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

CANCELLED: National Members' Meeting Sat 21 September

NOTE: This meeting has been cancelled to allow full support of the opposition to the EDL Yorkshire-wide demo that day; new arrangements have been made to discuss this agenda at the October Political Conference and a new Members' Meeting is proposed to be arranged.

The IS Network’s next National Meeting is on Saturday 21 September, in Sheffield. This is an opportunity for members of the Network to discuss current political issues, vote on future activity, elect people to positions, including the Steering Committee, and share information from the movement in their local area.

We will be arranging transport from London for people who need it. Please email the IS Network Secretary to book a place.

As usual we are asking that any motions for the meeting be submitted in advance, so that they can be circulated to members before the meeting. Please email motions to the IS Network Secretary by Monday 16 September.

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Upcoming national events

8 September

National RevSoc Meeting, London
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21 September

IS Network National Members Meeting, Sheffield NOTE - this meeting has been cancelled so comrades can support anti-EDL activities in Yorkshire on that day - see here.

MOVED TO 19-20 October

IS Network Politics & Policy Conference, London
For background on the rationale behind this conference and what we hope to achieve, please see the recent proposal from Ged Colgan and Paris Thompson.

Volunteers are urgently needed for the October Politics & Policy Conference - if you are interested in helping organise it, please email Robert Jones at

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Marxism 2013 Fringe: Embracing the F-Word - Feminism and the Left

On Saturday 13 July the IS Network held a fringe meeting at Marxism 2013, titled 'Embracing the F-Word - Feminism and the Left'.

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Read more: Marxism 2013 Fringe: Embracing the F-Word - Feminism and the Left

IS Network at Marxism 2013

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Marxism festival fringe meeting - details

Embracing the "F" word - Feminism and the left

IS Network fringe meeting

Saturday 13 July - 5:30 pm
Jeremy Bentham pub, University Street, WC1E 6JL

A discussion including short contributions from IS Network members Aamna Mohdin and Alison Lord, SWP members Ruth Lorimer and Shanice McBean, and journalist Laurie Penny.

Later on, from 8pm, the IS Network will be hosting an open discussion downstairs, while upstairs our friends from the Association of Musical Marxists will be holding AMM#6 on Hegel, Azmud, Liquid Crystals, Eugene Gogol and the ISO.

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Crisis and Unity: "Austerity, Cuts and Resistance"

On Saturday 8 June the IS Network held a public meeting entitled "Crisis and Unity". The following videos show the debate in the second session, on the topic of "Austerity, Cuts and Resistance".


China Miéville (IS Network)



Ian Llewellyn (IS Network and Sussex Pop-up Union)



Sarah Murdock (PCS [speaking in a personal capacity])


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