Monthly Archives: February 2013

William Morris on work

“Worthy work carries with it the hope of pleasure in rest, the hope of the pleasure in our using what it makes, and the hope of pleasure in our daily creative skill. All other work but this is worthless; it … Continue reading

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The SWP and the IS tradition

One of the recurring themes of the SWP leadership’s current furious efforts to repel the criticisms of an increasing number of its members is the need to ‘defend our tradition’, or ‘defend the IS tradition’. It’s worth taking a look … Continue reading

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Remembering 1968; the Tet Offensive

1968 was one of the most dramatic years in my life. Many of the unshakeable pillars holding up the status quo began to shake, even if only temporarily in some cases. The world seemed to be beginning to reshape itself … Continue reading

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Arundhati Roy

It is mendacious to make moral distinction between the unspeakable brutality of terrorism and the indiscriminate carnage of war and occupation. Both kinds of violence are unacceptable. We cannot support one and condemn the other. The real tragedy is that … Continue reading

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My Clause IV moment

To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and … Continue reading

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Being Green

A few days ago there was an interesting discussion on the Socialist Unity blog (I say interesting; lengthy and fractious more like) about a post from a young comrade in York University Green Party entitled Can the Green Party become … Continue reading

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Poor old Lenin

One of side effects of the scandal currently engulfing the SWP is that it seems to have stimulated a rash of debates about the nature and relevance of ‘Leninism’. In particular, the SWP’s Central Committee and its supporters portray its … Continue reading

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