Letter from Internationalism to Red and Black Notes on revolutionary organisations and class consciousness
Letter from Internationalism to Red and Black Notes, referring to this meeting on revolutionary organisation and class consciousness.
To the editor of Red and Black Notes, Toronto:
On February 26, 2005 the meeting in Toronto on class consciousness and the role of the revolutionary organization could not be developed in depth because the discussion got cut short due to time limitation. We would like to take this opportunity to explore further the topic of the meeting.
Red and Black Notes comment on this letter from Internationalism, related to this meeting on revolutionary organisation and class consciousness.
The meeting to which Internationalism's letter refers took place in Toronto on February 26, 2005. It was the second such discussion between Red & Black Notes and the Internationalist Workers' Group. Last year, two meetings were held in Montreal and Toronto on the role of the trade unions.
The following article is the text of a speech delivered at a public meeting to discuss revolutionary organizations and class consciousness on Saturday February 26, 2005 in Toronto.
The panel included a speaker from the Internationalist Workers' Group, the Montreal affiliate of the International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party and Red & Black Notes.
Red and Black Notes look at the nature of modern Chinese society.
From the racist Charlie Chan caricatures of the "inscrutable Chinese" to the influence of Mao Zedong thought, China has always been a source of fascination in the west. But what sort of influence does it have? For one thing, many people seem unsure as to what sort of society China actually is?
John Holloway's book Change the World without Taking Power makes an excellent case for not judging a book by its cover. The cover graphic of a ski-masked protester, paint brush in hand, and the anarchist circle @ might lead the curious reader to suppose the work to be the product of the anti-globalization movement; however, the title of the book suggests a new-age consciousness raising treatise.
Red and Black Notes critically look back on the history of the SPGB at the time of the 100 year anniversary.
The Socialist Party of Great Britain celebrated its centenary in June 2004. The party was founded by former members of H.M Hyndeman's Social Democratic Federation after a struggle in that organization. The founding conference adopted a declaration of principles (which still appears in every issue of its journal) and began to publish the Socialist Standard two months later.
Article by Benjamin Péret arguing for the power of the factory committee as a vehicle for revolutionary change.
The following article was originally published in the French anarchist paper Le Libertaire on September 4, 1952. The first English translation appeared in Radical America vol. IV, no. 6, August 1970. Thanks to Don LaCoss for supplying the article.
The following letter from Internationalism, the US section of the International Communist current, is a comment on an article published in the last issue of R&BN on the failure of the 2003-2004 LA supermarket strikes.
While we wouldn't use the same words or formulations, there are certainly many things in Loren Goldner's "Notes on Another Defeat for Workers in the US: The Los Angeles Supermarket Strike of 2003-2004," which was published Red & Black Notes #19, that are on the right track.