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SWP’s Marxism 2016. We Publish Some of the ‘List of Shame’.

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The List of Shame.

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali

Speaks on The American Empire and its Discontents Fri, 4.15pm

Moazzam Begg

Moazzam Begg

CAGE Outreach Director joins our opening rally.

The full list is too long to reproduce but these are particularly worthy of note in view of the post that follows:

Judith Orr

Judith Orr

Author of “Marxism and Womens Liberation” on fighting sexism today.

Nahella Ashraf

Nahella Ashraf

Panel to discuss fighting sexism and Islamophobia.

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett

Leader of the Green Party debates  “Where next after the EU referendum?” with Joseph Choonara.

Maz Saleem

Maz Saleem

Panel to discuss fighting sexism and Islamophobia

Full list: Marxism 2016.

This is obviously something the above chose to ignore:

Why I don’t buy Socialist Worker

Written by Andrew Coates

May 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

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  1. Another reason not to buy the Socialist Worker is that it is an absolutely dreadful publication…ridiculously over-simplistic, patronising to its audience, factually distorted and written in a weird hectoring style (all thundering imperatives and no persuasion). At least the brilliantly satirical publication, “Workers Hammer,” and the far-left’s answer to Heat, “The Weekly Worker”, raise a few laughs.

    Alex Ross

    May 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  2. Without exception, every one of the speakers at this year’s Marxism are either scumbags (eg T. Ali) or idiots (eg N. Bennett). Serious, principled socialists should have nothing whatsoever to do with the SWP or any of its fronts.

    Jim Denham

    May 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  3. One persons “list of shame” is another persons “heroes of the class struggle”. I would suggest avoiding either ludicrous characterisations and develop a sense of proportion Andrew.

    mckee1917

    May 22, 2016 at 6:21 pm

  4. Oxbridge Ali is not a scumbag. He’s a Trot, just like Jim Denham.
    Trot vs Trot.

    I’d be impressed if they invited Galloway and Livingstone to address the masses.
    A Trotskyist is just a Stalinist out of power.

    Dean

    May 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

  5. 4 out of 7 of your ‘list of shame’ are Muslim, albeit Tariq Ali is an atheist.
    Are you Islamophobic?
    Are you trying to attack Corbyn?

    Heroes of Class Struggle
    a) George Galloway
    b) Ken Livingstone
    c) Arthur Scargill

    Dean

    May 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm

  6. Has a boycott of the SWP been declared? If so, by whom, and to what end? And is anyone observing it? Mind you, I rather think that fewer paper sellers from rival Trotskyite sects outside the sessions of “Marxism” would suit the SWP just fine…

    Francis

    May 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

  7. I notice none of you who defend the SWP bother to reply to the accusations the Blog post on Lives Running.

    Obviously that is of no concern.

    Andrew Coates

    May 23, 2016 at 11:15 am

  8. Alex has forgotten the finest publication of all: Workers’ Spatula!

    https://workersspatula.wordpress.com/

    “Honest, fair, dialectical.”

    PW

    May 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  9. Tariq Ali hasn’t been a Trotskyist for decades. But even when he was, his writings weren’t worth the effort. (Well, maybe he’s a good novelist, I’ve never read his novels.)

    jschulman

    May 23, 2016 at 8:52 pm

  10. Tariq Ali is a genocide denier. Plus there was his call at a Stop the War demonstration for support for the Russian mass murder in Syria.
    ‘Who profits? Clearly, not the Syrian regime.
    Several weeks ago, two journalists from Le Monde had already discovered chemical weapons. The question is: if they were used, who used them? The Obama administration and its camp followers would like us to believe that Assad permitted UN chemical weapons inspectors into Syria, and then marked their arrival by launching a chemical weapon assault against women and children, about fifteen kilometres away from the hotel where the inspectors were lodged. It simply does not make sense. Who carried out this atrocity?’
    [http://notris.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=tariq+ali]
    [http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2013/08/28/tariq-ali/on-intervening-in-syria/comment-page-1/]
    [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce47MrGUHMY]

    Dick Gregory

    May 24, 2016 at 8:50 am

  11. In answer to your inane comment that no SWP members had replied to Dave Renton’s blog – how would you know? He moderates the comments and from past experience I know he doesn’t allow his views to be challenged.

    Dave R (not Renton)

    May 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm


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