Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

Mike Cooley, the militant trade unionist, Marxist intellectual and highly skilled technologist, has died. He will be best remembered for his leading role in developing the Lucas Plan - a proposal for avoiding redundancies by converting Lucas Aerospace production from arms to social useful products. John Palmer (who knew Cooley personally) has written an excellent … Continue reading Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova were also victims of Stalin and Mercader

Above: Jean van Heijenoort, Albert Goldman, Trotsky, Natalia Sedova and Jan Frankel, Mexico 1937 By John Cunningham Viva Trotsky! I just wanted to add a few comments about a dimension of the assassination [of Trotsky in 1940] that is sometimes overlooked. I am thinking of Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova, both of whom were just … Continue reading Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova were also victims of Stalin and Mercader

Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), describes how early-life experiences and reading books made her a socialist, and what socialism means to her. The first of three articles. Because my parents were socialist trade unionists — they met on an anti-fascist demo — we always talked … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

John Cunningham’s quiz: the answers

At last: the answers! No prizes, I'm afraid: just the satisfaction of being a smart-arse. Bur first, here's a reminder of the questions: Deaths, assassinations etc. 1. Gavril Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. To which secret organisation did Princip and his collaborators belong? 2. Which ballet company would probably not have acquired … Continue reading John Cunningham’s quiz: the answers

Uyghur solidarity … on Marx’s birthday

Above: the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang province  By Sacha Ismail (at Workers Liberty) On Tuesday 5 May the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign will coordinate a second wave of online protests against high-street companies whose suppliers used forced Uyghur labour in China. For those who don’t know, the Uyghurs are an ethnic group whose nation, East Turkestan, is … Continue reading Uyghur solidarity … on Marx’s birthday

John Cunningham’s fiendishly/not so difficult leftie political quiz

In these troubled and isolating times here’s a chance to have a bit of fun and demonstrate to all and sundry that you are a real smart-arse. Most of these questions are not that difficult - there are a few stinkers however. Try and resist the temptation to look everything up on Google. Use the … Continue reading John Cunningham’s fiendishly/not so difficult leftie political quiz

Thinking out loud about the end of social democracy

Above: Sanders on FDR and the New Deal By Barry Finger (first published at New Politics; republished here with the author's permission): The Sanders challenge is over and the question for socialists is, where do we go from here? Up until recently this debate has ranged along familiar lines: the need for independent political action and … Continue reading Thinking out loud about the end of social democracy

150 years since Lenin’s birth: Hal Draper on “Leninology”

On the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth, we publish the late Hal Draper's masterful account of how Lenin's view of the (revolutionary) party has been widely (and often deliberately) misrepresented - especially by Stalinists. This text is reproduced from the invaluable Marxist Internet Archive: The Myth of Lenin’s “Concept of The Party” or What They … Continue reading 150 years since Lenin’s birth: Hal Draper on “Leninology”

Communism and philistinism: the two souls of the Comintern

Above: James P. Cannon A Long Read for the present crisis: This article, in its first version, was published at the beginning of 1975 in Permanent Revolution, the magazine of Workers' Fight, a forerunner of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL). We reprint it here to mark the importance of James P. Cannon, a resolute … Continue reading Communism and philistinism: the two souls of the Comintern

Covid-19 and capitalism

Above: a market in Beijing . The Chinese economy ground to a near standstill, and many small businesses ran out of cash. [Kevin Frayer/Getty Images] By Angela Driver Despite many predictions over the years by the World Health Organisation that a new pandemic was fairly certain, fairly soon, capitalist governments and businesses failed to do … Continue reading Covid-19 and capitalism