The Leftist Case for Nationalism – The Scottish Dilemma

When one mentions nationalism, it’s almost exclusively in a right wing, and negative context. Rightly so, might I add. Especially when we’re speaking of race based nationalism or nationalism rooted in imperialism, but nationalism can and often does take on another and more progressive and positive form. The issue is, is that for a large part of the 19th and 20th Century (and continuing to a lesser degree to the modern day), nationalist tendencies were used by powerful groups to exert dominance over less powerful ones. The First World War was, in the most simplified sense, a clash of Empires […]

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The Israel, Iran and US Problem

It’s happened. The start of a possible war between the United States and Iran. In June of last year, I talked about how donors to Trump (specifically Sheldon Adelson) and Trump, himself, had talked about an interest or support of attacking Iran. Trump, for years, talked about ripping up the Iran deal, knowing this could push the two countries to war. But right wing supporters of Trump dismissed that idea. Considering Trump to be the peaceful alternative to Clinton. We finally found out how untrue that was. There’s only one difference between Clinton and Trump. Clinton would’ve done something similar […]

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Corbyn Moves Right

Andrew Marr’s interview with Corbyn on Sunday 28th Jan, was significant in revealing the gradual shift to the right by the Labour leader. Three points stand out: repudiation of Clause 4, repudiation of feminism, acceptance of the goal of a continued free trade area with the EU. He was asked by Marr whether he supported recommitting Labour to socialism by once again including the phrase about public ownership of the means of production on the party card. Corbyn said no, he was quite happy with the redraft of the party card carried out by Tony Blair.   Clause 4 was […]

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What Is To Be Done…About Lenin?

Solidarity Co-Convenor Jock Penman and Fife activist John Lowrie argue that the movement needs to reappraise the role of Lenin  After 100 years the question of whether Lenin was the genius who led the workers and peasants into a socialist revolution or whether his strategy for revolution was a mistake and a failure, is still being debated. It has to be conceded that the revolution crumbled into dust with the demise of the Communist Parties worldwide and, by implication, a failure of political leadership within the former Soviet Union. Those who don’t wish to investigate for themselves or are just content to follow […]

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Use the Mandate Following the Brexit Announcement

On December 12th 2017 amendment 158 to the EU Withdrawal Bill was tabled.”This amendment would prevent the powers of a minister of the crown under clause 7 of the Bill to fix problems in retained EU law from being exercised to amend the Scotland Act 1998 or the Government of Wales Act 2006” This amendment would have prevented ministers from using the new powers in the bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 (also the Government of Wales Act  2006) this amendment was rejected by 315 votes to 291 all 13 Scottish Conservative MP’s voted against the amendment while all […]

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