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Liberation #05 (Jul-Aug 1987)

Issue #5 of Liberation, with articles on Thatcherism after the 1987 election, reports of anti-fascist action in Leicester, public order in Northern Ireland, coal redistribution in Wales, the Midlands Trader print dispute, the Ardbride/Laura Ashley dispute, the Labour party and the limits of its anti-racism, reproductive rights, gay autonomy, state violence, anarchist organisation, international news including riots in East and West Berlin, Urguayan anarchists organising, and the Spanish dockers' Coordinora, and more.

Brexit or Remain: Workers Pay Either Way

For the “remain” section of the capitalist class the unexpected result of the 2016 referendum meant they had lost control of the political process. Now the December general election has confirmed the “leavers” will be in control for the next 5 years.

Communism not Corbynism

The following article is the text of the introduction to the first ever CWO public meeting held in Oxford on 26 October 2019.

Fear and Loathing: Electoral Politics in a Capitalist Crisis

What we are looking at in this election is the victory of the concept of nation over that of class. But then it could be said of all elections.

The Working Class needs its own Political Organisation

On the left of the political spectrum there is no shortage of calls for the formation of “workers’ parties”, the transformation of existing parties into “real workers’ parties”, or this or that clique declaring itself to be “the party”. An endless alphabet soup of Trotskyist and Stalinist groups have dedicated their resources towards depriving this slogan of all meaning. So it’s no surprise at all that at first glance our work towards the formation of an independent and international political organisation of the working class, can come across as just more of the same.

Every Vote for Labour is a Vote for Capitalism

For those not fortunate to have been born with a silver spoon in their mouth and happy with the status quo, who want to see change, the task of finding a political home is no mean feat. For many the answer is obvious enough. It may be a simple ”Leave the EU” or “Get the Tories out”. But for many workers, Corbyn and his Labour Party represent the way out.

Don't Play the Capitalist Game! Don't Vote!

As the Brexit pantomime plays on, a General Election is now thrust upon us. Like all capitalist elections it will be a sham. About a third of the electorate (mostly working class) already have no illusions that a vote will do anything for them. In the UK the sham does not mean that ballot boxes will be stuffed with fake votes. Our rulers don’t need to do that. They have worked out how to get a result acceptable to the system without it.

Losing Momentum: Corbynism in the Rear-View Mirror

The authors of this text are three young people who have been, at various times and various degrees, supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under his leadership, and, having broken completely with the capital-L Labour movement, wish to share our critique thereof, in the hopes that some of our comrades and friends will follow us. Our position is formed in part on the basis of our reflection on the Labour Party’s role as reconciler of the working class and capital, and in part on our reflections on our own experiences in the Corbyn movement.

British Bosses' Political Crisis

The next few months will see the party political machines in full swing trying to draw us into the quagmire of democratic debate and that great privilege – a vote at the polling station. Neither of those arenas offer anything for the working class.

The Great Referendum Sideshow – Dominic Sandbrook

Dad's Army & co v Tony Benn

A chapter from Sandbrook’s history of the 1970s - on the 1975 UK referendum determining whether the UK should remain in the European Economic Community (EEC).