The Republican wave crashes on the rocks of voter rejection

The following article, written by Ezra Brain, and first posted on Left Voice (USA) analyses the outcome of the mid-term elections and associated referenda in the USA. THE REPUBLICAN WAVE CRASHES ON THE ROCKS OF VOTER REJECTION In a contradictory result, voters have rejected the Republican hopes of a “red wave,” instead choosing to protect…

Trade unions backing down in the face of reactionary militarism is painfully British

The political weakness of many trade unions, including those led by the Left, is highlighted in this article by Joe Glenton, which first appeared in The Canary. Their acceptance of the existing UK state places a severe constraint on their actions. TRADE UNIONS  ARE BACKING DOWN IN THE FACE OF REACTIONARY MILITARISM  British trade unions…

BBC News changed a headline to make Keir Starmer look slightly less racist

Sir Keir Starmer is waiting for the British  ruling class to give his Labour Party their backing, if they lose confidence in the Tory party. This means taking on board much of the Tory agenda backed by the ruling class  – subservience to US imperialism, backing for apartheid Israel, Brexit, the state clampdown on protest,…

After the killing of Mahsa Amani in Iran – women, life and liberty –

We are posting the following two articles which offer solidarity to women, minorities and others struggling for freedom in Iran, after the state murder of the young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amani. Both articles look to real solidarity on the basis of ‘internationalism from below’ and warn of the hypocritical ‘solidarity’ of western governments and an…

The British monarchy: a “glorious” feudal class in 21st century trappings

The EL&SD Editorial Board only received this article sometime after Elizabrit’s death and Charlie’s royal proclamation. We have already  posted several articles addressing these events. However we think this article contains valuable extra information highlighting the role of the British monarchy in defending ruling class interests and the particular form the UK state takes to…

Review of Paul Mason’s – ‘How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance’

Over the Ukraine war, there have been two campist positions which have emerged on the Left – support or apologetics for Putin, and  support or apologetics for NATO, tied to backing for Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour leadership. Paul Mason is an example of the latter. Alfie Hancox’s review of Mason’s How to Stop Fascism: History,…

The US is no ally of the Left – in Ukraine or anywhere

Nearly all wars lead to sections of  the Left retreating and sacrificing basic principles. We have seen this with Paul Mason and now Anthony Barnett, in giving their support to NATO. Yanis Varoufakis, who fully supports Ukrainian resistance against Putin’s Russian imperialism,  replies to Barnett. This letter was first posted by openDemocracy.   THE US…

The currency capitulation

The following article, written by Jonathon Shafi of conter, outlines the political significance of the SNP government’s Building a New Scotland. He argues that adopting this paper means “any Scottish sovereignty is more distant than ever”.   THE CURRENCY CAPITULATION The realisation of any Scottish sovereignty is more distant than ever  We don’t need to…

Mass media Omerta: burying Al Jazeera’s ‘The Labour Files’

The following article was first posted by Al Jazeera. It shows how the Labour Party bureaucracy  attacked Corbyn to clear the way for a pro-British establishment leader ready to bow to the whims of the City, IMF, the British High Command and  NATO. In other words they want Labour to act as the British ruling…

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. This 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…