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Austerity isn't working, and here's why

Austerity isn't working, and here's why

Analysis October 22, 2014

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

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Book Reviews October 22, 2014

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...

Occupy Democracy holds Parliament Square despite police aggression

Occupy Democracy holds Parliament Square despite police aggression

Latest News October 20, 2014

Occupy digs in at Parliament Square despite huge police aggression and intimidation reports Matt Bonner

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

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

Analysis October 19, 2014

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...

Ebola: epidemics and imperialism

Ebola: epidemics and imperialism

Opinion October 16, 2014

This devastating epidemic reveals the warped priorities of imperialism argues Explo Nani-Kofi

A revolt of our own

A revolt of our own

Analysis October 12, 2014

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

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Gough Whitlam – the Australian Prime Minister deposed by the Monarchy

Gough Whitlam – the Australian Prime Minister deposed by the Monarchy

Gough Whitlam, the Australian Social Democratic Prime Minister deposed by Elizabeth II has died aged 98

October 22, 2014 Chris Bambery

#OccupyDemocracy: It's our right to protest. That's democracy!

#OccupyDemocracy: It's our right to protest. That's democracy!

Matt Bonner reports from the #OccupyDemocracy protest in Parliament Square

October 22, 2014 Clare Solomon

Capitalism and social democracy in crisis: an interview with John Bellamy Foster

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 repu...

October 21, 2014 Bill Blackwater

Liveblog: #18oct protest - Britain Needs a Pay Rise

Liveblog: #18oct protest - Britain Needs a Pay Rise

Video, tweets and images from the TUC demonstration against austerity

October 18, 2014 Ady Cousins

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

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

Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

This latest phase of terrorism is a product of the west's disastrous foreign policies, endless wars and backing of barbaric regimes in the Middle East ...

October 12, 2014 Lindsey German and Robin Beste

The scandal of private healthcare in UK immigration detention centres

The scandal of private healthcare in UK immigration detention centres

Four years ago G4S was involved in the unlawful killing of an immigration detainee called Jimmy Mubenga. Now they're winning NHS contracts to provide medical...

October 12, 2014 Phil Miller and Clare Sambrook

John Rees: Kobane can be saved if Turkey opens its border to Kurds

John Rees: Kobane can be saved if Turkey opens its border to Kurds

John Rees of Stop the War Coalition says the Kurds could defeat IS if Turkey allowed the PKK fighters to cross the border with Syria and join the defence of K...

October 12, 2014 John Rees

Mutual Defence Agreement: Cameron plans secret renewal of nuclear cooperation with US

Mutual Defence Agreement: Cameron plans secret renewal of nuclear cooperation with US

David Cameron is due to secretly renew the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) on nuclear cooperation between the US and the UK writes Ellen Graubart

October 12, 2014 Ellen Graubart

John Rees: solidarity with resistance of Kobane

John Rees: solidarity with resistance of Kobane

John Rees speaking at the 'Support the resistance of Kobane against Isis attacks' protest in London's Parliament Square. Video by Shahrzad Shemirani ...

October 11, 2014 Shahrzad Shemirani

Video: the People's Question Time

Video: the People's Question Time

The People's Question Time event filmed live at York Hall, featuring Russell Brand, Natalie Bennett, Mark Serwotka, John Rees and Ava Vidal - with questions and...

October 10, 2014 Paul Hanes & Ady Cousins

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

John Westmoreland concludes his series with eight ideas for halting Ukip’s surge and rebuilding the movement

October 9, 2014 John Westmoreland

Day-Mer: Kobane needs international support

Day-Mer: Kobane needs international support

Nato member Turkey is effectively allowing Isis to destroy the Kurdish city of Kobane. This press release by Turkish Kurdish organisation Day-Mer, calls for ...

October 9, 2014 Day-Mer

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Theresa May’s address to the Conservative Party Conference typified this government’s Islamophobia says Conan Doyle

October 8, 2014 Conan Doyle

Editors picks

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The unions and the people v austerity

The unions and the people v austerity

The unions are central to a major series of demonstrations, strikes and protests writes Sam Fairbairn

June 9, 2014 Sam Fairbairn

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

Scotland: ten things the vote signifies

Scotland: ten things the vote signifies

Lindsey German looks at what impact the vote results will have on Britain and Scotland

September 18, 2014 Lindsey German

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

David Jamieson provides a sober analysis of the hard truths and new opportunities following from a No vote in the independence referendum

September 23, 2014 David Jamieson

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

The English Question: Democracy or jingoism?

The English Question: Democracy or jingoism?

Alastair Stephens: we need to democratise the state in all its aspects, but for now the battle lines are clear: we want democracy restored not jingoism reviv...

September 21, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Iraq: three kinds of blowback and the threat of war stoked by western meddling

Iraq: three kinds of blowback and the threat of war stoked by western meddling

Western intervention has been the curse of the Middle East for over 100 years. The cure for the crisis in Iraq is not more intervention, says John Rees, but ...

June 15, 2014 John Rees

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

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

Western calls to arm the Kurds and bomb Iraq are both hypocritical and dangerous, argues John Rees

August 17, 2014 John Rees

Analysis

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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

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

Who is Nigel Farage?

Who is Nigel Farage?

Nigel Farage should not be allowed to hijack the widespread disaffection with the Westminster elite argues John Westmorland

September 30, 2014 John Westmoreland

Hey Wilshaw! Leave them kids alone!

Hey Wilshaw! Leave them kids alone!

Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw’s ideas about ‘discipline’ have much in common with Victorian methods and little to do with real education writes John Westmo...

September 26, 2014 John Westmoreland

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

David Jamieson provides a sober analysis of the hard truths and new opportunities following from a No vote in the independence referendum

September 23, 2014 David Jamieson

The People’s Climate March: thousands demand action

The People’s Climate March: thousands demand action

Elaine Graham-Leigh: The People’s Climate March sent a clear message to the politicians - climate change remains an issue of central importance and we are wa...

September 21, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Scotland's vote and politics after the referendum

Scotland's vote and politics after the referendum

Lindsey German's take on the changed political landscape in the wake of the Scottish referendum result

September 19, 2014 Lindsey German

No to independence, but no confidence in the Union

No to independence, but no confidence in the Union

Chris Bambery: the British elite threw everything into stopping a Yes win, but the narrowness of the No vote adds to the crisis of the United Kingdom ...

September 19, 2014 Chris Bambery

Militarised racism and the Ferguson rebellion

Militarised racism and the Ferguson rebellion

Sean Ledwith looks at the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the rising against the racist machine

August 27, 2014 Sean Ledwith

French government falls - euro austerity cracks

French government falls - euro austerity cracks

James Meadway: Europe’s continuing economic woes are starting to pull apart the austerity consensus amongst its elites

August 25, 2014 James Meadway

Opinion

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Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

This latest phase of terrorism is a product of the west's disastrous foreign policies, endless wars and backing of barbaric regimes in the Middle East ...

October 12, 2014 Lindsey German and Robin Beste

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

John Westmoreland concludes his series with eight ideas for halting Ukip’s surge and rebuilding the movement

October 9, 2014 John Westmoreland

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Theresa May’s address to the Conservative Party Conference typified this government’s Islamophobia says Conan Doyle

October 8, 2014 Conan Doyle

Canada: the latest recruits to Obama's new 'Coalition of the Killing'?

Canada: the latest recruits to Obama's new 'Coalition of the Killing'?

As the Canadian Parliament votes to join the US-led war in Iraq and Syria, this editorial from the new left-wing website 'Ricochet' argues that big questions...

October 7, 2014 Jahanzeb Hussain & Derrick O'Keefe

Britain's crisis continues

Britain's crisis continues

Chris Bambery argues that, despite the No vote in the referendum last month, the British state remains mired in a deep crisis with no obvious way out ...

October 7, 2014 Chris Bambery

Hong Kong: an anatomy of the revolt

Hong Kong: an anatomy of the revolt

Lawrence Wong looks at the background, and prospects, for Hong Kong’s 'Umbrella Revolution'

October 6, 2014 Lawrence Wong

Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

The governments of the US, Turkey, Britain, Israel and the rest of the alliance for Iraq War III are no real defenders of Kurdish rights

October 5, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Parliamentary change

Parliamentary change

There is a deep political crisis going on in Britain. New politics, institutions and forms of organisation are required to defeat austerity and secure its al...

October 4, 2014 Brian Heron

A breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air

Mark Perryman reviews an exceptionally strong list of autumn political reading

October 3, 2014 Mark Perryman

Children's health - a casualty in Osborne's war on the poor

Children's health - a casualty in Osborne's war on the poor

As George Osborne promises fresh hardship for the working poor, Prof Michael Marmot and Dr Angela Donkin look at the impact of growing inequality on child he...

September 30, 2014 Michael Marmot and Angela Donkin

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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

An Impatient Life: A Memoir

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 Boo...

September 5, 2014 William Booth

Languages of the Unheard: Why militant protest is good for democracy

Languages of the Unheard: Why militant protest is good for democracy

A defence of the democratic function of militant protest in Stephen D’Arcy’s Languages of the Unheard provides rigorous and valuable arguments, argues Willia...

August 27, 2014 William Alderson

Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggles and Progressive Reform in New York City

Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggles and Progressive Reform in New York City

The history of the working class of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, explored through the prism of subjectivities of space, is a project that promises more than it ...

August 20, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

Attempts by the likes of Ari Shavit to defend Israeli policy in Palestine wear ever thinner, as shown by Norman Finkelstein’s robust critique in Old Wine, Br...

August 15, 2014 Rohan J Bundell

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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

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

All revolutions, said Frederick Engels, start as a ‘revolution of the flowers’ in which an isolated and unpopular regime faces a broad mass movement drawn from ...

January 19, 2011 John Rees

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

Anti-capitalism ten years after Seattle

Anti-capitalism ten years after Seattle

In 1999 thousands of activists fought with riot police to close down the WTO conference in Seattle. Ten years on Chris Nineham looks at the future of the anti...

March 16, 2010 Chris Nineham

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

E P Thompson and The Making of the English Working Class

E P Thompson and The Making of the English Working Class

Dominic Alexander defends E P Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class - one the most debated and influential of all the books produced by British ...

April 9, 2010 Dominic Alexander