EL&SD coverage of republicanism

The Republican Communist Network and the Republican Communist Forum have been at the centre of the campaign to build support for republicanism in Scotland. his has involved upholding republicanism as the  sovereignty of the people against the UK’s  sovereignty of the Crown-in-Westminster. We have  criticised those who limit republicanism to anti-monarchism, which can provide cover…

Rent freeze: A victory for tenants’ rights

The following article by Rosie Hampton celebrates he winter rent freeze and eviction ban in Scotland. It was first posted by bella caledonia  This week, the Scottish government announced a rent freeze across the private and socially rented sectors, accompanied by an eviction ban, until March 2023. Whilst there is much in the coming legislation…

Unions and ‘left’ politicians backing a national unity project is a bad idea, actually

The following article, written by Joe Glenton, on the collapse of the Labour Left and trade union leaders in the face of the state-orchestrated royalist offensive was first posted by The Canary. UNIONS AND ‘LEFT’ POLITICIANS BACKING A NATIONAL UNITY PROJECT IS A BAD IDEA, ACTUALLY Not long ago Britain’s large trade unions seemed to…

Chileans reject proposed constitution

The following article, written by Otto Fors, on the political setback in Chile, was first posted by Left Voice (USA)   CHILEANS REJECT PROPOSED CONSTITUTION On September 5th , Chileans voted on whether to adopt a new constitution to replace the dictatorship-era document. With nearly all ballots counted, 62 percent voted in favor of rejection, a resounding…

The general strike and classical Marxism

THE GENERAL STRIKE AND CLASSICAL MARXISM We are posting a link to this article by Jack Conrad because  it makes some good general points regarding the history, nature, purpose and importantly limits of the General Strike tactic within a broad communist framework. In particular it emphasises the important distinction between ‘economic’ and consciously political struggles…

There is only one form of racism that the GMB opposes – ‘antisemitism’ – in other words it supports Israeli Apartheid

The following article first posted by Tony Greenstein outlined the hypocrtical stance of the GMB leadership over its attitude to racism, and its consistent backing for Labour’s right wing. THERE IS ONLY ONE FORM OF RACISM THAT THE GMB OPPOSES – ‘ANTISEMITISM’ – IN OTHER WORDS ISRAELI APARTHEID  The first time I became aware of…

I’m a Ukrainian socialist: here’s why I am resisting the Russian invasion

The following article, written by Ukrainian socialist, Taras Bilous, who is serving in the Territorial Defence Forces, was first posted by Jacobin. I’M A UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST: HERE’S WHY I AM RESISTING THE RUSSIAN INVASION As a socialist and internationalist, I abhor war. But the basic premise of self-determination justifies the resistance of ordinary Ukrainians to…

Very much in control

This article, written by Moshe Machover, and first posted by Weekly Worker, makes an assessment of the strength of US imperialism in the world today. Moshe argues that the Left is doing little or nothing in the way of strategic thinking. VERY MUCH IN CONTROL In this article I outline a simple thesis that ought…

Scottish nationalism and class politics: a long term view

The following article by James Foley was first posted on the Conter newsletter. It displays elements of a greater understanding of the nature of the UK state than was shown in Foley’s Left social democratic Britain must break, written for IndyRef1. This new thinking reflects the views expressed in Foley’s forthcoming book. Scotland after Britain,…