The Art of Critical Support

I see socialists quite often fall on either side of the “support” extreme. We’re either disavowing individuals or groups completely or throwing their all at a group or individual without proper analysis.

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The Gulag

by the Russian writer Israel Shamir.   “I was given a full access to all archives, I learned everything there is about Stalin’s victims, and I prepared a complete report. However, I decided to save it for some future time. If I were to publish it, [I’d probably lose my job, there will be no more grants], my friends would drop me like a hot potato, I’d remain alone, and nobody will believe me anyway”. This frank admission had been made in 2012 by the high authority on Communist era repressions, the founder and the chairman of the Memorial, a Russian […]

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Who Are the Bourgeoisie and Who Are the Proletariat?

Who Are the ‘Bourgeoisie’ and Who Are the ‘Proletariat’? The struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletarian is the core component of socialism. Marx reasoned that human development is based on class struggle, that an oppressed group could only take so much before they’d inevitably rise and crush their oppressor, only to continue the cycle anew. Marx essentially believed that for humanity to progress, they’d ultimately need to abandon the notion of class and that the rising of the proletariat should be the end of this constant class struggle. But who exactly were the Bourgeoisie? Well, the term is a […]

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There Is An Appetite for Indyref 2

I’m still buzzing as I write this column. I’m not long back from Edinburgh and I was so proud and inspired to march alongside well over 100,000 other supporters of independence for Scotland. We filled our capital city today with men, women and children from all walks of life and scores of dugs as well. Sheldon is a kick in the arse off a horse and marched with purpose while Hamish was there with proud owner and SNP MP Brendan O’Hara and displayed impeccable manners and temperament. It was a pleasure to walk alongside them from Johnstone Terrace near to […]

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Why Scotland is Politically Different to England

You might think that it was pretty obvious that the people of Scotland are politically different to the people of England but many believe that the working class in each country have the same social and political outlook; that Scottish Nationalism is an invention of the SNP and English Nationalism is an ultra-right-wing philosophy bordering on fascism. However, real Scottish Nationalism is a radical nationalism based on struggle and historical betrayals, and real English nationalism is a chauvinist nationalism which springs from England being the most powerful nation in the world. Historic development defines the cultural, social, political and national […]

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