WW archiveIssue 440
11 July 2002
This year's Communist University is promising to become a truly challenging and international affair. Marco Berlinguer, programme officer of Rifondazione Comunista, will be our first speaker this year, reports Tina Becker
CPGB comrades in the audience for this rather patchily attended session cannot have been the only ones who enjoyed the irony of Chris Bambery's comment that it was a characteristic of Stalinism to "portray the Leninist party as a monolith"
The first of three fringe meetings sponsored by the CPGB, Alliance for Workers' Liberty and Revolutionary Democratic Group discussed the need for a Socialist Alliance paper - it was packed, with standing room only at the back. Mary Godwin reports
"Through the fullest, most open debate we seek to achieve unity in action and a common world outlook." This statement appears in the third paragraph of the revised 'What we fight for' column. John Pearson disagrees with the party majority.
On Sunday July 7, the SWP's John Rees led a discussion titled, 'Do we need a broad socialist party or a revolutionary party?'
The morning session of Sunday July 7 saw a debate between the SWP's Chris Bambery and Alan McCombes of the Scottish Socialist Party on 'Internationalism and the new left'. This raised many important issues, says Sarah McDonald
Communists must oppose identity cards, says Ian Donovan
Dave Douglass of Yorkshire NUM looks back at the reign of Arthur Scargill, who has recently retired as union president
The Socialist Workers Party took the opportunity of this year's Marxism to launch Red Spark, a youth organisation "based on the politics of the SWP and [for] school and college students who want to fight capitalism", says Ian Mahoney
Our second CPGB-AWL-RDG fringe meeting featured a debate between advocates of an active boycott of the forthcoming referendum on the euro, reports Peter Manson
When the president of the United States finds it necessary to go to the New York stock exchange and reassure the world that the capitalist system is not in crisis, we know that something is seriously wrong. Maurice Bernal writes
The European Anti-Capitalist Left held its fourth conference in Madrid on June 18-19. This is the statement put out afterwards