not a racialist but" or "some of my best friends are black but". The left allows itself to think it has a moral monopoly over representing the oppressed. No=one else has right to represent the ethnically or religiously opporessed. Well that has all been blown apart by their adaptation to multi-culturalism and third worldism, nationalism etc. In fact Zionism was the historic representation of Jewish Nationalism, regardless of what we would prefer. The Idiot Left ideology comes as apackage. Not only Zionism but the idea of any "legitimate" Jewish nationalism or even collectivism is rejected along withthe idea of any legitimate independent jewish state - via the menas of the Democratic secular state. Yep -despite the Final solution/Holocaust and the fialure of the socialist project Jews are the only people not to be allowed to "make their own arrangements". So now the left encourages Anti-jews/Judeophobes to wander around in Britain making anti-jewish comments and propaganda - and accepts this as good coin. This must lead to violence and anti-jewish attacks. Already the SWP have stood aside whilst supporters of the Respect campaign in Hackney reviled Holocaust survivors. The reality is much worse than you accept - probably than the author of the book Stan reviews reckons. #And this anit-jewish cancer is signiificent - a timebomb a the heart of any future working class movement or politics which threatens to blow apart any yes any working class solidarity created in any revivied working class movement whether in this country por internationally. Socialists need to name things for what they are. In this case people who are filthy racial bigots or attorneys or quislings for the racialists should idenitfy these people for what they are openly. We don;t have an option. The alternative is the death of our own "faith" and of our own ability to stand up for anything. All of the idiot left racialist can be seen for what they are are as haters of the wealk and opporessed. they attack the jews just as the nazi's did - because they think they have found a weak target. Again we have to be clear about the meaning of arab opposition tothe State of Israel. In the absence of a genuine sicialist movement and party to champion a real alternative - and the reality is that we are stuck withthe possiblity of two States and the reality that Israel with be over-run and cease to exist soon. Arab opposition apart from the small number of genuine Palestinian refugees dislodged in the various conflicts has simply been on the basis that they don;t like Jews or the fact that the Jews brought western capitalist socialand economic realtions to palestine form the 20's onwards. If the Arabs were over here and said - No Jews this is the Arab homeland. the you would see this more clearly simply as a variant of the racialist "Wogs OUt!" attitude. In reality it will be our historic duty or more likely that of our successors to deal withthe anti-jewish racialists - and to deal withthe ones amongst our own ranks or purporting to be socialists most definitively. As we watch our country slide inot a type of palestinianisation or Balkanisation we need to reflect that this reality and need for counting the years/naming things as they are will become more crucial. In that there will be no room for evasions, euphemisms, turning a blind eye or making allowances. In that struggle for humanity, human values and liberation the JEws will I have no doubt be as a group lergley ampongst our closest allies. The idot left - dress them in their deathheads and black suits and parade them for what they are - the political offspring and descendants of Cain. You will understand that I have a perspective for Britain of communal breakdown and conflict. In this we will have to make some hard and rough choices in the struggle to defend democratic rights and modern enlightemnet scientific and humanistic values agains tall manner of bigots and degenerates. You think you have had a hard time of it from the rest of the left. The answer is to get stuck in writing and researching some serious theory and political ideology. get afew papaers published and what not. Interviw Trev Phillips on why multi-culti has broken down or is causing communal breakdown and strife. Also a critique of BLarism and labour managerialism is needed. Why it succeeds in maintaining uspport and how it fails. I mean if you look a the whole thing its a shamble but the mugs keep at it. Oh dear I've deviated from the subject. Adios! Apologies for so many typos and putting it all on the line. the other thing is that I am a marxist of long-standing and am not I should point out, Jewish.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/10/2005 - 13:03

thanks, very good article

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Don’t let markets kill the NHS!

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:37

by rhodri evans

The Government is on the road to converting the Health Service from a provider of health care into an insurance system. In the future, according to Blair and Brown, health care will be “bought in”, more and more of it from private hospitals and clinics, and the NHS will just be an insurance policy, providing cover for health care costs in return for our tax contributions.

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On anti-war slogans: lessons from two wars

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:33

American socialist Barry Finger argues the case for calling for “troops out now” in iraq

The AWL position on Iraq is difficult to understand, and — it would seem, at least from a distance — to be fraught with genuine ideological insights intimately entangled with equally real and no less disturbing political frailties.

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Marxist dayschools: Why workplace activism?

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:29

The Workers’ Liberty dayschools on “Marxists and the trade unions”, on Saturday 1 October were held simultaneously in Sheffield and London. Most of the schools’ time was given over to small workshop session. We started by considering why socialists should focus effort on workplaces and trade unions, rather than on other areas of activism which may be more easily accessible and sometimes more lively.

One reason is the potential power of strikes and other workplace action to shake society. But that’s not all.

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Socialist electoral unity

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:26

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty met with representatives of the Socialist Party, the Alliance for Green Socialism, and the Socialist Alliance (Provisional) for a Socialist Green Unity Coalition committee meeting on 2 October.

We agreed that we will run a common SGUC campaign for the 2006 local elections as for the 2005 general election. A discussion will be opened on additions especially relevant to local government for the current agreed SGUC common political platform.

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Romanticising violence

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:24

Ruben Lomas reviews Green Street

What do you get when you mix brutal violence, a bit of impressive camerawork and some absolutely appalling politics? You get the ultra-reactionary mess, but still bizarrely entertaining film, that is Lexi Alexander’s Green Street.

The Green Street Elite are a West Ham United football firm. Its members are all working-class men. Their portrayal in this film owes debts to Fight Club and Taxi Driver, both of which which looked at how alienation can lead to senseless and brutal violence.

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After the Zombie plague

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:22

Michael Wood reviews Land of the living Dead

In his fourth zombie film, George Romero — who started the genre with Night of the Living Dead in the late 1960s — uses the backdrop of a zombie plague to look at the way people interact, their motivations and their flaws. In this he is more upfront than his earlier, still pretty bold, films.

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The British left failed the internationalist test

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:05

Many British labour movement activists and leaders were hostile to Solidarnosc — most prominently miners’ leader Arthur Scargill. Scargill was — and still is — a Stalinist who believed that police-state Poland was a genuine socialist country. Like many militants, Scargill’s views were reinforced because the Cold War leaders of the Eastern Bloc were in a head-to-head stand off with his own immediate enemies — Margaret Thatcher and the hated US president Ronald Reagan.

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The birth of Solidarnosc

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2005 - 3:02

A quarter of a century ago, Poland’s Stalinist police-state system was rocked by a massive wave of working-class action.

In just six weeks the Polish workers built Solidarnosc (Solidarity), a trade union movement of 10 million workers that had the potential to be much more. The period from August 1980 to December 1981, when the workers’ movement was driven underground by a military coup, is one of the high points of working class history. Amina Saddiq tells the story.

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