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Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Book Reviews July 10, 2014

Neil Faulkner welcomes a powerfully argued case for a yes vote in the coming Scottish independence referendum

#J10 liveblog

#J10 liveblog

Latest News July 10, 2014

The largest strike in years rocks the Tories - rolling coverage from around the country in pictures, videos, tweets and reports

#J10: the people strike back

#J10: the people strike back

Analysis July 9, 2014

As millions strike and march together, we need to develop the alliance between unions and the majority who are under attack argues Chris Nineham

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Analysis July 9, 2014

Breaking the London bias of the UK economy requires a decisive break with the trickle-down economics that has accompanied London-centred growth writes James ...

New carriers, new wars

New carriers, new wars

Analysis July 8, 2014

The new aircraft carriers are designed for large scale war - with Britain acting as the junior partner of the US argues Alastair Stephens

Five reasons to join Counterfire

Five reasons to join Counterfire

About us July 6, 2014

Our aim: an organisation dedicated to building the widest possible resistance to austerity and war and the system that creates them

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Counterfire.org relaunch: the virtual and the real

Counterfire.org relaunch: the virtual and the real

Today we launch a new upgraded Counterfire site. Editor Ady Cousins argues it can make a difference to the movement and the left - with your help

July 7, 2014 Ady Cousins

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Sean Ledwith looks at the radical politics of a celebrated Welsh poet and writer

July 6, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Staff and students protest in support of victimised UCU activist John Westmoreland

Staff and students protest in support of victimised UCU activist John Westmoreland

Protestors demonstrated outside York College in support of John Westmoreland. Reece Goscinski reports

July 4, 2014 Reece Goscinski

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

As Western policy unravels across the Middle East, it is more important than ever to expose media complicity in interventions such as in Afghanistan, argues ...

July 4, 2014 Helen Redmond

Reading le tour

Reading le tour

Mark Perryman reviews books that can help frame our enjoyment of the Tour de France

July 1, 2014 Mark Perryman

Stop TTIP campaign video

Stop TTIP campaign video

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would grant corporations the power to sue government for making laws that 'damage' their profits ...

June 29, 2014 UnisonTV

Defend John Westmoreland: History teacher and UCU activist

Defend John Westmoreland: History teacher and UCU activist

A campaign has developed at York College against management attacks on John Westmoreland, a popular History teacher and leading trade union activist ...

June 29, 2014 Counterfire

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

The role of debt in both maintaining our economies and creating huge inequalities is explored to good effect, despite some problems, writes Lindy Syson ...

June 28, 2014 Lindy Syson

Left wing comedy, an infantile disorder at Dangerous Times festival

Left wing comedy, an infantile disorder at Dangerous Times festival

Paul Ricketts and Don Biswas perform in 'Left wing comedy an infantile disorder' at Dangerous Times festival in East London, 31 May 2014

June 28, 2014 Paul Hanes

Speeches from the No More Austerity protest | 21 June 2014

Speeches from the No More Austerity protest | 21 June 2014

Speeches from the People's Assembly #NoMoreAusterity demonstration in central London on 21 June 2014. Videos by Paul Hanes

June 26, 2014 Paul Hanes

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now writes Des Freedman

June 25, 2014 Des Freedman

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The People's Assembly demonstration on 21 June 2014 was the biggest protest not organised primarily by the unions since the student protests in 2010 writes A...

June 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Sofia Typaladou on the crisis of the Spanish monarchy

June 24, 2014 Sofia Typaladou

The ABC of Socialism: becoming a socialist

The ABC of Socialism: becoming a socialist

The first chapter of our recently republished book 'The ABC of Socialism' by John Rees

June 22, 2014 John Rees

No More Austerity protest report

No More Austerity protest report

Photographs, videos and tweets from the People's Assembly protest in central London on 21 June 2014

June 22, 2014 Ady Cousins

Analysis

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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 end...

June 15, 2014 John Rees

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

Inequality and the working class today

Inequality and the working class today

Today I spoke at the Dangerous Times festival in London alongside Selina Todd, author of ‘The People: the rise and fall of the working class’. This article is b...

June 2, 2014 Alex Snowdon

The other side of the Euro elections

The other side of the Euro elections

Talking up the defeat of mainstream parties, the mainstream media justifies the move rightwardsBut there is another side, writes Alastair Stephens

May 29, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Labour, Ukip and the local elections: myth and reality

Labour, Ukip and the local elections: myth and reality

The only way to challenge the rise of Ukip, the party that has made racism more respectable, is to offer a real alternative to austerity, argues Lindsey German ...

May 24, 2014 Lindsey German

Stopping Ukip's establishment populism

Stopping Ukip's establishment populism

Stopping Ukip will require an effective, populist left able to mobilise the anti-establishment mood currently being tapped by Farage argues James Meadway ...

May 21, 2014 James Meadway

Modi and BJP secure massive victory in India's elections

Modi and BJP secure massive victory in India's elections

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata party has won a landslide election victory - despite being implicated in mass murder. Sheena Sumaria rep...

May 20, 2014 Sheena Sumaria

The cost of living crisis rolls on

The cost of living crisis rolls on

April's rise in the CPI rate suggests that the cost of living is once again increasing faster than wage rises writes James Meadway

May 20, 2014 James Meadway

The Russians are coming! (or maybe not)

The Russians are coming! (or maybe not)

The US and its key allies in Nato are preparing militarily for confrontation with Russia, or any potential rivals - increasing the risk of future bloodshed writ...

May 15, 2014 Alsastair Stephens

A vanguard for change: the fast food workers movement goes global

A vanguard for change: the fast food workers movement goes global

On May 15, fast-food workers all across America will be joined by their counterparts across the globe in an international demand for fair wages and the right to...

May 14, 2014 Charlie Ebert

Eastern Ukraine: the logic of a revolt

Eastern Ukraine: the logic of a revolt

Boris Kagarlitsky on the background to Ukraine's growing revolutionary movement in the south east

May 5, 2014 Boris Kagarlitsky

SOAS fractional dispute: a moment of truth

SOAS fractional dispute: a moment of truth

Pay is falling, except for those at the top, and staff tensions at SOAS are a portent of what the whole sector can expect, writes Feyzi Ismail

May 5, 2014 Feyzi Ismail

Don’t mourn, organize (perhaps locally)

Don’t mourn, organize (perhaps locally)

A proposed marking boycott is off after members of the UCU voted overwhelmingly to accept a 2% pay offer. Des Freedman looks at the implications

May 5, 2014 Des Freedman

Redeeming the Orange state: the case of Gerry Adams

Redeeming the Orange state: the case of Gerry Adams

The arrest of peacemaker Gerry Adams is part of an ongoing attempt to delegitimise the armed resistance to state repression during the Troubles, argues Chris Ba...

May 5, 2014 Chris Bambery

Who's afraid of Nigel Farage?

Who's afraid of Nigel Farage?

Ukip candidates appear to have been in competition with each other to come up with the most offensive comments. Sean Ledwith investigates

May 3, 2014 Sean Ledwith

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Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Sean Ledwith looks at the radical politics of a celebrated Welsh poet and writer

July 6, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Reading le tour

Reading le tour

Mark Perryman reviews books that can help frame our enjoyment of the Tour de France

July 1, 2014 Mark Perryman

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now writes Des Freedman

June 25, 2014 Des Freedman

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The People's Assembly demonstration on 21 June 2014 was the biggest protest not organised primarily by the unions since the student protests in 2010 writes A...

June 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Sofia Typaladou on the crisis of the Spanish monarchy

June 24, 2014 Sofia Typaladou

Tour de Angleterre avec France

Tour de Angleterre avec France

Mark Perryman argues the case for Le Tour as a model of democratic sport

June 21, 2014 Mark Perryman

Making Parliament Square the People's Square

Making Parliament Square the People's Square

This Saturday the People's Assembly will be taking over Parliament Square. Merlin Fulcher writes of the need to democratise this symbolic public space ...

June 20, 2014 Merlin Fulcher

Stop the sell off of student loans, education and the next generation

Stop the sell off of student loans, education and the next generation

The students fought alone in 2010. But now there is a movement of resistance building a real national force and giving us the collective potential to take on...

June 17, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Five reasons why Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the Sun was a disaster

Five reasons why Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the Sun was a disaster

Ed Miliband's decision to pose with the Sun was a strategic blunder writes Des Freedman

June 17, 2014 Des Freedman

The chickens of western warmongering and intervention come home to roost in Iraq

The chickens of western warmongering and intervention come home to roost in Iraq

The development of a conflict which already involves Iran and Saudi Arabia, could foreshadow a full scale middle eastern war, with incalculable consequences for...

June 14, 2014 Lindsey German

A people’s history of the World Cup

A people’s history of the World Cup

Sean Ledwith takes a look at the history of the world cup

June 12, 2014 Sean Ledwith

What is TTIP?

What is TTIP?

The planned US-EU trade deal TTIP is about deregulating the market completely, regardless of the effects on society writes Ellen Graubart

June 12, 2014 Ellen Graubart

Anyone but England

Anyone but England

The World Cup is more than a soccer tournament; it's an occasion for all the nations of the world. Jack Brindelli looks at nationalism and the World Cup ...

June 12, 2014 Jack Brindelli

Cut war not welfare

Cut war not welfare

Lindsey German, Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, explains why she is marching on 21 June to demand the alternative to policies of war and austerity ...

June 9, 2014 Lindsey German

After the European elections: a question of strategy for the left

After the European elections: a question of strategy for the left

Kevin Ovenden looks at the strategy for the left in the aftermath of the European Elections

June 7, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

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The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

As Western policy unravels across the Middle East, it is more important than ever to expose media complicity in interventions such as in Afghanistan, argues ...

July 4, 2014 Helen Redmond

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

The role of debt in both maintaining our economies and creating huge inequalities is explored to good effect, despite some problems, writes Lindy Syson ...

June 28, 2014 Lindy Syson

Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual

Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual

Reclaiming Development, an important critique of neoliberal economics, has now been updated in the wake of the 2008 crash, and exposes the persistent myth of ne...

June 13, 2014 Peter Stauber

The Battle for Europe

The Battle for Europe

The alternatives are not restricted to neoliberalism in or out of the European Union. It is possible to fight for a radical left transformation of European inst...

June 6, 2014 Orlando Hill

The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror

The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror

Arun Kundnani’s The Muslims are Coming! lays bare the racist victimisation visited upon Muslims in the UK and the US as a result of state policies on terrorism...

May 31, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

David Blacker makes a powerful case that in the present phase of capitalism, our rulers are abandoning the previous era’s principle of universal education ...

May 24, 2014 Sean Ledwith

The Leveller family chronicles

The Leveller family chronicles

New work on the Levellers and other radicals of the seventeenth century underlines the crucial role they played in the English Revolution, argues John Rees ...

May 18, 2014 John Rees

The Shadow of Recent Wars: Historians and the Origins of World War I

The Shadow of Recent Wars: Historians and the Origins of World War I

In denying imperialism as the cause of wars, works by recent mainstream academic historians effectively feed into the justifications of wars past and present ...

May 8, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class - the working class

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class - the working class

In the second part of the review of Socialist Register 2014, Alex Snowdon discusses the changing nature and position of the working class

May 4, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class

In the first of a two-part review, Alex Snowdon looks at Socialist Register discussions on the nature of the ruling class

April 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis

Crucible of Resistance examines the crisis in Greece, relating it to the problems of the European economy and discussing strategies for resistance, finds Myrto ...

April 20, 2014 Myrto Petsota

A Freedom Budget for All Americans

A Freedom Budget for All Americans

This imaginative telling of a lost gem of American history offers a practical challenge to the neoliberal agenda, writes Adam Tomes

April 11, 2014 Adam Tomes

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

The problems of Muslim women stem from capitalism not religion, finds Jacqueline Mulhallen, reviewing Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

April 3, 2014 Jacqueline Mulhallen

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

Gilbert Achcar’s new analysis of society and revolution in the Arab world provides much of great interest, as well as some problems, argues Sam Dathi

March 28, 2014 Sam Dathi

The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa

The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa

The recent conflict in Mali had its origins in imperialist interference, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh reviewing Jeremy Keenan’s writing on US imperialism in the S...

March 22, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Theory

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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

System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change

The recent international climate change talks and protests in Copenhagen have highlighted the issue of climate change. At the same time, leaked emails fr...

March 12, 2010 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Socialism and war: capitalism and war

Socialism and war: capitalism and war

In the first part of 'Socialism and War' John Rees looks at capitalism and war

March 30, 2014 John Rees

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

Gramsci, hegemony and the united front

Gramsci, hegemony and the united front

Antonio Gramsci was one of the 20th century's most original Marxists. Chris Nineham reviews a new study that argues his ideas matter for anyone fighting for a b...

February 11, 2010 Chris Nineham

Winning the argument for revolution: Trotsky and the Transitional Programme

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 ...

August 21, 2012 Chris Bambery

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

Another China rising

Another China rising

As a rising labour movement gains strength in China, the reprint of Harold Isaac's classic Marxist history of the Chinese revolution provides both inspiration ...

August 5, 2010 Chris Nineham

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

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

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

Climate change movements: where are we going?

Climate change movements: where are we going?

Since 2009, the climate change movement has been losing momentum. But failure should not be taken as the whole story of Copenhagen and its aftermath, argues Ela...

January 24, 2012 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Global crisis and anti-capitalist revolution

Global crisis and anti-capitalist revolution

Faced with the crisis in Greece and the imminent cuts in Britain, Neil Faulkner argues for mass struggle from below to place control over the planet and its res...

May 5, 2010 Neil Faulkner

Brian Pearce: Some Past Rank-and-File Movements

Brian Pearce: Some Past Rank-and-File Movements

Alex Snowdon introduces Brian Pearce's classic article about the history of rank and file movements in the trade unions and looks at the lessons for today. ...

October 28, 2010 Brian Pearce | Introduction by Alex Snowdon

Socialism and war: socialists and war

Socialism and war: socialists and war

In the third part of 'Socialism and War' John Rees argues that we should oppose our own imperialist governments and their wars

March 30, 2014 John Rees

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