WW archiveIssue 971
18 July 2013
SWP: How did this bloody mess come to pass?
Marxism, the annual school of the SWP, saw a revamped opposition, reports Mark Fischer
The aftermath of this year’s Marxism will pose a conundrum for the Socialist Workers Party’s deeply discredited leadership. Despite attempts to “draw a line” under the Delta crisis and move on, a new, revamped opposition successfully used the event to challenge the apparatus and cohere itself. The opposition has many differing opinions, but seems determined to fight it out at the January 2014 conference. As one CPGB comrade commented afterwards, the opposition “went into Marxism with a blog and came out of it with a caucus”.
Straw man; Mangling Marx; Golden age; Slovenly; Gratuitous; Nasty things; Nazis; Labour not; Echo
If you can loosen SWP restrictions on free debate on one occasion, asks Peter Manson, why not do so permanently?
Attempts by the leadership to portray the SWP as the only Leninist organisation in town are totally at odds with reality, argues Ben Lewis
Michael Copestake reports from the CPGB and HOPI's fringe meetings
Peter Manson looks at questions of race, sex and nation raised by SWP speakers at Marxism
Another session on Leninism, another show-down. Sarah McDonald was there
The International Socialist Network is still trapped by SWP politics, argues Harley Filben
Toby Abse reports on an unexpected setback for Silvio Berlusconi
Eddie Ford thinks MPs should be accountable, recallable and live on a wage close to those they represent
Money raised at a reduced Marxism was down, reports Mark Fischer, and the Summer Offensive deadline begins to loom...