nationalism

Zionism and its Oriental subjects: the Oriental Jews in Zionism's dialectical contradictions - Raphael Shapiro

A Moroccan Jewish school, 1950.

Article looking at the position of 'Oriental Jews' (i.e. those from other countries in the Middle-East) within Israel and the zionist project historically.

Impossible reconciliation: The contradictions of labor Zionism

Meeting of Zionist labour youth

A piece written as a university dissertation. I don't claim it's reliably academic material, but I do hope it offers a libertarian exploration of the early Zionism movement: secular and socialist rhetoric, but inevitably compromised by the national project integral to all forms of Zionism, despite any professed radicalism.

I haven't included the footnotes, so PM me if you want to see them.

Syria, imperialism and the left (1)

A debate is taking place in left wing and radical circles about the Syrian revolt, what side to take, what to think about Western intervention against the Assad regime. Part one of a three-part series.

An ambiguous journey: Ante Ciliga (1898-1992) - Philippe Bourrinet

Ante Ciliga

This is a well-researched obituary of Ante Ciliga, the Yugoslav communist who wrote the wonderful book about the Soviet Union - The Russian Enigma in English, Au Pays du grand mensonge in French.

What is nationalism?

Short description from an anarchist perspective of nationalism and its relation to statism and authoritarianism.

Some quick thoughts on Scottish independence

For most people outside Scotland, myself included, the debate over Scottish independence has been largely peripheral. I've come across it occasionally, but bigger things have always taken my attention and I've only found myself discussing it in depth when with comrades from Scotland. This is perhaps a mistake, since the vote in 2014 will have ramifications for both Scotland and the rest of the UK, and there is a marked lack of libertarian communist analysis on the issue.

National liberation, socialism, and the struggle against work: The case of Vietnam - Philip Mattera

Letter and article that the ZeroWork editorial collective circulated on the American left in the 1970s

SWP: The party of god - Wildcat

leaflet front page

Leaflet produced by Wildcat in 1988 concerning the First Gulf War (that is, Iran versus Iraq). It compares the position of the Socialist Workers Party in the UK with that of Hezbollah. Not unreasonable, given that the SWP supported the Iranian regime at the time!

The cotton pickers - B. Traven

The Cotton-Pickers, book cover

B Traven's novel about migrant labourers, poverty, crappy jobs, and the occasional successful strike... Set in 1920s Mexico. Here presented in Kindle and PDF format.