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Dancing to Ukip's tune won't save Labour

Dancing to Ukip's tune won't save Labour

Opinion November 21, 2014

Lindsey German: sacking Emily Thornberry over a tweet is another own goal - and after Scotland and the vote on air strikes in Iraq, Labour really can’t affor...

No, Channel 4, the rich getting richer doesn’t help the poor

No, Channel 4, the rich getting richer doesn’t help the poor

Analysis November 21, 2014

Adam Tomes challenges the right-wing myths peddled by Spectator editor Fraser Nelson in his Dispatches program

Immigration: busting the myths

Immigration: busting the myths

Analysis November 21, 2014

James Meadway challenges the anti-immigration hysteria and argues that Britain is a better place to live because of the contribution made by migrants ...

Inequality and the 1%

Inequality and the 1%

Book Reviews November 20, 2014

Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling’s new book, demonstrates the harm done to the whole of society by rising inequality, finds Orlando Hill ...

They’re back: Free Education march takes London by storm

They’re back: Free Education march takes London by storm

Latest News November 20, 2014

Against the odds, regardless of the absent NUS and a bullying police force, the student movement has announced a triumphant return to the UK’s political scen...

RIC: Scotland's political awakening continues

RIC: Scotland's political awakening continues

Opinion November 18, 2014

The enthusiasm for Saturday’s Radical Independence Campaign event reflects the deep and profound political awakening that has taken place thanks to the refer...

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5 things they keep quiet about the crisis of the British regime

5 things they keep quiet about the crisis of the British regime

Chris Nineham makes five observations about the anti-establishment mood in austerity Britain

November 19, 2014 Chris Nineham

Carrington power station site shut down by anti-blacklisting picket.

Carrington power station site shut down by anti-blacklisting picket.

Steve Leadbeater reports from Carrington power station which has been shut down in an action by Unite rank and file activists

November 17, 2014 Steve Leadbeater

Libya: the lesson they want us to forget

Libya: the lesson they want us to forget

Once held up as a model of 'humanitarian intervention' Libya's decent into bloody violence tells a story our rulers would rather we forget argues Kit Klarenb...

November 15, 2014 Kit Klarenberg

Organising tomorrow's revolution today

Organising tomorrow's revolution today

Alex Snowdon provides some answers to the question ‘why build revolutionary organisation today?’

November 15, 2014 Alex Snowdon

The open conspiracy against Ed Miliband

The open conspiracy against Ed Miliband

Alastair Stephens looks at the background to the whispering campaign against Labour leader Ed Miliband

November 15, 2014 Alastair Stephens

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

Kevin Ovenden looks at the history of race and class in London's East End and the current battle to beat back the Tory attack on Tower Hamlets

November 14, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Beyond the froth

Beyond the froth

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football picks out the best of the autumn sports books

November 14, 2014 Mark Perryman

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Chris Nineham argues that two new Marxist books about social movements reflect a common tendency to downplay the conscious, organised element in the way chan...

November 14, 2014 Chris Nineham

Video: Lutfur Rahman - defend democracy in Tower Hamlets

Video: Lutfur Rahman - defend democracy in Tower Hamlets

All the speeches from Wednesday's rally in Tower Hamlets called to defend local democracy. Video by Paul Hanes

November 13, 2014 Paul Hanes

Lutfur Rahman: 'not under attack for what he's done wrong, but for what he's done right'

Lutfur Rahman: 'not under attack for what he's done wrong, but for what he's done right'

The community turned out to defend Lutfur Rahman and democracy at a packed multilingual meeting in the borough of Tower Hamlets on Wednesday night

November 13, 2014 Isabelle Leach and Kester Richardson-Dawes

Rochester by-election: more Ukip woes for all?

Rochester by-election: more Ukip woes for all?

As the by-election caused by the defection of Conservative MP Mark Reckless to Ukip approaches, Alastair Stephens sees some unsettled political weather ahead...

November 12, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Yasser Arafat and the struggle for Palestine

Yasser Arafat and the struggle for Palestine

Kevin Ovenden looks at the legacy of Yasser Arafat on the tenth anniversary of his death

November 12, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Failing the red poppy loyalty test

Failing the red poppy loyalty test

Lindsey German explains why she won't be intimidated by the mania which sees wearing a red poppy as a test of loyalty, a definition of Britishness

November 11, 2014 Lindsey German

Venezuela: revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

Venezuela: revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

The choice in Venezuela is stark; social progress versus extreme reaction and US intervention. We should be clear which side we are on argues Matt Willgress ...

November 11, 2014 Matthew Willgress

Counterfire benefit: a people’s history of music with Dave Randall, Nia and more | 10 December

Counterfire benefit: a people’s history of music with Dave Randall, Nia and more | 10 December

Join us for a very special night, a celebration of subversive sound

November 11, 2014 Counterfire

Editors picks

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Austerity isn't working, and here's why

Austerity isn't working, and here's why

James Meadway: you can’t have consistently rising debts, and consistently falling incomes. The two must collide at some point. That means a crisis

October 22, 2014 James Meadway

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Johann Lamont's sudden departure as Scottish Labour leader has brought Labour's crisis in Scotland - and beyond - into sharp relief

October 29, 2014 Jonathon Shafi

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Following the British establishment's undemocratic attempt to undermine the twice-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets it's clear whose side we should be on argues...

November 6, 2014 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

The crisis of the British regime: democracy, protest and the unions

The crisis of the British regime: democracy, protest and the unions

The British political regime faces a crisis of confidence. This report presents empirical evidence for the democratic deficit, growing protest, the state of ...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

Ten lies told about World War I

Ten lies told about World War I

Dominic Alexander debunks ten myths used to justify the slaughter of the First World War

November 9, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

A Kurdish state would raise the hopes of millions of Kurds, change the geopolitics of the region and challenge the integrity of the existing states writes Al...

November 1, 2014 Alastair Stephens

The Suffragettes, Black Friday and two types of window smashing

The Suffragettes, Black Friday and two types of window smashing

‘The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics’, declared suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst

November 18, 2010 Katherine Connelly

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

Kevin Ovenden looks at the history of race and class in London's East End and the current battle to beat back the Tory attack on Tower Hamlets

November 14, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Women's liberation: a class perspective

Women's liberation: a class perspective

Lindsey German wrote this review for Historical Materialism over a decade ago but it wasn't published. We are posting it now as part of a series of contribution...

February 2, 2013 Lindsey German

Analysis

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Berlin: the wall that came down and the walls that went up

Berlin: the wall that came down and the walls that went up

John Rees was reporting from Berlin 25 years ago as the demonstrations which brought down the Stalinist dictatorship reached their peak. Here he reflects on ...

November 8, 2014 John Rees

Obama's midterm blues

Obama's midterm blues

The US midterm elections will be of marginal relevance to an electorate increasingly turning their backs on the status quo as a means of delivering change wr...

November 3, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

A Kurdish state would raise the hopes of millions of Kurds, change the geopolitics of the region and challenge the integrity of the existing states writes Al...

November 1, 2014 Alastair Stephens

A tale of two cities: a million on the streets against Renzi and his millionaires

A tale of two cities: a million on the streets against Renzi and his millionaires

Demonstrators from across Italy filled the streets of Rome last Saturday to protest against labour market reforms and austerity policies of Prime Minister Ma...

October 31, 2014 Alastair Stephens

The making of Iraq War III

The making of Iraq War III

Sean Ledwith investigates the history of Western involvement in Iraq that has led the US into a third war in the country

October 25, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Austerity isn't working, and here's why

Austerity isn't working, and here's why

James Meadway: you can’t have consistently rising debts, and consistently falling incomes. The two must collide at some point. That means a crisis

October 22, 2014 James Meadway

Iraq: Obama's sectarian allies won't defeat Islamic State

Iraq: Obama's sectarian allies won't defeat Islamic State

The sectarian legacy of the US occupation means Obama's strategy of air strikes in support of the Iraqi military cannot defeat the Islamic State argues Ady C...

October 19, 2014 Ady Cousins

Not if, but when‏ - the next crisis approaches

Not if, but when‏ - the next crisis approaches

James Meadway: reports from the last few weeks say that the world economy is on course for another financial crisis - with Britain dangerously exposed ...

October 13, 2014 James Meadway

A revolt of our own

A revolt of our own

Chris Nineham on why we need to lead the fight against inequality and for democracy

October 12, 2014 Chris Nineham

Cameron’s tax cuts: a poorly disguised handout for the rich

Cameron’s tax cuts: a poorly disguised handout for the rich

David Cameron's 'middle-class tax giveaway' in reality means giving huge amounts of cash to the very richest argues James Meadway

October 8, 2014 James Meadway

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5 things they keep quiet about the crisis of the British regime

5 things they keep quiet about the crisis of the British regime

Chris Nineham makes five observations about the anti-establishment mood in austerity Britain

November 19, 2014 Chris Nineham

Libya: the lesson they want us to forget

Libya: the lesson they want us to forget

Once held up as a model of 'humanitarian intervention' Libya's decent into bloody violence tells a story our rulers would rather we forget argues Kit Klarenb...

November 15, 2014 Kit Klarenberg

The open conspiracy against Ed Miliband

The open conspiracy against Ed Miliband

Alastair Stephens looks at the background to the whispering campaign against Labour leader Ed Miliband

November 15, 2014 Alastair Stephens

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

Kevin Ovenden looks at the history of race and class in London's East End and the current battle to beat back the Tory attack on Tower Hamlets

November 14, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Beyond the froth

Beyond the froth

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football picks out the best of the autumn sports books

November 14, 2014 Mark Perryman

Rochester by-election: more Ukip woes for all?

Rochester by-election: more Ukip woes for all?

As the by-election caused by the defection of Conservative MP Mark Reckless to Ukip approaches, Alastair Stephens sees some unsettled political weather ahead...

November 12, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Yasser Arafat and the struggle for Palestine

Yasser Arafat and the struggle for Palestine

Kevin Ovenden looks at the legacy of Yasser Arafat on the tenth anniversary of his death

November 12, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Failing the red poppy loyalty test

Failing the red poppy loyalty test

Lindsey German explains why she won't be intimidated by the mania which sees wearing a red poppy as a test of loyalty, a definition of Britishness

November 11, 2014 Lindsey German

Venezuela: revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

Venezuela: revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

The choice in Venezuela is stark; social progress versus extreme reaction and US intervention. We should be clear which side we are on argues Matt Willgress ...

November 11, 2014 Matthew Willgress

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Following the British establishment's undemocratic attempt to undermine the twice-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets it's clear whose side we should be on argues...

November 6, 2014 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

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Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Chris Nineham argues that two new Marxist books about social movements reflect a common tendency to downplay the conscious, organised element in the way chan...

November 14, 2014 Chris Nineham

The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914

The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914

A new account of the weeks before the outbreak of World War I explodes the myth that Britain played an in any way commendable role in the events that led to ...

November 7, 2014 Dominic Alexander

A Marxist History of the Second World War

A Marxist History of the Second World War

Chris Bambery’s account of World War II shows how imperialist schemes and interests meant that it was far from a simple story of a heroic struggle against fa...

October 29, 2014 Peter Stäuber

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Arundhati Roy’s essays depict Indian society in all its extreme inequality, but also show how some of the poorest people in the world have been fighting back...

October 22, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Crisis and Control: The Militarisation of Protest Policing

Crisis and Control: The Militarisation of Protest Policing

In a period of social and economic crisis, Crisis and Control by Lesley J Wood, provides an understanding of the state logic that leads to increased police m...

October 15, 2014 Adam Tomes

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

The urgency of action on climate change is undeniable, but Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work, shows clearly why capitalism is the problem, argues Marienna ...

October 8, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

Internationalism is not only possible, it is the necessary answer to the neoliberal assault analysed in Vijay Prashad’s, The Poorer Nations, argues Samir Dat...

October 1, 2014 Samir Dathi

The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

Selina Todd’s The People is a very welcome and successful assertion of the centrality of working-class experience and power in the history of the twentieth c...

September 24, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital

PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital

PolyluxMarx is an innovative and valuable introduction to Marx’s Capital, finds Sean Ledwith, despite a few disagreements in method and theory ...

September 18, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Lindsey German welcomes a new edition of a classic of Marxist Women’s Liberation theory, which opens up rich debates over the nature and origins of women’s o...

September 12, 2014 Lindsey German

Theory

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Where next for the student revolt?

Where next for the student revolt?

The student revolt of the past few weeks has changed the face of British politics, creating tensions in the fragile Con-Dem coalition government, confronting po...

December 23, 2010 James Meadway

Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society

Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society

Free to download or read online this short book by John Rees draws on the experience of recent mass movements and past revolutions to suggest ways in which the ...

April 20, 2011 John Rees

Greece and the European Crisis

Greece and the European Crisis

The crisis in Europe has reached its first great political turning point. James Meadway examines the dramatic developments in Greece and explains their signific...

June 11, 2012 James Meadway

Women’s history

Women’s history

Lindsey German looks at the history of the women's movement, the massive changes to the lives of women and the theoretical responses to women's oppression ...

February 7, 2013 Lindsey German

Riots: the voice of the powerless

Riots: the voice of the powerless

The response to the wave of riots that swept England this week is finely balanced between those denouncing the rioters as hooligans and those talking about pov...

August 11, 2011 Neil Faulkner

Iran: revolution, Islamism and the left

Iran: revolution, Islamism and the left

The prophet and the proletariat, first published in International Socialism in 1994 and later issued as a pamphlet, was one of Chris Harman's most sophisticated...

June 25, 2010 Chris Harman Introduced by Alex Snowdon

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