Fascism, fundamentalism, and the left

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Originally published in issue 11 of Shift Magazine (Jan 11 – May 11) Since the May General Election, we have been witnessing the slow demise of British fascism as we know it. The British National Party’s spectacular failure tore open divisions and animosities that had been long brewing below the surface. Resignations, sackings, splits, and … Continue reading

Notes on sectarianism

This has been something I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. However, each time I have given up because I can’t find the words to articulate something which flowed brilliantly as a rant, but not so well as prose. So, you’ll have to forgive me if this post comes out more as a … Continue reading

Leninist front-groups and the problems of “tail-ending” the Left

Left-wing front organisations, such as the Socialist Party's "Youth Fight for Jobs," are organised around single-issues which many people are concerned about but are used as a recruiting tool and a way of selling papers whilst serious and radical action is demobilised from above in favour of passive, ineffective protests

There are innumerable hurdles in trying to build and maintain the momentum of a strong, libertarian, workers movement. From the fact that the first signs of success (or even visibility) with such a movement bring instant state attention and repression to the fact that there will always be far more people willing to sympathise with … Continue reading

Where do the “middle class” fit into it all?

Many far-left organisations, such as the Socialist Workers' Party, are dominated by people of middle class backgrounds looking to be the "revolutionary leadership" of the workers, whilst working class people often see their actions as irrelevant to their situation and real life

It is, perhaps, the most vague and ill-defined term in sociopolitical discourse. At the same time, it’s one of the most commonly used. It can be everything from a badge of honour to the most callous insult. Something which defines your economic status or destroys your street cred. The term I’m talking about is “middle … Continue reading

Communism and the state

The fundamental difference between anarchist communists and any other kind of communist (Leninst, Trotskyist, Titoist, whatever) can be boiled down, ultimately, to two sentences from Karl Marx; Between capitalist and communist society lies the period of the revolutionary transformation of the one into the other. Corresponding to this is also a political transition period in … Continue reading