London Socialist Alliance and Nader

For the first time in decades, a candidate from the left of the two main parties has made an impact on the race for the White House. In key states - particularly Oregon and Florida - Nader may have polled enough to swing the vote for president between George W Bush and Al Gore. The unprecedented deadlock was in no small measure brought about by the presence of a third candidate.

Whether or not it was correct to support Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate for the US presidential elections, has become a contentious issue among revolutionaries and socialists in Britain. A partially issued press release from the London Socialist Alliance from last weekend said: "Go, Ralph, go: British left cheers Nader." A full release was halted after protest from the LSA chair, Marcus Larsen (CPGB), and secretary, Greg Tucker (International Socialist Group).

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Letters

Guilty silence; Tick sheets; Dissolve UK; Voting reform; You bastards; Correction 1; Correction 2

Socialist Alliances

Hackney Council bankrupt

CPGB and revolutionary defeatism

Mark Fischer has developed an interesting analysis of revolutionary defeatism (Weekly Worker October 12). Unfortunately, his approach seems to be that there is only one principled and monolithic approach to the question. In actuality the Marxist approach has undergone constant change and modification. Crucially there has been a continual tension between the possibly competing conceptions of defeatism and defencism.

Hands off our territory

This report on the September 30 Socialist Alliance conference, issued by the Socialist Party executive committee to its branches, attempts to justify the SP's sectarian hostility to left unity and the SA project

Sectarian hypocrisy

Harry Paterson, who is in the process of being expelled from the Socialist Party, condemns the SP's counterposing of its 'new mass workers' party' to the reality of the Socialist Alliance

Rain, floods, global warming, and platitudes

Taking ourselves seriously

CPGB speaking tour - 'The Socialist Alliance and the fight for a new workers' party'. Speaker: Jack Conrad

Weekly Worker 359 is also available in PDF format