Marx and the national question
Marx's understanding of the fight for self-determination at national level as a step on the road to socialism is useful for us today, argues Chris Bambery
The limits of Keynesianism part one: John Maynard Keynes and orthodox economics
In the first part of our series considering the merits and pitfalls of Keynesian economics, Dominic Alexander looks at the history of Keynes' contribution
The Windrush scandal: It's time to deport Theresa May from office
This terrible scandal shows us that racism is driven primarily from the top of society, not the bottom, argues Kevin Ovenden
A pointless but dangerous display of gesture bombing in Syria
The decision to bomb Syria was a pathetic display of supposed strength by declining imperial powers, argues Chris Nineham
France Insoumise: What is it and where is it going?
As a massive wave of strikes continues in France, what forces might propose a mass political alternative to Macron? John Mullen discusses the party being led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon
Brazil: Neoliberalismo versus Democracy (Portuguese Version)
A raiz do golpe constitucional no Brasil está na tentativa de Lula e Dilma de unir uma democracia inclusiva com a lógica excludente do neoliberalismo, consta Orlando Hill.
The Corbyn Moment - video
Some clips from the speeches made at The Corbyn Moment event in London filmed and edited by Paul Merron
Bloody Friday in Gaza: a great return massacre
An unarmed, civilian protest from a people who have been oppressed for decades, results in bloodshed and massacre.
Revolt on the Clyde - book review
William Gallacher’s account of the early-twentieth-century socialist movement in Glasgow shows how we can challenge our rulers today, argues Richard Allday
When the ruling class can't rule in the old way - weekly briefing
The establishment is losing control, but there is a way out for them, if the left lets its guard down, warns John Rees
A Redder Shade of Green - book review
Ian Angus’ essays range across many issues at the intersection of politics and environmental science, illuminating the meaning of ecosocialism, finds Kevin Crane
Corbynism was to a large extent a response to Pasokification
In his speech at 'The Corbyn Moment', Alex Nunns argues that it's participation which will be critical in avoiding the perils of Pasokification
Did the West provoke this crisis with Russia?
A US army study, 'Is the Next Global Conflict Imminent?', suggests NATO expansion is the key driver of tension with Russia
The Young Karl Marx - film review
This portrait of the most important thinker of the modern age shows a man who was much much more than the popular caricature of a grey beard
The SPD, grand coalitions, and European social democracy
In Germany, the left is at a crossroads, and what path it takes depends on the strength of the movements, argues Evan Sedgwick-Jell
Environmental entropy is inescapable in capitalism
No truly effective green politics can do without a coherent argument against the capitalist mode of production, argues Nathan Street
Alternative models and silent revolutions
After years on the back foot, Labour has shown that ideas of worker-led ownership are back in play
The return of idealism: identity and the politics of oppression
The pervasion of identity politics limits our ability to truly liberate ourselves from oppression, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh
You don't hate snow, you hate capitalism
As a blast of cold Siberian air has frozen the UK over, Tim Hinson explains how increasing temperatures in the Arctic is to blame
Automation: the future, but what future?
We cannot consider automation without taking into account the mode of production in which it's operating, argues Nathan Street
People have been building socialist organisations for a very long time. Karen Buckley discusses some ways to do it in the 21st century
Obituary: A Sivanandan (1923-2018)
Siva’s understanding of race, class and imperialism, and of humanity in general, will continue to inspire resistance to injustice and hope for socialism
Capitalism and technology: are robots going to take over - video
At a London meeting, Marxist economist Michael Roberts discusses whether or not the robot takeover is inevitable, and would advancement lead to living standards improving or further exploitation
Alabama: you cannot be a socialist and an elitist
You cannot understand the Alabama result if you divide and deride working class voters. Throw out elite centrism and look at class, argues Kevin Ovenden
Arthur Ransome on the Russian Revolution
100 years on from the October revolution, Judy Cox introduces Arthur Ransome's pamphlet
The Truth about Russia
The return of the S-word in the US
As market fundamentalism is falling out of favour, especially among the young, socialist ideas are gaining traction, writes Des Freedman
The current struggle in Brazil and the need to build a left-wing alternative
It is necessary to go beyond electoral politics and build a movement from below that can mobilise all those who intend to combat austerity and the threat of fascism, argues Leonardo Pericles
Who was James Connolly?
In the first of our series looking at significant revolutionary figures, Chris Bambery asks what Irish republican James Connolly can tell us about the link between national liberation struggles and the fight for socialism
The most stunning pictures from the protest at the Tory party conference
As the Tories held their conference in Manchester, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in opposition to a government that is hanging on by a thread
Durham Miners' Gala: celebrating resistance
Jeremy Corbyn will be speaking at the historic Durham Miners' Gala, off the back of a magnificent surge in support
Le Tour: Nothing to lose but our chains
As the annual cycling spectacle of the Tour De France begins, Mark Perryman argues the case for two wheels good
Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital
Jason Moore shows that capitalism is innately destructive of its environment, but the solution is revolutionary socialist organisation, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh
Why you should join Counterfire
We need a dynamic, combative left, fit for the 21st century
Resisting the erasure of the legacy of Georg Lukács
Right-wing governments can destroy statues, but to destroy the memory and the intellectual legacy of Lukács is impossible - Anita Zsurzsan reports from The Legacy of Georg Lukács: An International Conference
Re-examine revolution, but don't abandon it
Re-examine revolution, but surely now is not the time to abandon it. Chris Nineham reviews
Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution
Fantastic march for our NHS
A huge 'Our NHS' demonstration was passionately addressed by Jeremy Corbyn. He must be a part of the movement for change, argues Lindsey German
Event commemorating the Russian Revolution, linking it to today's struggles, was big success for revolutionary left, reports Vladimir Unkovski-Korica
Lenin's State and Revolution
The Revolution 1917 event is this Saturday 25th Feb at Rich Mix London
. Lenin's State and Revolution offers crucial insights to those campaigning to change the world 100 years later, explains Paul Vernell
Socialists and mass protest: thoughts on the Women's Marches
How should socialists orient to mass protests?
Red Rosa. A graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg
Kate Evans’ graphic biography,
, is an entertaining, innovative and perceptive account of Rosa Luxemburg, finds Elaine Graham-Leigh
Debating revolution today: Leon Trotsky in the 21st century
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica looks at the legacy of Trotsky and ‘Trotskyism’ today. This is an adapted version of a speech given at Counterfire conference which took place on 3
The Candidate: the summer coup - extract
In an extract from
The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power
, Alex Nunns describes a dramatic day in the attempted coup against Corbyn
10 points about Trump
We must fight for an alternative to barbarism, argues Lindsey German
The October Revolution
As the centennial of the Russian Revolution approaches, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica looks at the events of the October Revolution
Remembering Gerry Jones
A tribute remembering Gerry Jones: trade unionist, organiser and socialist, who constantly fought for fairness, writes Penny Hicks
Rosa Luxemburg: reform or revolution?
The life of the influential revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg provides inspiration and lessons for today, writes Judy Cox
Crowds and Party
Jodi Dean in
Crowds and Party
boldly reasserts the need for socialist organisation, as a necessary antidote to neoliberal individualism, finds Lindsey German
Corbyn: how to play the media
Des Freedman considers the pitfalls of delivering a socialist message on a hostile media terrain
A Hidden History Of The Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerillas' Victory
When is a revolution socialist? Recent books on Cuba show the importance of revolutionary organisation for the working class, argues Dominic Alexander
Crisis of reformism: Corbyn, Sanders and the left
The re-election of Corbyn is key, but an increase in the level of class struggle is critical to lasting success, argues Lindsey German
Corbyn up against the establishment
Alex Snowdon takes a look at the current conjecture in relation to the Labour leadership contest, and the questions facing the wider movement
No time for faint hearts
We have got this far by being radical, argues Chris Nineham, and now is not the time to moderate the message
The fight is on - help us hit our campaign target
We need your help to finance the resistance
To stop the far right we must oppose the EU
Kevin Ovenden argues for an internationalist approach to the European crisis in the second half of a two-part series on the European question
Socialism… Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation
is an entertaining and witty introduction to socialism, finds Ralph Graham-Leigh
Against Capitalist Education
Against Capitalist Education
is a striking call for education to be freed of the straightjacket of the capitalist market, finds Phil Armstrong
Parliament and people power: the left and the movements after the demonstration
As the Tories' trauma continues, Chris Nineham sketches out a strategy for radical change
Where have all the flowers gone?
Mark Perryman of
reviews the new wave of rebel music
The Conquest of Bread
The Conquest of Bread,
reveals problems of radical politics and organisation that remain vital today, argues Dominic Alexander
Europe and socialist strategy
Kevin Ovenden examines the various politics strategies on offer from the European left
Paul Robeson: erased from history - podcast
Portraying Paul Robeson on the 40th anniversary of his death, actor Tayo Aluko talks to us about this prodigiously talented singer, actor and socialist
Feeling the Bern: can Sanders beat Clinton?
In challenging the corporatist and status quoist politics of Clinton, Sanders has become an electoral lightning rod for the movements, argues Sean Ledwith
Where next, after Syriza? A view from the left in South-Eastern Europe
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica analyses some of the challenges faced by activists trying to re-build the radical left in the Balkans and Eastern Europe since 1989
Rosa Luxemburg on parliament and political power - key texts
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica introduces a chapter from
Reform or Revolution
by Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg as part of our 'key texts' series
The Sanders surge: Occupy hits the ballot box
The Iowan Democrat caucus photo finish reveals a major fault line in the US political consensus, reports Mark Dee Smith
Is Marxism still relevant? Key texts
The 'S' word is back. Here Chris Nineham introduces a brilliant short defence of Marxism by Tony Cliff as part of our 'key texts' series
Podemos comeback has broken the Spanish deadlock
The result of the Spanish election is a major breakthrough for the left in Spain and beyond
The necessary gravedigger
Socialism is back on the agenda as an alternative social model in Lebowitz's
, but we cannot do without the revolutionary party, argues Kit Klarenberg
Jez we did! A landslide for hope
Corbyn's election represents a decisive rejection of Blairism, a vote against austerity and against war, and a vote for peace and justice. The possibilities opened up now are immense
The end of Blairism: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the left
New Labour orthodoxies, dominant in the Labour Party for at least two decades, are crumbling writes Alex Snowdon
Classic texts 2: a summary of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism - an infantile disorder
The question for Lenin was: do you stand on the side lines, or engage in joint activity, including electoral activity, in order to break the hold of those who were fudging the issue of reform and revolution?
The principles of liberation: how Lenin rescued Marx
Chris Nineham reviews '
Reconstructing Lenin. An intellectual biography
' by Tamas Krausz
Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?
As Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour leader gains seemingly unstoppable momentum, John Rees looks at some of the debates on the left at the time of the formation of the Labour Party
Labour and socialism: six of the best
The runaway success of Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for the Labour leadership is focusing the attention of the left on the Labour Party's history and prospects in a way not seen for a generation. John Rees provides a guide to essential reading
What's behind the Corbyn surge and why it matters
As underdog becomes front-runner Chris Nineham looks at the factors behind the Corbyn surge
South Africa after Marikana: an interview with Trevor Ngwane
South African socialist and anti-apartheid activist Trevor Ngwane is interviewed by Susan Newman
How Labour lost and how the Left can win: Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Jones and Lindsey German | Dangerous Times 2015
Video from the session 'How Labour lost and how the Left can win' at Dangerous Times Festival 2015. Produced by Paul Hanes
Social Democracy, Mass Movements and Revolution: John Rees at Dangerous Times 2015
John Rees speaking at Dangerous Times Festival 2015. Video by Paul Hanes
Why Marx's Manifesto is still a revolutionary bestseller
The new Penguin edition of Karl Marx’s
The Communist Manifesto
was an immediate bestseller. It’s even on sale in Tesco’s. Katherine Connelly explains why this book should be on your shopping list
Radical: what’s in a word?
No solution can be really radical that attempts to avoid, diminish or circumvent the direct participation of the masses argues John Rees
Corbyn is in the leadership race – don't just celebrate, organise!
Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign gives us all an opportunity to profile socialist ideas and rebuild popular left organisation on the ground argues Chris Nineham
Jeremy Corbyn or Blairism Mark 2: a turning point for the Labour left?
The fate of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership bid should mark a turning point for the Labour left writes Lindsey German
E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays and Polemics
Enduring problems of class, class consciousness and political organisation are illuminated in this important new collection of E. P. Thompson’s essays, finds Dominic Alexander
What makes a movement?
Change comes from mass action by working people - and as the movement grows, socialist organisation in the movement needs to grow too writes Chris Nineham
It will be up to the radicals and revolutionaries to make the case for an effective, modern reformism - a minimum set of demands, as a prelude to further radicalization - argues James Meadway
1945 - 2015 Whatever happened to the politics of hope?
Few outside of Scotland would claim to have been inspired by the General Election campaign, Mark Perryman previews a post-election seminar which will ask why?
Why one Guardian writer should be heading to Tesco’s this May Day
May Day article misrepresents Marx and detracts from the critical lessons learned from his life and work argues Susan Newman
Marx for Today
Buy online: an essential and accessible summary of the foundations of Marx’s thought
Eyes on the prize: the election and beyond
The consensus at the centre of British politics is being prised open - and with this comes an opportunity to build a mass, radical left across this island
Revolution in a day: an introduction to the theory and practice of radical change | London 18 April
A radical day school providing an essential introduction to the theory and practice of radical change
The Benn Heresy
Alan Freeman’s classic analysis of Tony Benn and his role in the labour movement is sympathetic but critical, and remains highly relevant, argues James Doran
Greek election: by their infomercials, ye shall know them
Kevin Ovenden looks at the party election broadcasts and what they say about the parties in his sixth dispatch from Greece
Dispatches from hope: a primer on the Greek election
The fight is on for an alternative to neoliberalism. In the first of a regular series of reports from Greece, Kevin Ovenden explains the significance of this month's Greek general election
Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine
Leninism, so frequently misunderstood, is shown to be of vital relevance for contemporary politics in Paul Le Blanc,
, argues Alex Snowdon
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 change happens
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
Capitalism and social democracy in crisis: an interview with John Bellamy Foster
Following the fantastic global demonstrations for action on climate change a few weeks ago, which saw hundreds of thousands protest around the world, we republish this interview between Bill Blackwater and Marxist ecologist John Bellamy Foster
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 Pope-Weidemann
A breath of fresh air
Mark Perryman reviews an exceptionally strong list of autumn political reading
PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital
is an innovative and valuable introduction to Marx’s
, finds Sean Ledwith, despite a few disagreements in method and theory
An Impatient Life: A Memoir
Daniel Bensaïd’s memoir of a life as a socialist in France provides an engaging account of a revolutionary life during the 1960s and after, finds William Booth
Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire
The importance and coherence of Sylvia Pankhurst’s lifelong activism is revealed by Katherine Connelly’s grasp of her political commitments, making this book an important new account her life
The ABC of Socialism: becoming a socialist
The first chapter of our recently republished book
'The ABC of Socialism'
by John Rees
The ABC of Socialism
John Rees introduces a new reprint of his popular book in the preface reproduced here
Alternatives to austerity: The ABC of socialism
John Rees talks at the Dangerous Times Festival 2014
The second world war: A Marxist analysis
Chris Bambery at Dangerous Times festival, Rich Mix, East London, 1 June 2014
Socialism and war: the war against war
In the final part of '
Socialism and War
' John Rees argues that the only war that can end war is the class war
Socialism and war: socialists and war
In the third part of '
Socialism and War
' John Rees argues that we should oppose our own imperialist governments and their wars
Socialism and war: Labour and war
In the second part of
'Socialism and War'
John Rees looks at the record of the Labour Party and imperialism
Socialism and war: capitalism and war
In the first part of '
Socialism and War
' John Rees looks at capitalism and war
The Scottish Lenin: the life and legacy of John Maclean
John Maclean's name remains a byword for radical socialism - he left a lasting impression on the social history of Glasgow and Scotland writes Sean Leadwith
Clara Zetkin: oppression, class, and socialism
Lindsey German responds to John Riddell's
Clara Zetkin in the Lion’s Den
Towards a Marxist critique of ‘privilege theory’
A contribution by Tad Tietze to an
ongoing debate on Marxism and 'privilege theory'
originally published on the
US Socialist Worker
website. Tad blogs at
Marx on Gender and the Family: A critical study
Marx on Gender
shows the importance of Marx’s writing on the issue, while offering some perspectives to be criticised, argues Lindsey German
Video: what do Marxists say about feminism? Kate Connelly
Feminism remains a source of debate on the left. What do women's liberation and socialism have in common, and what keeps them apart? Kate Connelly looks at a sometimes difficult history and assesses where oppression comes from
Video: Terry Eagleton: why Marx was right
Economic catastrophe has put Marx back on the agenda. Was he right all along? Terry Eagleton makes the case in this video of his talk at
Dangerous Ideas for Dangerous Times
Leninism for Dangerous Times
What can we learn from Lenin about how we organise to transform society? Paul Le Blanc provides some answers in this text of his talk presented at
Dangerous Ideas for Dangerous Times
, 31 May 2013
Video: 'A Marxist History of the World: From Neanderthals to Neoliberals'
From the dawn of humanity to the greatest crisis to confront the human race, Neil Faulkner introduces his new book. Video by Fourmanfilms
A Marxist History of The World: From Neanderthals to Neoliberals
This analysis of human history from hominids to the current Great Recession combines the insights of earlier Marxist historians with radical new ideas about the historical process
Introduction to Lenin’s Left-Wing Communism – An Infantile Disorder
Marx 101 is a series of meetings to introduce the Marxist classics to activists in the twenty first century. Elaine Graham Leigh concludes the present series with a look at Lenin's
Introduction to Lenin’s State and Revolution
Marx 101 is a series of meetings and resources designed to introduce the Marxist classics to activists in the twenty first century. Neil Faulkner begins the series with a look at the Marxist theory of the state
A Marxist History of the World: Making the future
Historian Neil Faulkner concludes
A Marxist History of the World
by looking at what that history can tell us about the possibility for radical social change
A Marxist History of the World part 106: The Second Great Depression
Four years after the beginning of the crisis, the neoliberal elite is trapped by the contradictions of the system on which its wealth depends, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 105: The 2008 Crash: from bubble to black hole
The financial crisis represents the end of an era in which greed and casino-madness had been given free rein by market deregulation and rising debt
A Marxist History of the World part 104: 2001: 9/11, the War on Terror, and the New Imperialism
The Al-Qaida terror attacks allowed the great powers to justify new imperialist wars to safeguard the interests of global capital, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 103: 1989: the fall of Stalinism
The revolutions of 1989 represent great victories for mass action, but they were limited in effect, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 102: What is neoliberalism?
The ‘free-market’ theory provides a pseudo-scientific justification for the greed and poverty endemic to the system, and the main beneficiaries are the global mega-corporations of neoliberal capitalism
Marx for Today - review
A new collection of essays helps to rediscover the real Marx, and defends him against recent critics, but questions of strategy remain, argues Tom Whittaker
A Marxist History of the World part 101: The Long Recession
By the early 1970s, the levers of state economic management had stopped working and the world economy entered a long period of stagnation
A Marxist History of the World part 100:1968-1975: the workers’ revolt
As the crisis of capitalism spread around the world, the working class took centre stage – but the revolt did not result in successful revolution anywhere, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 99: 1968 - the long sleep ends
The long sleep of the post-war period was brought to an end in 1968, as revolts erupted across the developed world, writes Neil Faulkner
An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital
Michael Heinrich’s newly translated introduction to
is lucid and succinct in outlining Marx’s revolutionary economics
A Marxist History of the World part 98: The Vietnam War
Neil Faulkner explains how an army of peasant guerrillas managed to defeat US imperialism in a full-scale war
Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life
Trotsky’s eventful life is a natural story for biographers, but the key thing is to engage with his real politics rather than textbook caricature, argues Peter Stauber
A Marxist History of the World part 97: Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution
The reforms that Fidel Castro introduced after the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship were real, but they were bestowed from above and straitjacketed by poverty, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 96:1956: Hungary and Suez
1956 was a year of war, revolution, and disillusionment – a year after which nothing could ever be quite the same again, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 95: Oil, Zionism, and Western Imperialism
British support for the Zionist movement led to the foundation of Israel in 1948. In conjunction with US imperialism, the Israeli state is an enduring source of oppression in the Middle East
A Marxist History of the World part 94: End of Empire?
In spite of the imperialist powers' attempts to cling on to their colonies, formal empire was finished by the late 1970s. But this was not the end of imperialism, writes Neil Faulkner
The real Lenin
Lars Lih’s recent biography of Lenin overturns textbook distortions and gets us back to the real Lenin that is needed for the movement, argues Alistair Stephens
A Marxist History of the World part 93: Maoist China
After the revolution of 1949, the Chinese Communists resorted to state capitalism to force the country’s industrialisation. The consequences were disastrous, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 92: The Great Boom
In the first three decades after the war, the world economy experienced unprecedented growth rates and falling unemployment. But the boom rested on unstable foundations, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 91: The Cold War
The Second World War had created a world divided between two imperialist blocs. Their nuclear arsenals acted as a ‘deterrent’, but rivalry and suspicion meant that war was never far away
Trotsky: Writings in Exile
Alex Snowdon recommends a collection of Trotsky’s that gives access to some of the best Marxist writing on a wide range of subjects
A Marxist History of the World part 90: The Second World War: resistance
Large parts of Occupied Europe were liberated by local resistance movements. But the potential for a revolutionary transformation was smothered at birth, writes Neil Faulkner
Winning the argument for revolution: Trotsky and the Transitional Programme
Chris Bambery discusses Trotsky's attempts to use transitional demands to relate socialist ideas to the real world
A Marxist History of the World part 89: 1941-1945: barbarism in a world gone mad
The Second World War was characterised by primeval savagery. Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Militarist Japan waged war with unprecedented brutality, but the ‘democracies’ also committed terrible war crimes
A Marxist History of the World part 88: The Second World War
With the great powers fighting to defend their empires, the Second World War would re-divide the world between competing blocs of capitalists, writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 87: The Causes of the Second World War
As Hitler sought to expand Germany's sphere of influence in Europe, Britain's policy of appeasement reflected the interests of the British ruling classes – until German power became overwhelming
A Marxist History of the World part 86: The Spanish Civil War
In 1936, after General Franco had led an unsuccessful coup against a democratically elected government, revolution swept across Spain. Neil Faulkner explains why the workers were ultimately defeated
A Marxist History of the World part 85: June 1936: the French general strike and factory occupations
In the mid-1930s French workers launched a wave of strikes and occupations. Neil Faulkner explains how the Stalinised Communist Party worked to contain this resistance
A Marxist History of the World part 84: State Capitalism in Russia
By the end of the 1920s, Stalin's party-state apparatus had become the dominant force in Russian society. A bureaucratic ruling class treated all forms of dissent and resistance as crimes against the state
A Marxist History of the World part 83: 1933: the Nazi seizure of power
By the early 1930s, the German ruling class was determined to use the Nazis to make the world safe for German capital. But the fascist victory was not inevitable – it resulted from a failure of revolutionary leadership
A Marxist History of the World part 82: The Hungry Thirties
Beginning with the Wall Street Crash in 1929, the world economy entered the Great Depression. The misguided policies that world leaders pursued ensured that millions of lives were torn apart.
A Marxist History of the World part 81: The Roaring Twenties
Although the 'American Dream' became a reality for millions in the 1920s, it was built on shaky grounds - the huge speculative bubble that was building up on Wall Street was waiting to collapse
Chris Walsh explores Antonio Gramsci as a Leninist, the originality of his thinking and the relevance of Gramsci today
Why reading Marx's Das Kapital still matters
Mike Wayne discusses his new book:
Marx's Das Kapital for beginners
and why reading Marx is still relevant today
A Marxist History of the World part 80: Stalinism: the bitter fruit of revolutionary defeat
Neil Faulkner looks at the time when the Bolshevik regime turned in on itself and morphed into a mockery of its socialist ideals.
Sofka: The princess who became a communist
Tansy Hoskins reviews the play Sofka based on the biography of the Red Princess; Sofka Dolgorouky
A Marxist History of the World part 79: Revolt in the Colonies
The anti-colonial revolts of the early 20
century were inspired by radical ideas, but, as the examples of Ireland, India and Mexico show, history exacts a heavy price for political timidity.
A Marxist History of the World part 78: The First Chinese Revolution
In 1927, the Chinese nationalists smashed the country's first working-class revolutionary movement – a defeat that would shape the whole subsequent history of China.
A Marxist History of the World part 77: World Revolution
In the five years after the First World War, revolutionary contagion spread around the world. It showed the extraordinary possibilities that arise when the masses become active in making their own history.
Trotsky’s ‘French Turn’: Lessons from crisis and radicalisation in Europe’s past
How should revolutionaries relate to the new Left rising up across Europe? Chris Bambery argues lessons can be learned from the approach Leon Trotsky took to this question in the mid-1930s
A Marxist History of the World part 76: Italy’s ‘Two Red Years’
Like Germany, Italy was on the brink of revolution in the summer of 1920, after the strains of imperialist war had levered open deep fractures in an unstable social order.
A Marxist History of the World part 75: The German Revolution
At the end of the First World War, the epicentre of revolution moved from Petrograd to Berlin. Why did the German communists fail where the Bolsheviks had succeded?
A Marxist History of the World part 74: 1918: how the war ended
After four years of carnage, the First World War finally came to an end when the Central Powers collapsed and revolution spread to Germany, writes Neil Faulkner.
A Marxist History of the World part 73: 1917: the October Insurrection
The October revolution was an expression of the democratic will of millions of workers, soldiers, sailors, and peasants writes Neil Faulkner
A Marxist History of the World part 72: February to October: the rhythms of revolution
The situation of 'dual power' that emerged after the overthrow of the Tsar in February 1917 was marked by a series of major political crises.
Dangerous Video: The Impossible Communism
Communism has a bad name. Its either authoritarian or a crazy utopia which can never work. Jonathon Shafi discusses whether communism is an impossible dream or a model of cooperation.
A Marxist History of the World part 71: Dual power: the mechanics of revolution
The centuries old Russian monarchy was overthrown in a matter of days in February 1917. Neil Faulkner looks at the months of turmoil that followed
A Marxist History of the World part 70: 1917: the February Revolution
As WWI turned into a protracted, bloody struggle the initial enthusiasm gave way to growing class tensions which exploded first in Russia's February Revolution.
An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln
Robin Blackburn offers an exciting new perspective on Marx's interpretation of the American Civil War that puts the question of slavery back at its heart, argues Katherine Connelly.
A Marxist History of the World part 69: The First World War
Neil Faulkner looks at how capitalism plunged humanity into an abyss of carnage, destruction, and waste without precedent, as mass production methods produced industrialised slaughter.
A Marxist History of the World part 68: 1914: descent into barbarism
In the summer of 1914 capitalism tipped humanity into an abyss of barbarism that would leave millions dead. Neil Faulkner looks at the First World War.
A Marxist History of the World part 67: Reform or Revolution?
The world Socialist movement was blown apart as its members supported the First World War. Neil Faulkner looks at how the question of reform or revolution lay behind the split.
A Marxist History of the World part 66: The Ottoman Empire and the 1908 ‘Young Turk’ Revolution
Neil Faulkner looks at how the revolution that began in Turkey in 1908 initiated a process that would transform the middle east over the following two decades.
A Marxist History of the World part 65: The 1905 Revolution: Russia’s great dress rehearsal
Neil Faulkner looks at how the Russian Revolution of 1905 helped Leon Trotsky formulate an answer to the century-old riddle of Russian history: what form must the revolution take in order to be victorious.
A Marxist History of the World part 64: What is Imperialism?
Neil Faulkner looks at how the growth of giant monopolies and the fusing of industrial, bank, and state capital created global competition - and the roots of World War I.
A Marxist History of the World part 63: The Rape of China
Neil Faulkner looks at the impact of western imperialism's repeated and bloody attempts to control the wealth of China
A Marxist History of the World part 62: The Scramble for Africa
The imperial competition to control Africa spawned a predatory colonialism of mines, plantations, and machine-guns and propelled humanity towards industrialised world war writes Neil Faulkner.
How does history work? Marx 101 video and notes
Neil Faulkner provides an overview of the main terms and concepts plus basic reading material for his Marx 101 session on the Marxist theory of history.
A Marxist History of the World part 61: The Long Depression, 1873-1896
Neil Faulkner writes about the The Long Depression – an unprecedented economic slump which started the countdown to the First World War.
A Marxist History of the World part 60: The Paris Commune: the face of proletarian revolution
The Franco-Prussian war produced the first proletarian revolution in history, and showed to the world for the first time what a workers’ state looks like.
A Marxist History of the World part 59: The Franco-Prussian War
In this week's chapter of the
series Neil Faulkner looks at how Germany’s ruling elite brought about a bourgeois revolution ‘from above’.
A Marxist History of the World part 58: The Meiji Restoration
An event which would shape the history of the Far East until 1945, Japan’s bourgeois revolution ‘from above’ is explored by Neil Faulkner in this week's Marxist History.
A Marxist History of the World part 57: The American Civil War
One hundred and fifty years ago North America saw the start of a revolutionary war fought between rival systems and opposing political ideologies. Neil Faulkner looks at The American Civil War.
A Marxist History of the World part 56: The Indian Mutiny
The Indian Mutiny was the subcontinent’s first war of independence, with Indians of different ethnic and religious backgrounds fighting side-by-side despite the divide and rule fostered by the British.
Party and class: lessons from the birth of British Communism
How socialists relate to the working class has always been a source of tension within the socialist tradition. Chris Bambery suggests that the early years of British Communism provide lessons that are still very relevant to debates today.
A Marxist History of the World part 55: The Making of the Working Class
The development of capitalism entails two complementary processes. The first, explored in
54, is competitive capital accumulation. The second, explored here, is the making – and continual re-making – of the working class.
Tony Cliff: A Marxist for his Time
The recent monumental biography of Tony Cliff, one of the great post-war Marxist organisers and theorists, is a highly readable and valuable account of the man’s long life in the movement, and will be a permanent classic.
A Marxist History of the World part 54: What is Capitalism?
In this critical chapter of his world history, Neil Faulkner explores capitalism and what it means from the Industrial Revolution to the present day.
David Harvey: History versus theory, a commentary on Marx's method in Capital
Video of Marxist historian David Harvey speaking in London on November 11 in an event organised by
The Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Committee
, in conjunction with
A Marxist History of the World part 53: What is Marxism?
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the complex history of Marxism - and how capitalism produced its own gravediggers.
Why Marx was Right - Terry Eagleton Marxist Critic and Author
Why Marx was Right - Terry Eagleton Marxist Critic and Author
A Marxist History of the World part 52: The 1848 Revolutions
Even when progress is reversed, some hard-won gains are permanent. Neil Faulkner examines how the counter-revolution in 1848 failed to entirely turn the clock back.
A Marxist History of the World part 51: the origins of the Labour Movement
Capitalism's industrial revolution gave birth to its own gravediggers, argues Neil Faulkner as he examines the rise and fall of Chartism.
A Marxist History of the World part 50: The Industrial Revolution
Frederick Engels was sent to Manchester, centre of the Industrial Revolution, to dispel his radicalism. Instead it made him the revolutionary he is remembered as today, Neil Faulkner explains.
A Marxist History of the World part 49: The French Revolution - Themidor, Directory and Napoleon
In his third chapter on the French Revolution, Neil Faulkner discusses the contradictions of bourgeois revolution - but celebrates the gains it won.
A Marxist History of the World Part 48: The French Revolution - The Jacobin Dictatorship
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the rise of the Jacobin dictatorship and the ever-present threat of counter-revolution in 18th Century France.
A Marxist History of the World part 47: The French Revolution - Storming of the Bastille
In the latest of his series on the Marxist understanding of history, Neil Faulkner explores revolution and counter-revolution in 18th-Century France.
A Marxist History of the World part 46: The American Revolution
In 1764, Americans thought of themselves as British subjects of King George III. By 1788, they would, by their own decisions and actions, have made themselves the free citizens of a new republic forged in revolution and war.
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