For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction: Two responses on the British left to the rise of identity politics - the cases of Class War and Red Action

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2015 Number 9

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction: Two responses on the British left to the rise of identity politics - the cases of Class War and Red Action
Paul Stott, pages -

Abstract

During the 1980s a profound shift occurred within the British left. The anti-racist and multicultural approach of Ken Livingstone’s Greater London Council (GLC), and that of a series of local authorities, was accompanied by an emerging women’s movement and the positioning of questions of gender, race and sexuality at the centre of left wing politics.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This article contends that some very specific responses occurred to these changes, and focuses on two revolutionary organisations which emerged – Class War from the anarchist tradition and Red Action in the marxist tradition. Both rejected any diminishing of the centrality of class – and these groups identity frequently pivoted on this rejection, even though within Class War in particular there was at times contestation concerning the perceived diminishing of broader areas of repression.

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Paul Stott (2015) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction: Two responses on the British left to the rise of identity politics - the cases of Class War and Red Action, Twentieth Century Communism, 2015(9), -

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