Oct 13 2020

WHAT IS SOCIALISM? – ANSWER FROM A HUMANIST, MARXIST POINT OF VIEW

This article written by Kevin B. Anderson of the International Marxist-Humanists asks what is Socialism. It provides  a very different answer to what is understood by many self-described Socialist groups which tend to look  to national statist roads tp their version of socialism.

 

WHAT IS SOCIALISM? – ANSWER FROM A HUMANIST, MARXIST POINT OF VIEW

 

 

In dialectical thought going back to Socrates, it has often been useful to define something by indicating what it is not, and from there, getting closer to a true definition of the issue at hand. This method of presentation is different, of course, from that in traditional textbook learning, but it is utterly appropriate to the discussion of socialism, a subject both complex in its own right and overlaid with so many conflicting perspectives and interpretations. Continue reading “WHAT IS SOCIALISM? – ANSWER FROM A HUMANIST, MARXIST POINT OF VIEW”

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Oct 10 2020

FROM GREY TO RED GRANITE – Viewing the Left, the Scottish Question and the Nature of the UK State through the Lens of Neil Davidson’s Writings and Political Work

 

Below are  the Contents and Introduction to Allan Armstrong’s article, From Grey Granite to Red Granite – Viewing the Left, the Scottish Question and the Nature of the UK state through the Lens of Neil Davidson’s Writings and Political Work.

The full article can be read at:-

https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/from-grey-to-red-granite-5.pdf

 

Neil Davidson speaks to a socialist conference in Athens

Allan Armstrong speaks to a James Connolly walking tour in Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM GREY TO RED GRANITE

 Viewing the Left, the Scottish Question and the Nature of the UK state through the Lens of Neil Davidson’s Writings and Political Work

 

 

Allan Armstrong

 

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Contents

  Continue reading “FROM GREY TO RED GRANITE – Viewing the Left, the Scottish Question and the Nature of the UK State through the Lens of Neil Davidson’s Writings and Political Work”

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Sep 28 2020

A VERY UNLIKELY STORY – QAnon MOVEMENT

 

With the growth of conspiracy theories we are posting this article on the QAnon phenomenon by Paul Demarty first published in Weekly Worker. This is followed by a comment from John Lanigan.

 

A VERY UNLIKELY STORY – QAnon MOVEMENT

 

 

It seems we are living through a golden age of conspiracy theories. The vigorous state action required in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the global rise of the nationalist right, has produced a weird and wonderful bestiary of extremely tall tales – and even a resurgence in some very old favourites, like belief that the Earth is flat.

There are few such theories, however, quite as florid as the ‘QAnon movement’, which – under the loving tutelage of its great hero, Donald Trump – has made significant inroads into the Republican Party, with several candidates for office in the coming months having some affiliation. Continue reading “A VERY UNLIKELY STORY – QAnon MOVEMENT”

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Sep 22 2020

FASCISM: IRELAND’S ILLUSION OF IMMUNITY BEGINS TO PALL

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) which questions the complacency of the Left about the possibility of a growth of fascist forces in the Republic of Ireland.

 

FASCISM: IRELAND’S ILLUSION OF IMMUNITY BEGINS TO PALL

 

Attacks on Travellers in Ireland

 

Over the past decade there have been many boasts from liberals and leftists claiming immunity from a fascist threat in Ireland.

Gay rights,  abortion, social partnership covering almost all of society, the inability of forces to the right of Fine Gael to get a purchase, decline in the power of the church, the electoral rise of the reformist left.  What could go wrong? Continue reading “FASCISM: IRELAND’S ILLUSION OF IMMUNITY BEGINS TO PALL”

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Sep 22 2020

THE WEIMARISATION OF US POLITICS

Daniel Lazare makes a comparison between pre-Hitler Germany and politics in the USA today.

 

THE WEIMARISATION OF US POLITICS

 

 

Is the US nearing its Weimar moment?

At first glance, any such analogy seems over the top. The Weimar Republic was born amid imperial defeat, revolution and civil war – a period that began when sailors mutinied in the Baltic port of Kiel in November 1918 and did not end until the suppression of the Munich Soviet Republic the following May. After that, Weimar lurched from crisis to crisis, as the economy weakened and left and rightwing militias fought pitched battles in beer halls and the streets. It finally gave up the ghost when Hitler took power in January 1933 and inaugurated the Third Reich. Continue reading “THE WEIMARISATION OF US POLITICS”

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Sep 15 2020

THE ZIONIST ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE DOWN DEBATE ON ZIONISM LIES IN RUINS

 

 

We are posting  this article by Tony Greestein following the Labour Representation Committee’s AGM, in which John McDonnell took part, breaking the Board of Deputies  ‘banned list’,  borrowed from Apartheid South Africa,

 

THE ZIONIST ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE DOWN DEBATE ON ZIONISM LIES IN RUINS AFTER LABOUR REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE AGM

 

 

At last Saturday’s Labour Representative Committee AGM McDonnell and Laura Pidcock decided to take a day trip to the Left.

Gone was the McDonnell who wanted war criminal Alistair Campbell reinstated in the Labour Party and who said that Starmer’s COVID strategy was 100% correct. Now he talked of Solidarity and even the Grunwick Strike (past battles always make social democrats more at ease than current ones)! Continue reading “THE ZIONIST ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE DOWN DEBATE ON ZIONISM LIES IN RUINS”

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Aug 15 2020

THE CASE FOR A  REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONALIST COALITION FOR  SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE

THE CASE FOR A  REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONALIST COALITION FOR  SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE

 

Banner made when Edinburgh RIC hosted the the national RIC contingent on the ‘All Under One Banner’ demonstration on 6.10.18

 

 

a. The Radical Independence Campaign

An examination of the wording of the initials and principles of the Radical Independence Campaign is instructive.

R = Radical, I = Independence, C = Campaign

Each one of these terms is ambiguous. Continue reading “THE CASE FOR A  REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONALIST COALITION FOR  SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE”

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Aug 10 2020

LATEST POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN IRELAND – SOUTH AND NORTH

We are posting an update on the most recent political developments in the Dail and Stormont from Socialist Democracy (Ireland). 

 

1. DUBLIN GOVERNMENT SUPPRESSES THE PARLIAMENTARY LEFT – BUT EXACTLY WHO ARE THE LEFT?

 

  1. 33rd Irish Dail

     

The 33rd Irish Dail has demonstrated in spades just how unstable it is. Effectively a national government of opposing parties, held together by a Green Party glue, they stumbled in their first month with a faction fight inside Fianna Fail and the sacking of a minister.  More recently a Green Party TD resigned the whip to vote against limitations on a rent freeze while a Green minister abstained.

The plans for dealing with that instability were made clear on 30th July,  when new parliamentary speaking rules were introduced,  severely curtailing the rights of the smaller opposition parties and the Dail is now closing for the summer. Continue reading “LATEST POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN IRELAND – SOUTH AND NORTH”

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Aug 10 2020

SCOTTISH LABOUR FOR RADICAL DEMOCRACY

In the aftermath of the General Election, 89 Scottish Labour Party activists signed an Open Letter making the case for radical democracy (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2020/02/09/13676/). As the crisis depend in the Scottish Labour Party this has been followed up by another Open Letter  published in bella caledonia on 21.6.20. (https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2020/06/21/scottish-labour-for-radical-democracy/). E&L are posting this letter below.

 

SCOTTISH LABOUR FOR RADICAL DEMOCRACY

“Unlike the leadership of Scottish Labour, we recognise that there is still a clear appetite amongst the Scottish people for a second independence referendum, registered in consistent opinion polls and election results. With a radicalised Conservative majority at Westminster aiming at a hard Brexit while refusing further devolution to Scotland, we also respect and sympathise with that demand. We believe that our position reflects that of the mainstream of the Scottish labour movement, which is being ignored and let down by its parliamentary representatives.

But Scottish Labour’s leadership aren’t the only ones frightened of democracy. While the SNP claim to speak for the people, they have centralised power at Holyrood and repeatedly sided with landlords and multinational corporations against the demands of trade unions, tenants unions and local authorities. They have often done this against the wishes of the SNP’s many left-wing members, while arguing that real change is only possible with independence. Yet as it stands, the SNP’s vision for independence swaps dependency on Westminster for dependency on foreign investors and NATO, promising self-determination in name only.

The Scottish people are trapped between two political systems: a British system dominated by rentiers, bankers and a right-wing media which barely acknowledges Scotland’s existence beyond the SNP; and a devolved Scottish system defined by self-congratulation and complacency, where radical initiatives are stifled by the need to react to whatever Britain’s dysfunctional government and economy does next. These systems are at odds with each other, but at the same time they reinforce each other, keeping Scotland stuck in two minds, neither of which has any good ideas.

The limited constitutional reforms made after the last independence referendum have clearly failed to resolve this, and we have no faith in the even more limited constitutional reforms Scottish Labour now proposes. The sabotage of Jeremy Corbyn by the British media and political classes has demonstrated just how inhospitable the British system is for the politics of basic human decency. The popular demand for a new independence referendum reflects a deep frustration with this situation. It also provides the best democratic means of seriously discussing and deciding on a way out of it, whether it be through a radical constitutional transformation or Scottish independence.

By setting themselves against a new referendum, Scottish Labour’s leadership are forfeiting any right to be listened to by those voters who once placed their hopes for social change in the Labour Party, and now place their hopes in independence and the SNP. By refusing to allow a nationwide, democratic debate on Scotland’s future, Scottish Labour’s leadership are depriving the labour movement of a voice in the narrow, elite-level debate that does exist.

We know that many Scottish Labour members do not share the tribalism and fear of debate that now characterises party strategy. We also want to move Scottish politics beyond the dull speculation over the timing and possibility of an independence referendum, without denying the popular aspiration for a different kind of state. And we know that we are not the only party where members are frustrated with the timidity of their leaders and the failures of the Scottish Parliament. We will be organising a public meeting in the next fortnight to bring together grassroots socialist activists and trade unionists from a range of Scottish parties to discuss the prospects for radical co-operation across party lines as a new Holyrood election approaches.”

 

21.6.20

This letter was first posted in 21.6.20 by bella caledonia at:-

https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2020/06/21/scottish-labour-for-radical-democracy/ 

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Jul 28 2020

‘FAR LEFT FASCISM’: THE NON-EXISTENT DISORDER

As part of our continuing coverage of the political situation in the USA, we are posting this article by Susan Pashkoff. This was first posted by Socialist Resistance.

 

‘FAR LEFT FASCISM’: THE NON-EXISTENT DISORDER

 

 

As I watched the coronavirus pandemic spread globally and the resulting global economic crisis my only thoughts were that Trump would run his re-election campaign based on divide and rule and trying to create a white-backlash, writes Susan Pashkoff. It was an obvious deduction and I claim no powers of divination (think of that as a good thing as I often sit postulating what is the worst thing that can happen while praying to non-existent gods that  hopefully I am wrong).

While granting the peculiarities of some of the far-right in the US in their abhorrence of the idea of a central government; there is as much need to debunk the idea of far-left fascism as there is to debunk the existence of unicorns that fart rainbows. Continue reading “‘FAR LEFT FASCISM’: THE NON-EXISTENT DISORDER”

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