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International Socialism, March 1997




From International Socialism 2:74, March 1997.
Copyright © International Socialism.
Copied with thanks from the International Socialism Archive.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


THE ELECTION campaign in Britain will undoubtedly feature education as one of its crucial battlegrounds – despite the fact that the Tories and Labour are increasingly agreed about the solutions to the crisis in our schools. But are they right? Is the newly dominant right wing critique of ‘trendy teaching methods’ accurate? Colin Sparks charts the real contours of the crisis in education, looks for its origins in the contradictory needs of the capitalist system and traces how these reflect themselves in the political arena.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY is an issue which produces a wide spectrum of responses ranging from the belief that it will usher in a new age of liberty to the fear that it will become the most powerful weapon that our oppressors have yet developed. Colin Wilson untangles the web of misinformation about the internet and examines the limits and possibilities of the technology.

NICARAGUA’S REVOLUTION has been a cause célebre on the left for many years, as Ken Loach’s recent film Carla’s Song bears witness. But the left has failed to confront the weakness of the Sandinistas’ strategy argues Mike Gonzalez.

CHRISTOPHER HILL examines David Underdown’s new account of the English Revolution of the 17th century in the first of our book reviews, while Peter Morgan looks at Nigel Harris’s new book on immigration and the global economy, and Alex Callinicos replies to criticisms of his account of materialism and evolution published in International Socialism 73.

NOAM CHOMSKY’S work is widely admired among socialists, and rightly so, argues Anthony Arnove in the first of our new occasional series, In perspective. But, he concludes, Chomsky’s undoubted achievements shouldn’t blind us to the weaknesses of his analysis and his corresponding difficulties in answering the question, ‘What is to be done?’

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