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Jul 19 6 tweets 3 min read
One of several risks in aftermath of the #FordeReport is that discussion around antisemitism, and other bigotries, in the party/movement yet again gets lost in weeds of process, procedure, and bureaucracy, rather than being about a political confrontation with reactionary ideas. The most robust and efficient complaints procedure in the world is not going to uproot bigoted or reactionary ideas. Obviously those procedures should be improved (although “make it easier to expel people” shouldn’t be the aim), but changing ideas requires political education.
May 7 4 tweets 1 min read
There’s a lot about “lockdown spirit” (icky term but indulge it as a shorthand) that was very admirable, emerging from a sense of social solidarity that impelled us to make major personal sacrifices for the sake of the greater collective good. (1/4) But the same period also gave rise to a lot of petty, embittered, curtain-twitching social spite that saw the whole experience as an opportunity to snitch on and do down other people: the exact opposite of appealing to a sense of social solidarity. (2/4)
May 5 12 tweets 7 min read
Starting a thread of articles, interviews, and exchanges I’ve had around left antisemitism and related issues since the publication of my book ‘Confronting Antisemitism on the Left: Arguments for Socialists’. Links are also available at: dev.nopasaran.media/daniel-randall 🧵 “Confronting antisemitism on the left: anti-authoritarian perspectives”

A discussion with @joeyayoub on his excellent @FireTheseTimes podcast:
Mar 19 4 tweets 2 min read
Flattered to be mentioned positively in this @Dorianlynskey article. I have thoughts on it, but for now I’ll say that IMO points of overlap btwn left & right stem from abandonment of left-wing principles rather than an inevitable convergence of extremes. unherd.com/2022/03/why-th… I’m not trying to “No True Scotsman” the real issues @Dorianlynskey is speaking to out of existence: Stalinism is largely an “organic” problem for the left, so to speak, not an incursion from the right, which we (anti-Stalinist leftists) have to confront within the left…
Mar 15 6 tweets 3 min read
If you don’t like Paul Mason calling attention to the influence of Stalinist-inspired ideas on the left because you don’t like Mason, fine. But there are many others who’ve been calling attention to the phenomenon for a long time. Here are a few… Rohini Hensman wrote a whole book about it (read it, it’s very good): haymarketbooks.org/books/1164-ind…. Is Hensman simply “smearing the left”?
Mar 15 8 tweets 2 min read
There’s an exchange ongoing On Here™ on whether pro-Putin, or Putin-apologist, views are influential on the left. Some say they’re completely marginal and irrelevant, so much so that even mentioning them feeds into right-wing smears against the left as a whole. Alas, if only. 🧵 Clearly we can’t poll a representative sample of all the individuals who consider themselves “on the left” to get “data” on this. We have to go on a) the positions the organisations of the left have adopted, and b) the views that prominent and influential individuals promote.
Mar 6 4 tweets 1 min read
“No war but class war” expresses an admirable spirit, but it’s politically wrong. Wars of national liberation, or of self-defence against colonial conquest are also legitimate, aren’t they? On top of which, surely very few of those who use the slogan actually mean it literally. Even most anarchists, in my experience, do actually support anti-colonial/national liberation struggle, even where it has a “cross class” character. So why use a slogan you don’t mean?
Feb 4 5 tweets 2 min read
Thanks to @Plus61J for publishing this review of my book: plus61j.net.au/jewish-world/h… There are several issues in the review I’d like to take up, but I am wary of getting into a habit of replying to every review that’s written, which seems a) unsustainable and b) slightly arrogant…
Feb 3 5 tweets 4 min read
Supporting striking security guards on their picket line/strike rally at Great Ormond Street Hospital. @UVWunion Striking security guard Samuel addresses the rally at @GreatOrmondSt.

@UVWunion
Jan 20 4 tweets 2 min read
Thread. One of the biggest missed opportunities of the “Corbynist” left surge was the failure to translate that into any equivalent surge in the industrial movement. Corbyn-led Labour could’ve made itself the party of strikes. It didn’t. More (from 2017): theclarionmag.org/2017/06/24/par… I know @libcomorg comrades would contest both the possibility and desirability of attempting to make Labour the “party of strikes”; I don’t intend to get into that here, my point is that people who did, on paper, think it possible and desirable largely failed to even attempt it.
Dec 19, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Seen a few versions of this dunk over the past few days, which seems to overlook the pretty fundamental difference between a party rooted in the labour movement with liberals in it (where their politics can be directly contested) and a formal alliance with liberal parties. I think all of this stuff really comes back to an ends/means issue. If the “end” is just “progressive political reform”, then the “progressive alliance” perspective makes sense. But if the end is such reform *as part of* a struggle to overthrow capitalism and replace it >
Dec 8, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
It’s worth picking apart these comments from @SadiqKhan. He’s right that the Tories’ abolition of TfL’s grant creates challenges. But this the choice every municipal authority is faced with when national governments make cuts: do you pass the cuts on, or do you resist? 🧵 The implication here is that cuts are being imposed on TfL from above. The demand to make cuts might be, but TfL bosses are making choices about how to respond. To give one crude illustration, they are cutting frontline jobs rather than management roles. That’s a choice.
Dec 7, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Where to start with this? Firstly, as clarified, the @RMTunion ballot is not solely about cuts to station staff, it’s about a whole raft of issues which affect all LU workers, and was announced before the news of today’s cuts. 🧵 Secondly, @RMTunion doesn’t “ask” anyone to strike; we take decisions, through democratic structures, to hold ballots, and we vote to strike, collectively. The decision to strike is made by members; @RMTunion gives us structures through which to make and carry out that decision.
Dec 6, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
Some thoughts on “asking Jews where they stand on Israel”, notions of collective responsibility, and dual loyalty, prompted by some recent discussions on this I’ve seen in my timeline. 🧵 The David Miller perspective on this, which is reproduced in softer forms more widely, is roughly: “You say Jews can’t be held collectively responsible for the actions of Israel, but your synagogues and communal organisations are often affiliated to Zionist bodies, some with >
Dec 2, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
Jamaal Bowman’s position on Israel/Palestine - opposition to occupation, support for a Palestinian state alongside and with equal rights to Israel, opposition to blanket boycotts - is the same as the one held by the majority of left-minded Jews (and, FWIW, Jeremy Corbyn). 🧵 Those demanding his expulsion from DSA effectively tell those Jews: the organised left isn’t for you. Until you accept a “maximal” anti-Zionist programme (no Israel in any form; root-and-branch boycott; “anti-Zionism” as a point of departure), you’ll be shunned in our spaces.
Nov 30, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
There’s lots of useful stuff in this thread, and it’s a good-faith attempt from a leading JDA signatory to defend the JDA against the QC’s (mis?)use of it to exculpate Miller. But… 🧵 …I think JDA’s “core definition” (which after all, is the bit of JDA where the text unambiguously says, in effect, this is what antisemitism actually is, beyond doubt or interpretation) with its reference to antisemitism necessarily targeting “Jews as Jews”, is flawed.
Nov 26, 2021 16 tweets 4 min read
Quick thread on today’s #TubeStrike, from an @RMTLondon rep (I’m not directly involved in the dispute, as I work on stations, but I’m in full support of my train operator comrades)… The basic issues in the dispute are simple. When Night Tube was first proposed, LU said existing staff would work the night shifts. We (drivers, station staff, and others) said… no thanks. We struck, and won an agreement…
Nov 6, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
When I first got involved in climate politics (circa 2005), I feel the view that organised labour was a key environmental actor was, if not quite marginal, then certainly not mainstream. That has definitely shifted in a positive way since. #ClimateAction #COP26 Similarly, in the labour movement, around a decade ago I remember hearing a well-respected trade unionist give a speech in which he denounced climate politics as a middle-class concern, and the climate movement as anti-worker. Much rarer to hear that sort of rhetoric now.
Oct 21, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Reposting the thread below in light of Sunrise DC’s recent statement. Few additional thoughts to follow… Even on its own terms, just on a very pragmatic level, what is the strategy here? How does Sunrise DC’s action advance the struggle for Palestinian self-determination a single inch? How does it obstruct Israel’s machinery of oppression?
Oct 13, 2021 18 tweets 4 min read
Where Marlon describes BDS being “enacted against diaspora Jews”, pro-BDS folks might reply, “well, if you don’t want to be targeted, don’t have any links with Israel, no-one’s forcing you to.” If only things were that simple! [Thread] If only things were so simple that Jews could just detach Israel, the historical experiences that impelled Zionism, and the idea of Jewish nationhood, from their consciousness and identity. If you want such a “detachment” to take place, that all has to be worked through.
Oct 3, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
As it’s #CableStreet85 tomorrow, and as the CPB/Morning Star has been prominent in commemorations today, worth remembering that, whilst the CP rank and file in the East End played an admirable role, the leadership was only dragged into supporting the counter-mobilisation when… …local activists told leaders the CP would be “finished” in the East End unless they abandoned plans for their own, party-controlled anti-fascist rally in Trafalgar Square on the same day and backed the local action. (The stamped text reads: “ALTERATION: RALLY TO ADLGATE, 2PM”)