WW archiveIssue 1026
18 September 2014
Referenda and direct democracy
Ben Lewis looks at Karl Kautsky’s Parliamentarism and democracy
The September 18 referendum on Scottish independence has obviously sparked much controversy. Yet what is often absent in such discussions is a consideration of the nature of referenda themselves and their role both historically and in contemporary society.
Chauvinist; Lesser evil; Scabbing; Plotless; Slogans' run; Vampire lawyers; Anniversary
Controversy over the ban on abortion has erupted once again, reports Anne McShane
A Communist Platform member has been shown the door. Peter Manson reports
Israeli communist Moshé Machover examines the significance of Zionist claims that Israel is the ‘nation-state of the Jewish people’
Secessionist movements throughout Europe are taking inspiration from the Scottish referendum, writes Eddie Ford
A commitment to official union structures, and an inability to grasp the potential of organisations created by workers in struggle meant the miner's strike was a test most of the left failed, says Mark Fischer
Deep pockets, global fame and the lack of jury trials are prone to produce outrageous results, argues Paul Demarty
Prefer a dead tree version of the Weekly Worker to pore over? Or a fumble on your fondleslab? They both cost money, as Robbie Rix likes to remind us...