Labour Affairs – June 2017 Updates

Latest update.  June Editorial: The Resignation of Ken Livingstone.

From April 2018: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.
Also Notes on the News: Time On Our Side, You Don’t Need a Gay Indian-Irishman To Know Which Way the Wind Blows, Ambiguous Leftism in the Czech Republic, More Old Hatreds Revive, Jews, Seals and Antisemites, Gaddafi the Second?, Don’t worry, be Finland, Money Fit for Crooks, Remembering Stephen Hawking.

Also everything for June 2017: Editorial: Corbyn’s Comeback; Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 11); Corbyn’s speech on Foreign Policy; David Morrison on Corbyn and Foreign Policy; Awed by Amazing Twentieth; Listening to Italy; Poems: A New Low, Taking A Rise Out Of Him, The Sacrificial.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 278 – June 2017

 

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The Russian Revolution Was Necessary

Brendan Clifford on the Russian RevolutionParts 1 to 3Parts 4 to 6.
“I had many discussions … trying to get my head around the idea that the [Russian] revolution was destined to failure by international circumstances, but that it also failed, because it was betrayed by those who assumed the leadership of it.  To my mind the idea that it was betrayed implied that it might have succeeded…

“Going through Trotsky’s later accounts of why he did not become leader in 1924, I found much of his pre-Revolution dislike of Leninism re-surfacing as criticism of Stalinism, but with the addition of distaste for the uncouth company of the workers who were increasingly encountered in Stalin’s circles.”

Hitler, the 13th Chancellor

Problems 30: Jews as ‘Collateral Damage’ in the Fall of the British Empire.
Part Two: The 13th Chancellor

  • The British government could have contained Hitler without a World War, but acted mainly from selfish power-political calculations.
  • The British ruling class were indifferent to the fate of German Jews
  • Karl Lueger – Moderate Antisemitism as the root of Christian Democracy
  • Why many Italian Jews supported Mussolini’s Fascism
  • The ‘Protocols of Zion’ were boosted by Henry Ford and by the London Times

Also available as a PDF, Problems 30 – the 13th Chancellor

Labour Affairs – May 2017 Updates

Latest update.  May Editorial: Labour And Antisemitism.  Antisemitism is being used by the right wing within the Parliamentary Labour Party to undermine Corbyn, while the Tories shelter behind the antisemitism allegations in order to cover up their Brexit division

Plus March’s News from France (Froggy), Notes on the News, and Parliamentary Notes.

Also everything for May 2017.  Editorial: Trusting Theresa May; Labour has the Young Voters (graphic); Parliament And World War One: The Irish Convention; Froggy; Ken Livingstone’s Unwelcome Truths about Antisemitism; Listening to ItalyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 10); Parliamentary Notes; Poems: Our Day, Gasworks, Beholding, What A Spiffing Game!

Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 277 – May 2017

Labour Affairs – April 2018 updates

Rush To Judgement.  April 2018 Editorial: Theresa May pointed the finger of guilt directly at the Russian government.

Plus News from France (Froggy), Notes on the News, and Parliamentary Notes for December 2017, and February 2018.

Also everything for March and April 2017:

April 2017: Editorial: The PLP: Labour’s Timid Tendency; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Labour’s Industrial Strategy; Worker Representation in Companies; Notes on the News; Theresa May’s letter to Donald Tusk; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Nimby; A Steppe Too Far.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 276 – April 2017

March 2017: Editorial: Testing Times For Corbyn And Labour; Jewish Socialist Group on Gerald Kaufman; Parliament And World War One – entry of the USA; FroggyCitrine and Bevin Part 2; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 9); Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Conditioning, Outlaw.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 275 – March 2017

April 3rd update – antisemitism in history

Problems 29: Jews as ‘Collateral Damage’ in the Fall of the British Empire. Part One: Britain’s Exterminating Sea Empire

No proper understanding of either Zionism or anti-Semitism is possible if you think of these as unique beliefs arising for baffling reasons.  It is wrong to suppose that either are due to some Jewish uniqueness.  To me, it has always seemed obvious that these were typical instances of global human behaviour.  Desires that often run into foolishness, wickedness and ‘ethnic cleansing’.

Racism isn’t necessarily anti-Jewish, and nor is Fascism.  The roots lie in the wrong turning that the expanding British Empire took in the early 19th century.  For while Racism is an older sentiment that Universalism, the remarkable growth of White Racism in the 19th century was led and encouraged by the British Empire.

In the 1920s and 1930s, all Jews including Zionists were caught up in a disaster caused by the decline of the British Empire.  Caused also by the USA’s irresponsible detachment and Hitler’s foolish haste in undermining British hegemony in Europe.

Also available as a PDF, Problems 29 – Genocide in the British Empire

Labour Affairs – March 2018 updates

March 2018: Editorial: Labour’s Poisoned Chalice.  Problems for both parties with Brexit.

March 2017: Editorial: Testing Times For Corbyn And Labour; Jewish Socialist Group on Gerald Kaufman; Parliament And World War One – entry of the USA; FroggyCitrine and Bevin Part 2; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 9); Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Conditioning, Outlaw.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 275 – March 2017