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

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So what's in Cactus? The contents list:


Snapshots

What does the fall of Morsi mean for Egypt’s revolution? Interview with Hannah Elsisi in Cairo
A movement that has achieved something – report from Brazil Jamie Allinson
Edward Snowden and the strange bedfellows Penny Schenk
Some thoughts on the People’s Assembly Paris Thompson
Killing for profit in Bangladesh Toni M
We need to go beyond marriage equality Maxi B

Oppression and liberation
Violence against women Toni M
On believing women who allege rape Rosie Warren
Race, gender and class Brenna Bhandar
Toward a modern, emancipatory socialist perspective on disability Matthew Bond and Penny Schenk
Self-organisation, safe space and the revolutionary party Maxi B

Where now for the left?
What is the IS Network for? Richard Seymour
Building a movement today Simon Hardy
Left Unity and the need for a broad party Tim Nelson and Paris Thompson
What does it mean to be radical? Terry Conway

Notes on the working class in Britain Jules Alford

The culture question Ben Watson