John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Sharon Smith: Greetings to the IS Network Inaugural Conference

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ISOAs Rosa Luxemburg argued in her book The Accumulation of Capital-An Anti-Critique, “Marxism is a revolutionary world outlook which must always strive for new discoveries, which completely despises rigidity in once-valid theses, and whose living force is best preserved in the intellectual clash of self-criticism and the rough and tumble of history.” Indeed, one of the central tenets of historical materialism is that social relations are never static but remain in a process of ongoing negotiation via class and social struggle. The needs and wants of the capitalist class have never single-handedly determined the terms of social relations—including those of women. As a living and breathing theory, Marxism can and must continue to develop in relation to an ever-changing world – one that includes the explicit struggle for women’s liberation that began in the 1960s and continues to this day. This struggle often takes place far away from the point of production, but is nevertheless vital to the process of fighting for the future equality of all women, be it the fight for legal equality, equal opportunity and abortion rights, and against sexual objectification and – yes – rape and sexual assault, wherever and whenever they occur.

As the IS Network holds its first conference, please know that many socialist women around the world are congratulating you for standing on the right side of history, however difficult the circumstances that have led to this juncture. You have shown a genuine commitment to the principles of women’s liberation and its centrality to the struggle for socialism, and we are all hopeful that your principled stand will draw others into our common revolutionary socialist project. I wish I could be there in person with you this weekend, but hope that my words convey my warmest revolutionary greetings and highest hopes, for this weekend and far beyond.

In solidarity,

Sharon Smith
International Socialist Organization