From International Socialism 2 : 8, Spring 1980.
Transcribed by Christian Høgsbjerg, with thanks to the Lipman-Miliband Trust.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
Much of this issue of International Socialism is taken up with debates begun in earlier issues: Richard Hyman criticising the SWP’s industrial orientation, Chris George arguing that Alternative Plans should be considered more favourably than they were by Dave Albury in IS 2 : 6 (Autumn 1979), and Marcel van der Linden continuing our earlier discussion on the ‘strong state’.
In addition we are continuing the debate on the strategy for the left with the main currents of left reformist thought. The debate, opened by Jonathan Bearman in IS 2 : 6 (Anatomy of the Bennite Left) was replied to be Geoff Hodgson from the Labour Party in our last issue. Here we carry a further reply this time from Bob Rowthorn of the Communist Party, and a response from Sue Cockerill to both these contributions.
Two articles here break new ground. There is the article on Cuba, the first full-length consideration it has received in these pages. And secondly there is Nigel Harris’s The new untouchables, which indicates the role of immigration in the world economy and the various national economies.
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