2019 is the centenary of the year in which British workers had probably their greatest opportunity to make a revolution.
Inspired by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, British workers struck more than ever before, servicemen and police mutinied, and Labour took big strides electorally. But communists in Britain had still not formed a united party, Labour’s representation in Parliament was unfairly small and politically rubbish, and the trade unions were still dominated by bureaucrats.
In the wake of discussions over antisemitism in the Labour Party and beyond we have collated here a series of articles, new and old, on the topic of left antisemitism. An edited selection can also be found in our pamphlet 'Left antisemitism: what it is and how to fight it' which can be purchased here.
The current debate on left antisemitism and the Labour Party
As we go to press on 15 January 2019, it is exactly the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Polish¬German revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg. She was killed by a right-wing militia operating under the Social¬Democratic government which was heading off the German workers’ revolution.
We have a pamphlet in production on Luxemburg and the German revolution. Readers can also find a good summary of Luxemburg’s political work in two articles, from 1935 and 1938, by Max Shachtman.
Submitted by martin on 29 December, 2018 - 9:04
Author: Martin Thomas
Moishe Postone, a Marxist academic at the University of Chicago who died in 2018, skewered antisemitism as an addled, "pseudo-emancipatory" form of anticapitalism, which blames the evils on capitalism not on its structures but on shadowy plots by "the Jews".
Submitted by AWL on 23 January, 2019 - 10:46
Author: Martin Thomas
Rosa Luxemburg considered her most important contribution to be her book, The Accumulation of Capital, published in 1913.
The legacy of the Polish-German revolutionary socialist leader who was murdered by a right-wing militia operating under the aegis of a Social Democratic government just over 100 years ago has come down to us through a haze of sentimental misrepresentation and selective republishing, but now can and should be reconsidered.
Since this article was written Poland’s right-wing government has made it illegal to assert that either “the Polish state or the Polish nation” participated in the Holocaust. Grabski describes the war-time Nazi killing machine, the varying attitudes of the post-war Stalinist governments and a legacy of anti-semitism.