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.

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Letters

Let's talk; Misunderstood; Marx misquoted; In the dark; Regroupment?; Any master; Why stand?; Unity of what?

Sects and 'new left' disillusionment

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

A taxing dilemma

The dispute over taxation shows the bourgeois establishment's poverty of ideas, argues James Turley

Keeping quiet on party politics

Dave McAllister reports on the Saturday April 10 demonstration against cuts

Accountable to their party

All three mainstream parties promise voters the power to recall their MPs. Jim Moody looks at the details

Campaigning in South Wales

Bob Davies finds the SWP declining to do Tusc work, while the excluded CPGB is actively working in the campaign

Boosted

Robbie Rix is reasonably pleased with the way April's fighting fund is progressing

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