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Socialist Fight No 13

Socialist Fight No 13

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Published by Carl Zacharia
Socialist Fight is the Journal of the Socialist Fight group, the British section of the Liason Committee of the Forth International
Socialist Fight is the Journal of the Socialist Fight group, the British section of the Liason Committee of the Forth International

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Socialist Fight
Unity is strength, L’union fait la force, Es la unidad fuerza,
Η ενότητα είναι δύναμη,
,.
 
đoàn k
ế
t là s
c m
nh, Jedność jest siła,
ykseys on kesto,
યુનટિ થૂા.,
Midnimo iyo waa awood, hundeb ydy chryfder, Einheit ist Stärke,
 एकता शि है,
 
единстве наша сила,
vienybės jėga,
bashkimi ben fuqine, , unità è la resistenza,
団結は力だ,
A união faz a força, eining er styrkur, De eenheid is de sterkte,, Ní neart go chur le céile, pagkakaisa ay kalakasan, jednota is síla,
일성은
 
이다
 
 
, Workers of the World Unite! 
No. 13 Summer 2013 Price: Waged £2 (
3) Concessions: 50p
 
ConDems decimate the Welfare State
The British Medical Journal:
“On 1 April 2013 the regulations are coming
into place to show that everything has to beput out to competitive markets by CCGs[clinical commissioning groups] and the na-tional commissioning board. That will createrights for private providers to supply whichwill not only allow them to take quite a lot of the share of the NHS budget for their businessright now, it also potentially makes the priva-
tisation irreversible in the future.”
 
The three main “reforms” introduced in April
are:
• The replacement of council tax benefit by
council tax support, estimated to cost 2.4 mil-lion families in England an average of £2.60per week. The coalition says the council taxbenefit bill rose by 50% under the last govern-ment.
• An under
-occupation penalty (bedroom tax)
is expected to cost 660,000 families an averageof £14 per week. The government says 1.8 mil-lion people are on council house waiting lists.
• An overall household benefit cap, set at £500
for a family with children, is expected to affect56,000 households with an average cut of £93per week.
 
Leon Trotsky: I am confident of the victory of the Fourth International; Go Forward!
1.
 WE STAND WITH KARL MARX: ‘The
emancipation of the working classes mustbe conquered by the working classes them-selves. The struggle for the emancipationof the working class means not a strugglefor class privileges and monopolies but forequal rights and duties and the abolition of 
all class rule’ (The International Working-men’s Association 1864, General Rules).
2. The capitalist state consists, in the lastanalysis of ruling-class laws within a judi-cial system and detention centres overseenby the armed bodies of police/army whoare under the direction and are controlledin acts of defence of capitalist property rights against the interests of the majority of civil society. The working class mustoverthrow the capitalist state and replace it
 with a workers’ state based on democraticsoviets/workers’ councils to suppress the
inevitable counter-revolution of privatecapitalist profit against planned productionfor the satisfaction of socialised humanneed.3. We recognise the necessity for revolution-aries to carry out serious ideological andpolitical struggle as direct participants inthe trade unions (always) and in the massreformist social democratic bourgeois
 workers’ parties despite their pro
-capitalistleaderships when conditions are favour-able. Because we see the trade union bu-reaucracy and their allies in the Labourparty leadership as the most fundamentalobstacle to the struggle for power of the working class, outside of the state forcesand their direct agencies themselves, wemust fight and defeat and replace them with a revolutionary leadership by mobilis-ing the base against the pro-capitalist bu-reaucratic misleaders to open the way for-
 ward for the struggle for workers’ power.
4. We are full in support of all mass mobilisa-tions against the onslaught of this reaction-ary Con-Lib Dem coalition. However, whilst participating in this struggle we willoppose all policies which subordinate the working class to the political agenda of thepetty-bourgeois reformist leaders of theLabour party and trade unions5. We support the fight of all the specially oppressed; Black and Asians, women, les-bians and gay men, bisexuals and trans-gender people against discrimination in allits forms and their right to organise sepa-rately in that fight in society as a whole. Inparticular we defend their right to caucusinside trade unions and in working classpolitical parties.6. We recognise that class society, and capital-ism as the last form of class society, is by its nature patriarchal. In that sense theoppression of women is different from allother forms of oppression and discrimina-tion. Because this social oppression is inex-tricably tied to private property and itsinheritance to achieve full sexual, socialand economic freedom and equality for all we need to overthrow class society itself.7. We fight racism and fascism. We supportthe right of people to fight back againstracist and fascist attacks by any means nec-essary. Self-defence is no offence! We sup-
port ‘No Platform’ for all fascists but never
call on the capitalist state to ban fascistmarches or parties; these laws would inevi-
tably primarily be used against workers’
organisations, as history has shown.8. We oppose all immigration controls. Inter-national finance capital roams the planet insearch of profit and Imperialist govern-ments disrupts the lives of workers andcause the collapse of whole nations withtheir direct intervention in the Balkans,Iraq and Afghanistan and their proxy warsin Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, etc. Workers have the right tosell their labour internationally whereverthey get the best price. Only union mem-bership and pay rates can counter employ-ers who seek to exploit immigrant workersas cheap labour to undermine the gains of past struggles.
Socialist Fight
Where We Stand
Socialist Fight is a memberof the Liaison Committeefor the Fourth International with the Liga Comunista of Brazil and the TendenciaMilitante Bolchevique of  Argentina.
 The Editorial Board is: Tony Fox, Ray Rising,Charlie Walsh, CarolFoster, Ailish Dease,Laurence Humphriesand Aggie McCallum.Contact: PO Box59188, London, NW29LJ, Social-ist_Fight@yahoo.co.uk.Signed articles do notnecessarily representthe views of the SF EB These are just 8 of the26 points of the politi-cal programme of theSocialist Fight Group which can be foundhere:http:// www.scribd.com/doc/120298542/Socialist-Fight-Where- We-StandGerry Downing has re-signed from the EB of SF. He has been re-placed by Tony Fox
 
Leon Trotsky: I am confident of the victory of the Fourth International; Go Forward!
Subscribe to Socialist Fight and IDOTFour Issues: UK: £12.00, EU: £14.00Rest of the World: £18.00Send donations to help in their pro-ductionCheques and Standing Orders toSocialist Fight Account No. 1.Unity Trust Bank, Sort Code08-60-01, Account. No. 20227368.PO Box 59188, London, NW2 9LJSocialist_ Fight@yahoo.co.uk
Editorial: Rally the working class against
 Austerity ………………….…….......... Page 4
 
SWP Crisis By Ret Marut…..………....Page 5
 Counihan Sanchez Housing Campaign
…………………………..……………...Page 7
 
Protesters call for Stephen Murney’s re-lease…………….…………………….. Page 8
 
Belfast Flag Riots: croppy won’t lie downanymore By Charlie Walsh…….……Page 8
The Socialist party pander to reactionary
Loyalism By Gerry Downing .….…...Page 9
  A response to United Left By Laurence
Humphries………………….....…....Page 11
 LRC Annual Conference 2012 By Laurence
Humphries………….………….……Page 12
 SF flyer to the National Shop Stewards lobbyof the TUC in Brighton on 11 November
2012……………………………..…….Page 13
 Open Letter From Grass Roots Left to the
SWP……………………….…………. Page 15
 SF flyer: Where are the SWP opposition fac-tions going?.........................................Page 19Book Review: From Hero to Zero? By Char-
lie Cook………………..…………….Page 21
 LCFI statement on Mali: Imperialism out of 
 Africa…………………………….……Page 24
 Sri Lanka: Petty Bourgeois Politics of the JVP By Sirimal Peiris in Sri
Lanka…………………………..……..Page 27
  Venezuela: United Front to defeat the right
and imperialism…………………..….Page 30
 
Contents
This is the only comprehensive political assessment of theWRP/Workers Press section of the 1985 WRP split. It may beof use to those in the SWP con-templating a similar Explosion.If there is one lesson I learnedfrom all that it is that most ex-isting leaders will have longsince lost the spark of revolu-tion from their political soulsand almost none will be seriousabout regenerating the group politically. You must learn todo that yourself.http://www.scribd.com/doc/88358031/WRP-Explosion-By-Gerry-Downing 

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