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Ten demonstrations that changed the world

Ten demonstrations that changed the world

Analysis May 27, 2015

As the 20 June demo approaches, it’s worth remembering that mass marches have been crucial to all the most important struggles - Chris Nineham looks at...

Protest ABC: the case for demonstrations

Protest ABC: the case for demonstrations

Opinion May 26, 2015

'A to B' marches are vital if we want to bolster the Left, bring people in and give strength to other tactics argues Shelly Asquith ...

Unite, Labour and the election

Unite, Labour and the election

Opinion May 26, 2015

Labour's defeat has been followed by Blairite attacks on the union link and on Unite and Len McLuskey in particular. Richard Allday looks at how socialis...

New protestors turn out against austerity in Manchester

New protestors turn out against austerity in Manchester

Latest News May 25, 2015

Manchester became the latest city to join the wave of anti-austerity action as thousands joined a protest initiated by two local residents. Report by Penny H...

E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays and Polemics

E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays and Polemics

Book Reviews May 22, 2015

Enduring problems of class, class consciousness and political organisation are illuminated in this important new collection of E. P. Thompson’s essays...

What makes a movement?

What makes a movement?

Analysis May 19, 2015

Change comes from mass action by working people - and as the movement grows, socialist organisation in the movement needs to grow too writes Chris Nineham ...

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The future of Labour: Blairism 2.0?

The future of Labour: Blairism 2.0?

The latest election shows us that there is a yearning for an alternative. Sam Leach looks at why Blairism 2.0 will be the end of the Labour party ...

May 21, 2015 Sam Leach

Deflation UK: what does it mean for the working class?

Deflation UK: what does it mean for the working class?

The UK has gone into deflation for the first time since records began in 1996. James Meadway explains the implications for the economy, wages and the working...

May 20, 2015 James Meadway

'We Are Many' - telling the secret story of people power

'We Are Many' - telling the secret story of people power

A great virtue of the film is how it shows the impact 15 February 2003 had on movements that followed and even now is shaping politics

May 20, 2015 Chris Nineham

Something is stirring in Bristol

Something is stirring in Bristol

After a march called by seven students drew thousands of people, a huge People's Assembly meeting took place on Monday reports Tom Whittaker

May 20, 2015 Tom Whittaker

Will another electoral coup take place in Tower Hamlets?

Will another electoral coup take place in Tower Hamlets?

With the Tower Hamlets mayoral election round the corner, Dilly Hussain questions whether another ‘coup’ awaits Lutfur Rahman’s successor ...

May 20, 2015 Dilly Hussain

Belligerent abroad, vicious at home. The government and the anti-war movement

Belligerent abroad, vicious at home. The government and the anti-war movement

Stop the War has organised an international anti-war conference 'Confronting a World at War' - a crucial chance to discuss how to respond to an incre...

May 19, 2015 Chris Nineham

Five more reasons to join the People's Assembly End Austerity Now demo

Five more reasons to join the People's Assembly End Austerity Now demo

More reasons to join the national End Austerity Now demonstration on June 20 by People's Assembly organising committee member John Rees

May 19, 2015 John Rees

Seven reasons to join the End Austerity Now demo

Seven reasons to join the End Austerity Now demo

Stop the War Coalition presents seven reasons to join the 20 June national demonstration against austerity

May 19, 2015 Stop the War Coalition

End Austerity Now protest: how to build a seismic event

End Austerity Now protest: how to build a seismic event

A London People's Assembly activist on how to make June 20 a seismic event

May 19, 2015 Dan Poulton

Newcastle mobilises to end austerity

Newcastle mobilises to end austerity

Just days after the general election around 100 people showed up to Newcastle's People's Assembly meeting determined to build mass opposition to cuts...

May 19, 2015 Alex Snowdon

Julie Hesmondalgh among hundreds at 'huge' Manchester People's Assembly meeting

Julie Hesmondalgh among hundreds at 'huge' Manchester People's Assembly meeting

The post-election anti austerity surge came to Manchester as over 350 turned up to the monthly meeting of the city's People's Assembly group reports ...

May 19, 2015 Penny Hicks

A light shines on the democratic deficit

A light shines on the democratic deficit

Caryl Churchill’s classic English revolution drama could not come at a better moment nor be performed in a better place, says John Rees

May 17, 2015 John Rees

The fire last time: when ghetto riots rocked America

The fire last time: when ghetto riots rocked America

Alastair Stephens looks at how riots changed American history and represented a historic challenge to the ruling order

May 15, 2015 Alastair Stephens

A crisis of representation

A crisis of representation

Democratic reform is on the agenda now whether people like it or not. Other political forces will take advantage of this if the left sits on its hands argues...

May 15, 2015 Alastair Stephens

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

Communal Luxury is an effective account of the 1871 Paris Commune, and how understanding it aids our struggle for freedom within a decaying capitalism, argue...

May 15, 2015 John Westmoreland

Standing up to Project Fear: build a second force in Scottish politics

Standing up to Project Fear: build a second force in Scottish politics

The SNP landslide has shown a glimpse of what ordinary people can do when they realise their own power. Now, the social movement must hold them to account fo...

May 15, 2015 Cat Boyd

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

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

May 13, 2015 Ady Cousins

Revolutionising reformism

Revolutionising reformism

It will be up to the radicals and revolutionaries to make the case for an effective, modern reformism - a minimum set of demands, as a prelude to further rad...

May 13, 2015 James Meadway

Bully for Cameron – or why the Tories are natural bullies!

Bully for Cameron – or why the Tories are natural bullies!

A government that got the votes of just 25% of the elctorate wants workers to jump through yet more hoops before being able to take lawful industrial action ...

May 12, 2015 Richard Allday

Our aspiration: a united resistance to the Tories

Our aspiration: a united resistance to the Tories

The Tories don't have the support to carry through unpopular policies - we have to build a huge movement against them argues Lindsey German

May 12, 2015 Lindsey German

Editors picks

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Analysis

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Deflation UK: what does it mean for the working class?

Deflation UK: what does it mean for the working class?

The UK has gone into deflation for the first time since records began in 1996. James Meadway explains the implications for the economy, wages and the working...

May 20, 2015 James Meadway

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

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

May 13, 2015 Ady Cousins

Our aspiration: a united resistance to the Tories

Our aspiration: a united resistance to the Tories

The Tories don't have the support to carry through unpopular policies - we have to build a huge movement against them argues Lindsey German

May 12, 2015 Lindsey German

Six reasons why you wouldn't want to be George Osbourne right now

Six reasons why you wouldn't want to be George Osbourne right now

The Tory election victory has lobbed Osborne a number of economic hand-grenades argues James Meadway

May 12, 2015 James Meadway

Will the Tories take Britain to war?

Will the Tories take Britain to war?

The call is already being made for David Cameron's new government to 'restore Britain's global power' in its foreign policy

May 11, 2015 Lindsey German

Phoenix time

Phoenix time

John Rees looks at what can rise from the ashes of the election

May 8, 2015 John Rees

Nick Clegg and the second strange death of Liberalism

Nick Clegg and the second strange death of Liberalism

Alastair Stephens on how Nick Clegg managed to wreck both his party and the project that was the purpose of the coalition - to make coalitions an acceptable ...

May 8, 2015 Alastair Stephens

For the Liberal Democrats small is the new normal

For the Liberal Democrats small is the new normal

Nick Clegg and his fellow Orange Book neoliberals have merely restored the Liberal Democrats to their true place in British politics after a brief sojourn on...

May 6, 2015 Alastair Stephens

The fall and rise of Ed Miliband

The fall and rise of Ed Miliband

The prospect of Miliband’s recent rise in popularity climaxing with Cameron's ejection from Number 10 should be welcomed on the left argues Sean Le...

May 3, 2015 Sean Ledwith

Nepal: an unnatural disaster

Nepal: an unnatural disaster

A rapid response is guaranteed when security or economic interests are threatened, but international donors have yet to honour the pledges made to Nepal writ...

May 2, 2015 Feyzi Ismail

Opinion

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The future of Labour: Blairism 2.0?

The future of Labour: Blairism 2.0?

The latest election shows us that there is a yearning for an alternative. Sam Leach looks at why Blairism 2.0 will be the end of the Labour party ...

May 21, 2015 Sam Leach

Will another electoral coup take place in Tower Hamlets?

Will another electoral coup take place in Tower Hamlets?

With the Tower Hamlets mayoral election round the corner, Dilly Hussain questions whether another ‘coup’ awaits Lutfur Rahman’s successor ...

May 20, 2015 Dilly Hussain

Five more reasons to join the People's Assembly End Austerity Now demo

Five more reasons to join the People's Assembly End Austerity Now demo

More reasons to join the national End Austerity Now demonstration on June 20 by People's Assembly organising committee member John Rees

May 19, 2015 John Rees

Seven reasons to join the End Austerity Now demo

Seven reasons to join the End Austerity Now demo

Stop the War Coalition presents seven reasons to join the 20 June national demonstration against austerity

May 19, 2015 Stop the War Coalition

End Austerity Now protest: how to build a seismic event

End Austerity Now protest: how to build a seismic event

A London People's Assembly activist on how to make June 20 a seismic event

May 19, 2015 Dan Poulton

A crisis of representation

A crisis of representation

Democratic reform is on the agenda now whether people like it or not. Other political forces will take advantage of this if the left sits on its hands argues...

May 15, 2015 Alastair Stephens

Standing up to Project Fear: build a second force in Scottish politics

Standing up to Project Fear: build a second force in Scottish politics

The SNP landslide has shown a glimpse of what ordinary people can do when they realise their own power. Now, the social movement must hold them to account fo...

May 15, 2015 Cat Boyd

Revolutionising reformism

Revolutionising reformism

It will be up to the radicals and revolutionaries to make the case for an effective, modern reformism - a minimum set of demands, as a prelude to further rad...

May 13, 2015 James Meadway

Bully for Cameron – or why the Tories are natural bullies!

Bully for Cameron – or why the Tories are natural bullies!

A government that got the votes of just 25% of the elctorate wants workers to jump through yet more hoops before being able to take lawful industrial action ...

May 12, 2015 Richard Allday

5 reasons Labour's Pasokification has accelerated

5 reasons Labour's Pasokification has accelerated

James Doran on why the Labour Party's crisis is worse than anticipated

May 8, 2015 James Doran

Books

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Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

Communal Luxury is an effective account of the 1871 Paris Commune, and how understanding it aids our struggle for freedom within a decaying capitalism, argue...

May 15, 2015 John Westmoreland

A People’s History of the French Revolution

A People’s History of the French Revolution

Eric Hazan’s A People’s History of the French Revolution is an attempt to provide a new narrative, but fails to show the importance of the revolu...

May 7, 2015 William Alderson

Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century

Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century

The contradiction between capitalism and democracy, and the need for independent media, is well explored in McChesney’s Blowing the Roof off the 21st C...

May 1, 2015 Peter Stauber

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

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

April 24, 2015 Dan Poulton

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

Theory

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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

Paths to Sustainability: the case of Deep Ecology

Paths to Sustainability: the case of Deep Ecology

The urgency of creating an ecologically sustainable form of human economy is plain. While Deep Ecology may appear to be a radical alternative, it fails to focus...

December 8, 2010 Dominic Alexander

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

Socialism and war: Labour and war

Socialism and war: Labour and war

In the second part of 'Socialism and War' John Rees looks at the record of the Labour Party and imperialism

March 30, 2014 John Rees

The workers, the unions, and the crisis

The workers, the unions, and the crisis

The working class is central to any project for revolutionary change. Yet today strikes are at an historical low. How do we help transform the bitterness at the...

March 29, 2010 Neil Faulkner

Alexandra Kollontai: Class and women’s oppression

Alexandra Kollontai: Class and women’s oppression

When will someone make a film about the incredible life of Alexandra Kollontai? Born into a rich family, she rebelled with an 'unsuitable' marriage, was radic...

May 29, 2010 Alexandra Kollontai, introduced by Tansy E Hoskins

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