Bolshevism was not a safe space for opportunism

Political differences need to be expressed in honest, frank and where necessary colourful language. Mark Fischer argues that the past has many important lessons for Left Unity

Leaving aside the bizarre nature of some of the proposals in Left Unity’s draft ‘safe spaces’ document, LU members should reject the whole shebang on the basis of what might be called its guiding ethos. Essentially, the proposal is based on the assumption that LUers are constitutionally fragile porcelain figurines, liable to shatter at the sound of a harsh word or a contrary opinion, unless protected by elaborate internal controls and safeguards. In turn, this reflects a wider tendency of mainstream society towards the infantilisation of adults and the growth of an intrusive nanny state to protect the poor dears from themselves.

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Letters

Yes to no; Poison; Spoilsport; Past tense; Mister, mister; Pope animal; Fantasy; Ex-devotee

CPGB aggregate: Arguments strengthened

Mike Copestake reports on an impassioned debate between CPGB members

‘Christ of nations’ in London

Migrant workers have class interests, not Polish interests, argues Maciej Zurowski

Kollontai: Leaving behind Menshevik pacifism

She may have been best known for her work on the women question, writes Anne McShane, but Alexandra Kollontai was at the heart of the revolutionary fight against the imperialist war

AWL: Apologists without logic

Arthur Bough examines the AWL’s failure to oppose imperialist intervention

Protected by the establishment

Rolf Harris, Jimmy Savile and Andy Coulson all had friends in high places, writes Eddie Ford

Summer Offensive: Raise the banner

Mark Fischer reports on a positive start to the CPGB's annual fundraising drive

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