Contested Reproduction and the Contradictions of Socialism By Michael A. Lebowitz

13 September 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 877

Some Explanations About the Fall of ‘Real Socialism’

Why did ‘real socialism’ and, in particular the Soviet Union, fall? Let me note a few explanations that have been offered. With respect to the Soviet Union, one very interesting explanation that has been suggested is that it’s all the fault of Mikhail Gorbachev. And not simply the errors of Gorbachev but the treachery. Those who offer this explanation rely in particular upon a document which is sometimes described as his confession. This document begins as follows:

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Zimbabwe: Why Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC 'lost' the election By Munyaradzi Gwisai

7 August 2013 — Links – International journal of socialist renewal

August 6, 2013 — For a good part of his 33 years in power, Robert Mugabe has presided over a ruthless dictatorship. From the thousands killed in the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres and misery for millions under ESAP [structural adjustment plan], Operation Murambatsvina and hyper-inflation of 2008.

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Socialist Platform Statement of Aims and Principles

1 August 2013 — Left Unity

[The following is a statement that defines the proposed new party of the left, ‘The Left Unity Party’ by the undersigned at the end of the doc. Though frankly, after reading it, I’m trying to figure out why they bothered, its 10-point plan differs not one iota from the ‘plans’ of other supposedly left parties here in the UK and elsewhere amongst the imperialist states. WB] Continue reading

A Socialist Programme for London? By Carl Rowlands

30 July 2013 — New Left Project

It is easily forgotten that the 1980s were nearly not the 1980s at all, politically speaking. At the decade’s outset, an aggressively organised, ideologically diverse Left insurgency was the ascendent force in a Labour Party hovering around 50% in opinion polls, as the British public recoiled from the initial, monetarist-brutalist phase of Thatcherism.

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Paul Le Blanc: Revolutionary elements in London — Marxism 2013 and its context

20 July, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal 

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is an important “far left” organisation in Britain which, among other things, organises an annual educational conference — Marxism — in London. The SWP is undergoing a crisis which is only one aspect of a much larger phenomenon, taking place on a global scale within the revolutionary left. This involves a recomposition of the revolutionary socialist movement as a political force, in tandem with the struggles of the multi-faceted working class struggling against the effects of the present world crisis of capitalism.

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Video: Turkey: Unionised workers call general strike as mass protests reach more than 67 cities

5 June 2013 — Links International Journal of socialist Renewal

June 4, 2013 — Real News Network — Today the uprisings witnessed a new development, when Turkey’s Confederation of Public Workers Unions, KESK, consisting of 11 unions and approximately 240,000 members, declared their decision to stage a massive two-day strike. The action, which was originally planned for a later date in response to labor law modifications, was rescheduled to June 4 now, in response to the government’s excessive use of police brutality and its increasingly undemocratic practices. For the full transcript, click HERE. Continue reading