The left

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Repeating history, when not rewriting it

A critique of the SWP's 2005 general election analysis, plus reminding them that Tom Mann was a syndicalist after becoming disgusted with the electoralism they have embraced.

Anarchism and Community Politics

An article summarising why anarchists reject electioneering and suggesting an alternative in the form of popular assemblies.

George Monbiot: Muppet of the Week, part 2

George Monbiot strikes again! He really should read Kropotkin's Mutual Aid!

George Monbiot: Muppet of the week!

George Monbiot really does not have a clue about anarchism. It is a shame he keeps exposing that ignorance to the world.

Argentina and the left

An Anarchist critique of two Trotskyist analyses of the Argetine revolt against neo-liberalism, showing their limitations and how they implicitly call for party rule.

Through the Looking Glass: Anarchist adventures at Marxism 2001

One anarchist's account of attending the British SWP's Marxism 2001 event. Not a very pleasant experience, but it says a lot about the state of the British left and the politics of Leninism.

Dead Dogma Sketch (apologies to Monty Python)

Monty Python meets the SWP... Inspired by attending Marxism 2001.

If voting could change anything ... it would be illegal

What do we say to people in the reformist parties? They can not (and should not) be ignored. We say look at the record of your party in government or to the Workers Party when you supported the 1981 minority Fianna Fail government. Look at what your party stands for. Look at the record of your party in the trade union bureaucracy. Look at the historical role reformist parties have played in other countries. Reformism has had it's test and failed one hundred times.

Prospects for anarchism after the 1991 collapse of 'socialism'

Article from 1992 looking at the prospects for a growth in anarchism following the collapse of socialism. The tradition in which the anarchists stand is one that socialists need to identify with. For many on the left this will be a difficult process. They were weaned on a diet of slander when it came to anarchism, either being told that anarchists were police agents or that they were not real socialists at all and wanted a return to feudalism. We must resist the temptation to avoid this problem by going "beyond anarchism". The state has been the Achilles heel of 20th century socialism, it is not an issue to be fudged.

Review: Imagine by Sheridan and McCombes

A review of Imagine by Tommy Sheridan and Alan McCombes, the (then) leaders of the Scotish Socialist Party. An attempt by Trotskyists to become libertarian sounding are not very convincing.

  


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