Adam Marks

A Breakthrough for the Left, a Setback for New Labour

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I find it really disappointing that many people on the left are still stuck in the navel-gazing mode.

Rachel Aldred and James Woodcock (July/August SR) ask how Respect has failed to make the obvious breakthrough 'when we were right about Iraq and helped organised brilliant demos'. The only explanation forthcoming seems to be over-optimism. I must disagree.

Stage Fright

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Review of "Incoherent Empire", Michael Mann, Verso £15

There is a tendency among the intelligentsia to regard politics as a spectator sport, played by ugly, fat old men but commentated on beautifully by agile, witty scholars. The rest of us meanwhile kick back and enjoy Eastenders.

A Morbid Tale

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Review of 'A Century of State Murder?' by Michael Haynes and Rumy Husan, Pluto £15.99

'A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths are a statistic.' Or so said Stalin to Churchill, apparently. The hypocrisy of the Hutton inquiry this summer is yet more evidence he may have been right. It doesn't make up for show-trials, gulags and 'socialism in one country', mind you.

Society Closing Down

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Review of 'Politicide', Baruch Kimmerling, Verso £15 and 'Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict', Norman G Finkelstein, Verso £15

The Palestinian question is the key political question of our time. The nature of the Israeli state and its relationship to the rest of the world is central to US imperialism. Israel is the linchpin of the Project for a New American Century. Consequently the arguments burn with a ferocious intensity.

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