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Election scenarios: the crisis of British politics

Election scenarios: the crisis of British politics

Analysis April 24, 2015

This is a whole new chapter in politics, for the British political system is in a state of deep crisis writes Alastair Stephens

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

Book Reviews April 24, 2015

Tariq Ali’s The Extreme Centre is a timely polemic against the establishment’s stranglehold on politics, but new energies are beginning to break ...

When is a minority not a minority? When they're Bangladeshis living in Tower Hamlets

When is a minority not a minority? When they're Bangladeshis living in Tower Hamlets

Analysis April 24, 2015

Judge Mawrey's comments offer a disturbing insight into the mindset with which he approached the Lutfur Rahman case and which prevails amongst Britain...

Tower Hamlets: the real electoral fraud is about to begin

Tower Hamlets: the real electoral fraud is about to begin

Analysis April 23, 2015

John Rees on the outrageous dismissal of Tower Hamlet's first elected Muslim Mayor

The EU declares war on migrants

The EU declares war on migrants

Latest News April 22, 2015

We must end a foreign policy that is causing mayhem and misery across vast swathes of the globe

Eyes on the prize: the election and beyond

Eyes on the prize: the election and beyond

Analysis April 10, 2015

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 ...

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Establishment campaign to subvert the next government has already begun

Establishment campaign to subvert the next government has already begun

The establishment's anti-SNP hysteria is aimed at the post election world - they want to nip in the bud any chance of real change ...

April 22, 2015 Alastair Stephens

The NHS election

The NHS election

The NHS is a major election issue, but the only thing that will stop its destruction is the mobilisation of a national campaign writes Dr Youssef El-Gingihy ...

April 22, 2015 Dr Youssef El-Gingihy

Marx for Today

Marx for Today

This new book by Counterfire provides an essential and accessible summary of the foundations of Marx’s thought

April 21, 2015 Counterfire

Zero time, zero life. The secret diary of a zero hours worker

Zero time, zero life. The secret diary of a zero hours worker

Zero hour contacts mean employees miss out on redundancy money, sick pay and pensions and can't get credit references, loans or mortgages

April 20, 2015 Niki Barnett-Henry

Appeal: documenting the occupation

Appeal: documenting the occupation

An appeal for funding for a trip to Palestine, to bear witness to the everyday violence of war and occupation

April 20, 2015 SatyaGraha

Katie Hopkins' comments about migrants drowning are hate speech we can't ignore

Katie Hopkins' comments about migrants drowning are hate speech we can't ignore

Rather than being ignored, Hopkins should be sacked as a columnist and the Sun should be hauled before the authorities for providing a platform for explicitl...

April 20, 2015 Des Freedman

Dangerous Times 2015 brochure out now

Dangerous Times 2015 brochure out now

The Dangerous Times 2015 brochure is now available to download and view online

April 17, 2015 Counterfire

 Politics just got interesting - come and discuss what needs to be done

Politics just got interesting - come and discuss what needs to be done

Counterfire is organising a series of meetings around the country to discuss the election, the implications of the new situation and to prepare for action af...

April 17, 2015 Counterfire

Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us

Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us

Good Times, Bad Times exposes pernicious myths about the welfare state, and shows how much the great majority of us benefit from it, finds Ellen Graubart ...

April 17, 2015 Ellen Graubart

#OccupyUAL: our creativity none of your business

#OccupyUAL: our creativity none of your business

Students were taken to court by University of the Arts London for occupying in protest against cuts to further education and Foundation degree courses. Anna ...

April 16, 2015 Anna Dakin

This is not about offence!

This is not about offence!

Offensive jokes are a significant part of the infrastructure of prejudice argues Jeremy Messenger

April 16, 2015 Jeremy Messenger

Work, Sex and Power

Work, Sex and Power

The entire human history of exploitation and oppression is vividly summarised in Willie Thompson’s Work, Sex, Power, finds Mike Quille ...

April 14, 2015 Mike Quille

'Let's stop Brazil' - workers to stage general strike in defence of their rights

'Let's stop Brazil' - workers to stage general strike in defence of their rights

Brazilian workers are striking in response to 'the generalization of job insecurity' reports Orlando Hill

April 13, 2015 Orlando Hill

Video: Hands off Yemen - John Rees

Video: Hands off Yemen - John Rees

John Rees on how Britain is a key backer and arms supplier to Saudia Arabia - a despotic regime which is attacking the poorest nation in the arab world ...

April 13, 2015 Paul Hanes

Syriza: escaping the prison of the politics of the past

Syriza: escaping the prison of the politics of the past

Syriza's leadership is walking a tightrope between the demands of the troika and the express will of its base and of the majority of the Greek electorate...

April 12, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Video: York People's Assembly Question Time

Video: York People's Assembly Question Time

Video of York Peope's Assembly Question Time with Owen Jones, Mark Steel, Kate Pickett and others

April 11, 2015 York People's Assembly

Working together, winning together

Working together, winning together

Tony Dowling reports from this week's NUT conference

April 11, 2015 Tony Dowling

A manifesto of good reads

A manifesto of good reads

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football selects his reading for the 2015 General Election Campaign

April 10, 2015 Mark Perryman

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis: The Uncertain Future of Capitalism

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis: The Uncertain Future of Capitalism

Lenin’s understanding of imperialism and imperial rivalry still best describes the world we face, argues Dan Poulton, reviewing Ernesto Scepanti’...

April 10, 2015 Dan Poulton

It's Scotland, stupid

It's Scotland, stupid

The significance of this election will be greater than any since Margaret Thatcher came to power argues John Rees

April 4, 2015 John Rees

Editors picks

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A graphic account of terrorism

A graphic account of terrorism

John Rees takes a look behind the propaganda at the facts about terrorism

December 1, 2014 John Rees

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

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

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

November 14, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

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

October 29, 2014 Jonathon Shafi

Stopping climate change: what do we mean by system change?

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? ...

March 26, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Ten lies told about World War I

Ten lies told about World War I

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

November 9, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

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

November 6, 2014 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

Muslim opinion and the myth of 'tacit support' for terrorism

Muslim opinion and the myth of 'tacit support' for terrorism

Attempts to smear the entire Muslim population on the basis of dubious opinion polls should be seen for what they are – unfounded and dangerous bigotry...

March 20, 2015 Ady Cousins

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

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

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Establishment campaign to subvert the next government has already begun

Establishment campaign to subvert the next government has already begun

The establishment's anti-SNP hysteria is aimed at the post election world - they want to nip in the bud any chance of real change ...

April 22, 2015 Alastair Stephens

It's Scotland, stupid

It's Scotland, stupid

The significance of this election will be greater than any since Margaret Thatcher came to power argues John Rees

April 4, 2015 John Rees

Operation resolute storm: US allies stoke sectarian conflict in Yemen

Operation resolute storm: US allies stoke sectarian conflict in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition of ten states has launched a military campaign against one of the world's poorest nations. Muna Othman looks at the background ...

March 30, 2015 Muna Othman

Saudi Arabia, the war on Yemen and the crisis of US imperialism in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia, the war on Yemen and the crisis of US imperialism in the Middle East

The new war in Yemen, led by the most reactionary state in the Middle East, can only end in disaster, says John Rees

March 29, 2015 John Rees

Stopping climate change: what do we mean by system change?

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? ...

March 26, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Zero inflation: the good news and the bad news

Zero inflation: the good news and the bad news

After the longest sustained decline in living standards since the Industrial Revolution, average wages are finally rising faster than prices - no thanks to T...

March 24, 2015 James Meadway

What is going on in Brazil?

What is going on in Brazil?

Orlando Hill looks at the mass opposition demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff just four months after her party's election victory

March 24, 2015 Orlando Hill

Muslim opinion and the myth of 'tacit support' for terrorism

Muslim opinion and the myth of 'tacit support' for terrorism

Attempts to smear the entire Muslim population on the basis of dubious opinion polls should be seen for what they are – unfounded and dangerous bigotry...

March 20, 2015 Ady Cousins

Confronting Islamophobia – why everyone should demonstrate against racism on Saturday

Confronting Islamophobia – why everyone should demonstrate against racism on Saturday

Islamophobia has become an institutional norm - we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslim communites and oppose military interventions and wars argue...

March 20, 2015 Chris Nineham

Budget 2015: more cuts, more inequality, more spin

Budget 2015: more cuts, more inequality, more spin

The government is failing to address any of the British economy's deep-rooted economic issues, instead it's following the same path that led to the l...

March 19, 2015 James Meadway

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The NHS election

The NHS election

The NHS is a major election issue, but the only thing that will stop its destruction is the mobilisation of a national campaign writes Dr Youssef El-Gingihy ...

April 22, 2015 Dr Youssef El-Gingihy

Katie Hopkins' comments about migrants drowning are hate speech we can't ignore

Katie Hopkins' comments about migrants drowning are hate speech we can't ignore

Rather than being ignored, Hopkins should be sacked as a columnist and the Sun should be hauled before the authorities for providing a platform for explicitl...

April 20, 2015 Des Freedman

This is not about offence!

This is not about offence!

Offensive jokes are a significant part of the infrastructure of prejudice argues Jeremy Messenger

April 16, 2015 Jeremy Messenger

Work, Sex and Power

Work, Sex and Power

The entire human history of exploitation and oppression is vividly summarised in Willie Thompson’s Work, Sex, Power, finds Mike Quille ...

April 14, 2015 Mike Quille

Syriza: escaping the prison of the politics of the past

Syriza: escaping the prison of the politics of the past

Syriza's leadership is walking a tightrope between the demands of the troika and the express will of its base and of the majority of the Greek electorate...

April 12, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

A manifesto of good reads

A manifesto of good reads

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football selects his reading for the 2015 General Election Campaign

April 10, 2015 Mark Perryman

Syriza - two months on: where is the hope?

Syriza - two months on: where is the hope?

Kevin Ovenden takes stock after Syriza's first two months in office

March 30, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

May's extremism - targeting Muslims in the name of 'British values'

May's extremism - targeting Muslims in the name of 'British values'

Attacked for their faith, their dress, their schools, their university societies and their politics, UK Muslims are scapegoated on a daily basis

March 29, 2015 Lindsey German

Bloco de Esquerda: Portugal's Syriza

Bloco de Esquerda: Portugal's Syriza

Alice Brito reports from Portugal on the state of the Left Bloc

March 27, 2015 Alice Brito

Nation, class and battling Euro-austerity

Nation, class and battling Euro-austerity

Kevin Ovenden on the roles of nationalism and internationalism in Greece's struggle with European imposed austerity

March 24, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

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Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us

Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us

Good Times, Bad Times exposes pernicious myths about the welfare state, and shows how much the great majority of us benefit from it, finds Ellen Graubart ...

April 17, 2015 Ellen Graubart

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis: The Uncertain Future of Capitalism

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis: The Uncertain Future of Capitalism

Lenin’s understanding of imperialism and imperial rivalry still best describes the world we face, argues Dan Poulton, reviewing Ernesto Scepanti’...

April 10, 2015 Dan Poulton

Praying for storms: a review of 'Method and Madness'

Praying for storms: a review of 'Method and Madness'

Israel needs enemies if its current state form is to survive, according to Norman Finkelstein, explaining the motivation for its atrocities. Kit Klarenberg r...

April 1, 2015 Kit Klarenberg

Ukraine: why the West is to blame for the crisis

Ukraine: why the West is to blame for the crisis

Chris Nineham reviews Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

March 26, 2015 Chris Nineham

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich is a compelling condemnation of the current global elite for its destructive impact upon society and the planet, as well a...

March 21, 2015 Sean Ledwith

Gramsci the revolutionary, in his own words

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 mas...

March 12, 2015 Chris Nineham

The Benn Heresy

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...

March 5, 2015 James Doran

Economics of the 1%

Economics of the 1%

Economics has been hijacked by ‘econfakers’ and it is up to the true economists to rescue it, argues Orlando Hill

February 26, 2015 Orlando Hill

More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing

More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing

More Than A Score is a collection of articles that show the creative anger of those defending public education against the relentless, neoliberal, corporate ...

February 20, 2015 Adam Tomes

The Burning Answer. A User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution

The Burning Answer. A User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution

The Burning Answer shows that all our energy could come from clean, renewable sources without much technical difficulty, but getting there is a political pro...

February 13, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Theory

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Leon Trotsky on the United Front - 1922

Leon Trotsky on the United Front - 1922

Text of a speech delivered by Trotsky to French Communists during the debates in the Communist International on the question of the united front. ...

June 20, 2010 Leon Trotsky

Lukacs after Leninism

Lukacs after Leninism

Georg Lukacs was arguably the most important Marxist political philosopher since Marx. His theoretical work is a vital reference point in the 20th century revol...

June 27, 2010 Alex Snowdon

Socialism and war: the war against war

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

March 30, 2014 John Rees

Trotsky: The Lessons of October | 70th Anniversary

Trotsky: The Lessons of October | 70th Anniversary

On the 70th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky, a leading figure in the 1917 Russian revolution, Alex Snowdon introduces a key chapter from the radical ...

August 20, 2010 Alex Snowdon

Syria: empire and revolution - Russian introduction

Syria: empire and revolution - Russian introduction

In this introduction to the Russian translation his of article 'Empire and revolution', John Rees argues that the events of the last year have confirmed the ana...

September 28, 2013 John Rees

Marxism and the crisis - a strategy for the Left

Marxism and the crisis - a strategy for the Left

John Rees looks at the left's analysis of the crisis and outlines a strategy for resisting our rulers attempts to make us pay for it. ...

April 6, 2010 John Rees

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