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Left populism will eat itself? A reply on populism, elections and the Party of Order

Daphne Lawless, of the New Zealand/Aotearoa-based group Fightback, has recently published a kind of post-mortem or autopsy on left populism after the near-simultaneous collapse of the Sanders and Corbyn projects. As with some of her previous work, there’s a lot … Continue reading

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On the libertarian left, the Labour Party, and your mate who got to go on Newsnight once

Plan C recently published an article, which is apparently meant to be the first in a series of different perspectives, on the Labour Party, Momentum and so on. It’s clearly an individual perspective and not meant to be speaking for … Continue reading

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A year in the shadow of bullets and ballots: looking back at 2015

Saying you prefer bullets to ballots is often used as a shorthand for wanting revolutionary change rather than working within the system. But in fact, the politics of armed struggle and electoralism can have a surprising amount in common – … Continue reading

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Momentum, mo problems?

It’s hard to know what to make of the announcement that the Corbyn campaign machine is to become Momentum, largely because there’s so little precedent for something like this, especially in the UK context. From an anarchist perspective, it’s noticeable … Continue reading

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From Jez-pair to where?

A few more thoughts on the Corbyn phenomenon (and apologies for how many times I’ve returned to the subject now, but it’s only because everyone else seems to keep on banging on about it as well): Firstly, an admission. Like … Continue reading

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More Corbyn confusion

By pretty much anyone’s standards, the Corbyn leadership bid is a weird phenomenon. Here we have a man who, by all accounts, is a very nice and principled fellow, trying to become the leader of an organisation so totally venal … Continue reading

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Say it like you mean it: a post-script on Corbyn, commitment and honesty

A few further thoughts on what I’d see as the problems with the Corbyn campaign: at some point, it becomes necessary for any campaign to confront the question of whether it’s likely, or even possible, to win, and what it … Continue reading

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The dust-Corbyn of history and the real split in the Labour Party

In recent weeks, the announcement that Jeremy Corbyn has managed to limp onto the ballot paper, if only through the reluctant endorsements of several MPs who don’t actually intend to vote for him, has provoked great excitement among some sections … Continue reading

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