Democratic Socialist

Summer 2011

Jul 6th, 2011 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Democratic Socialist

Remaking our Music
Barry Winter introduces the ILP’s new perspective
The Politics of the Coalition
Matthew Brown reviews the Tory-led government
Refounding Labour?
Will Brown asseses Labour’s party reform consultation
Is Compass losing direction?
Matthew Brown looks at Compass’s decision to open up
Roma’s last stand
Chris Hall recalls the life of a POUM veteran
North West’s Spain volunteers
A Manchester commemoration of the Spanish Civil [...]



Spring 2010

Apr 29th, 2010 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Democratic Socialist

Time for the Tobin tax?
Gary Kent argues that the financial crisis makes the case for a transaction tax even more compelling
Taking the temperature at Copenhagen
William Brown reflects on the disappointing outcome to climate change talks in Copenhagen
Lies, hubris and neo-liberalism
Barry Winter examines how capitalism went from boom to bust and where it leaves us
How to let a good [...]



ILP Weekend

Apr 28th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Democratic Socialist

 
Crunch Times: Politics And The Crisis
 
ILP Round Table Seminar 
Esplanade Hotel, Scarborough 
13th-14th June 2009
Saturday   13th June   2.00 – 5.00pm
Sunday     14th June   9.30am – 12.30pm
 
Session 1: The economic crisis
• What just happened? 
• What does it tell us about capitalism?
Session 2: The mess we’re in
• What kind of world are we left with?
• What are the social, economic, [...]



Listening to the ‘lickspittle lackeys’

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

BERNARD HUGHES spends an entertaining evening with a group of ex-Commies-cum-carping columnists
The title of the meeting asked, ‘Where do ex-Communists go?’ Well, about 70 of them went to London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts to listen to the opinions of five figures on this question.
The composition of the panel, indeed, might also have provided an answer [...]



No solutions, much confusion

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

JONATHAN TIMBERS searches for the soul of social enterprise but finds a rather worrying state of mind
This event was billed as ‘social enterprise solutions to 21st century challenges’. It was held in the upmarket Manchester International Convention Centre in late January 2005. I attended the conference in the hope that by the end I would [...]



Demos and disillusionment

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

PHIL DORÉ recounts his personal and painful journey from the Stop the War Coalition to Labour Friends of Iraq
In March 2003, as the war began in Iraq, I found myself sitting in the middle of a road in Cardiff alongside hundreds of anti-war protestors. I was one of what the media had dubbed ‘protest virgins’: [...]



This world of ours

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

ERIC PRESTON introduces the themes of the ILP’s forthcoming weekend of discussion and political review
‘Many of us are, I believe, confused by the world we have created for ourselves in the west. We are confused by the consequences of capitalism, whose contribution to well-being cannot be questioned, but which divides rich from poor, consumes so [...]



Is there a song for solidarity?

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

SARAH BRACKING unpicks the liberal agenda behind Live8 and the G8 summit.
The majority of the people attending Live8, and the demonstrations surrounding the G8, wanted no more nor less than to reduce poverty. But helping poor people in other countries raises problems, particularly when the language of benevolence doesn’t explain the structural issues involved.
What emerged [...]



Unite against terror

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

The following statement was published on the internet after the bombings in London on 7 July 2005
Terrorist attacks against Londoners on 7 July killed at least 54 people. The suicide bombers who struck in Netanya, Israel, on 12 July ended five lives, including two 16 year old girls. And on 13 July, in Iraq, suicide [...]



A challenge remaining

Mar 16th, 2009 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Democratic Socialist

Judging by the Compass conference in June, the left has yet to develop a coherent political strategy, says WILL BROWN
Lenin is not a figure one immediately associates with the soft left yet there he was on a giant screen at the front of a packed conference hall proclaiming ‘The victory of ideas needs organising!’. And [...]