1917 #28

‘A Blank Page’

‘A Blank Page’

IG & Revolutionary Defeatism The Summer 2005 issue of the Internationalist, published by Jan Norden and his comrades in the Internationalist Group (IG—1996 refugees from James Robertson’s Spartacist League) contains an article entitled “Drive...

Defend Civil Liberties in Britain!

Defend Civil Liberties in Britain!

‘The Rules of the Game are Changing…’ On the morning of Thursday, 7 July 2005, as Tony Blair and his cronies prepared for their G8 summit in Scotland, 52 innocent civilians were murdered and...

Swimming Against the Stream

Swimming Against the Stream

IBT Fourth International Conference The fourth international conference of the International Bolshevik Tendency (IBT) was held in Western Europe in March 2005. It featured a number of wide-ranging discussions and debates on program, perspectives...

What’s Bred in the Bone

What’s Bred in the Bone

Workers Power’s Labourite Reflex An IBT statement distributed in advance of the 5 May 2005 general election in Britain contained the following polemic: Workers Power [British section of the League for the Fifth International],...

Cliffites, Clerics & Class Collaboration

Cliffites, Clerics & Class Collaboration

SWP’s Respect Gambit In October 2003, a middle-of-the-road social democrat, George Galloway, was kicked out of the Labour Party for his forthright opposition to Tony Blair’s participation in the criminal invasion and occupation of...

Socialists & Sharia Courts

Socialists & Sharia Courts

For the Separation of Religion and State! In September 2005, the Liberal government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, ended months of speculation by announcing that it would not extend the 1991 Arbitration Act...

Principles & Tactics

Principles & Tactics

On the 2004 Venezuelan Referendum The following is an edited version of a document adopted at the Fourth International Conference of the IBT. Given a choice, Marxists would generally vote “yes” to removing a...

From the Horse’s Mouth

From the Horse’s Mouth

The following remarks by the late, unlamented, Lee Atwater, the Karl Rove of the 1980s, explains the evolution of the use of racism in American politics. Atwater was the architect of the infamous “Willie...

New Orleans: Racism & Capitalist Irrationality

New Orleans: Racism & Capitalist Irrationality

U.S. Imperialism in Decline The following is a slightly edited version of a talk given by Jason Wright in Toronto on 30 September 2005. On 29 August 2005, New Orleans, the cradle of jazz,...

Imperialist Expansionism & the EU

Imperialist Expansionism & the EU

Predators & Prey This statement was first published prior to the May 2005 French referendum that rejected the EU constitutional treaty. In October 2004, representatives of the European Union’s (EU) 25 member states celebrating...