Socialists seek to go beyond liberalism, not regress from it By Colin Foster In September 1847, before they had even written the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels declared: “If a certain section of German socialists has continually blustered against the liberal bourgeoisie, and has done so, in a manner which has benefited nobody … Continue reading Putin, liberalism and the left
By Sabrina Huck at LabourList The last week has been another painful one for Labour activists as once more a row over the party’s handling of antisemitism erupted. Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) panel initially decided against referring Chris Williamson’s case to the national constitutional committee (NCC) and instead lifted his suspension from the Labour … Continue reading Antisemitic conspiracy theories, anti-capitalist slogans and Querfront tactics
By Peter Ryley (Fat Man on a Keyboard): ‘He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount’ The Brexit tiger has a broad back. Let's look at some of those who have decided to hitch a ride. The first passengers are those ambitious opportunists who think that it will lead to their heart's desire. Travelling … Continue reading A fable
By Magi Young, Exeter CLP I completely understand people’s disillusionment and anger with Labour. I want to explain why, despite this, I will be voting Labour in the EU elections. 1. Political values I am a socialist, an internationalist and a member of Extinction Rebellion. I am on the national steering group of Labour for … Continue reading Labour for a Socialist Europe: despite the leadership’s weakness and vacillation, vote Labour!
By Chris Reynolds According to the Financial Times (18 January), "Britain has failed to finalise most trade deals needed to replace the EU’s 40 existing agreements with leading global economies and will not be close to doing so when Brexit occurs on March 29, according to an internal Whitehall memorandum... "Almost none of them are … Continue reading ‘No deal’ Brexit means trade disruption with the whole world
From Bill Weinberg's Countervortex: Well, this is all too telling. Seeking to legitimize his regime now that he's reconquered most of Syria (with massive Russian military help), Bashar Assad has just welcomed the first Arab League leader to Damascus since the war began in 2011—and it is none other than President Omar Bashir of Sudan, who is wanted by the … Continue reading Assad and Bashir: twins of genocide schmooze in Damascus
Above: A sticker reading “No Border, No Brexit” on a road sign near the “Hands Across The Divide” sculpture, Derry (Mary Turner/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Fintan O’Toole (of the Irish Times and hugely respected by Coatsey and myself amongst many others) in the New York Review of Books (excerpt): The real agenda of the Hard Brexiteers … Continue reading Fintan O’Toole: How Brexit Broke Up Britain