Self-determination and communist policy

Mike Macnair highlights important differences of nuance

In the first article in this series, I argued that the democratic principle we should fight for is the equality of nationalities within a multinational state. In the second, I stated that the claim that nations have a right to self-determination is both a response to the inequality of nations within capitalism and also inherently replicates this inequality. In this article, I argue that even ‘tactical’ use of self-determination slogans is problematic. Though tactically justifiable in certain circumstances, it cannot function as a principled ‘red thread’, but the precise use must depend on concrete analysis.

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Letters

Political soul; LU for Corbyn; Head vs heart; Name one; Muso muse; Be a sport; Properly leftist; Like Cassandra; Appreciated; Chartist lessons

Confusion, contradiction and irony

South African socialist Terry Bell comments on the divisions within Cosatu

Labour right panic and call for ABC

Tony Blair’s warning goes to show that the Labour Party can be shifted to the left, writes Eddie Ford

Part of the ‘lunatic wing’ - like Jack Straw

Smearing Jeremy Corbyn as a friend of Islamist extremists is disingenuous, hypocritical and incorrect, writes Yassamine Mather

Sectarian anti-sectarianism

The fallout from Greece and an attempt to boot out Workers Power have aroused passions in Yorkshire Left Unity. Mike Copestake and Tina Becker report

Teesside established

Steve Devey reports on the launch of a new branch in the north-east

Social democracy should govern

Marxists should not stand on the sidelines in the struggle between socialised and fictitious capital, urges Arthur Bough

Solidarity targeted by IS bomber

The Suruç massacre marks a change in Turkish politics, writes Esen Uslu

No escaping sordid history

The queen’s Nazi salute exposes the British establishment’s modern myths, writes Paul Demarty

No need to wait

We might be in touch, but you can help us reach our target anytime says Mark Fischer

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