For healthy debate, help us raise £15,000

Submitted by Matthew on 1 March, 2013 - 5:40

Workers’ Liberty has always been committed to debate.

Not “debates” in the sense of one-sided denunciations of straw-men opponents with no chance for them to reply, but genuine debates — in writing or in person — between opposing viewpoints. We are committed to debate within our own organisation, within the left, and between left and right.

That’s why, in 1992, we debated Roger Scruton and David Marsland, ideologues of the “New Right” proclaiming the death of socialism.

That’s why we carry internal debates in our public press.

That’s why we seek debates with socialists and other revolutionaries from traditions outside our own who disagree with us on key questions.

And that’s why we have rediscovered and republished key debates from the history of our movement, for example between American socialist Max Shachtman and the “labour priest” Charles Owen Rice.

In 2013, we hope to bring together and publish some of these debates in two new collections. At a time when the entire organisational culture of the left is (rightly) under scrutiny, we want to help build a left more committed to openness, democracy, and debate.

You can help us release these collections by donating to our fund appeal.

Help us raise £15,000 by May Day 2013. You can contribute in the following ways:

* Taking out a monthly standing order using the form below or at www.workersliberty.org/resources. Please post completed forms to us at the AWL address below.

* Making a donation by cheque, payable to “AWL”, or donating online at www.workersliberty.org/donate.

* Organising a fundraising event.

* Taking copies of Solidarity to sell.

* Get in touch to discuss joining the AWL. More information: 07796 690874 / awl@workersliberty.org / AWL, 20E Tower Workshops, 58 Riley Road, London SE1 3DG.

Total raised so far: £7,282

We raised £75 this week from donations. Thank you to Traven (£65) and John (£10).

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