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Venstrefløj Europa
Se også: DK: Venstrefløj
Max van Lingen: The stagnation of the Dutch Socialist Party
International Socialism Journal nr. 151, jul 16 – side 131
Note: The Socialist Party (SP) is one of the parties that emerged to the left of traditional social democracy in the last decade of the 20th century. In electoral terms, it is one of the most successful. At its peak in 2006, the SP got 25 out of 150 seats (16.6 percent of the vote), becoming the third party in the House of Representatives. With the European Parliament (2014) and provincial (2015) elections it eclipsed the Labour Party (PvdA) for the first time, becoming the biggest party of the left in the Netherlands. Until Syriza’s election victory in 2015 the Dutch SP was the only left reformist party in Europe to win a bigger share of the vote than the traditional social democratic party.
 
Andy Brown: Reassessing Podemos
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 97
Note: The emergence of new left wing political parties in Europe in response to the crisis and government austerity policies has been discussed already in the pages of this journal. Specifically we have looked at the nature of the Podemos project in the Spanish state and the question of how the left should relate to it. It is now useful to revisit the analysis in the light of events in 2015 in the Spanish state in order better to understand the viability of Podemos in its own terms and the relationship between it, the left and the working class.
 
Ron Margulies: Tyrkisk valg er begyndelsen til enden for Erdogans regerende parti
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: Præsident Recep Tayyip Erdogans Retfærdigheds- og Udviklingsparti (AKP) opnåede ikke absolut flertal ved Tyrkiets parlamentsvalg 7. juni, skriver Ron Margulies fra Istanbul.
 
Elizabeth Humphrys + Tad Tietze: Feedback: “Anti-politics” and the return of the social: A reply to Alex Callinicos
International Socialism Journal nr. 144, okt 14 – side 187
Note: In his diagnosis of the causes of the crisis of the radical left in the last issue of this journal, Alex Callinicos criticised the “anti-politics” analysis that we have developed over recent years, in particular at our blog Left Flank.
 
Alex Callinicos: Thunder on the left
International Socialism Journal nr. 143, jul 14 – side 111
Note: The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives.
 
Kieran Allen: Whatever Happened to the United Left Alliance?
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 6, jun 13 – side 17
Note: The United Left Alliance is in a comatose state from which recovery, at the moment, appears unlikely. Its steering committee has not met since December and some of its participants have left. At a time when thousands of people are looking for an alternative to the political establishment, the radical left has proved unable to forge a viable, broad organisation that could win their allegiance.
 
Donal Mac Fhearraigh: SYRIZA and the Rise of Radical Left-Reformism in Europe
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 103
Note: The rise of SYRIZA, Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left, in the May elections and in polls since, has electrified the left globally.
 
Jonny Jones: The shock of the new: anti-capitalism and the crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 134, apr 12 – side 35
Note: In February of this year the Tory employment minister, Chris Grayling, launched an astonishing attack on the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) while live on national radio. Responding to a campaign against a government “workfare” scheme which puts unemployed people to work for no pay, Grayling claimed that the SWP were “part of a broader anti-capitalist trend on our society. Campaign groups are waging war very deliberately against big business”.
 
Left behind?
International Socialism Journal nr. 124, okt 09 – side 7
Note: The derisory message of a four-page piece by journalist Andy Beckett in the Guardian’s G2 supplement in mid-August was that the far left had missed “the political opportunity presented by the financial crisis”. And there are a good number on the far left who think the Guardian was right.
 
Alex Callinicos: Feedback: Revolutionary paths: a reply to Panos Garganas and François Sabado
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 173
Note: The responses in the previous issue of International Socialism by Panos Garganas and by François Sabado to my article “Where is the Radical Left Going?” are very welcome. As their articles bear witness, the condition of the radical left in Europe is quite diverse. Though I have disagreements with some of the things that both have to say, these differences are quite minor.
 
François Sabado: Feedback: Building the New Anti-capitalist Party
International Socialism Journal nr. 121, jan 09 – side 143
Note: Alex Callinicos’s article in the most recent issue of International Socialism shows well the changes that have taken place in the radical left in recent months. The characteristics of the situation, and in particular the deepening of the crisis of the capitalist system and the social-liberal evolution of social democracy, confirm that there is a space “to the left of the reformist left”. This space opens up possibilities for the building of new political formations or for initiatives such as the conferences of the anti-capitalist left, processes that require clarification.
 
Panos Garganas: Feedback: The radical left: a richer mix
International Socialism Journal nr. 121, jan 09 – side 153
Note: Alex Callinicos takes the debate on the future of the radical left several steps forward with his article in the previous issue of International Socialism. This is very important. It is crucial to restate the need and the possibility of building a radical left that avoids the twin dangers of sectarianism and opportunism today. The difficulties arise as we try to deal with the problems that have cropped up after the crises in Rifondazione Comunista in Italy and Respect in Britain. Is it possible to deal with the tensions between right and left within such projects in an effective way? And how? No ready made recipe exists and therefore we need to address these questions urgently and clearly.
 
Analysis: Italian lessons
International Socialism Journal nr. 119, jul 08 – side 15
Note: The victory for the coalition around Silvio Berlusconi in Italy is much more serious than the Tory gains in Britain’s local elections. It has produced a government in which the hard right have been making the running. The scale of the defeat suffered by the left is such that there is no Communist or socialist representation in parliament for the first time since the Second World War.
 
Chris Bambery: Europe’s radical left gets together
Socialist Worker nr. 2104, jun 08 – side 4
Note: The radical left in Europe has reasons to be cheerful. That was certainly the message from a 1,000 strong rally held in Paris’s Left Bank on Friday of last week organised by the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR).
 
Ian Taylor: New life for the new left
International Socialism Journal nr. 118, apr 08 – side 17
Note: Not long ago Nicolas Sarkozy in France, Angela Merkel in Germany and Kostas Karamanlis in Greece presented themselves as politicians who could do for continental European capitalism what Margaret Thatcher did for British capitalism.
 
Alex Callinicos: Italy, Germany, Greece: Different pictures of Europe’s left
Socialist Worker nr. 2091, mar 08 – side 4
Note: The collapse of Romano Prodi’s centre-left government in January was a miserable end to the hopes of all those who had wanted to see an end to the sleazy right wing politics of Silvio Berlusconi.
 
Jørn Andersen: Den europæiske venstrefløj: Pubertets-problemer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 274, nov 07 – side 6
Note: I nogle år er venstrefløjen næsten bare gået fremad. Men er fremgangen ved at være slut? Et kig ud over Europa tegner et billede, der peger i mange retninger.
 
Shock waves from Poland
Socialist Review nr. 40, feb 82 – side 17
Note: Each of the great upheavals in the Russian bloc over the last 25 years has caused turmoil in the West European Communist Parties.
 
Tim Potter: The death of Eurocommunism
International Socialism Journal nr. 13, jun 81 – side 105
Note: The last two years have seen the major West European Communist Parties enter an immense collective crisis – certainly the biggest in their history since the break up of the Stalinist myth in 1956. The symptoms of the crisis are easy to spot: the Communist Parties of Spain, Italy and France are all losing members and votes. All are wracked by internal questioning or public disagreement. None have been able to develop any coherent strategy for the problems facing them in the eighties.
 
Venstrefløj Skandinavien
Vegard Velle: Svækket venstrefløj vandt valget i Norge
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 292, okt 09 – side 2
Note: Fortsat rød-grønt styre. Det racistiske Fremskridtspartiet gik frem. Det revolutionære parti Rødt kom ikke ind i Stortinget.
 
Venstrefløj Tyskland
Se også: Tyskland
Yuri Prasad: Er de tyske vælgere rykket mod højre?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 292, okt 09 – side 2
Note: Angela Merkels konservative parti CDU blev genvalgt ved det tyske valg 27. september. Resultatet betyder afslutningen på samarbejdet med det socialdemokratiske parti SPD til fordel for en ny koalition med det højreorienterede FDP.
 
Oliver Nachtwey: Die Linke and the crisis of class representation
International Socialism Journal nr. 124, okt 09 – side 23
Note: The European radical left is characterised by its lack of synchronicity. We can see decline, regroupment and regeneration happening almost simultaneously, and so far no role model for a successful left has emerged.
 
Stefan Bornost: SPD’s move right benefits the German left
Socialist Worker nr. 2119, sep 08 – side 4
Note: The new left party Die Linke is benefiting from a right wing coup in the German Labour Party, writes Stefan Bornost
 
Christine Buchholz: Letter from ...: Germany: The successes and challenges of Die Linke
Socialist Review nr. 323, mar 08 – side 9
Note: Growing economic inequality and corruption have led to huge gains by the left. Christine Buchholz writes about the successes of Die Linke, and the challenges ahead.
 
Stefan Bornost: Germany’s political earthquake
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 73
Note: Stefan Bornost, editor of the magazine marx21, spoke to International Socialism about the growth of German’s new left wing party.
 
Valg i Tyskland: Die Linke
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 246, sep 05 – side 6
Note: WASG og PDS udgør det ny Venstreparti (Linkspartei).
 
Asta Land Olesen: Valg: Ny alliance skaber udfordring i Tyskland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 243, jun 05 – side 5
Note: En samling på den radikale venstrefløj ville kunne lægge grunden for et historisk gennembrud i Europas største økonomi.
 
Nyt venstrefløjsparti i Tyskland
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 231, aug 04 – side 5
Note: I begyndelsen af marts blev ledelsen i det tyske socialdemokrati SPD grebet af panik!
 
Georg Lux: The Decline of German Socialism
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 8, mar 62 – side 4
Note: One of the most disturbing aspects of the present crisis of socialism is the accelerating speed with which German social democracy returns to the social-liberal position from which it was freed one hundred years ago.
 
Venstrefløj Storbritannien
Se også: Storbritannien venstrefløj
Alex Callinicos + Charlie Kimber: Can we move forward? a reply to Wolfreys and others
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 
Note: This journal is committed to acting as a forum for the debates that have developed within the Socialist Workers Party over the past year. The reply that Jim Wolfreys and other members of the International Socialism editorial board have written to our article on the politics of this crisis is a contribution to that debate. These comrades are all members of the faction that has existed-in defiance of the constitution and traditions of the SWP-since February this year.
 
Hannah Dee + Mike Gonzalez + Jennifer Wilkinson + Alexis Wearmouth + Megan Trudell + Dan Swain + Andrew Stone + Estelle Cooch + Mike Haynes + Jim Wolfreys + Amy Gilligan + Jacqui Freeman + Neil Davidson + Anindya Bhattacharyya + Simon Behrmann + Louis Bayman + Colin Barker + Jonny Jones: “The politics of the SWP crisis”-a response
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 
Note: As members of the editorial board of International Socialism we wish to disassociate ourselves from the recently published article, “The Politics of the SWP Crisis”, written by the journal’s editor and the national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).
 
Alex Callinicos: Stuart Hall in perspective
International Socialism Journal nr. 142, apr 14 – side 139
Note: Stuart Hall’s death removes from the scene one of the most influential Marxists in Britain of the past 50 years. To describe him thus is immediately to invite controversy.
 
Christian Høgsbjerg: A “Trot of the milder persuasion”: Raymond Challinor’s Marxism
International Socialism Journal nr. 141, jan 14 – side 71
Note: In 1957 E P Thompson in a private letter to his friend, the fellow dissident Communist historian John Saville, described Raymond Challinor (1929-2011) warmly as a “Trot of the milder persuasion”.
 
Alex Callinicos + Charlie Kimber: The politics of the SWP crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 – side 59
Note: For almost a year the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has been seized by deep division. It has not stopped us acting as a revolutionary organisation.
 
Ed Rooksby: “Left Reformism” and socialist strategy
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 – side 83
Note: There has been a significant revival of interest among the radical left in “big picture” questions of socialist strategy that, as Mark L Thomas has pointed out, represents a return to “important debates of the left largely absent over the last three decades”.
 
John Newsinger: Review: Diaries of a nobody
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 – side 215
Note: Chris Mullin, A Walk-On Part, 1994-1999 (Profile Books, 2012), A View From The Foothills 1999-2005 (Profile Books, 2010) and Decline and Fall, 2005-2010 (Profile Books, 2011), all £9.99
“Chris is so right wing now, and so loyal and so Blairite,” wrote Tony Benn in a 2003 diary entry.
Chris Mullin used to be somebody. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he was one of Benn’s lieutenants, a staunch uncompromising Bennite, editing two volumes of Benn’s speeches (Arguments for Socialism published in 1979 and Arguments for Democracy published in 1981), and in 1982 he became the Bennite editor of the Tribune newspaper.
 
Alex Callinicos: Where is the British left going?
International Socialism Journal nr. 139, jul 13 – side 3
Note: Mainstream British politics seems stuck in a weird time loop in which it is doomed to repeat the 1990s. The Conservative-Liberal coalition government is headed towards a car crash.
 
Paul Blackledge: Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
International Socialism Journal nr. 139, jul 13 – side 25
Note: The recent calls for the British left either to “reclaim Labour” (Len McCluskey) or to build a new party capable of emulating Syriza’s successes in Greece (Ken Loach) demand serious consideration on these pages. At their core these proposals reflect a widespread desire, shared by members of the Socialist Workers Party, to fight the cuts, alongside revulsion at the Labour Party’s failure to do so.
 
Judith Orr: People’s Assembly: Thousands sign up to rage against austerity
Socialist Worker nr. 2357, jun 13 – side 3
Note: Over 2,500 people have signed up for the People’s Assembly in London on 22 June—part of a groundswell of bitterness and anger against austerity.
 
Mark Thomas: Which strategy for the left?
Socialist Review nr. 381, jun 13 – side 15
Note: In last month’s Socialist Review, Ed Rooksby, a supporter of the Left Unity initiative, put forward his view that a left government can play a key role in the fight for radical change. Mark L Thomas argues this ignores the role of the state.
 
Ed Rooksby: Why it's time to realign the left
Socialist Review nr. 380, maj 13 – side 22
Note: Radical left parties such as Syriza in Greece and the Front De Gauche in France have made significant gains recently. But what about Britain? Socialist film maker Ken Loach has recent issued a call for a new left party to be formed here too. Ed Rooksby, one of the supporters of the call, explains why he thinks the time is right to launch such a party and what its aims should be.
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: Bradford campaign hopes to build on Galloway’s win
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 5
Note: George Galloway’s Respect party has launched its campaign for the local elections in Bradford.
 
Siân Ruddick: Preston socialist Michael Lavalette launches fight to take back his seat
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 5
Note: The victory of George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election has spurred on local election campaigns that were already on the way—and inspired some new ones.
 
Alex Callinicos: The key lessons of Bradford West
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 4
Note: The superlatives have fast run out in attempts to sum up George Galloway’s victory for Respect in the Bradford West by-election. It simply is off the scale of normal electoral measurement.
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: How Respect won in Bradford West
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 16
Note: George Galloway pulled off a spectacular political comeback on Thursday of last week by winning the Bradford West parliamentary by-election by a landslide.
 
Christian Hogsbjerg: Review: Remembering E P Thompson
International Socialism Journal nr. 134, apr 12 – side 221
Note: Scott Hamilton, The Crisis of Theory: EP Thompson, the New Left and Postwar British Politics (Manchester University Press, 2011), £60
At a time when the “thinkers” of Blue Labour are attempting to rewrite the history of the English working class movement for their own reactionary nationalist project, the appearance of Scott Hamilton’s new study of the great Marxist writer and thinker Edward Palmer Thompson (1924-1993), author of the classic The Making of the English Working Class (1963), is most welcome.
 
Joseph Choonara + Ian Birchall: Talkin’ ‘bout a revolutionary
International Socialism Journal nr. 131, jul 11 – side 207
Note: Joseph Choonara spoke to Ian Birchall, author of Tony Cliff: A Marxist for his Time (Bookmarks, 2011), which looks at the life of the founder of the International Socialist tradition,
 
The radical left and the crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 126, apr 10 – side 3
Note: A tale of two journals --- This year marks the 50th anniversary of New Left Review (NLR). Not purely coincidentally, this journal also began its regular appearance (after an abortive launch two years earlier) in 1960. Launched against the background of the rise of a New Left in rebellion against both Western capitalism and Eastern Stalinism, International Socialism and NLR represent contrasting trajectories for journals of socialist theory.
 
Debate: Should socialists call for a Labour vote?
Socialist Review nr. 345, mar 10 – side 8
Note: Socialist Review readers respond to the debate over voting Labour at the general election.
 
Left coalition prepares for election
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 2
Note: The left is discussing the forces that will come together in an alternative to Labour at the general election.
The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) voted at its conference that it would seek to be part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
 
Charlie Kimber: Right to Work conference: Be part of the new wave of resistance
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 16
Note: Get to Manchester this Saturday if you want to fight for jobs, stop the cuts, and don’t think workers should pay for the bosses’ crisis.
 
SWP conference: Socialists must stoke resistance
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 – side 4
Note: Delegates from across the country gathered at the SWP’s conference last weekend to debate and decide the priorities for the party in the months ahead.
 
SWP conference: Workers’ confidence to fight attacks is rising
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 – side 5
Note: The session on the industrial response to the economic crisis saw a productive discussion about encouraging working class resistance.
 
Martin Smith: En test for venstrefløjen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 291, sep 09 – side 12
Note: Magthaverne udnytter den fortsatte økonomiske turbulens til at optrappe deres angreb på arbejderklassen. Men der er sket et skift i den måde, britiske arbejdere svarer igen på, argumenterer Martin Smith.
Alt. url: The current crisis is a test for the left
 
Jenny Sutton: Open letter responses: Out of the wilderness
Socialist Worker nr. 2161, jul 09 – side 12
Note: We can’t allow petty divisions to come between us, argues Jenny Sutton, in response to the Socialist Workers Party’s open letter calling for left unity
 
Hannah Sell: Open letter responses: Socialist Party calls for a federal approach
Socialist Worker nr. 2160, jul 09 – side 12
Note: Hannah Sell for the Socialist Party’s national executive responds to the Socialist Workers Party’s open letter calling for unity on the left
 
Tom Woodcock: Open letter responses: 'Part of a fighting agenda'
Socialist Worker nr. 2159, jul 09 – side 12
Note: Tom Woodcock, who stood as an independent in the recent council elections, argues that struggle is key to building a new force on the left
 
Maxine Bowler: The left needs to unite to fight back
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 6
Note: Labour voters stayed home in droves in June's European elections. They simply didn't have a credible alternative to get them to the polling station. This tells us that millions of working class people need an organisation which will stand up for them.
 
Keith Flett: Obituary: John Saville (1916-2009)
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 34
Note: John Saville, who died aged 93, was a towering figure in the field of Marxist and labour history, and in the British labour movement and the left for more than seven decades.
 
Bill Kerry + Peter Murray: Open letter responses: 'We need unity in struggle'
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09 – side 12
Note: NUJ vice president Peter Murray (pc) responds to the SWP’s call for left unity and argues that lessons from union work can help the left today + Keep it broad with common ground
 
Left unity call wins wide hearing
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 2
Note: Trade unionists and activists have responded to the open letter calling for left unity, which was launched by the Socialist Workers Party last week.
 
Kumar Murshid + Gill Motion + Michael Rosen: Open Letter to the left: How we can join together
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 12
Note: Michael Rosen welcomes the Socialist Workers Party’s (SWP) open letter to the left and discusses how he thinks unity can be achieved. Plus responses from Gill Motion and Kumar Murshid
 
Martin Smith: Interview: Working class life, two Erics and teamwork
Socialist Review nr. 337, jun 09 – side 18
Note: Director Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty talk to Martin Smith about their new film Looking for Eric and looking for a new left.
 
SWP conference 2009: Debating the fightback in an age of slumps and war
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 6
Note: The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) held its annual conference last weekend in London.
The discussions were framed and focused by the global crisis of capitalism that erupted last year.
 
SWP conference 2009: Understanding a system caught in deep crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 6
Note: Chris Harman, editor of the International Socialism journal, introduced the opening session on the state of the capitalist system held on Friday evening.
 
SWP conference 2009: The SWP: building a party at the heart of the movements
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 6
Note: A debate on Sunday focused on the importance of building the SWP to help resist the effects of the economic crisis and imperialist wars.
The session was introduced by Martin Smith, the SWP’s national secretary. He noted that the current situation could lead to “either anger or fear” among ordinary people.
 
SWP conference 2009: Stop the War: Mobilising a mass response to imperialism
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 6
Note: Lindsey German introduced a session on imperialism and the Stop the War Coalition.
She began by highlighting the scale of mass resistance to Israel’s attack on Gaza, which she described as a “phenomenal response”.
 
SWP conference 2009: Seizing chances to resist the recession
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 7
Note: The session on responding to the economic crisis saw a productive discussion of strategies for encouraging working class resistance.
It was introduced by SWP industrial organiser Charlie Kimber. “The economic crisis is central to the work that the party will be doing over the next 12 months,” he said. “The questions of who pays for the crisis and the level of resistance is vital.”
 
SWP conference 2009: Weighing up the lessons of the split in Respect
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 7
Note: Alex Callinicos introduced a session looking at the party’s handling of the 2007 split in Respect and the issues that this threw up regarding the SWP’s internal life.
 
SWP conference 2009: Changes in the party’s leadership
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 7
Note: At its annual conference last weekend the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) faced one of its biggest tests in three decades.
For over a year there has been a debate inside the party that has affected every level of the organisation, including its leading body, the central committee.
 
SWP conference 2009: Democracy commission: ‘Working body’ elected
Socialist Worker nr. 2134, jan 09 – side 7
Note: Conference established a commission that will spend the next few months examining ways of strengthening party democracy.
As Chris Harman put it in his introduction to the session, the commission would “refresh the structures of accountability and democracy inside the party”.
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: Left List: Campaign taps into the anger
Socialist Worker nr. 2095, apr 08 – side 4
Note: The Left List’s election fight is winning wide support among people furious at New Labour’s policies.
 
Shaun Doherty: Frontlines: London elections: why the Left List
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 5
Note: Londoners are being given an opportunity to vote for a genuine left alternative in the elections for the mayor and assembly.
The Left List is standing leading anti-war campaigner and socialist Lindsey German for mayor and an impressively diverse range of candidates for the London Assembly.
 
Lindsey German: In my view: London mayoral elections: Vote for the Left List
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 7
Note: What happens when your economic policies rely on a booming City of London and you're suddenly faced with a banking crisis and a credit crunch?
That's the dilemma facing the Labour government. It is also hitting Ken Livingstone in his mayoral contest, with Boris Johnson, the right wing Tory, ahead in recent polls.
 
Lindsey German: Back the left challenge to New Labour
Socialist Worker nr. 2094, mar 08 – side 1
Note: Gordon Brown wants us to pay for crisis, but there is an alternative writes Lindsey German, Left List candidate for London mayor
 
Mike Haynes: Obituary: Pete Glatter 1949–2008
Socialist Worker nr. 2094, mar 08 – side 15
Note: Pete Glatter, my friend, activist, Russia specialist and member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), died last week with a lot left to give.
 
Left List launches slate for London elections
Socialist Worker nr. 2093, mar 08 – side 2
Note: Respect has unveiled the Left List – a broad range of candidates who will be running for the London Assembly and mayoral elections on Thursday 1 May.
 
Simon Basketter: Why has Ken Livingstone stopped being red?
Socialist Worker nr. 2093, mar 08 – side 9
Note: With less than six weeks to go to the 1 May elections for the mayor of London and the London Assembly, polls have shown Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson are neck and neck.
 
Lindsey for London: ‘Vote against poverty, war and privatisation’
Socialist Worker nr. 2092, mar 08 – side 3
Note: The battle over what kind of London we need is taking place across the capital in the run-up to the crucial 1 May elections.
 
Why Respect is standing as ‘Left List’ in London
Socialist Worker nr. 2092, mar 08 – side 3
Note: Lindsey German was Respect’s mayoral candidate in the 2004 London elections. She was re-selected as Respect’s mayoral candidate last spring by over 300 Respect members at a properly convened all-London convention. But she has not been allowed to describe herself as a Respect candidate on the ballot paper for the 1 May London elections.
 
Respect builds new local roots and creditable votes in by-elections
Socialist Worker nr. 2089, feb 08 – side 6
Note: Respect campaigners gained creditable results in two council by-elections in Waltham Forest, east London, and Preston on Thursday of last week.
 
Lindsey German: Respect’s fight for Londoners
Socialist Worker nr. 2086, feb 08 – side 16
Note: London is a divided city. It contains some of the richest people in the world, but most Londoners see little of the wealth.
 
Alexander Lassithiotakis: Storbritannien: Splittelse i Respect
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 275, jan 08 – side 6
Note: Engelske venstrefløjsvælgere befinder sig nu i en Monty Python-agtig situation, hvor den alliance der skulle samle alle der ville et politisk venstrealternativ til New Labour, nu er splittet i to. I flere valgkredse må vælgerne nu vælge imellem at sætte kryds ved Respect – the Unity Coalition eller Respect Renewal. Hvorfor kan venstrefløjen aldrig enes?
 
Chris Harman: The crisis in Respect
International Socialism Journal nr. 117, jan 08 – side 25
Note: Two meetings took place in London on 17 November 2007, in venues about two miles apart. One was the 360-strong annual conference of Respect, which was attended by 270 delegates from 49 local branches and 17 student groups. The other, held in opposition to the conference and under the title “Respect Renewal”, was a rally of 210 people called by MP George Galloway and a number of notables, including some members of the outgoing National Council and some of Respect’s local councillors.
 
Chris Harman: In perspective: Socialists in dispute
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 13
Note: Divisions within the left, such as that which has occurred in Respect, always have their basis in political disagreements. Socialists must always fight for their principles to take the movement forward.
 
Martin Smith: Where next for Respect?
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 15
Note: The last few months have seen vigorous arguments over the future of Respect, culminating in George Galloway leading a split from the coalition. Martin Smith looks at where we are now and the enduring need for a left electoral alternative to Labour.
 
Simon Basketter: Respect conference: Delegates discuss the way forward for Respect
Socialist Worker nr. 2078, nov 07 – side 5
Note: Some 350 delegates and observers gathered to discuss the way forward at Respect’s fourth annual conference, held at the University of Westminster in central London.
 
Respect conference: Campaign priorities in months ahead
Socialist Worker nr. 2078, nov 07 – side 5
Note: Chairing the final session Tower Hamlets Respect councillor Oliur Rahman took an emergency motion from Preston Respect on the crisis in Pakistan which condemned General Musharraf’s regime.
 
Respect conference: Conference voices
Socialist Worker nr. 2078, nov 07 – side 5
Note: Delegates to Respect conference spoke to Socialist Worker
 
Simon Basketter: Respect Renewal: George Galloway launches rival organisation
Socialist Worker nr. 2078, nov 07 – side 5
Note: George Galloway and his supporters launched a new organisation, Respect Renewal, at a rally on Saturday organised in opposition to the official Respect delegate conference.
 
Chris Bambery: Crucial tasks for Respect’s future
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 4
Note: The coalition’s annual conference is meeting this weekend despite attempts to stop it. Chris Bambery looks at some key issues for the organisation
 
Anindya Bhattacharyya: Tower Hamlets Respect meeting looks to the future
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 5
Note: Around 80 Respect supporters in Tower Hamlets, east London met on Monday of this week to discuss the way forward for the organisation in the wake of George Galloway’s decision to split.
 
Kumar Murshid: ‘I left Labour to get away from corrupting practices’
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 5
Note: The Tower Hamlets Respect meeting was chaired by Kumar Murshid, a former Labour councillor in Tower Hamlets and former adviser to London mayor Ken Livingsone. Kumar quit Labour to join Respect earlier this year.
 
Respect conference looks to the future (part 1) (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 
Note: Some 350 delegates and observers gathered to discuss the way forward at Respect’s fourth annual conference, held at the University of Westminster in central London.
 
Respect conference looks to the future (part 2) (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 
Note: In the afternoon session of the Respect conference – which focused on ‘Campaigning Priorities’ – there was a wide ranging discussion of Respect’s commitment to operating as a campaigning organisation.
 
Simon Assaf: Respect Renewal rally launches new organisation with attacks on SWP (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 
Note: George Galloway MP opened the launch rally for his Respect Renewal organisation with personal attacks on John Rees, the national secretary of Respect, and Lindsey German, Respect candidate for London mayor and convenor of the Stop the War Coalition.
Both are members of the central committee of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).
 
Video of speakers addressing Respect Conference 2007 (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 
Note: Mark Serwotka | Nahella Ashraf | Michael Lavalette | Lindsey German | Ray Holmes | Kumar Murshid | Andrew Murray
 
Alex Callinicos: Crisis that has roots in politics: What's behind the crisis in Respect?
Socialist Worker nr. 2076, nov 07 – side 4
Note: It is too early to be able to assess the full impact of the breakaway from Respect launched last weekend by George Galloway and his associates.
 
Chris Bambery: Desperate moves fail to block Respect conference
Socialist Worker nr. 2076, nov 07 – side 4
Note: Respect’s annual national conference is going ahead on Saturday of next week – despite attempts to prevent it from happening.
 
Discussing the way forward for the left in Britain
Socialist Worker nr. 2076, nov 07 – side 4
Note: Over 250 people attended a national council of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) last Saturday to discuss the crisis engulfing Respect and the way forward for the left in Britain.
 
Socialist Worker (UK): Editorial: The political reasons for the division in Respect
Socialist Worker nr. 2076, nov 07 – side 12
Note: Splits in left wing organisations are ugly, messy affairs. From a distance it can look like nothing more than a confused jumble of claims and counterclaims – a “pointless argument” about egos or trivial details.
 
Chris Bambery: Stop the attacks on the left vision for Respect
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 – side 5
Note: Never has there been a greater need for a radical challenge to the pro-war, pro-free market consensus represented by Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Yet there is a growing crisis threatening the existence of Respect – the most successful left challenge Labour has faced in over half a century.
 
Respect: Add your name to crucial statement
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 – side 5
Note: As we go to press nearly 1,000 Respect members and supporters have signed the statement against the witch-hunt of the SWP and the left in Respect – in just six days since the statement’s launch.
 
Four Respect councillors resign the group whip in Tower Hamlets
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 – side 5
Note: In a statement councillors Oliur Rahman, Lutfa Begum, Rania Khan and Ahmed Hussain said, “We remain loyal Respect members and will participate in the council chambers and attend to the community in Tower Hamlets.
 
Jennifer Jones: ‘Students are a central part of the future of Respect’
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 – side 5
Note: Jennifer Jones, a member of Goldsmiths Student Respect and president of Goldsmiths Stop the War Coalition responds to an attempt to exclude Student Respect groups from sending delegates to this year’s national Respect conference.
 
SWP national council discusses crisis in Respect (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 
Note: Over 250 people attended a national council of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) held on Saturday to discuss the crisis engulfing Respect and the way forward for the left in Britain.
 
Socialist Worker (UK): Editorial: Defend socialism and democracy in Respect
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 – side 12
Note: Respect, the coalition which has won greater electoral success than any left alternative for decades, is facing a deep crisis. It is a political crisis about the direction of the left in Britain which requires an urgent response.
 
Simon Basketter: Press conference by Tower Hamlets Respect councillors who resigned group whip (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 
Note: Four Tower Hamlets Respect councillors resigned the Respect group whip last week.
They explained their position at a press conference on Monday.
 
Respect: there is no split – let the members decide (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 
Note: A statement has been issued by several leading members of Respect following an email sent out by the Respect National Office claiming that the SWP is planning to split from Respect. It follows in full.
 
Martin Smith: The SWP leadership is not splitting from Respect (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 
Note: The SWP has issued a statement following an email sent out by the Respect National Office claiming that the SWP is planning to split from Respect. It follows in full.
 
Michael Lavalette: Frontlines: Preston Respect – How We Won...
Socialist Review nr. 315, jun 07 – side 4
Note: Our election campaign in Preston was based on our record over the last four years; a record of combining local issues with national and international issues. We aim to be community shop stewards, dealing with whatever problems people have.
 
Terry Eagleton: Frontlines: Shirebrook – How We Won Too
Socialist Review nr. 315, jun 07 – side 4
Note: Shirebrook is a former mining town in the North Derbyshire district of Bolsover, a rock solid Labour town at the heart of Dennis Skinner's constituency.
 
May Elections: Rosemary Byrne: gearing up to offer a socialist alternative
Socialist Worker nr. 2043, mar 07 – side 8
Note: Solidarity MSP Rosemary Byrne spoke to Socialist Worker about the campaign in Scotland to challenge neoliberal parties in the 3 May elections
 
Simon Furze + Matthew Cookson: May Elections: Michael Lavalette ready to fight for Respect
Socialist Worker nr. 2043, mar 07 – side 8
Note: Respect is urging its supporters to throw themselves into the campaign to re-elect Michael Lavalette as a councillor in Preston.
Leicestershire Respect held a selection meeting on Tuesday of last week to elect candidates for two wards in the local elections on 3 May.
 
May Elections: Respect on the rise in York and Sunderland
Socialist Worker nr. 2043, mar 07 – side 8
Note: Respect is standing candidates in target seats across England in the council elections on 3 May to provide an alternative to the policies of war and privatisation followed by mainstream parties.
 
Ida H. Jakobsen: Parlamentsvalg i England: En syngende lussing af håb
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 243, jun 05 – side 5
Note: Parlamentsvalg i Storbritannien den 5. maj blev et bittert nederlag for Tony Blair og hans New Labour-politik
 
Chris Bambery: Socialist Workers Party conference: Three chances to punish New Labour
Socialist Worker nr. 1930, dec 04 – side 6
Note: The new year will bring new opportunities to build resistance. That was the key theme of the Socialist Workers Party conference, reports Socialist Worker editor Chris Bambery
 
News update: Galloway in total victory against pro-war Telegraph (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 1930, dec 04 
Note: Respect MP George Galloway spoke to Socialist Worker immediately after his stunning High Court libel victory
 
Lindsey German: Vote 04: Putting Respect on the Map
Socialist Review nr. 287, jul 04 – side 20
Note: Mayoral candidate Lindsey German assesses the impact of the vote.
 
Peter Morgan: Vote 04: On Whose Authority?
Socialist Review nr. 287, jul 04 – side 22
Note: Peter Morgan tries to find out how well the left did in the recent elections
 
Vote 04: Respect Election Results
Socialist Review nr. 287, jul 04 – side 22
Note: Detailed results from key areas
 
Jan Hoby: Storbritannien: RESPECT! – Nye muligheder for den engelske venstrefløj
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 230, jun 04 – side 5
Note: På mindre end 20 uger lykkedes det nye venstrefløjsprojekt RESPECT – The unity coalition at blive en national faktor ved Europavalget, valget til borgmester i London og ved et dusin lokale valg.
 
Respect – men ikke for Blair the Liar
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 223, jan 04 – side 3
Note: Den antikapitalistiske og antikrigsbevægelsen har internationalt medført en række spændende og dynamiske opbrug på den internationale venstrefløj.
 
Pete Goodwin: Beyond Euro-Bennism
Socialist Review nr. 40, feb 82 – side 25
Note: A new organisation, the Socialist Society, was launched last month. Pete Goodwin reports on the founding conference.
 
Alex Callinicos: Politics or abstract propagandism
International Socialism Journal nr. 11, dec 80 – side 111
Note: Marxism, as they say, is a guide to action. One of the greatest problems for revolutionary socialists lies in conditions where not even a significant minority of workers is prepared to accept their guidance. This has been true in Britain for much of its history.
 
Steve Jefferys: The Communist Party and the rank and file
International Socialism Journal nr. 10, sep 80 – side 1
Note: It is sixty years since 160 delegates from the main British socialist groups met over the weekend of 31 July/1 August 1920 and founded the Communist Party of Great Britain.
 
Ian Birchall: The autonomy of theory: a short history of ‘New Left Review’
International Socialism Journal nr. 10, sep 80 – side 51
Note: To produce, over twenty years, 117 issues of a theoretical journal, each containing some 60,000 words; to present to English readers numerous contributions to Marxist theory written in French, German, Italian, Swedish, Russian and other languages; to make major contributions to Marxist debate in the fields of philosophy, economics, aesthetics, history, feminism, etc.: all this is no mean achievement.
 
Bob Rowthorn: The Alternative Economic Strategy
International Socialism Journal nr. 8, mar 80 – side 85
Note: A reply to Jon Bearman: Anatomy of the Bennite Left (ISJ2:6).
Bob Rowthorn is a member of the Communist Party.
 
The British Road to Socialism: A Debate: Introduction
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 99, jun 77 – side 22
Note: Introduction to two articles by Geoff Roberts, a member of the Communist Party, and Alex Callinicos, the Socialist Workers Party.
 
Martin Shaw: Review: The Left in Britain
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 87, apr 76 – side 30
Note: David Widgery has produced The Left in Britain 1956-1968 (Peregrine £4), a book of documents, connected by his introductions to the chapters, and generally introduced in an essay by Peter Sedgwick.
 
Venstrefløj Frankrig
Se også: Frankrig
NPA (Nyt Antikapitalistisk Parti): Jeres krige – Vores døde: Imperialistiske kriges grusomhed resulterer i terrorismens grusomhed
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 349, nov 15 
Note: NPA udsendte denne erklæring den 14. november 2015 efter angrebene i Paris om aftenen den 13. november.
 
Alex Callinicos: Review: A revolutionary impatience
International Socialism Journal nr. 144, okt 14 – side 218
Note: Daniel Bensaïd, An Impatient Life: A Political Memoir (Verso, 2013), £24.99
Daniel Bensaïd was, as Tariq Ali says in his foreword to this autobiography, “France’s leading Marxist public intellectual” until he died at the age of 63 in 2010. For many years he had lived with the prospect of an early death, and so he wrote a bewilderingly rapid succession of books.
 
Denis Godard: The NPA in crisis: We have to explain because we have to start again
International Socialism Journal nr. 137, jan 13 – side 201
Note: We will not dwell here on signs that the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) is in crisis or on comparisons between the dynamics at its foundation with the current situation. The failure is so severe as to be undeniable. We failed. But the reasons that led us to create the NPA are still there. We have to understand why we failed, especially as we have to start again.
 
Lorcan Gray: Letter from France
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 88
Note: The New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) was formed in 2009 as a coalition of several groups on the radical left in France. Its formation was hailed as a breakthrough for left unity and was seen by many in Europe as a blueprint for organising against the system in their own countries. Against the backdrop of global economic crisis the NPA was a welcome breath of fresh air and a new style of struggle in a country renowned for its workers’ fighting attitude.
 
France: anti-capitalist politics in crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 134, apr 12 – side 19
Note: Undeniably the global economic and political crisis has accelerated a broad process of political radicalisation visible, for example, in the impact of the Occupy movement during the winter of 2011-12. But these developments have not stilled the question of how the radical left has, as an organised force, responded to the crisis.
 
Sebastian Budgen: The Red Hussar: Daniel Bensaïd, 1946-2010
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 143
Note: Time is currently extracting a heavy blood tribute from the thinkers of the radical left. It is enough to list the names of those we have lost recently to get a measure of the hecatomb—Georges Labica, Giovanni Arrighi, Peter Gowan, GA Cohen, Howard Zinn.
 
Alex Callinicos: Obituary: Daniel Bensaïd 1946–2010
Socialist Worker nr. 2185, jan 10 – side 11
Note: The sad litany of deaths of Marxist intellectuals of the 1960s generation has continued. The French philosopher and activist Daniel Bensaïd – one of the great figures to emerge from the students’ and workers’ rebellion of May to June 1968 – died on 12 January at the age of 63.
 
Alex Callinicos: Daniel Bensaïd (25 March 1946-12 January 2010)
Socialist Worker nr. 2184, jan 10 
Note: The SWP’s Alex Callinicos has sent the following message to comrades in the NPA.
 
Chris Harman: Nyt Antikapitalistisk Parti: Ny stemning på den franske venstrefløj
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 291, sep 09 – side 13
Note: Selvom Nouveau Parti Anti-Capitaliste (NPA) endnu ikke er et år gammelt, har det alligevel sendt nye strømninger gennem Frankrig. Chris Harman besøgte sidste måned partiets Sommeruniversitet for at høre om hidtidige bedrifter og om fremtidens udfordringer.
Alt. url: The NPA: a new atmosphere on the French left
 
Denis Godard: Feedback: The NPA: a space for rebuilding
International Socialism Journal nr. 123, jul 09 – side 181
Note: The New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste, NPA) is an exciting political development because it responds to a need arising from the struggle in France over the past few years.
 
Jim Wolfreys: New party to unite the French left
Socialist Review nr. 334, mar 09 – side 23
Note: The birth of the New Anti-capitalist Party in France is a welcome development for those opposed to neoliberalism. Over 9,000 people from different political backgrounds have already joined up. Jim Wolfreys reports from its founding congress and looks at its prospects and challenges.
 
Jim Wolfreys: NPA: A new party in France against war and neoliberalism
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 4
Note: The founding conference of the NPA in France shows the potential for the left to grow as struggle rises. Jim Wolfreys reports from Paris
 
French activist: ‘Now we have a real left’
Socialist Worker nr. 2138, feb 09 – side 4
Note: Nora from Avignon has been working with newly arrived immigrants in France’s impoverished urban areas – the quartiers populaires – for many years. She explained what drew her to the NPA.
 
Alan Krivine on France’s new Anti-Capitalist Party
Socialist Worker nr. 2131, dec 08 – side 8
Note: Alain Krivine of the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR) spoke to Socialist Worker about the conference in January that will found a new party, now known as the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA).
 
Colin Wilson: Michel Foucault: friend or foe of the left
International Socialism Journal nr. 118, apr 08 – side 155
Note: The French historian, activist and intellectual Michel Foucault remains politically significant some 20 years after his death.
 
Olivier Besancenot: Letter from ...: France
Socialist Review nr. 315, jun 07 – side 9
Note: The severe electoral defeat of the left doesn't automatically mean a social defeat, argues Olivier Besancenot of the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR).
 
Alex Callinicos: Attac divisions reflect a shift
Socialist Worker nr. 2007, jul 06 – side 4
Note: At the organisation’s annual general meeting in Rennes a fortnight ago, two slates were put forward for the administrative council.
 
Laurent Sorel: French left debate need for alternative
Socialist Worker nr. 2007, jul 06 – side 4
Note: The conference of the radical left LCR party saw a crucial discussion about candidates for next year’s presidential election.
 
Frankrig: Antikapitalisme erobrer politisk scene
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 221, nov 03 – side 4
Note: Stemningen i Frankrig drejer til venstre – en nylig opinionsmåling viser, at hver tiende franske vælger vil støtte et revolutionært alternativ
 
Jan Hoby: Rejsebrev fra Frankrig: Revolutionær valgkamp
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 203, maj 02 – side 7
Note: Søndag den 21. april blev første runde af det franske præsidentvalg genneført. Blandt kandidaterne er Arlette Laguiller fra Lutte Ouvriere, som efter meningsmålinger spås et godt valg.
 
R.D. Coates: The French Communist Party and Reformism: The Price of Reintegration
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 32, mar 68 – side 19
Note: The French Communist Party (Le Parti Communiste Français, PCF) emerged from the Second World War as the largest political party in France. Five of its members held posts in the Provisional Government, it claimed a membership of one million, and one Frenchman in four gave it his vote. If its strength is to be defined in Parliamentary terms, or indeed in terms of the number of its members, it has never been as strong since, despite maintaining, throughout the Fourth Republic, a popular vote of some five million.
 
André Giacometti: The State of the French Left
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 001, jun 58 – side 5
Note: To describe and analyze the French Left today is a difficult and unrewarding task. Where to begin?
 
Venstrefløj Italien
Se også: Italien
Alexander Lassithiotakis: Nederlag for venstrefløjen i Italien: Dyre lærepenge for socialister
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 281, aug 08 – side 13
Note: Italien havde for få år siden Europas stærkeste venstrefløj. Men da denne kom til magten, sammen med Prodi, blev de trukket med i at føre nyliberalistisk politik, og er efterfølgende kollapset. Historien er tragisk, og vigtig at lære af, hvis man som venstrefløj vil være et reelt alternativ.
 
Chris Bambery: Italy’s communists shift left after defeat
Socialist Worker nr. 2112, aug 08 – side 4
Note: Chris Bambery reports from Chinciano Terme on what Rifondazione Comunista’s national congress means for the left in Italy.
 
Editorial: Lessons for the left on supporting coalition governments
Socialist Worker nr. 2112, aug 08 – side 12
Note: Where the radical left has participated in centre-left governments the results have been universally disastrous. The centre-left has proved impervious to pressure from below but has been all too accommodating to corporate interests.
 
Analysis: Italian lessons
International Socialism Journal nr. 119, jul 08 – side 15
Note: The victory for the coalition around Silvio Berlusconi in Italy is much more serious than the Tory gains in Britain’s local elections. It has produced a government in which the hard right have been making the running. The scale of the defeat suffered by the left is such that there is no Communist or socialist representation in parliament for the first time since the Second World War.
 
Tom Behan: Aldo Moro killing: a miscalculation that almost destroyed the Italian left
Socialist Worker nr. 2104, jun 08 – side 9
Note: Thirty years ago in Italy a political drama played out – the kidnapping and killing of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro. But the Red Brigades, the left wing group that kidnapped Moro, took a wrong path in their attempt to bring down the system so many people hated.
 
Phil Rushton: Letter from...: Italy
Socialist Review nr. 325, maj 08 – side 9
Note: April saw the right deal a devastating blow in the Italian elections. Phil Rushton looks at the reasons for the defeat and how the left can rebuild.
 
Editorial: The left's death by compromise in the Italian election
Socialist Worker nr. 2097, apr 08 – side 12
Note: The return of right winger Silvio Berlusconi to office in Italy is bad enough. The total elimination of the radical left from parliament verges on the disastrous.
 
Megan Trudell: Rifondazione votes for war
International Socialism Journal nr. 113, jan 07 – side 33
Note: Many supporters of Italy’s Rifondazione Comunista party are shocked and disoriented. Three years ago it put itself at the front of Europe’s anti-capitalist movement. But its deputies and senators have now voted to refinance Italian troops in Afghanistan and send Italian troops to Lebanon as a result of choosing to join the centre-left government of Romano Prodi, alongside the social democrats of the Democrat Left and a section of the Christian Democrats.
 
Fabio Ruggiero: Italy: Rifondazione's U-turn
International Socialism Journal nr. 105, dec 04 – side 124
Note: Europe's biggest anti-capitalist movement and its most succesfull far-left party are both in Italy. But the party Rifondazione Comunista, is making overtures to the centre-left. Fabio Ruggiero criticises the turn and Chris Harman looks at a historical precedent.
 
Italy: Extracts from Bertinotti’s Theses
International Socialism Journal nr. 105, dec 04 – side 132
Note: Europe's biggest anti-capitalist movement and its most succesfull far-left party are both in Italy. But the party Rifondazione Comunista, is making overtures to the centre-left. Fabio Ruggiero criticises the turn and Chris Harman looks at a historical precedent.
 
Chris Harman: The history of an argument
International Socialism Journal nr. 105, dec 04 – side 133
Note: Europe's biggest anti-capitalist movement and its most succesfull far-left party are both in Italy. But the party Rifondazione Comunista, is making overtures to the centre-left. Fabio Ruggiero criticises the turn and Chris Harman looks at a historical precedent.
 
Fausto Bertinotti: Refounding further (interview)
International Socialism Journal nr. 102, mar 04 – side 87
Note: Fausto Bertinotti is a leader of Communist Refoundation, which was a central driving force in the anti-capitalist protests in Genoa in 2001. He talks to Tom Behan about his own political history, from the FIAT strikes of 1980 to his involvement today in the 'movement of movements'.
 
Megan Trudell: From tangentopoli to Genoa (Paul Ginsborg: "Italy and its Discontents")
International Socialism Journal nr. 95, jun 02 – side 131
Note: New history of contemporary Italy
 
Alex Callinicos: Toni Negri in perspective
International Socialism Journal nr. 92, sep 01 – side 33
Note: Alex Callinicos develops a critique of Toni Negri, the theorist of autonomism and the figure to whom many of the Black Bloc anarchists look for inspiration. He argues that Negri's theory is an impoverished body of ideas as incapable of providing intellectual guidance to the new movement as the Black Bloc is of providing practical guidance.
 
Jack Fuller: The new workerism: The politics of the Italian autonomists (Reprint ISJ 2:8, Spring 1980)
International Socialism Journal nr. 92, sep 01 – side 63
Note: Jack Fuller's dissection of the previous phase of autonomist activity was first published in International Socialism in the spring of 1980. We reproduce it here since none of the warnings that it issues about the illusions of autonomism have lost their relevance.
 
Chris Bambery: After Genoa: Black, white and red
Socialist Review nr. 255, sep 01 – side 18
Note: Genoa was a staging post in rebuilding the left. Chris Bambery looks at some of the main players
 
Tom Behan: The return of Italian Communism?
International Socialism Journal nr. 84, sep 99 – side 101
Note: Mike Gonzalez's interview with Tom Behan looks at Rifondazione, the reborn Italian Communist Party's attempt to fill the vacuum on the left.
 
Jørgen Lund: Grib chancen (PdUP)
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 35, dec 87 – side 7
Note: Under denne overskrift anbefaler Lusiana Castellina i Socialistisk Weekend den 23. oktober VS at prøve at overvinde splittelsen med SF.
 
Jørgen Lund: Venstrefløjen og arbejderflertallet: Italien 1976: Sporene skræmmer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 23, okt 86 – side 6
Note: Italien er ikke bare landet med sol, pizza og vin. Engang i 70’erne var Italien landet med en af Europas stærkeste og mest militante arbejderklasser og den største revolutionære venstrefløj. Italien stod i centrum for forventninger om en revolutionær forandring.
 
Riccardo Albione: On the Italian revolutionary left
International Socialism Journal nr. 6, sep 79 – side 137
Note: We have begun to receive some contributions to Chris Harman's major article on the revolutionary left in Europe published in International Socialism 2:4, and we are including the first of them, by Riccardo Albione on Italy, in this issue.
 
Paul Richards: Italy: Red in the face
Socialist Review nr. 4, jul 78 – side 7
Note: The last few weeks have seen the climax to a long political battle which has been going on for over a year. It’s an interesting story not least for the light it sheds on the present role of the Communist Party (PCI) in Italian society.
 
Roberto Vitale: The Italian Left: A Report
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 31, dec 67 – side 33
Note: The real question behind the debate within the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in 1961-2 was not whether to break with the anti-working class, reformist essence of Stalinism but whether or not it was necessary to abandon the old language and rigid bureaucratic style of politics imposed upon the PCI by Stalinism.
 
Venstrefløj Grækenland
Se også: Grækenland; Krise og modstand - Grækenland; Grækenland: Valg 2015 og SYRIZA-regering
Nikos Lountos: Understanding the Greek Communists
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 12, mar 15 – side 19
Note: Syriza is not the only left-wingparty in Greece. Where did the Communist Party come from andwhere is it going?
 
Bo Nielsen: Udfordringer og muligheder for den græske venstrefløj
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 327, mar 13 – side 8
Note: Ved parlamentsvalgene i 2012 kunne grækerne sætte deres kryds ud for tre venstreorienterede partier. Kommunistparti KKE, venstrefløjsalliancen Syriza og det venstreradikale Antarsya. Partierne fik tilsammen hele 33% af stemmerne!
 

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