WW archiveIssue 998
20 February 2014
Taaffe: Superannuated teacher, superannuated politics
Peter Taaffes approach to Bolshevik history reveals the mindset of a man more committed to preserving his sect regime than learning from our movements 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.
Get real ; Racism lesson ; Eco-nonsense ; Factory fodder ; Contradictions? ; LU democracy ; Silly twats ; Two sugars!
The fight for the soul of the Labour Party has only just begun. Stan Keable of Labour Party Marxists reports on the Collins review
What is the communist stance in relation to the Scottish referendum? Sarah McDonald urges a boycott
It is impossible to overstate the crisis facing the SACP, writes Peter Manson
The premiership of Matteo Renzi will make the previous government look positively progressive, writes Toby Abse
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
The CPGBs position on age-of-consent laws is self-contradictory, writes Ian Donovan
The anti-Keynesian dissident, Bruce Wallace, has been suspended, reports Paul Demarty
Robbie Rix gives credit for credits. Will you get a mention next week?