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The following paper was given by Dr Peter Latham to a class at the Communist University in South London (CUiSL) on 5 November 2013. Introduction In an invitation to members of the Labour Party to attend the CUiSL class on 5 November at which this paper was to be given – an invitation that was, […]

Democratic leadership: the need to educate a new generation

The purpose of this paper is to challenge the accepted (and assumed) model that delivering political ideas and change in society has to be advocated by one voice in the form of one person or a “leader”. It highlights the need to educate a new generation of leaders for the Left of the 21st Century […]

Democracy and Local Government

The following paper was given by Dr Peter Latham, author of the State and Local Government (Manifesto Press 2011) to the Communist University in South London on 7 August 2012: DEMOCRACY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 1. Socialist democracy versus capitalist democracy and ‘socialist decentralisation’ versus neoliberal ‘austerianism/localism’ “In its strongest sense, participatory democracy means something like […]

Marx on Democracy: Lessons from the Paris Commune

by Martin Graham “Democracy consists of majority decisions arrived at by men and women who stand on an equal economic relationship, one with another” Willie Gallagher in a letter to the Governor of the BBC, 30 October 1950 “Instead of deciding once in three or six years which member of the ruling class was to […]