Mike Macnair speaking at a London Communist Forum fringe at Marxism 2010. He outlines a history of fascism, the left’s varying responses in dealing with it and draws some conclusions on what strategy is needed to to fight reaction today.
This is part of 1 of Moshe Machover’s talk, ‘Socialism and Democracy’, held at Communist University 2010.
This is part two of Moshe Machover’s talk, ‘Socialism and democracy’, given at Communist University 2010.
Historian Marc Mulholland talks about Marx’s understanding of the proletariat at Communist University 2010
Capitalism is facing its greatest global crisis since the 1930s. It is quite clear that the ruling class currently has no strategy to deal with the crisis beyond ‘muddling through’.
But what about our side – the working class movement internationally? Clearly, we face a crisis of our own with the workers’ movement and the left are both in very weak positions globally.
What is to be done if we are to overcome this so that the working class can effectively fight back against the crisis and begin to re-articulate a serious international project to positively overcome a declining capitalist system synonymous with war, exploitation and ecological disaster?
This was the topic at the final session of the CPGB’s annual school – the Communist University – which was held in London from august 8-15. Four speakers took part in a panel discussion:
Ben Lewis (CPGB)
Hillel Tickin (Editor, Critique)
Moshe Machover (Israeli socialist and founder of Matzpen)
Chris Knight (Radical Anthropology Group)
There is much debate on today’s far left about the nature of the Labour Party.
Has the rise of New Labour and Tony Blair ensured that the party ceases to be a ‘bourgeois workers’ party? What does that term even mean?
Mike Macnair of the Communist Party of Great Britain tackles these questions by tracing the history of the Labour Party up to the present day.
To read more that Mike has to say on this question, check out two articles he wrote in the Weekly Worker:
Labour: Still a bourgeois workers’ party?
Making and unmaking Labour:
This talk was given along with a series of others at the Communist Party of Great Britain’s annual Communist University, held in London from August 8-15.
Jack Conrad discusses 30 years since the founding of the Leninist faction of the ‘official’ Communist Party of Great Britain before its liquidation in 1991.
The faction took up the banner of the CPGB and now organises as the CPGB, publishing the Weekly Worker.
Stuart King of Permanent Revolution (permanentrevolution.net) talks ‘On unity’ at Communist University, the annual school of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
Mark Fischer (CPGB) and Dave Douglass (NUM) discuss the lessons of the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984-5 at Communist University 2009 in South London.
Communist Students National Executive member Chris Strafford talks about what CS stands for and why our vision for unity around the politic project of Marxism marks us out from the rest of the left student groups.