Issue 100 of INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL Published Autumn 2003 Copyright © International Socialism
A generation of neo-liberal policies has profoundly altered the lives of ordinary people, the workings of the state and the nature of imperialism. John Rees, editor of International Socialism, charts these changes and the impact they have had on strategies for liberation. He argues that the fundamental question of reform or revolution, while posed in new contexts, still needs to be tackled for anti-capitalists to achieve their goals.
Islamophobia has underpinned much of the ideology of the 'war on terror'. The left has not always been immune to such ideas. Salma Yaqoob draws on her experience as the chairperson of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition, and as a British Muslim, to suggest how progressive alliances can overcome preconception and prejudice. New Labour's crumbling support provides real opportunities for socialists. But what forms of organisation should we employ? Murray Smith uses the experience of the Scottish Socialist Party to reply to John Rees's contribution to International Socialism 97 about this vital debate.
Evolution has been politically contentious ever since Darwin developed his theory of natural selection. Paul McGarr summarises the work of Stephen Jay Gould, one of science's greatest popularisers, and the scourge of reactionaries and reductionists everywhere.
Book reviews include James Meadway on four attempts to answer the question the anti-capitalist movement has set itself--'We know what we are against, but what are we for?' He compares the alternative visions for reorganising society proposed in Parecon, Reclaim the State, The Age of Consent and An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto. Plus Judy Cox on Rosa Luxemburg's under-appreciated classic The Accumulation of Capital.