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Is a Left Government a good idea?

It reminds me of a football club that tries to buy a player from another club but fails because it can’t afford the transfer fee.  It is soon made clear that they didn’t really fancy the player anyway, that the price was too high, they wouldn’t be held to ransom and in any case, they’ve got better players in their own ranks. 2,022 more words

The Left

Hillary flubs socialist/democrat question - here's the answer from a former card-carrying, sign-hefting member of the SWP

“It is not a question of substituting one ruling clique for another, but of changing the very methods of administering the economy and guiding the culture of the country.

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Short Story Review: Three Moments of an Explosion.

After my rare expeditions out of the Edwardian period and into modern “weird” fiction, I have usually returned disappointed. Thomas Ligotti and Laird Barron, authors who many modern readers cling to as the best hopes for prolonging the genre, have received unhappy reviews on… 1,912 more words


“It is also one of the only few left-wing groups to have actively, though inconsistently, participated in the gay liberation movement since since the early 1970s.” 100 more words

You May Call Me A Dreamer: Lenin Against Leninism

Decades ago, I was a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP).  It didn’t last long – primarily because I felt like I was being told how to read books by people who’d read fewer books than I had, and read them less carefully. 676 more words

Political Theory


The first issue of the neo-Cliffite webzine Salvage approvingly quotes the renowned Iranian Marxist revolutionary Ali Shariati, to the effect that humanity is located somewhere “between mud and providence.” Shariati is the author of such timeless classics as… 83 more words


Political Parties II - Socialist Workers Party

Today I will be discussing the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the second in the “Political Parties” series. If the reader hasn’t figured it out yet, I am a socialist, but nonetheless I do not subscribe to this particular party. 600 more words