Free speech: The permitted shades of grey

Karl Marx stood for free speech, in the tradition of the first amendment to the US constitution, writes Eddie Ford

Democracy and socialism are inseparable, and there can be no democracy without freedom of speech. That should be the bottom line for anyone who calls themselves a socialist, let alone a Marxist. But try telling that to those who dominate Manchester Left Unity. They have suspended Laurie McCauley from membership for having the temerity to write a “public article” in the Weekly Worker.1 Specifically his ‘crime’ was to include “personal attacks”, “breaches of members’ privacy”, “unreasonable attacks on our branch” - and other such outrages against socialist morality. Frankly, the comrades responsible for this move should hang their heads in shame.

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Letters

Vote 'no'; Dog-whistling; Big theory; Animalism; Greens OK; Faraway galaxy; Dogma

Left Unity: Freedom to criticise must be defended

Laurie McCauley reports on his suspension from Manchester branch

Left Unity: A matter of political health

Unity requires freedom to criticise, argues Paul Demarty

‘Speaking bitterness’ and Left Unity

The precursor of ‘safe spaces’ was unsuccessful and destructive in past movements of the oppressed, writes Mike Macnair

Rate of profit: False premises, false conclusions

Did the tendency for the rate of profit to fall cause the crisis of 2008-09? On the contrary, says Arthur Bough, the annual rate of profit remained high

Iraq: A disaster waiting to happen

The US and Iran find themselves on the same side and ready to cooperate, warns Yassamine Mather

Trying to earn a bit of popularity

What is the role of Unite Against Fascism now that the SWP is prioritising Stand Up to Ukip? Daniel Harvey investigates

Where next for People's Assembly?

More than lowest common denominator politics is needed to challenge austerity, argues Peter Manson

Extra quid

Robbie Rix is a firm believer that every little helps

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