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

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.

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".

Videos

China Miéville (IS Network)

 

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


 

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

Crisis and Unity: "Fighting Oppression: The Role of the Left"

On Saturday 8 June the IS Network held a public meeting entitled "Crisis and Unity". The following videos show the debate in the first session, on the topic of "Fighting Oppression: The Role of the Left".

The third speaker at this session was Brenna Bhandar, lecturer at QMUL School of Law. Her notes from the day can be found here.

 

Videos

China Miéville (IS Network)

 

Toni M (IS Network)


 

Laurie Penny (Journalist)


Crisis and Unity: Where next for the left?

Where Next for the Left?On Saturday 8 June the IS Network held a public meeting entitled 'Crisis and Unity'. The following videos show the debate in the session on "Where next for the left?" between Simon Hardy (Anti-Capitalist Initiative), Terry Conway (Socialist Resistance) and Richard Seymour (IS Network).

 

Videos

Simon Hardy (ACI)

Terry Conway (Socialist Resistance)

Richard Seymour (IS Network)

Sunday 9 June: IS Network national members' meeting

Our second national meeting of members is being held on Sunday 9 June, at:

BirkbeckBirkbeck
University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
(Entrance in Torrington Square)

The meeting is members' opportunity to question and hold to account the outgoing steering committee, to discuss and debate policy and activities and to share experiences across the Network.

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IS Network Public Meeting Sat 8 June: Crisis and unity - Where next for the left?

Crisis & unity: where next for the left?
Birkbeck University, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
Saturday 8 June, 1pm-5pm

 

Capitalism is in crisis. So, unfortunately, is much of the left. Yet this feels like a moment where, if we stop, reflect and learn from where we've been, we have a chance to do better.

The International Socialist Network has organised a public meeting in London to discuss and debate the way forward. It includes sessions on the role of the left in fighting oppression, austerity and resistance, and where the left should go from here.

This is a chance to hear from a wide range of IS Network supporters with plenty of time for discussion. China Mieville will introduce the event and Laurie Penny will be a guest speaker, as well as speakers from Anticapitalist Initiative and Socialist Resistance who will join us for the final session.

Download the poster for more details. Also note that we are holding a national members' meeting, also in London, to discuss and vote on policy for the Network. For more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..