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Weekly podcast offering a Marxist approach to the big issues we face in a world of capitalist crisis. Fighting for jobs, homes and public services for all. From strikes and mass movements through to community campaigns, history and theory. We shine a light on the struggles of workers and young people, and discuss the strategy for a socialist fightback.

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Weekly podcast offering a Marxist approach to the big issues we face in a world of capitalist crisis. Fighting for jobs, homes and public services for all. From strikes and mass movements through to community campaigns, history and theory. We shine a light on the struggles of workers and young people, and discuss the strategy for a socialist fightback.

    86. World crisis and the second wave

    86. World crisis and the second wave

    What is the state of world capitalism as it heads into a second wave of Covid-19?

    Over a decade ago, the global capitalist system was shaken by a historic financial crisis. It still had not recovered when the coronavirus pandemic caused the worst economic contraction in history.

    Pandemic, depression, environmental catastrophe, political turmoil - capitalism is not well. And now a second wave of Covid is gathering pace.

    What does this mean for capitalism around the world? Will we see mass protests and revolutions? Isn’t it the right making gains from the crisis? And what will the US elections bring?

    This episode of Socialism looks at a world on the brink: capitalist crisis and the second wave.

    Further reading

    10 years since the financial crash: https://www.socialistworld.net/2018/09/14/10-years-since-the-financial-crash/

    Coronavirus plunges capitalism into global turmoil - the need for a socialist alternative: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/03/23/coronavirus-plunges-capitalism-into-global-turmoil-the-need-for-a-socialist-alternative/

    What lies behind the US-China trade war? https://www.socialistworld.net/2019/05/24/what-lies-behind-the-us-china-trade-war/

    Democratic, Republican, and Peoples’ Conventions: What Way Forward for Workers? https://independentsocialistgroup.org/2020/09/22/democratic-republican-and-peoples-conventions-what-way-forward-for-workers/

    Interview with US presidential candidate: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/09/22/interview-with-us-presidential-candidate/

    Britain: Tory Prime Minister’s brinkmanship over EU deal deepens capitalist splits: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/09/17/britain-tory-prime-ministers-brinkmanship-over-eu-deal-deepens-capitalist-splits/

    Britain: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to stand in elections again against pro-austerity politicians: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/09/14/britain-trade-unionist-and-socialist-coalition-to-stand-in-elections-again-against-pro-austerity-politicians/

    • 34 min
    85. Britain's general strike of 1926

    85. Britain's general strike of 1926

    What are the lessons for today from the 1926 general strike?

    One of the myths about the British working class is that it’s too ponderous and conservative to have a serious fight with capitalism. Actually, centuries of bitter class struggle have shown the real potential again and again.

    But arguably the high point came in 1926, during a period of national and international crisis for capitalism not so different from today. Despite the hesitancy and treachery of the official union leaders, Britain’s workers came out on strike in every sector, and without an end date. They even started running parts of society for themselves.

    How did Britain’s only general strike so far come into being? What did it show us about revolutionary power of a general strike? Why did it end in defeat? And what can workers and socialists today learn for the huge class battles coming up today?

    This episode of Socialism looks at Britain’s ‘almost’ revolution: the 1926 general strike.

    Further reading and listening

    1926 General Strike: Workers Taste Power (Peter Taaffe): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=2017077

    The general strike today (2003): http://socialismtoday.org/archive/76/generalstrike.html

    Towards a 24 hour general strike (2012): http://socialismtoday.org/archive/161/britain.html

    Socialism 75. Britain's revolts after WW1: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/75-britains-revolts-after-ww1

    Where is Britain Going? (Trotsky): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/britain/wibg/

    The Middle of the Road (Trotsky): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/britain/v3/ch02f.htm

    75 years since the 1926 general strike: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/8489/04-05-2001/1926-general-strike-a-showdown-between-the-classes

    90 years since the 1926 general strike: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/22727/04-05-2016/1926-general-strike-when-workers-tasted-power

    1926 general strike debate: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/5276/15-06-2006/1926-general-strike-debate

    • 50 min
    84. Trotsky on the trade unions

    84. Trotsky on the trade unions

    What was Trotsky’s advice for revolutionaries on unions?

    The trade unions are the basic organisations of the working class. Trotsky, like all who follow the ideas of genuine Marxism, believed the working class was the only social force which can lead socialist revolution.

    But the union leaders can be timid, or even hold back struggle by their members. And anyway, the working class today looks very different to working class in 1917.

    So how did Trotsky see the unions in relation to the struggle for socialism? And are those ideas - and the unions themselves - still relevant to that struggle today?

    This episode of Socialism looks at the organised working class: Trotsky on the trade unions.

    The CWI is producing a new book on Trotsky's life and ideas for the 80th anniversary of his assassination, which this podcast series is following. It's called 'Leon Trotsky - A Revolutionary Whose Ideas Couldn't Be Killed'. You can pre-order it now at www.leftbooks.co.uk.

    Further reading

    Should Revolutionaries Work in Reactionary Trade Unions? (Lenin): https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/ch06.htm

    The Nature of the Trade Unions (Peter Taaffe): http://marxist.net/2019/12/11/the-nature-of-the-trade-unions/

    Trade Unions and Bolshevism (Trotsky): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/britain/ch07.htm

    The Trade Unions in Britain (Trotsky): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1933/09/unions-britain.htm

    Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay (Trotsky): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1940/xx/tu.htm

    • 45 min
    83. Trotsky and the Fourth International

    83. Trotsky and the Fourth International

    How did Trotsky help organise international socialist struggle?

    Capitalism is a worldwide problem. Since the days of Karl Marx, socialists have worked towards a worldwide solution.

    But there have been multiple attempts to organise international associations of revolutionaries. Each rose and then fell for different reasons.

    What can we learn from their successes and failures? What was Trotsky’s part in building ‘internationals’? And what are the prospects for building a mass, revolutionary, working-class international going forward?

    This episode of Socialism looks at the struggle for a world party of revolution: Trotsky and the Fourth International.

    The CWI is producing a new book on Trotsky’s life and ideas for the 80th anniversary of his assassination, which this podcast series is following. It’s called ‘Leon Trotsky - A Revolutionary Whose Ideas Couldn’t Be Killed’. You can pre-order it now at www.leftbooks.co.uk.

    Further reading

    The Rise and Fall of the Communist International: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/Trotsky/cominternframe.htm

    1938 anniversary: Founding the Fourth International: http://socialismtoday.org/archive/124/international.html

    A Socialist World Is Possible: The History of the CWI: http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=2017051

    In Defence of Trotskyism: http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=49575330

    • 56 min
    82. Trotsky, fascism and the 'united front'

    82. Trotsky, fascism and the 'united front'

    What is fascism and how can we fight it?

    In the 1930s, mass fascist movements smashed the workers’ organisations. Today, far-right and right-populist forces are again growing in prominence. So what can we learn from history?

    What exactly is fascism? Is a fascist dictatorship possible today? What distinguishes it from other authoritarian regimes?

    Do these political differences mean tactical differences in how workers should fight them? What’s the difference between a ‘popular front’ and a ‘united front’? And why do you have to be anti-capitalist to succeed as an anti-fascist?

    This episode of Socialism looks at fighting anti-worker reaction: Trotsky, fascism and the ‘united front’.

    The CWI is producing a new book on Trotsky’s life and ideas for the 80th anniversary of his assassination, which this podcast series is following. It’s called ‘Leon Trotsky - A Revolutionary Whose Ideas Couldn’t Be Killed’. You can pre-order it now at www.leftbooks.co.uk.

    Further listening and reading

    Socialism episode 4. Fighting the racist far right: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/re-run-4-fighting-the-racist-far-right

    Socialism episode 42. You can't have capitalism without racism: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/72-you-cant-have-capitalism-without-racism

    Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight It (Trotsky): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950002679/Products/TROT0001

    The Communist International and the fascist threat: http://socialismtoday.org/archive/222/comintern.html

    The character of the far-right threat: http://socialismtoday.org/archive/66/farRight.html

    The alt-right threat: http://socialismtoday.org/the-alt-right-threat

    The danger of the far right: http://socialismtoday.org/the-danger-of-the-far-right

    • 45 min
    81. Trotsky, Stalinism and the 'degenerated workers' state'

    81. Trotsky, Stalinism and the 'degenerated workers' state'

    How did Trotsky explain the rise of Stalinism?

    The Russian Revolution began as a mass movement with democratic control of society by the workers and poor. But it ended as a brutal police state which collapsed under its own inefficiency.

    What caused this complete reversal? Do revolutions inevitably end in treacherous dictatorship? Was the Soviet bureaucracy the same as a capitalist class? What are a ‘degenerated workers’ state’ and a ‘deformed workers’ state’? And what can it all tell us about fighting for socialism today?

    This episode of Socialism looks at the revolution betrayed: Trotsky on Stalinism and the ‘degenerated workers’ state’.

    The CWI is producing a new book on Trotsky’s life and ideas for the 80th anniversary of his assassination, which this podcast series is following. It’s called ‘Leon Trotsky - A Revolutionary Whose Ideas Couldn’t Be Killed’. You can pre-order it now at www.leftbooks.co.uk.

    Further reading

    Leon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28804/06-03-2019/leon-trotskys-struggle-against-stalinism

    USSR 1989 - the collapse of Stalinism: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/8375/18-11-2009/ussr-1989-the-collapse-of-stalinism

    What About Russia? https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/russia/r2frame.htm?stalin.html

    Lenin: the original dictator? http://socialismtoday.org/archive/80/lenin.html

    From Stalinism to New Labour: http://socialismtoday.org/archive/230/hobsbawm.htm

    Lessons of October (Trotsky): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950002679/Products/TROT0080

    The Revolution Betrayed: What is the Soviet Union and Where is it Going? (Trotsky): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/

    Stalin - An Appraisal of the Man and His Influence (Trotsky, unfinished): https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1940/xx/stalin/index.htm

    • 44 min

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