I’m standing in this election to fight for the ideas of communism; to fight for a free and democratic education; and to challenge the influence of capital in universities.
The capitalist system is based on relations of class exploitation, a system in which the means of creating wealth are owned by a minority and function purely to produce profit. This … read this post
The Socialist Workers Party leadership is attempting to divide the opposition. Taking the bait would be suicide, reckons Paul Demarty
When the attack begins, act as one
The Socialist Workers Party’s special conference looms ever closer. Though there are still a few aggregates to take place as I write, most of the delegate votes are in, and on any reasonable … read this post
Ben Lewis saw few signs of ‘Revolt’ at the recent Socialist Worker Student Society day school
The March 3 ‘Revolt’ day school in London, organised by the Socialist Worker Student Society, was conceived of as a ‘mini-Marxism’ to sign up new activists sympathetic to SWSS and to provide new comrades with an understanding of the ‘International Socialist/Socialist Workers Party tradition’. … read this post
The ‘softly, softly’ approach of the Socialist Workers Party opposition contrasts with the leadership’s aggression, argues Paul Demarty
Opposition needs to stop being the victim
There have been several times during the Socialist Workers Party’s ongoing crisis when it looked, for all the world, like it would be over soon.
It looked, first of all, like the clockwork-regular griping of … read this post
CS National Executive member Callum Williamson reviews The year of dreaming dangerously
Slavoj Žižek: dictatorship
The year of dreaming dangerously attempts to “locate the events of 2011 in the totality of the global situation, to show how they relate to the central antagonism of contemporary capitalism” (p1). Slavoj Žižek attempts to do this by addressing the rise of rightwing populism; the … read this post
The leadership can no longer lead – but a positive outcome to the crisis requires more than the removal of the entire CC, argues Paul Demarty
The Socialist Workers Party has been waiting a long time for a revolutionary situation. On some occasions, as with the fatuous ‘All out, stay out’ slogan it advanced to striking public sector workers … read this post
Ben Lewis surveys the British left’s response to the crisis gripping the SWP, and calls for a radical change of culture
Judging the crisis at present ripping through the Socialist Workers Party, our writers have has quite rightly stressed that thetrigger that set the whole thing off was the scandal surrounding its former national secretary, Martin Smith.
Yet we have also pointed … read this post
Mike Copestake on some interesting factional developments on Wikipedia (!) surrounding the current crisis in the SWP. Readers may remember we in Communist Students also had a bit of fun with a (Stalinoid) group trying to claim the name ‘Communist Students’. The article can be read here: http://communiststudents.org.uk/?p=3139
Readers may be amused to find that the crisis in the SWP is … read this post
The central committee claims that the SWP has a consistent record of fighting for women’s liberation. Former SWP national committee member Dave Isaacson sheds light on the not so excellent truth
Women’s liberation: a class question
Firstly I must say that I do not think that the massive crisis currently taking hold of the Socialist Workers Party – while clearly … read this post
Jean Frey gives his impressions of the nature and role of the so-called ‘Anti-Germans’ on the German left.
As I became politicised, in particular within Linksjugend, the youth organisation of Die Linke, I came across these militant nationalistic and pro-war activists at an early stage. I first had personal experience of BAK Shalom members at the federal conference of the … read this post
Callum Williamson reports on a demo which showcased the weaknesses of both right and left in the student movement
Whilst the student demonstration on Wednesday November 21 did not exactly shake national politics, it was the scene of a political struggle between elements of the student left (led to some extent by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts) and … read this post
This is the text of a leaflet distributed by CS members at the NUS anti-cuts demonstration on Wednesday 21st November. Click on the image to download a PDF version.
The world is in economic chaos – and social devastation is everywhere the result. Around 40,000 Greek children are starving, living standards across Europe are plummeting and the spectre of war … read this post
Recorded at the London Communist Forum hosted by the CPGB on November 11 2012. Lars T Lih is a leading scholar of the Russian Revolution whose work challenges many myths of both establishment and left thought, like the Bolshevik ‘party of a new type’. Highly recommended…. read this post