John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Some arguments about the UK government's welfare reform programme

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Some arguments about the UK government's welfare reform programme

 

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  1. They are not trying (very hard) to reduce welfare expenditure
  2. They do not want, at all, to reduce benefit dependency
  3. They are not interested in getting people into work ... 
  4. … because they don’t know what to do with people when they are working
  5. They are not, exactly, aiming to abolish the welfare state…
  6. … not least because the present welfare state is their own, neoliberal, creation
  7. They are converting the DWP into a punitive arm of the state
  8. They are looking to create a low waged, unskilled, precarious workforce
  9. They are enforcing a patriarchal discipline on women and families by means testing
  10. They are winning ...
  11. ...and Universal Credit will seal their victory for a generation
  12. They have a problem with pensioners, which they have yet to sort out
  13. Labour are as deeply committed to these aims as the Tories
  14. Why it’s ‘Welfare’, not Social Security
  15. Why it’s back to 1601 not 1834
  16. No-one asked for welfare
  17. Against welfare: for class independence

Addendum- on proposals for an unconditional basic income Why unconditional basic income is not the same as negative income tax. Universal basic income is neither a panacea nor a neoliberal plot. Getting an unconditional basic income is not going to be easy. 

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