Mike Macnair

Mike Macnair is a member of the Provisional Central Committee of the CPGB and, “being an old-fashioned ex-Trot political hack”, writes on a wide range of issues. He is the author of the book Revolutionary Strategy (2008) and is currently working on a second edition.

Latest articles by Mike Macnair

Defend Livingstone against the witch-hunt

The April 9 London Communist Forum featured two opening speakers. Each comrade took a particular angle on the ‘Anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism’ lie

Compulsory lies

Caving in to the ‘anti-Semitism’ falsehoods is Labour’s contribution to the ‘post-truth society’, writes Mike Macnair

True fake news

Perhaps there is another agenda lurking behind Trump’s travel ban, muses Mike Macnair

March … and then?

Defending the NHS requires party politics, argues Mike Macnair

The new president and the new global order

What if Trumpism was made to serve the aims of US capital? Mike Macnair speculates

Refendarii dolosi

Mike Macnair exposes the anti-democratic nature of referendums, including the membership ‘survey’ just sent out by Lansman & Co

Attempt to outlaw justified anger

The demand that Corbyn should apologise for Labour ‘anti-Semitism’ is a demand to bow before US policymakers, writes Mike Macnair

Lexiteers all at sea

Both the Morning Star’s CPB and SPEW advocate immigration controls and socialism in one country, notes Mike Macnair

After the Brexit vote

Mike Macnair argues that very little has become clearer since late June

Scorched earth litigation

The right’s implausible and not so implausible legal threats have a purpose, writes Mike Macnair

Don’t rely on the courts

Mike Macnair considers the likelihood of a legal challenge to Labour’s NEC

After an unexpected vote

Mike Macnair introduced the discussion at the CPGB aggregate on the fallout following the EU referendum result. This is an edited version of his speech

Closed Marxism

Mike Macnair reviews: John Holloway, 'In, against and beyond capitalism: the San Francisco lectures', Kairos/PM Press, 2016, pp85 (plus preface), £10.59

Smear tactics and our response

To combat the lies, we need our own independent working class media, argues Mike Macnair

Social democratic corporate management?

There is no common political interest between the working class and productive capital, writes Mike Macnair

Two strategic illusions

Money can function fully only if it is world money, writes Mike Macnair

Bakuninist hatchet job

Mike Macnair takes issue with Dave Douglass over the First International

The Davidson papers

Mike Macnair reviews Neil Davidson

Bureaucracy - in the state and on the left

Mike Macnair reviews: David Graeber The utopia of rules: on technology, stupidity and the secret joys of bureaucracy Melville House, 2015, pp274, £9.47

Masses and government

Communists are not opposed in principle to the formation of working class administrations under capitalism, writes Mike Macnair

Overcoming the power of capital

Mike Macnair asks why leftwing administrations cannot halt the long-term trend to the right

Doing things differently or same old?

Mike Macnair outlines the Communist Platform’s opposition to both word limits for motions and to a branch ballot to determine which should be prioritised at conference

Socialism from below: a delusion

We need to go far beyond slogans, urges Mike Macnair

Self-determination and communist policy

Mike Macnair highlights important differences of nuance

Democracy and rights

Mike Macnaircalls on the CPGB to reconsider its position on the question of national self-determination. In the first of three articles, he examines the meaning of ‘democratic rights’

Hegemon in decline

In his speech to the May 30, Hands Off the People of Iran day school, Mike Macnair looked at the inconsistencies of US strategy in the Middle East

Doing war differently

Does today’s workers’ movement need its own ‘self-denying ordinance’? Mike Macnair looks to the lessons of the New Model Army

Socialism will not require industrialisation

The transition to a new society is possible, argues Mike Macnair

Thinking the alternative

In his third article on the maximum programme, Mike Macnair argues that we can already see aspects of the social goals of communism in the present

Thinking the alternative pt. 2

Peter Hudis Marx’s concept of the alternative to capitalism Haymarket, 2013, pp241 Michal Polak Class, surplus, and the division of labour Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (Kindle edition)

Thinking the alternative

Should the movement have a final goal? Mike Macnair argues for the maximum programme

Second time as farce

The decline of Britain as an imperial power is symbolised by the funeral of Richard III, argues Mike Macnair

Magna Carta and long history

There are celebrations, but also deflations. Mike Macnair examines the rival interpretations

Wrong kind of radicalisation

How to explain the ‘teenage brides for IS’? Mike Macnair examines the phenomenon of hope in a disastrous illusion against the background of the left’s failure

Fantasy history, fantasy Marx

Chris Cutrone’s arguments are characterised by dogma and vacuous circularity, writes Mike Macnair

Doing politics the same

Despite its commitment to ‘safe spaces’, Socialist Resistance’s view on the way we should organise is not ‘different’ at all, comments Mike Macnair

Good intentions and the road to hell

Where now for disputes and ‘safe spaces’? Mike Macnair examines the issues

Left Unity: code of conduct or a safe spaces nightmare?

How to vote at conference- Mike Macnair explains the Communist Platform’s recommendations for November 15-16

Transparency is a principle

Demanding ‘confidentiality’ when it comes to internal disputes makes us look like a combination of Little Stalins and the Life of Brian, argues Mike Macnair

Parvus: for German victory

New translations shed light on the thinking of socialists who ended up supporting 'their' side in WWI. Mike Macnair introduces a second Parvus article

The price of nationalism

Mike Macnair reviews the cynical geopolitical manoeuvres of the rival power blocs

Parvus’s ‘Fourth of August’

Sections of the left also adopted a German-defencist position during 1914-18

Daniel Bensaïd: Repeated disappointments

Daniel Bensaïd An impatient life: a memoir (translated by David Fernbach, introduced by Tariq Ali) Verso 2013, pp384, £24.99 (£11.77 paperback, £9.69 Kindle)

The Bolsheviks’ success and the ‘revolutionary’ fear of electoralism

Mike Macnair reviews two books by August Nimtz in the context of the left's fear of politics

Bourgeois or capitalist?

Marc Mulholland Bourgeois liberty and the politics of fear Oxford University Press, pp400, £37 (£9.25 direct)

‘Speaking bitterness’ and Left Unity

The precursor of ‘safe spaces’ was unsuccessful and destructive in past movements of the oppressed, writes Mike Macnair

Left unity: Safe spaces are not liberating

Mike Macnair puts forward an alternative to Left Unity’s draft ‘safe spaces’ policy

Exploitation and illusions about 'anti-imperialism'

Mike Macnair completes his reply to Ian Donovan

Nothing but bathwater

The Soviet Union did not constitute capitalism of any sort, argues Mike Macnair

Triumph of Afro-Caribbean art

Roy Williams Kingston 14 Theatre Royal, Stratford; ends April 26

Left Unity: How to vote on March 29

Mike Macnair outlines the recommendations of the Communist Platform

Anti-imperialist illusions

What does the class-political independence of the proletariat mean in practice? Mike Macnair replies to Ian Donovan’s allegations of ‘third campism’

Indecision and irrationality

March 29 is very likely to be just as frustrating as the November founding conference, writes Mike Macnair

Changed and unchanged

What do the negotiations with Iran tell us about US policy? This is an edited version of a talk given by Mike Macnair to the January 25 Hands Off the People of Iran day school

Supplement: Left Unity’s contradictory aspirations

A wide-ranging strategic debate has erupted on the left, Mike Macnair conducts a critical examination

Lukács: The philosophy trap

György Lukács provided the ‘theoretical overkill’ for the bureaucratic centralism of groups like the SWP, argues Mike Macnair

Debate: Inspiring view of future society

Is the distinction between socialism and communism necessarily Stalinist? Mike Macnair replies to Nick Rogers

Leveson, libel and lucre

The overall result of the combination of Leveson and the Defamation Act is a major attack on freedom of speech and communication, argues Mike Macnair

Rethinking imperialism

Was Lenin right when he called imperialism the ‘highest stage of capitalism’? Mike Macnair believes he was very wrong

Programme: Lessons of Erfurt

Was the Second International based on ‘parties of the whole class’? Mike Macnair looks at the real history of working class organisation

AWL review: Education or training?

Mike Macnair reviews: Cathy Nugent (ed) 'Marxist ideas to turn the tide: readings and reflections on revolutionary socialist strategy'. Phoenix Press/Workers’ Liberty, 2013, pp138, £5

AWL school: Economism and frontist delusions

Mike Macnair was at the Ideas for Freedom school to listen, to learn and to debate

Broad parties: Theories of deception

The extent to which we practise transparency and democracy determines whether we can be taken seriously, argues Mike Macnair

Lessons of May 68

Would there have been a revolution but for the betrayal of the official leadership in France? This is an edited version of a talk given by Mike Macnair at a recent London Communist Forum

Review: Method and the dialectic

Mike Macnair completes his review of: Guglielmo Carchedi, 'Behind the crisis: Marx’s dialectics of value and knowledge'. Haymarket Books, 2012, pp303, £20

What drives capital’s global crises?

Mike Macnair reviews: Guglielmo Carchedi, 'Behind the crisis: Marx’s dialectics of value and knowledge', Haymarket Books, 2012, pp303, £20

Labour Party: Murdoch’s Blairite offensive

Is Ed Miliband moving left? Mike Macnair examines what lies behind the campaign run by The Times

Workers' movement: Bureaucratic ‘justice’ and dealing with sex assault cases

How should the left deal with serious allegations made by one member against another? Mike Macnair looks at the limits of what is possible

Feminism debate: A useless product of 1970s radicalism

From women’s liberation to bureaucratic feminism - Mike Macnair examines the process that produced the witch-hunting of ‘rape deniers’

Rome, empire and christianity: Politics of poverty and purity

Mike Macnair reviews: Peter Brown, 'Through the eye of a needle: wealth, the fall of Rome and the making of Christianity in the west, 350-550 AD'. Princeton 2012, pp758, £27.95

'Anti-imperialist united front': No inherent connection with the working class

Ten years after the height of the mobilisation against the Iraq war, Mike Macnair calls for an end to the politics of the ‘anti-imperialist united front’

SWP CC and theory: Self-serving dishonesty

Do the Socialist Workers Party’s ‘stability’ and ‘clear perspectives’ result from its ban on permanent factions? You must be joking, writes Mike Macnair

Comintern review: Not a school of strategy

Mike Macnair reviews: John Riddell (ed), 'Toward the united front: proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International 1922'. Brill, 2012, pp1310, €200 (paperback also available from Haymarket Books, £39.99)

General strike: Rebuild the movement

The call for a general strike to bring down the government is out of place, writes Mike Macnair

Partly off one knee

The Trade Union Congress decision to consider the option of a general strike represents a small step forward, writes Mike Macnair

Her life and her legacy

Mike Macnair asks whether the modern ‘new left’ use of Luxemburg is part of the problem rather than the solution

Imperialism, capitalism and war

Mike Macnair examines the paradox of the rational irrationalism of US foreign policy

No guide to revolution

Mike Macnair reviews: Iain McKay (ed) Property is theft! A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon anthology AK Press, 2011, pp822, £25

Liquidationism and 'broad front' masks

Mike Macnair recently addressed a CPGB aggregate on liquidationism and 'broad frontism'. Below is an edited version of his talk

Strategy and freedom of criticism

Mike Macnair continues his review of: Daniel Bensaïd, Alda Sousa, Alan Thornett and others, 'New parties of the left: experiences from Europe', London 2011, pp202, £7

The Fourth International and failed perspectives

Mike Macnair reviews: Daniel Bensaïd, Alda Sousa, Alan Thornett and others, 'New parties of the left: experiences from Europe', London 2011, pp202, £7

End the cycle of splits

If the left is to build a serious political organisation it will have to facilitate internal dissent, writes Mike Macnair. And that will require both majorities and minorities to act responsibly

Overcoming the enemies within

The left must unite in order to change the relationship of forces both within and outside the Labour Party, argues Mike Macnair

One fight, inside and out

What are the tasks of communists in relation to the Labour Party? Mike Macnair answers some key questions

Both Pham Binh and Paul Le Blanc are wrong

The left has never properly grasped the history and significance of Bolshevism, argues Mike Macnair

Imperialism before Lenin

Mike Macnair reviews: Richard B Day and Daniel Gaido (editors and translators) Discovering imperialism: social democracy to World War I Brill 2012, Historical Materialism book series, Vol 33, pp951,

Neither advocate nor oppose

What should be the attitude of Marxists to Keynesianism? Arthur Bough responds to Mike Macnair

Clear economics, weak politics

Mike Macnair reviews Paul Mattick 'Business as usual', Reaktion Books, 2011, pp126,

Global fight for reforms

Mike Macnair concludes his article on the alternative to nationalistic Keynesianism

Promoting the national economy divides workers

Does Keynesianism represent an alternative to austerity? Mike Macnair begins by looking at John Maynard Keynes's actual theory

Too early to say

Mike Macnair reviews Ian Birchall's 'Tony Cliff: a Marxist for his time' Bookmarks, 2011, pp664,

Has capitalism reached the end of the line?

Mike Macnair spoke to the November 12 CPGB aggregate on the Marxist understanding of the crisis. This is an edited version of his speech

Principled opposition, not constitutional cretinism

Mike Macnair explains what is wrong with 'a Labour government for its own sake'

Mapping the alternative

The workers' movement must begin to act on a European scale, argues Mike Macnair

Organising for an alternative vision

Student unions are not like trade unions, argues Mike Macnair. Unity must be built primarily around politics, not 'student issues'

A hypothesis to change the world

Mike Macnair explains the thinking behind the new version of the CPGB's Draft programme

Lenin's strategy: illusory or realistic?

Mike Macnair reviews Lars T Lih's 'Lenin' Reaktion Books, Critical lives series, London 2011, pp234,

Maoism with pretensions

Mike Macnair reviews: Alain Badiou's 'The communist hypothesis' (translators D Macey, S Corcoran) London 2010, pp279, £12.99

Divided by a common language?

The Frankfurt school methodology employed by Platypus is worse than useless, argues Mike Macnair

The study of history and the left's decline

Dealing with the present demands not useful myths, writes Mike Macnair, but a real understanding of the past

Theoretical dead end

The US Platypus group is in the borderlands of two types of left, argues Mike Macnair in the second of two articles

No need for party?

The US Platypus grouping does not have a political line because there is 'no possibility of revolutionary action'. Mike Macnair reports on its convention

Propaganda and agitation

Why do we need electoral tactics? Mike Macnair completes his three-part series

Principles to shape tactics

In the second of three articles Mike Macnair examines the electoral controversies in the SPD and the views of Marx and Engels

Electoral principles and our tactics

When is it permissible to vote for opportunist or even non-working class candidates? In the first of two articles Mike Macnair begins his examination of the issues

There is an alternative

But only if we aim for working class rule across Europe, says Mike Macnair

Anarchist origins of the 'general strike' slogan

We set up this debate in response to widespread calls from the Trotskyist left for the TUC to call a general strike against the cuts. This is Mike Macnair's opening

The errors and pitfalls of general-strikism

The March 12 London Communist Forum featured a discussion between Mike Macnair of the CPGB and David Broder of The Commune

The direction of historical development

Jairus Banaji History as theory: essays on modes of production and exploitation Historical Materialism books series, Vol 25, Leiden, 2010, pp406, £81

Teleology, predictability and modes of production

Mike Macnair continues his review of Jairus Banaji's 'History as theory: essays on modes of production and exploitation' Historical Materialism books series, Vol 25, Leiden, 2010, pp406, £81

Marxism and theoretical overkill

Mike Macnair reviews Jairus Banaji's 'History as theory: essays on modes of production and exploitation' Historical Materialism books series, Vol 25, Leiden, 2010, pp406, £81

Pause for thought

We do not live in a democracy, we live in a 'rule of law' state, argues Mike Macnair

Arming the resistance

What lies behind the ruling class cuts offensive and what strategy do we need to defeat it? This is an edited version of the speech given by Mike Macnair to the November 28 CPGB aggregate

Dances with scabs

In this final article, Mike Macnair draws some conclusions from the history of Trotskyist entry into the Labour Party

Entries and exits

Mike Macnair continues his historical summary of British Trotskyism's attitude to Labour Party work

In, out, shake it all about

How did the far-left policy of Labour Party entry develop? Mike Macnair looks at the changing attitudes of British Trotskyism

Transition and abundance

Schemes for quasi-market communism offer a rationale for capitalism, argues Mike Macnair

Localist separatism can only produce crazy confusion

Mike Macnair reports on the latest attempt to create a national grouping to the left of Labour

Humble petition or militant action?

There are two sides to Tolpuddle, argues Mike Macnair

Gerbils on a wheel

Mike Macnair argues that the single tactic of 'No platform for fascists' merely recapitulates the errors of Dimitrov's popular front. This is an edited version of the speech he gave to the July 4 London Communist Forum fringe meeting during this year's Marxism

Representation, not referendums

The basis of decision-making under the dictatorship of the proletariat is not the same as under communism, argues Mike Macnair

Socialism is a form of class struggle

Why can't the proletariat abolish capitalism immediately on taking power? The answer lies in the need for transition, argues Mike Macnair

Against the state, not just the ruling class

Mike Macnair completes his examination of the lessons of bourgeois revolution

Models of revolution

Mike Macnair reviews Henry Heller's 'The bourgeois revolution in France 1789-1815' Bergahn Books, 2006, pp172, £20.13; and, David Parker's (ed) 'Ideology, absolutism and the English revolution: debates of the British communist historians, 1940-1956' Lawrence and Wishart, 2008, pp285, £18.99

Government of the people, by corruption, for the capitalists

David Cameron's deal with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats puts in place the 'strong government' demanded by the capitalist class. The working class will now be attacked with a vengeance, writes Mike Macnair

From an instrument of deception

Mike Macnair reviews the mainstream election campaign and the inadequate response of the left

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

It is not enough to call for abolition of anti-union laws

Capitalism and the rule of law are incompatible with political democracy and free association, writes Mike Macnair

Bureaucratic centralism and ineffectiveness

The split of the John Rees-Lindsey German Left Platform from the Socialist Workers Party has generated a small round of discussion on the party question in the left blogosphere, writes Mike Macnair. But what is missing is a recognition of the need for Marxist unity

A real united front could organise unemployed

Mike Macnair takes a looks ahead to the SWP's 'Right to Work' conference

Accentuate the positive

At last the establishment of a left unity electoral coalition has been confirmed by the highly secretive 'core group'. But, asks Mike Macnair, is this unity built on sand?

World politics, long waves and the decline of capitalism

Are we facing a new 'long slump' like the 1930s or is the recent financial crisis merely a blip in a larger picture of capitalist expansion? And how does the decline of capitalism fit into the picture? Mike Macnair examines the issues

No way back for warmongers

Mike Macnair addressed the Hopi AGM on the continued threat of war. US imperialism has a new face, but when it comes to foreign policy it is business as usual

No coalition with 'son of No2EU'

Issues of left and right are not so clear-cut when it comes to Respect. Mike Macnair reports on its annual conference, held in Birmingham on Saturday November 14

Making and unmaking Labour

An alternative to the Labour Party will only ever grip masses of workers if it is an alternative to Labourism, writes Mike Macnair

Labour Party blues

Is Labour still a bourgeois workers’ party? What, if anything, does this expression mean? Mike Macnair continues the debate

Marxism and the inequality of nations

Mike Macnair analyses 'world-system' theory and looks at Boris Kagarlitsky's attempts to overcome its weaknesses with his analysis of Russia

Studying the past to grasp the future

Mike Macnair reviews Boris Kagarlitsky's Empire of the periphery: Russia and the world system London 2007, 384pp, £35

David Davis and democratic rights

The failure of the far left to champion democracy has allowed rightwing polititians to pose as libertarians, argues Mike Macnair

Driven by ideas

How should communists approach campus work? In the first place by understanding the contradictory class position of students, argues Mike Macnair

Treaty of Lisbon and a workers' Europe

In the name of democracy and internationalism, Mike Macnair argues against calls for a referendum

Pantomime analogies, beanstalks and 'science'

Would a Marxist party in Britain be a 'halfway house' on the road to a communist international? Mike Macnair responds to Dave Craig

Negative critique and positive alternatives

Mike Macnair reviews the following books: - Phil Hearse (ed) Take the power to change the world (Socialist Resistance, 2007, pp144, £6); - Michael Lebowitz: Build it now: socialism for the 21st century (Monthly Review Press, 2006, pp127, £10.95) - Cliff Slaughter: Not without a storm: towards a communist manifesto for the age of globalisation (Index Books, 2006, pp314, �12.99)

The procedural is political

We must learn to recognise both bureaucratic and legalistic manipulation, writes Mike Macnair

Ditch the strategic illusion

Pro-Tehran apologetics in the Stop the War Coalition represents a kind of nostalgia for the 'anti-imperialist front', writes Mike Macnair

Wot? No left?

In the fight between George Galloway and the SWP, Mike Macnair is reminded of the debate between the Bukharinite 'rights' and the Stalinists in 1929-33

Boycotts and working class principle

Mike Macnair outlines the tactics communists ought to adopt in relation to Israel

Under the carpet

Mike Macnair reports from the September 25 AGM of Respect Oxford

Leading workers by the nose

Our immediate task is to pose a political alternative to the existing regime, writes Mike Macnair, not wait for the 'transitional method' to produce soviets. This article concludes his series on 'permanent revolution'

Spontaneity and Marxist theory

What is the relationship between unorganised mass movements and the revolutionary party? Mike Macnair continues his series on 'permanent revolution'

For a minimum programme!

Continuing his series on 'permanent revolution', Mike Macnair suggests that the victory of workers' power through a democratic republic does not remove the distinction between the two parts of the communist programme

What is workers' power?

A workers' state cannot be determined by property forms, argues Mike Macnair

'Transitional' to what?

Setting the scene for a series of articles on 'permanent revolution', Mike Macnair argues that the dictatorship of the proletariat must take the specific form of the democratic republic

Floodtide of capital

Mike Macnair locates the contradiction in capital's desire for free movement and its need to control labour

Origins of fortress west

What is the connection between the development of capitalism and restrictions on the movement of labour? In the first of two articles Mike Macnair traces such restrictions back to feudalism

End bureaucratic centralism

Unity of the Marxist left is both possible and realistic, argues Mike Macnair. What is lacking is the will

Defeat was fault of enemy machine guns

Mike Macnair replies to Dave Brown and Gerry Downing who argued last week that the defeats of the 20th century are not grounds to rethink the strategic ideas of the early Comintern

Ten wasted years

Americanisation and resistance to it was the dominant theme in Blair's decade, argues Mike Macnair

Programme, or ad hoc reflections?

Mike Macnair replies to Phil Sharpe on the question of programme

Putting out the trash

Economic and political interpenetration both internationally and nationally makes a mockery of the Revolutionary Democratic Group's 'democratic permanent revolution'. Mike Macnair concludes his response to Dave Craig of the RDG

International from the start

Mike Macnair continues his polemic against the 'national democratic revolution' schema of the Revolutionary Democratic Group's Dave Craig

Clinging to Trotskyist pieties

There is no movement in Britain to set up a new 'mass workers' party', argues Mike Macnair. What can be achieved, however, is a united party of the Marxists

Abolition and working class solidarity

Official society celebrates the bicentenary of the ending of slavery as part of 'our common British heritage'. Mike Macnair examines the class forces that underpinned anti-slavery

Not a mistake but a state crime

Four years after the invasion, Iraq continues to sink deeper into the morass. Mike Macnair analyses the current situation

AWL 'realists' raise their heads above the parapet

Divisions emerge within the AWL over troop withdrawal

Bush ups the ante

Differences over Iraq have been sharply debated in Washington between 'neocons' and 'realists', writes Mike Macnair. On a micro-scale this is paralleled in Britain by a debate within the Alliance for Workers' Liberty

Death of a nationalist

Mike Macnair looks at the death of Saddam Hussein

Copyright or human need

Communists are for the freedom of information, says Mike Macnair

Marxist party - now or never

Mike Macnair writes on this weekend's launch conference of the 'Campaign for a new Marxist party'

Developing a Marxist programme

Mike Macnair continues the debate on what is meant by a Marxist party and how to campaign for one, begun by Critique's call for a conference on November 4

New left for old

Mike Macnair reviews Max Elbaum's Revolution in the air: sixties radicals turn to Lenin, Mao and Che Verso, 2002, pp370, £20

Campaign for a party - or another sect?

The organised left cannot be bypassed in the fight for a Marxist party, argues Mike Macnair

100 years hard labour?

Mike Macnair reviews Graham Bash and Andrew Fisher: 100 years of Labour (London 2006, pp80, £4). Available from www.100yearsoflabour.net

Bringing about a Marxist party

Why must we go through the existing left rather than appealing directly to 'the class'? Mike Macnair explains

Three political commitments

Unity not around 'Trotskyism', insists Mike Macnair, but around class independence, democracy and internationalism

Origins of 'Leninism'

Mike Macnair reviews Lars T Lih's Lenin rediscovered: What is to be done? in context Brill, 2006, pp867, €129

Prostitution policy and the NOTW smears

Mike Macnair remembers the discussion in the SSP over the question of prostitution

Sheridan wins first round

Mike Macnair discusses some of the legal implications of the case and argues that socialists should not use the bourgeois press to fight out their differences

What sort of 'Marxist party'?

A new formation must avoid from the start all the failings of the Trotskyist sects, writes Mike Macnair

Sleaze is back

But, argues Mike Macnair, it never really went away

Fight where Marxists are

The organisation of a conference by the Critique group to campaign for a new Marxist party is welcome, writes Mike Macnair. But how far it will get is problematic

'Class lines' against democracy

Mike Macnair takes on Ian Donovan

Republican democracy and revolutionary patience

Mike Macnair concludes his series on communist strategy by throwing down the challenge to the existing left

Political consciousness and international unity

What is the link between national and international revolution? What is the role of the workers' international? Mike Macnair continues his series on communist strategy

The minimum platform and extreme democracy

Under what conditions should communists participate in government? Mike Macnair revisits the strategic problem of authority

Unity in diversity

How does the concept of the united front fit into the struggle for a Communist Party? Mike Macnair continues his examination of strategy

Communist strategy and the party form

Mike Macnair examines the Leninist 'party of a new type' and disentangles its advantages and shortcomings from the necessity of splitting from the Second International

War and revolutionary strategy

Mike Macnair puts the record straight on Lenin's call for defeatism and insists on the necessity of the left taking the democratic question of arms seriously

War and revolutionary strategy

Mike Macnair puts the record straight on Lenin's call for defeatism and insists on the necessity of the left taking the democratic question of arms seriously

Reform coalition, or mass strike?

In the third article in this series, Mike Macnair examines the basis of two contending strategies for working class advance

Revolutionary strategy and Marxist conclusions

In the second in a series of articles, Mike Macnair continues his examination of right-moving Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire theorists and the response of the SWP's Alex Callinicos

Floundering towards Eurocommunism

While Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire theorists flounder towards Eurocommunism, the SWP's Alex Callinicos can only answer them with evasion. In the first of two articles, Mike Macnair discusses revolutionary strategy

More ballots, more bullets

We are approaching the third anniversary of the big anti-war demonstrations before the invasion. Mike Macnair takes stock of the anti-war movement and the current situation in Iraq

Vote for class independence

Mike Macnair revisits the question of the popular front

Which way forward?

Imperialism versus internationalism

In this concluding article, Mike Macnair argues that our most powerful enemy is the imperialist state. That is why communists are revolutionary defeatists

Imperialism lives on

In the second of a short series of articles, Mike Macnair examines the role of the state in the global order and looks at alternatives to the 'imperialism of free trade' theory

AWL, Iraq and 'new imperialism'

Mike Macnair argues that the failure of the AWL to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq is a symptom of their flawed analysis of imperialism

A bridge too far

Mike Macnair reviews: Graham Dutfield, 'Intellectual property rights, trade and biodiversity', Earthscan Publications, 2002, pp238, £24.95 Michael Perelman, 'Steal this idea: intellectual property rights and the corporate confiscation of creativity', Palgrave, 2002, pp242, £17.65 Peter Drahos, 'A philosophy of intellectual property', Ashgate, 1996, reprint 2002, pp272, £60

What's in a name?

Mike Macnair takes issue with Dave Craig on republicanism. Dave Craig’s article, ‘Republican slogans and the CPGB’, which shows a remarkable lack of understanding of the arguments CPGB comrades have been putting forward

Democrats form platform

Some 30 people - varying over the course of the day - met in Birmingham on Saturday November 8 to form a Democracy platform in the Socialist Alliance. Mike Macnair reports

At the crossroads

Sooner or later the Socialist Workers Party faces a choice between strategically counterposed perspectives which have developed within the ranks of its leadership, argues Mike Macnair

Democracy not 'justice'

Do Salma Yaqoob's and George Monbiot's 'Principles of unity' provide a solid basis for a common political programme? Mike Macnair thinks not