Tag Archives: The Left

On Communist Hobgoblins

When Helen Macfarlane produced the first English language translation of The Communist Manifesto she began the text by saying; “A frightful hobgoblin stalks throughout Europe. We are haunted by a ghost, the ghost of Communism…” I’ve always loved this evocative but, let’s … Continue reading

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This is my “Lily Allen formula”

Lily Allen has a new video out called Hard Out Here. You may have seen people arguing about it. Here’s my take; If Allen’s latest video is a political manifesto that we are to use as a guide for political … Continue reading

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Five excellent pieces that are well worth reading

Here’s five excellent pieces of writing I’ve recently come across and thought I’d share. I’ve given you small extracts but please do read the full pieces if you have time. I hope you’ll find them rewarding.   The man of … Continue reading

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From the archives: For an open and flexible party

A little while ago while going through some old boxes I’d taken out of stories I came across this “hidden gem”. My 2002 contribution to the Socialist Workers Party’s Internal Bulletin “for an open and flexible party”. I’ve been promising … Continue reading

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The left needs infrastructure

You don’t have to go back very far to see that ‘once upon a time’ the left had a modest but actually existing infrastructure of buildings, clubs, printing presses and other physical ‘stuff’. One of the building blocks of the … Continue reading

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Ten years after: an international moment of hope

Ten years ago something like 30 million people took to the streets across the world in what was an unprecedented international day of action against the looming invasion of Iraq. Not only was this kind of international demonstration unprecedented, in places like … Continue reading

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Wordle search for lefties

As I’m having difficulty finishing the three or four half written, vitally important pieces I’ve got in the pipeline I thought it was time for a little light distraction. Can you identify which popular left-field websites each of the follow … Continue reading

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Decoding the left: what does “patiently explain” really mean?

Lenin is said to have told Communists that a good part of their work is to “patiently explain” their position to the masses. Warning against the disappointment that comes when an enthusiastic hack announces the party truth and it is … Continue reading

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Simon Pirani: eyewitness to the death of the WRP

I am very grateful to Simon Pirani who has sent me this piece on how the 1985 crisis inside of the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) led to the end of the organisation. It’s useful for two reasons. The first reason is … Continue reading

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The SWP crisis: accounts and resources

* updates at end of post, generally most recent last * I hadn’t really intended to write anything on this. So I won’t. However, lots of other people have and many of those contributions have been articulate, intelligent and go … Continue reading

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