US elections: Crazy politics and class forces

Jim Creegan examines the campaign of the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential elections

When, in the late 1989, the New York real estate mogul Leona Helmsley was standing trial for tax evasion, her fate was sealed when one of her assistants testified that she had said: “We don’t pay taxes. Only little people pay taxes.” Not only did these words figure in getting the ‘queen of mean’ sent to jail; they also caused a scandal in the media and in the country at large. Everyone in Helmsley’s social set knew that what she said was true, but to say such things to anyone outside her most intimate circle was considered the height of vulgarity and indiscretion.

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Letters

Mild peril; Arrogant; Marginalisation; Abject; Left masters; Taken to Tusc; Resist; Reinstate Ian; Mangle angle

NUS: Unreason all the way down

The National Union of Students no-platforms George Galloway, Galloway sues the NUS, the left talks nonsense throughout and Paul Demarty wonders what the hell is going on

Progress: Capitalism’s Trojan horse

Attacks on Progress should be welcomed, but should the left vote for Aslef’s rule change? Stan Keable of Labour Party Marxists looks at the issues

Obituary: Unrepentance of Eric Hobsbawm

Harley Filben casts an eye over Hobsbawm's legacy

Sex: Accepting assertion as fact

Sarah McDonald reviews: Dr Brooke Magnanti The sex myth: why everything we’re told is wrong Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2012, pp272, £14.99

The Left: There’s no success like failure

Tony Greenstein bemoans the continuing self-marginalisation of Britain’s far left

SWP: Annual show of ‘democracy’

This years first Internal Bulletin is a CC dominated token effort at democratic debate. Will this change, wonders Peter Manson?

Early promise

Robbie Rix gives Weekly Worker readers a big thank you

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