Taaffe: Superannuated teacher, superannuated politics

Peter Taaffe’s approach to Bolshevik history reveals the mindset of a man more committed to preserving his sect regime than learning from our movement’s past. Ben Lewis responds to his review of Lars T Lih

Ever since the appearance of his groundbreaking Lenin rediscovered: ‘What is to be done?’ in context in 2005, Lars T Lih, the esteemed scholar of Russian history based in Canada, has become something of a household name on the left. With good reason. Lih’s ideas should have profound implications for all Marxists active today. Why? Not least because of his damning observation that many a sect ‘historian’ - having gone down a long and winding road to build the ‘party’ - appear to have swallowed numerous myths on the history of Bolshevism.

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Labour: Everything to play for

The fight for the soul of the Labour Party has only just begun. Stan Keable of Labour Party Marxists reports on the Collins review

Pox on both houses

What is the communist stance in relation to the Scottish referendum? Sarah McDonald urges a boycott

South Africa: Official ‘communists’ split unions

It is impossible to overstate the crisis facing the SACP, writes Peter Manson

Italy: The new Tony Blair

The premiership of Matteo Renzi will make the previous government look positively progressive, writes Toby Abse

Asbo mania threat

The case of radical Islamic convert, Jordan Horner, may seem insignificant, writes Michael Copestake, but is part of a long-term trend of state attacks on basic freedoms

Debate: Don’t abolish: reform

The CPGB’s position on age-of-consent laws is self-contradictory, writes Ian Donovan

CWI: A bureaucratic farce

The anti-Keynesian dissident, Bruce Wallace, has been suspended, reports Paul Demarty

Follow the lead

Robbie Rix gives credit for credits. Will you get a mention next week?

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