Left-Wing Politics

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Back to the Fragments
Power, Nina
Article
2013
Beyond the Fragments began life in 1979, as a pamphlet, and soon became the classic statement of socialist feminism in the form it took in Britain following the political explosion of May 1968. Its th...
Canada: Activists Face the Future: Against The Current vol. 91
Moorsom, Toby
Article
2001
Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that impl...
The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's Improbable Path to Power
Nunns, Alex
Book
2016
Chronicling Jeremy Corbyn's rise to the position of leader of Britian's Labour Party. An insiders look at the events that led to his appointment.
The challenge of Podemos
Barriere, Manel: Durgan, Andy; Robson, Sam
Article
2015
The emergence of so-called populist parties as a response to increasingly discredited political elites is a European-wide phenomenon. In most cases these parties have emerged on the right, if not the ...
Class is More Intersectional than Intersectionality
Article
2016
The Left as it exists currently is often ashamed of and apologetic for its class struggle orientation, chasing after demographic-specific oppression issues. An approach that leans toward greater empha...
Cliff, Tony - Archive - Index
Cliff, Tony
Article
Writings of Tony Cliff (1917-2000).
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
Article
2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
A comment on Greece and Syriza
Seymour, Richard
Article
2012
This analysis is a rebuke to the notion that there is nothing between the far left and social democracy. That diagnosis may have been appropriate in the period of revolutionary growth beginning in 196...
Democracy Against Politics: Against The Current vol. 136
Feinberg, Joseph Grim
Article
2008
“¡Que se vayan todos!” shouted rebellious crowds during the Argentine economic crisis of 2001, “Out with them all!” The call soon spread throughout Latin America: for a new politics without politician...
The elites hate Momentum and the Corbynites - and I'll tell you why : The movement that backed the Labour leader challenges MPs and journalists alike -- because it's about grassroots democracy
Graeber, David
Article
2016
As the rolling catastrophe of what's already being called the "chicken coup" against the Labour leadership winds down, pretty much all the commentary has focused on the personal qualities, real or ima...
The Failed Strategy
Tietze, Tad
Article
2015
The failure of Syriza in Greece, and the timidness of other left-social-democratic parties and formations tells us that we must learn the dangers of political shortcut and focus on building radical mo...
How to Change Everything
Battisoni, Alyssa
Article
2015
Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything is a vital book whose limitations should spark discussion about where we go from here.
How Ultraleftism Divided UNAM Strike: Against The Current vol. 88
Hearse, Phil
Article
2000
MEXICO CITY -- Commandeered buses flying red and black flags and Che Guevara portraits sped through the city on October 2, ferrying students to a demonstration commemorating the 1968 student massacre ...
Inside Corbyn's Office: An interview with Matt Zarb-Cousin
Shanly, Max
Article
2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s former press officer on sabotage within the British Labour party, his relationship to the media, and how Labour can close the polling gap.
The Invisibility of Fascism in the Postwar United States
Vials, Chris
Article
2014
Vials examines the use of the term "fascism" in post-war United States politics since the Tea Party have twisted its meaning to denote a left-wing phenomenon.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
The Left needs to "find common ground" with Evangelical Christians: "There’s no point arguing that it can't be done because the cultural differences are too great," says Chomsky
Derber, Charles
Article
2017
A discussion between Noam Chomsky and Charles Derber excerpted from the novel by Derber entitled, "Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Democracy for Social Justice in Perilous Times."
"Left Reformism" and socialist strategy
Rooksby, Ed
Article
2013
Rooksby talks about the renewed interest in radical left "big picture" questions of socialist strategy that represents a return to "important debates of the left largely absent over the last three dec...
Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
Blackledge, Paul
Article
2017
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 t...
Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
Blackledge, Paul
Article
2013
Blackledge claims that, while it is of the first importance that revolutionaries welcome and work alongside these coalitions, it is also imperative that we maintain our political independence from the...
Die Linke: Ten Years On
Balhorn, Loren
Article
2016
Political organizations, particularly those committed to radical change, face their greatest tests in times of crisis. In 1914, German social democracy, the international socialist movement’s crown je...
A Man Apart: The Life of Henri Curiel
Perrault, Gilles
Book
Curiel was a key figure in founding the Egyptian and Sudanese communist movements; he trained and influenced most of the left militants in Nasser's Free Officer movement. Curiel remained one of the mo...
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The Middle East in Flames: Against The Current vol. 124
Kennedy, Andrew; Weissman, Susan
Article
2006
Andrew Kennedy and Suzi Weismann Interview Gilbert Achcar. Gilbert Achcar is the author of Eastern Cauldron and The Clash of Barbarisms, both published by Monthly Review Press.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016: Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
Preparing the Ground: Left Strategy Beyond the Apocalypse
Swift, Richard
Article
2012
Richard Swift considers the fall -- and future rise -- of left politics.
The Prophet Alarmed
Wald, Alan
Article
2015
A review of Tariq Ali's book "The Extreme Centre: A Warning."
The Prophet Alarmed: The Extreme Center: A Warning (Book Review)
Wald, Alan
Article
2015
Review of Tariq Ali's The Extreme Center: A Warning. In The Extreme Center, Ali gives more than just a pungent and entertaining smack-down of corruption in British politics.
Prospects for an Alt-Left
Murphy, Elliot
Article
2016
Examining the limitations and issues with prevalent approaches of younger progressives and how a more effective 'alt-left' movement might be formed.
Radical Newspapers
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1979
A radical newspaper succeeds to the extent that in engages in dialogue with its readers and community, rather than in preaching.
The Rain On Our Parade: A Letter To My Dismal Allies
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2012
O rancid sector of the far left, please stop your grousing! Compared to you, Eeyore sounds like a Teletubby. If I gave you a pony, you would not only be furious that not everyone has a pony, but you w...
The reactionary, class nature of left Academia today
Mellor, Richard
Article
2017
Mellor challenges the idea that socialism is eurocentric and speaks to how capitalist exploitation and workers' resistance is fundamentally similar all over the world.
Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History
McKay, Ian
Book
2005
McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capita...
Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg
Evans, Kate; Buhle, Paul
Book
2015
A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. Red Rosa gives Luxemburg her due as a radical and human being. In this beaut...
Rise of the Left Party: Germany's Election and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 144
Smaldone, Bill
Article
2010
On September 27, 2009 the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) suffered its worst electoral defeat since 1945. After four years of governing as a junior partner in a “Grand Coalition” with the right-o...
Social Democracy or Revolutionary Democracy: Syriza and Us
Lebowitz, Michael A.
Article
2015
Lebowitz discusses the construction of Syriza, its Thessaloniki Programme, and the potential for revolutionary democracy in Greece.
The Socialist Register 1965: Volume 2: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1964
The Socialist Register 1976: Volume 13: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show -- the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win
Nichols, Dick
Article
2015
Once the results of Spain’s May 24, 2015, local and regional elections became known the main lesson for the anti-austerity and anti-capitalist left was simply and starkly obvious: the more united and ...
The stagnation of the Dutch Socialist Party
van Lingen, Max
Article
2016
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...
The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
Sheehan, Helena
Book
2016
An account of the rise and fall of the Greek left party Syriza.
Taplok Press, A New Flame: Against The Current vol. 89
Biddle, Kurt; Noor, Rivani
Article
2000
Reading Left books has become somewhat of a trend in Indonesia. Although the struggle for democracy is far from won, overthrowing the dictator Suharto in 1998 has brought a lot of positive changes for...
There is no Alternative Unless We Build One: Reinventing Socialist Politics
Schmidt, Ingo
Article
2015
Social democratic parties surrendered the countervailing power they had acquired during the long post-war boom to the imperatives of international competitiveness. New parties of the left that origina...
Thinking of Joining the ISO?
Binh, Pham
Article
2013
A critical examination of the ISO’s methods, practices, and structures compared to those of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP) which the ISO holds up as its org...
Unreliability, Spinelessness of the Western 'Left'
Vitchek, Andre
Article
2016
For years and decades, the so-called 'left' in the West has been moderately critical of North American (and sometimes even of European) imperialism and neo-colonialism. But whenever some individual or...
What Die Linke Should Do
Riexinger, Bernd
Article
2016
The German right made stunning gains in this month's regional elections. The Left must rise to the challenge.
Why Corbyn so terrifies the liberal elite
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
Most Labour MPs would rather destroy their own party than let Jeremy Corbyn and his backers make it fit for its 21st century purpose.
Why This Radical Leftist is Disillusioned by Leftist Culture
Lamon, Bailey
Article
2016
I will always believe in "The Revolution". But I am becoming very frustrated with modern "activist" culture.
The Young Man Was: Part 1: United Red Army
Mohaiemen, Naeem
Film/Video
2012
The start of a film trilogy that traces 1970s ultra left movements' turn to violence; Part One is based on the negotiations of the 1977 JAL hijacking, between the Japanese Red Army members on board th...

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