We Stand For Workers' Liberty


Published on: Sun, 05/03/2006 - 11:30

Northern Ireland is in chronic communal conflict. For there to be a democratic solution, a wider framework than Northern Ireland is needed.

The only programme which accommodates the rights of both communities without infringing on the rights of either is a federal united Ireland with regional autonomy for the mainly Protestant north-east, linked in a voluntary confederation with Britain. That is a programme on which class-conscious Irish workers, Protestant and Catholic, can be united. And only a united working class can win full democracy and the socialist "levelling-up" which makes it viable

Le marxisme: quelle sorte de marxisme?

Published on: Tue, 10/12/2013 - 12:54

Traduction par Hugo Pouliot

Texte provenant de la brochure We Stand for Workers Liberty (Nous défendons la liberté des travailleurs), publiée par l’organisation trotskyste britannique Alliance for Workers Liberty.

L'AWL est trotskyste : ce qui veut dire que nous nous basons sur les idées et les luttes des bolcheviks loyaux qui, après avoir mené la Révolution russe en 1917, ont continué à résister à la contre-révolution stalinienne.

Notre pierre de touche est l'indépendance politique de la classe ouvrière. Dans certaines situations, cette idée peut être résumée par l'expression "le troisième

Qui était Che Guevara?

Published on: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 16:25

Texte provenant de la brochure We Stand for Workers Liberty (Nous défendons la liberté des travailleurs) publiée par l’organisation trotskyste britannique Alliance for Workers Liberty.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967) est né dans une famille aisée de l’Argentine, est devenu un étudiant en médecine, puis après avoir voyagé à travers l’Amérique latine, il s'est engagé dans un groupe révolutionnaire oeuvrant à renverser la dictature corrompue de Batista à Cuba, qui à l'époque était soutenue par les Etats-Unis. Il est devenu un dirigeant de la guérilla qui pris le pouvoir à Cuba en 1959.


Le socialisme pour lequel nous luttons

Published on: Sun, 30/10/2011 - 19:20

Un texte rédigé par l’Alliance for Workers Liberty (Alliance pour la liberté des travailleurs), une organisation trotskyste britannique, et qui explique leur conception du socialisme.

Le socialisme est sans doute le mot le plus mal compris dans l'histoire. De nombreuses personnes décrivent les régimes meurtriers staliniens en Russie et Europe de l'Est qui se sont effondrés en 1989-91 comme ayant été socialistes. D'autres décrivent les tyrans désormais au pouvoir en Chine, la Corée du Nord et Cuba comme étant socialistes. Mais ces États n'ont rien à voir avec le socialisme.

Pour l'AWL, le

The Lies Against Socialism Answered

Published on: Thu, 28/06/2007 - 13:29

Sean Matgamna

For most of the 20th century, the common image of "socialism" was the USSR and the other states modelled on it, China, Cuba, and so on.

There were always socialists who were critical of Stalin's or Khrushchev's USSR, seeing it as an unacceptably bureaucratic version of socialism, and keen to create a more democratic version in their own countries. By the late 1960s or early 1970s, a big majority even in the official Communist Parties was highly critical of Brezhnev's USSR. But most of those who criticised the USSR clung to the idea that some other USSR-model state - China, Vietnam, Cuba.... -

What is the Alliance for Workers' Liberty?

Published on: Sun, 05/03/2006 - 12:38

The Alliance for Workers' Liberty are socialists. We organise our
daily activity mainly around two big ideas:

1. Workers' struggles;

2. Consistent democracy.

Working class struggle

Everything we do starts from workers in struggle. Capitalism, the present social system, is based on organising people into wage-labour, i.e. on having their time, energy, and skills used to create fat profits in return for a thin wage. By its very nature, it organises workers in large workplace and urban concentrations, exposes them to ideas and literature, and compels them to struggle for their wages and

Who was Karl Marx?

Published on: Sun, 05/03/2006 - 12:36

Karl Marx (1818-83) was born into a middle-class family in Germany. At university he was one of many radically-minded philosophers. In his mid-20s, partly under the influence of workers' socialist groups he met during a stay in Paris, he decided to throw in his lot with the working class then emerging as a social force in Europe.

He joined a group called the Communist League and wrote the famous Communist Manifesto for it. That appeared in early 1848. Within a few days revolutionary upheavals exploded in France and Germany (then ruled by monarchies, with very little space for democracy). From

What we do: the anti-union laws

Published on: Sun, 05/03/2006 - 12:35

When they finally started to push back the militant trade unionism of the 1970s, the Tory governments of the 80s tried to screw down the lid by bringing in laws that fundamentally undermined trade unions' right to organise and take action.

Meanwhile, a wave of privatisations and bankruptcies swept the British industrial landscape. Whole sectors of the economy (coal-mines, machine-tools, docks, newspaper printing, textiles, railways) were shattered and whole communities destroyed.

The AWL wants unions to campaign for the repeal of all anti-union laws. But we just also make our union leaders

What AWL members do

Published on: Sun, 05/03/2006 - 12:34

"The emancipation of the proletariat is not a labour of small account and of little people: only they who can keep their heart strong and their will as sharp as a sword when the general disillusionment is at its worst can be regarded as fighters for the working class or called revolutionaries"

Antonio Gramsci.

An activist - or member - of the AWL is expected to:
guarantee a regular minimum of participation at AWL meetings (e.g. weekly branch meetings) and public activities (e.g. paper sales, street stalls, distribution of workplace bulletins).

  • educate themselves politically; take part in

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