The Storm Clouds Gather: Is there a future for the European Union?
The gathering crisis in European Union should make it clear the EU provides no haven from racism or austerity
Culture as Politics: Selected Writings of Christopher Caudwell - book extract
David Margolies gives an introduction to a new edition of writings by Christopher Caudwell
Karl Marx: before all else a revolutionist
200 years since Marx’s birth and 170 years after the 1848 revolutions, Katherine Connelly reflects on Marx’s revolutionary contribution
Who Was Karl Marx?
The world has changed dramatically since Marx's day, but his ideas could not be more relevant, writes Dragan Plavsic
Marx200: the Paris Commune and the Marx family
The Paris Commune only lasted from 28 March to 28 May 1871 but it inspired Karl Marx and continues to inspire and inform socialists today argues Judy Cox
A win for women in Ireland, a reminder of what's holding back the North
After the victory for Yes today, the reactionary politics holding Northern Ireland back is a construct of British imperialism, argues Reuben Bard-Rosenberg
University of Bristol students march for mental health services
Students at the University of Bristol demonstrated in huge numbers this Friday to protest inadequate mental health provision, reports Steven Cooper
Change is coming: be a part of it
The upcoming National People’s Assembly, is a necessary step towards refreshing and refocusing the anti-austerity movement
Two sides of a city: homelessness and the royal wedding
We cannot turn a blind eye to the class cleansing where homeless people are moved on whilst royal wedding fans camp out unhindered
Royal wedding alienation
Marx200: Why do working class people get swept up in the orchestrated, costly drama of a Royal wedding? The answer lies in Marx’s theory of alienation.
The limits of Keynesianism part 5: can the working class make advances within capitalism?
In the final part of our series, Dominic Alexander looks at how working class advancement means moving beyond the confines of reformism
'Just do it': the politics of fighting precarity
Richard Allday reminds us that we need to work together; we can’t be socialists on our own
Be part of a socialist organisation committed to fundamental change
We have a once in a generation chance for change, and must take it
The limits of Keynesianism part 4: the Keynesian attack on the labour theory of value
In the fourth part of our series, Dominic Alexander looks at the problems with Keynesian critiques of Marx's labour theory of value
After Windrush: this racist government must go - Counterfire Freesheet May 2018
Windrush, May 68, Palestine, UCU strike, Marx and more - Counterfire freesheet edition 025, May 2018
Was Marx an economist? What was his contribution to economics?
In her speech at 'Why Marx Was Right', Susan Newman argues that Marx's analysis of capitalism goes against everything modern economics stands for
Why Paul Mason is wrong about Marx
On the bicentenary of Karl Marx's birth, Paul Mason writes about the relevance of Marx today. Dragan Plavšić explains where he gets it wrong
Marx matters more than ever - weekly briefing
There’s still only one thinker who not only explains the horrors of capitalism but also offers an escape route, writes Lindsey German
The limits of Keynesianism part three: Marx, Keynes and the analysis of the trade cycle
In the third part of our series on Keynesianism, Dominic Alexander looks at cycles, crisis, and why Keynesianism always looks to fix capitalism
Marxism in 800 words
As we approach Karl Marx's 200th birthday, Alex Snowdon summarises Marx's key ideas in as few words as possible
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Marx on his 200th birthday
On 5 May, leading Marxists are getting together to celebrate Marx’s 200
birthday. Chris Nineham argues why the event matters so much.
Windrush and antisemitism: who’s weaponising what?
The Tories are astonishingly trying to turn the windrush scandal into a knock for Labour and Shabbir Lakha argues that it must not stick
Systemic Islamophobia in Britain has deadly consequences
The political mainstream's cynical use of Islamophobia leads directly to death and heartbreak, argues Maz Saleem
The limits of Keynesianism part two: the assumptions Keynes makes
In the second part of our series on Keynesianism, Dominic Alexander outlines the economic and philosophical underpinnings of Keynesian thought
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
Brazil: Neoliberalism versus Democracy - book review
The root of the constitutional coup in Brazil lay in Lula and Rousseff’s attempt to marry inclusive democracy with the exclusionary logic of neoliberalism, finds Orlando Hill
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.
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
The Face of Modern Racism
With a refugee crisis of epic proportions, we must be part of the solution, argues Sean Ledwith
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
Are we having a party or a moment?
If Corbynism is to be more than a moment, Mark Perryman argues this requires new kinds of left politics
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
Marx the ecologist
Some criticise Marx as anti-environmental, but understanding his ecology is essential to grasping his critique of capitalism, finds Elaine Graham-Leigh
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
Studies in Pre-Capitalist Modes of Production - book review
This collection of studies on pre-capitalist societies develops vital debates on the application of the Marxist method to history in general, argues Dominic Alexander
What does this week's stock market crash mean?
As the stock market plunged this week and fears of a 2007 repeat spread like wildfire, Michael Roberts analyses what the crash could mean
Frankenstein at 200
Frankenstein was published 200 years ago. It's a horror story but the horrors it described are rooted in capitalism as well as the imagination
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
Marxism, Social Reproduction and Women’s Liberation with Lindsey German and Kate Connelly - video
At an important Counterfire discussion, Lindsey German and Kate Connelly speak on women's oppression and how gender roles are played out within the structure of capitalism
Rosa Luxemburg on the politics of poverty and homelessness
This winter people are dying needlessly. Rosa Luxemburg reminds us that politics is about more than negotiations between competing states.
Istvan Meszaros and Marx's theory of alienation
The late Hungarian philosopher explained how alienation can only be overcome by collective action which challenges capitalist relations of production
How and why I write
The Trumpet of Sedition blog has been running a series of articles by historians on 'How I Write'. John Rees contributes
Arthur Ransome on the Russian Revolution
100 years on from the October revolution, Judy Cox introduces Arthur Ransome's pamphlet
The Truth about Russia
Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason - book review
David Harvey’s latest book, using all three volumes of Marx’s
, demonstrates the social irrationality of modern capitalism, finds Dominic Alexander
Robots and AI: utopia or dystopia? - part 3
Michael Roberts suggests that robots will not be taking over the world of work any time soon
Automation and Basic Income: beyond the hype
Basic Income is not a beyond left and right answer to automation, argues David Bush
Robots and AI: utopia or dystopia? – part two
Michael Roberts explains why we would never get to a robotic society under capitalism
Robots and AI: utopia or dystopia? part one
Robots will not end the contradictions within capitalist accumulation, argues Michael Roberts
Uncertain Futures: An Assessment of the Conditions of the Present
provides an important defence of Marxist economic theory, and an analysis of crisis, argues Sean Ledwith
Lukács, alienation and class consciousness - video
The work of Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukács, who developed one of the most powerful critiques of capitalist ideology, is introduced by Chris Nineham
Rosa Luxemburg, reform and revolution - video
Rosa Luxemburg is one of the greatest Marxist activists and thinkers of all time. Elaine Graham-Leigh discusses her ideas on reform, revolution, and much else.
What is Marxism Part 1 - video
In the first of a series of meetings on Marxist theory Lindsey German introduces Marx's critique of capitalism
Break the wheel: the politics of Game of Thrones
The wildly popular series has attracted a number of interesting attempts to analyse what it tells us about the contemporary state of capitalist culture
What is Marxism? A guide to revolutionary theory - organised by Counterfire
We need to organise against an establishment that will do anything to stop radical social change. Three forums on revolutionary theory will help us understand how
The Long Depression: How It Happened, Why It Happened, and What Happens Next
An understanding of capitalist crisis needs to make use of all parts of Marx’s theory, including the declining rate of profit, argues Dominic Alexander
The Dictator, the Revolution, the Machine: A Political Account of Joseph Stalin
Tony McKenna’s compelling Marxist biography of Stalin disproves the allegation that October 1917 led directly to the dictator’s atrocities, argues Sean Ledwith
Why you should join Counterfire
We need a dynamic, combative left, fit for the 21st century
W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line
This biography reveals W.E.B. Du Bois as a radical and revolutionary thinker who challenged capitalism, imperialism and racism, finds Adam Tomes
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
Georg Lukacs and the actuality of revolution
Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukacs is under attack. We repost a talk given by Chris Nineham at the recent conference in Budapest to defend him
Marxism and Women's Liberation
Judy Cox welcomes
Marxism and Women’s Liberation
as a timely and valuable discussion of the causes and consequences of women’s oppression
International Women's Day and revolution
100 years on from the Russian Revolution, we publish Alexandra Kollontai writing on the history of International Women's Day
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
5 things Orlando Figes got wrong about the Russian Revolution on BBC Newsnight
Orlando Figes was enlisted by the BBC to trash the history of the Russian Revolution. In the run-up to
Saturday's Revolution 1917 event
, Chris Nineham corrects some matters of fact
We can't move forward if we don't understand our past
We need to talk about the Russian Revolution now more than ever, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica
The British state and The City - part 3
The third in a three-part series, in which Chris Bambery takes a look at the intertwined history of the state and the City of London
1905: The 1917 Revolution's dress rehearsal
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was led by a working class who, in 1905, had already tasted their own power and experienced bitter defeat
Chris Wickham’s analysis of the European Middle Ages is a rich introduction to the development of Europe up to the 15th Century, argues Chris Bambery
The British state and The City - part 2
The second in a three-part series, in which Chris Bambery takes a look at the intertwined history of the state and the City of London
The British state and The City - part 1
The first in a three-part series, in which Chris Bambery takes a look at the intertwined history of the state and the City of London
Revolution - Russia 1917: One Hundred Years On - event
On 25 February, Counterfire is hosting an event celebrating the 100
anniversary of the Russian Revolution, taking a closer look at the key questions of the period
Seeing red: the wisdom of John Berger
Revolutionary writer and art critic John Berger has died, aged 90. Chris Nineham reflects on his life and work
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
Art, Literature and Culture from a Marxist Perspective
Tony McKenna’s cultural essays show the rich possibilities of Marxist analysis for a range of art and literature, argues Sean Ledwith
E.P. Thompson on how to save the university
Over four decades ago, the Marxist historian called for resistance against the commercialisation of higher education
5 novels every revolutionary should read
Some of the best pieces of fiction ever written about revolutionary experience are outlined by writer and historian John Rees
Can neuroscience change our minds?
Steven and Hilary Rose debunk the ideologically loaded claims of reductionist neuroscience in a short but clear book, finds Elaine Graham-Leigh
Rosa Luxemburg: reform or revolution?
The life of the influential revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg provides inspiration and lessons for today, writes Judy Cox
No way to remember anything
An analysis of the 2011 Egyptian revolution reproduces the same mistakes on the left that led to the revolution’s defeat in 2013, argues Kevin Crane
Wall Street’s Think Tank
Wall Street’s Think Tank
shows that the Council on Foreign Relations is a pivotal institution for the US ruling class, finds Dominic Alexander
Five simple reasons why you should come to Dangerous Times Festival 2016
The left is in a position where it can actually win. It is essential we come together to discuss how to fight for a better world
The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust - key texts
The Blairites' crocodile tears are about defending empire, writes David Moyles in this introduction to
The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust
Architect or Bee? The Human Price of Technology
Architect or Bee?
put the case that a new organisation of technology could provide social good rather than profit. Orlando Hill welcomes the new edition
The Communist Manifesto - key texts
The Communist Manifesto is a pamphlet that refuses to die. As incendiary as the day it was published, Paul Vernell unpacks this founding document
Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike - key texts
Rosa Luxemburg argued that the majority of people would be won to socialism through struggle, writes Paul Vernell in this introduction to
The Mass Strike
Keep Lukács' work alive
Hungarian writer and revolutionary Georg Lukács contribution to Marxist philosophy was unparalleled. His archives must be kept open and his work remembered
Trotsky on the United Front - key texts
Trotsky's brilliant polemic on the united front, introduced by Vladimir Unkovski-Korica in our 'key texts' series
Why theory matters if you want to change the world
Chris Nineham argues that theory is too important to be left in the hands of the enemies of change
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
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
Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
Can technology on its own bring about a better society, as Paul Mason’s
suggests, or do we need revolutionary politics, asks Sean Ledwith
The principles of liberation: how Lenin rescued Marx
Chris Nineham reviews '
Reconstructing Lenin. An intellectual biography
' by Tamas Krausz
Classic texts: a summary of Lenin’s State and Revolution
Can the state be taken over because it is a neutral space or does it have to be overthrown? Paul Vernell looks at Lenin's answer
Marxism and Feminism
Marxism and Feminism
explores the connections between capitalism and women’s oppression through a range of serious and perceptive arguments, finds Lindsey German
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
Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune
is an effective account of the 1871 Paris Commune, and how understanding it aids our struggle for freedom within a decaying capitalism, argues John Westmoreland
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
Stopping climate change: what do we mean by system change?
To address climate change, many people agree we have to change the system. But what does ‘changing the system’ mean, and how can we do it?
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
Gramsci the revolutionary, in his own words
Gramsci is claimed by many different left currents, but a new volume of his letters shows his commitment to revolutionary politics pursued through united mass action, argues Chris Nineham
The limits of liberalism
Liberal responses to the Paris killings are fuelling a cycle from which both the right and the terrorists will gain, argues John Rees
Frederic Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism
Robert Tally's study provides a crisp and coherent guide to the thought of a figure future generations, hopefully, will look back on as one of the prophets of their utopia writes Sean Ledwith
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
Organising tomorrow's revolution today
Alex Snowdon provides some answers to the question ‘why build revolutionary organisation today?’
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
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
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 oppression
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
The second world war: A Marxist analysis
Chris Bambery at Dangerous Times festival, Rich Mix, East London, 1 June 2014
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
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.
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