[Marxism] New on Redline

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 9 14:39:02 MST 2018


We're just getting back into the swing of things at the blog.

First off is an assessment of Jim Anderton, who passed away on Sunday.  He
was the only MP to leave Labour in opposition to the 'new right'
anti-working class policies of the notorious fourth Labour government but,
ultimately sided with the Labourites over the invasion of Afghanistan,
destroying his own Alliance party in the process.  My parents were
Andertonites until their deaths, so I have a mixed view of him.  As a human
being, he was kind, thoughtful and generous; but he was also a major
political figure and has to be judged politically:
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/jim-anderton-1938-
2018-new-zealands-last-social-democrat/

On the international front, we're running a fascinating article written by
veteran Iranian socialist and former Fedayeen activist Yassamine Mather on
'comrade Azam', the most prominent female leader of the Fedayeen
organisation in Iran in the 1970s and early 1980s.
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/revolutionary-women-comrade-azam-the-
fedayeen-and-the-iranian-revolution/

Barbara Gregorich wrote us a review of veteran activist Howard Petrick's
one-man play about Vincent Dunne, a great US workers' leader and one of the
key people responsible for unionising Minneapolis in the 1930s:
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/a-play-about-
something-that-matters-howard-petrick-as-v-r-dunne/

This year is also the 25th anniversary of the publication of Barbara's
ground-breaking book on women in baseball in the US.  Check out "Women at
Play".
Check out http://www.barbaragregorich.com/

Yassamine Mather has also sent us an acclount of the new wave of protests
in Iran: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/no-longer-
should-there-be-a-choice-between-bad-and-worse-mass-
protests-break-out-in-iran/

On background, check out Torab Saleth's 2014 article on the working class
movement in Iran today: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/the-working-
class-movement-in-iran-2014-and-a-2008-interview-with-torab-saleth/
(At the end of the article is a 2008 interview I did with Torab on the
Iranian revolution.)

On workers' struggles, we have run a report by Haitian marxists on a
significant workers' victory there, obtained by militant struggle:
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/haiti-militant-
action-by-workers-results-in-significant-victory/

And by the Workers Fight group in Britain on the fight against
casualisation:  https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/casualisation-and-
the-fight-against-it-in-britain/

And Luigi Morris of left Vloice in the States writes about the continuous
struggle between workers and bosses over working hours:
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/the-bosses-time-
and-our-time-an-endless-fight-over-working-hours/

Also, scroll down the Redline front page for more articles about the fight
for human emancipation, for a world of freedom and plenty.



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