WW archive > Issue 662 - 01 March 2007

Messenger or message?

Peter Manson reports from the February 24 Stop the War Coalition demonstration in London


Quick and easy; Think again; Reductionist; Omission; Art theory; Tough position; Meacher empire; Biased reporting; Abstract democracy; Fundamental; Extinction; Wind-up

Roots of modern morality

Born into a wealthy family in Florence on May 3 1469, NiccolಠMachiavelli was educated in the classical tradition of his class. Later he developed close relations with the ruling elites both in Italy and other parts of Europe. He gained a profound insight into statecraft: how rulers rule. After the Medici family regained power in Florence in 1512, Machiavelli retired from political life and took up the pen. Most famous of all his books was The prince (Il principe) which was published five years after his death in 1527. It caused outrage amongst church circles and brought 'Machiavellian' into the popular lexicon - a pejorative term for one who deceives and manipulates others for personal gain. Gerry Downing seeks to put the record straight

Fountains and fireworks

Lawrence Parker reviews Raphael Samuel's The lost world of British communism (Verso, 2006, pp244)

ISG split over Respect

In January, two leading members of the International Socialist Group, Alan Thornett and John Lister, left the officers' group that heads the Respect national council. Others in and around the ISG-dominated paper/front Socialist Resistance have quit Respect altogether. Jim Moody reports

Confident beginning

Hands Off the People of Iran had its official launch in Covent Garden following the February 24 anti-war demonstration. Anne Mc Shane reports

Left decline and May 3 elections

Last weekend's CPGB aggregate debated our approach to the forthcoming elections, the Hands Off the People of Iran campaign and the redrafting of our Draft programme. Mary Godwin reports

Farcical battle for votes

Elections to the Wales national assembly on May 3 promise to be tale of two battles. The first battle will, of course, take place amongst the major Welsh parties for control of the devolved administration; the other a quite farcical contest between a bewildering array of left groups fighting it out for the title of the 'largest sect in Wales'. Cameron Richards reports

Not the happiest of days

Eddie Ford comments on Britain's 'youth crisis' and says: stop criminalising youth

Fountains and fireworks

David Sabbagh and Laurie McCauley report from the University of Sheffield student union elections, where five members of Communist Students are standing for office

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