WW archiveIssue 697
15 November 2007
Should an islamist fantastist like Samina Malik be imprisoned for writing 'terrorist poetry'? Jim Moody thinks not
George Orwell's 1984 describes a future government's attempts to control people's thoughts, as well as their speech and actions; in his novel, thinking that was disapproved of by the state was labelled 'thoughtcrime'. Last week, the first woman convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 was found guilty of just such an offence and could go to prison for it.
Ivory towers; Leninist; Bankrupt line; Iron hand; Luxury; Wonderful; Peace pledge; Realpolitik; Obscene comments; Foolproof
Just how accessible are the documents found on Samina Malik's computer? Some examples should suffice to make the point.
As both wings of the organisation once known as Respect gather for 'conferences' in London, there is a good deal or hype and unfounded official optimism in the air, says Peter Manson
Dave Craig thinks the Socialist Alliance might have a future
There are now two Respects nationally. And in Tower Hamlets - more than anywhere else - this split is replicated on the ground. Simon Wells reports on the latest conflicts
Is there such a thing as a 'Marxist art'? James Turley takes issue with Hillel Ticktin
Hillel Ticktin identifies abstract labour as the key to collectivity in Marx's labour theory of value
We must learn to recognise both bureaucratic and legalistic manipulation, writes Mike Macnair