SWP crisis: Programme and the programmeless

Why do communists place such importance on their programmes and why does the SWP central committee expel oppositionists who advocate developing one? Jack Conrad begins a short series of articles

Socialism is won from below, not delivered from on high. So there is no road to socialism via the bureaucratic state, a socialist sect, trade union officialdom or a charismatic military liberator. Yet, though it may appear paradoxical, the Marxist party is built around a programme top-down.

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Letters

Back in the USSR; Focus; Déjà vu; Uncomradely; Left-talking; Face it; Blat, blat; Touchy; Coalfest; Ha ha; Cheerleaders

SWP crisis: Green light for expulsions

The opposition is about to be given a new lease of life, writes Peter Manson

Left press and the SWP: The dog that didn’t bark

The silence of significant sections of the left on the Socialist Workers Party crisis is a symptom of sectarianism, argues Paul Demarty

Gay marriage: Cameron: from hero to renegade

For Eddie Ford, the gay marriage vote showed that the Tories are still the ‘nasty party’

Iran: Corruption, repression, fightback

Yassamine Mather reports on the chaos that is the Islamic Republic

Phil Piratin review: Tragic consequences

Lawrence Parker reviews: Kevin Marsh and Robert Griffiths, 'Granite and honey: the story of Phil Piratin, communist MP', Manifesto Press, 2012, pp256, £14.95

Owen Jones polemic: Babies and bathwater

Stan Keable of Labour Party Marxists thinks that Owen Jones has thrown out the democratic baby

An unreserved apology to Unite regional officer Wayne King

Fighting fund: Partisan

Robbie Rix thanks our partisan readers

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