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Books April 21, 2015

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

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

Opinion April 20, 2015

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...

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

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

Latest News April 17, 2015

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...

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

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

Book Reviews April 17, 2015

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 ...

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 ...

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

Analysis March 29, 2015

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

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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

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

#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

Sweets Way campaigners plan weekend of fun and resistance in new occupation

Sweets Way campaigners plan weekend of fun and resistance in new occupation

Following the re-occupation of Sweets Way estate, residents are holding a weekend of activity to resist the housing crisis

April 3, 2015 Sweets Way Resists

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

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

Courts rule to evict Sweets Way in Barnet

Courts rule to evict Sweets Way in Barnet

Bailiffs are currently attempting to evict the residents of 60 Sweets Way, N20 following a Barnet county court ruling in favour of corporation Annington Home...

March 30, 2015 People's Assembly

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

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

Editors picks

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Two announcements, one crisis

Two announcements, one crisis

Two big announcements on economic policy are due this week - one from New York and one from Whitehall. James Meadway looks at how they will shape the future ...

March 17, 2015 James Meadway

Cameron’s Free School scam

Cameron’s Free School scam

Cameron’s announcement of 500 free schools was a blatant attempt to take the focus off his cuts to education argues John Westmoreland

March 13, 2015 John Westmoreland

Opinion

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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

Blockupy in perspective

Blockupy in perspective

Thousands of demonstrators converged on Frankfurt on Wednesday to disrupt the opening ceremony of the European Central Bank. Mark Bergfeld reports

March 24, 2015 Mark Bergfeld

A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

As Israel goes to the polls Elliot Murphy looks at the ongoing cost of last year's assault on Gaza

March 16, 2015 Elliot Murphy

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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

Breaking the Magic Kingdom’s code

Breaking the Magic Kingdom’s code

Dan Hind's new book on the constitution of the British state makes the radical case for a republic. Socialists should take up the argument for democratis...

February 5, 2015 James Doran

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Gramsci on spontaneity, organisation and leadership

Gramsci on spontaneity, organisation and leadership

Chris Bambery explores the relationship between "spontaneous" working class struggle and revolutionary organisation through the work of Antonio Gramsci ...

August 30, 2012 Chris Bambery

How does history work? Marx 101 video and notes

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. ...

February 12, 2012 Neil Faulkner

Clara Zetkin: oppression, class, and socialism

Clara Zetkin: oppression, class, and socialism

Lindsey German responds to John Riddell's article, 'Clara Zetkin in the Lion’s Den' ...

January 20, 2014 Lindsey German

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 crisis in Europe and the response of the Left

The crisis in Europe and the response of the Left

In this article, which will appear in Spanish in the Chilean journal Revista Materialismo Histórico, John Rees looks at the prospects for the left ...

April 2, 2013 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

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