WW archiveIssue 813
15 April 2010
Obama's healthcare triumph is a con
Jim Creegan looks at the devious manoeuvring carried out by Obama and the Democratic leadership
The healthcare bill signed into law by Barack Obama on March 23 was more than just another piece of legislation. For the right, it was the first step in a government conspiracy to take over the medical industry and much else besides. But it was of more than ordinary significance for the left as well. Over the past several decades, what small measure of inspiration and prestige revolutionary Marxism once commanded among those fighting for social equality has passed almost entirely to the reformist camp. The apocalyptic dreams of our youth, so went the refrain, had proved a will o’ the wisp: far more sensible to devote our energies to reforms that are actually within our grasp.
Let's talk; Misunderstood; Marx misquoted; In the dark; Regroupment?; Any master; Why stand?; Unity of what?
Mike Macnair reviews P Blackledge, N Davidson (eds) 'Alasdair MacIntyre's engagement with Marxism: selected writings 1953-1974' Brill (Historical materialism series), 2008, pp443, £89
The dispute over taxation shows the bourgeois establishment's poverty of ideas, argues James Turley
Dave McAllister reports on the Saturday April 10 demonstration against cuts
All three mainstream parties promise voters the power to recall their MPs. Jim Moody looks at the details
Bob Davies finds the SWP declining to do Tusc work, while the excluded CPGB is actively working in the campaign
Robbie Rix is reasonably pleased with the way April's fighting fund is progressing