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Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

Book Reviews February 4, 2016

Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism explores a long-standing social movement, revealing complex relationships with feminism, class and capitalism, argues E...

Key texts: Rosa Luxemburg on parliament and political power

Key texts: Rosa Luxemburg on parliament and political power

Theory February 3, 2016

Our 'key texts' series continues with Vladimir Unkovski-Korica introducing a chapter from Reform or Revolution by Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg...

Home Rule and the roots of the Easter Rising

Home Rule and the roots of the Easter Rising

History February 2, 2016

As the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising approaches, Counterfire is running a new 3-part series by Chris Bambery on the struggle for Irish independe...

The restoration of the house of Murdoch

The restoration of the house of Murdoch

Analysis January 30, 2016

As Rupert Murdoch's son gets appointed as Chairman of BSkyB, Des Freedman takes a look at the ethics of the media industry as a whole

Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

Analysis January 25, 2016

Corbyn's rise is only the most recent expression of a long term trend towards a more radical and left-wing politics, argues Chris Nineham

Remembering the Egyptian Revolution | Podcast

Remembering the Egyptian Revolution | Podcast

Latest News January 25, 2016

Five years after the fall of Mubarak, Yasmin Dahnoun speaks to John Rees about the revolution, and counter-revolution that followed

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The Sanders surge: Occupy hits the ballot box

The Sanders surge: Occupy hits the ballot box

The Iowan Democrat caucus photo finish reveals a major fault line in the US political consensus, reports Mark Dee Smith

February 3, 2016 Mark D Smith

Hollywood takes on the bankers? Review of The Big Short

Hollywood takes on the bankers? Review of The Big Short

Mckay's film exposes the greed at the core of the system, but fails to tell the story of those most affected by the crisis

January 30, 2016 Jim Aindow

Solidarity against racism at Bristol Mosque

Solidarity against racism at Bristol Mosque

We need to understand the sources of Islamophobia and stand with Muslims when they are under attack, argues Zara Nelson

January 29, 2016 Zara Nelson

Key texts: Is Marxism still relevant?

Key texts: Is Marxism still relevant?

The 'S' word is back. Counterfire is re-running a series of key socialist texts. Here Chris Nineham introduces a brilliant short defence of Marxism ...

January 28, 2016 Tony Cliff

 Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Danny Dorling's Injustice demonstrates that social inequality is bad for everyone, and that its justifications can all be shown to be entirely incor...

January 28, 2016 Orlando Hill

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

The Prime Minister's denigrating language about migrants is true to his class, says Alastair Stephens

January 28, 2016 Alastair Stephens

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Whilst the left has been strengthened, social mobilisations will have to be intensified in Portugal, writes João Camargo ...

January 26, 2016 João Camargo

We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose

We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose

Philosophy Football's Bowie shirts are a fitting memorial for the late artist, writes Mark Perryman

January 22, 2016 Mark Perryman

Education targets: the need for a radical rethink

Education targets: the need for a radical rethink

A culture of target-chasing has become all pervasive in our schools. Phil Armstrong looks at the issues

January 22, 2016 Phil Armstrong

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World To Build shows us alternatives to neoliberalism in recent movements in Latin America, where political strategies have claimed important victorie...

January 21, 2016 Ian Richardson

Conference 2016 Resolutions

Conference 2016 Resolutions

Submitted resolutions for Counterfire National Conference 2016

January 21, 2016 Counterfire

Students block Westminster Bridge

Students block Westminster Bridge

Hundreds of students took to the streets on Tuesday, blocking traffic and causing severe disruption over Westminster Bridge

January 19, 2016 Callum Thomas

Conference 2016 Agenda and Procedure

Conference 2016 Agenda and Procedure

Standing Orders and Agenda for Counterfire National Conference 2016

January 19, 2016 Counterfire

Cameron fans the flames of Islamophobia

Cameron fans the flames of Islamophobia

David Cameron's attacks on Muslim women come within the context of rising Islamophobia across the world, writes Lindsey German

January 18, 2016 Lindsey German

Insulting Muslims won't help integration

Insulting Muslims won't help integration

David Cameron has further stigmatised the Muslim community - suggesting that those who do not learn English may have to leave the country - Rabina Khan respo...

January 18, 2016 Rabina Khan

Corbyn and the contradictions of Labour

Corbyn and the contradictions of Labour

The last week in British politics has perfectly captured the contradictions of a Corbyn-led Labour Party, explains Alex Snowdon

January 17, 2016 Alex Snowdon

Podemos blows a wind of change through the Spanish parliament

Podemos blows a wind of change through the Spanish parliament

The first day of the new parliament was one of high drama and low deals, writes Alastair Stephens

January 17, 2016 Alastair Stephens

Why is the BBC biased? Podcast

Why is the BBC biased? Podcast

We talked to Des Freedman, Media Professor at Goldsmiths University about the contradictions of the media, and the supposedly neutral BBC

January 16, 2016 Yasmin Dahnoun

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

This angry but eloquent account of the politics of water exposes the savagery of the neoliberal strain of marauding capitalism

January 14, 2016 Adam Tomes

2016: a year of more surprises?

2016: a year of more surprises?

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football lists his top ten political books to help avoid being surprised by anything in 2016

January 14, 2016 Mark Perryman

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 Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?

Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?

As Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour leader gains seemingly unstoppable momentum, John Rees looks at some of the debates on the left at the time of the...

August 9, 2015 John Rees

Anti-union bill is an attack on us all

Anti-union bill is an attack on us all

The Tories are planning the biggest assault on rights at work since the 1980s. Peter Stauber spoke to Richard Allday of Unite the Union’s National Exec...

October 18, 2015 Peter Stauber

Labour: a party always divided

Labour: a party always divided

As support for Jeremy Corbyn has grown so has the determination of those who have run Labour for years to hang on to as much power as they can - this is not ...

September 20, 2015 Lindsey German

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

Another Europe is necessary

Another Europe is necessary

We cannot be neutral with regard to the upcoming referendum on EU membership. If Britain votes to stay in, we will be effectively signing up to all of Europe...

September 20, 2015 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

The principles of liberation: how Lenin rescued Marx

The principles of liberation: how Lenin rescued Marx

Chris Nineham reviews 'Reconstructing Lenin. An intellectual biography' by Tamas Krausz

August 19, 2015 Chris Nineham

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

The end of Blairism: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the left

The end of Blairism: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the left

New Labour orthodoxies, dominant in the Labour Party for at least two decades, are crumbling writes Alex Snowdon

August 27, 2015 Alex Snowdon

Corbyn and confronting media power

Corbyn and confronting media power

Corbyn may be right not to respect a media establishment that has shown little signs of respecting him but he urgently needs a strategy with which to confron...

September 17, 2015 Des Freedman

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Corbyn and the contradictions of Labour

Corbyn and the contradictions of Labour

The last week in British politics has perfectly captured the contradictions of a Corbyn-led Labour Party, explains Alex Snowdon

January 17, 2016 Alex Snowdon

Why is the BBC biased? Podcast

Why is the BBC biased? Podcast

We talked to Des Freedman, Media Professor at Goldsmiths University about the contradictions of the media, and the supposedly neutral BBC

January 16, 2016 Yasmin Dahnoun

A troubled relationship: the UK and the EU

A troubled relationship: the UK and the EU

Chris Bambery takes a look at the UK's troubled relationship with the EU, both in the past and in the present

January 9, 2016 Chris Bambery

Political-media elite celebrate a successful year

Political-media elite celebrate a successful year

As the political and media establisment cosy up for Christmas drinks, Des Freedman takes a look at a successful year for Murdoch & Co

December 31, 2015 Des Freedman

How the left can move forward in 2016

How the left can move forward in 2016

As a tumultuous year in British politics comes to an end, Alex Snowdon takes a look at the implications for the year ahead

December 29, 2015 Alex Snowdon

Saudi Arabia: a major part of Cameron's war

Saudi Arabia: a major part of Cameron's war

As the west pushes on with the 'war on terror' Saudi Arabia moves centre stage, writes Kevin Ovenden

December 19, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Start The War versus Stop The War: McCarthyism returns

Start The War versus Stop The War: McCarthyism returns

Stop the War has been attacked by every part of the establishment recently, but the smears are blatant hypocrisy

December 18, 2015 Media Lens

After the Paris climate talks: stay in the streets

After the Paris climate talks: stay in the streets

A turning point in human history? Elaine Graham-Leigh takes a closer and more critical look at what the Paris talks really mean for our planet

December 14, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Marine Le Pen: the demon child of war and austerity

Marine Le Pen: the demon child of war and austerity

Not since the 1930s has a far right, indeed a fascist party done so well in an election in Western Europe, writes Alastair Stephens

December 8, 2015 Alastair Stephens

Syria vote: Hilary Benn goes to war

Syria vote: Hilary Benn goes to war

Now that the Labour right has a new champion, Corbyn needs our support more than ever, writes Alastair Stephens

December 3, 2015 Alastair Stephens

Opinion

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Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

The Prime Minister's denigrating language about migrants is true to his class, says Alastair Stephens

January 28, 2016 Alastair Stephens

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Whilst the left has been strengthened, social mobilisations will have to be intensified in Portugal, writes João Camargo ...

January 26, 2016 João Camargo

We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose

We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose

Philosophy Football's Bowie shirts are a fitting memorial for the late artist, writes Mark Perryman

January 22, 2016 Mark Perryman

Education targets: the need for a radical rethink

Education targets: the need for a radical rethink

A culture of target-chasing has become all pervasive in our schools. Phil Armstrong looks at the issues

January 22, 2016 Phil Armstrong

Insulting Muslims won't help integration

Insulting Muslims won't help integration

David Cameron has further stigmatised the Muslim community - suggesting that those who do not learn English may have to leave the country - Rabina Khan respo...

January 18, 2016 Rabina Khan

Stop the War: strengthening the movement in 2016

Stop the War: strengthening the movement in 2016

The anti-war position of the radical left inside the Labour Party needs to be consolidated in the coming months, writes Kevin Ovenden

January 10, 2016 Kevin Ovenden

Labour reshuffle: Britain's political crisis

Labour reshuffle: Britain's political crisis

Brian Heron places Corbyn's reorganisation of his shadow cabinet in the wider political context

January 8, 2016 Brian Heron

Top Ten Sports Books for 2016

Top Ten Sports Books for 2016

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football picks his favourite reads for the new sporting year

January 1, 2016 Mark Perryman

The tampon tax is misogynist: what we can do to stop it

The tampon tax is misogynist: what we can do to stop it

The tampon tax is alienating and unnecessary, but we are doing something about it, writes Laura Coryton

December 8, 2015 Laura Coryton

MPs complaints of bullying show contempt for democracy

MPs complaints of bullying show contempt for democracy

Many of those complaining fear greater accountability and the wave of anti-war feeling evident from Corbyn's election as Labour leader

December 6, 2015 Lindsey German

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 Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Danny Dorling's Injustice demonstrates that social inequality is bad for everyone, and that its justifications can all be shown to be entirely incor...

January 28, 2016 Orlando Hill

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World To Build shows us alternatives to neoliberalism in recent movements in Latin America, where political strategies have claimed important victorie...

January 21, 2016 Ian Richardson

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

This angry but eloquent account of the politics of water exposes the savagery of the neoliberal strain of marauding capitalism

January 14, 2016 Adam Tomes

The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America

The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America

The New War on the Poor shows how neoliberal security regimes produce insecurity, and worse, for poor citizens, while protecting rich interests, finds E...

January 7, 2016 Ellen Graubart

The Encyclopedia of the Dead

The Encyclopedia of the Dead

Yugoslav author Danilo Kiŝ is celebrated for his opposition to authoritarianism, but his politics of the individual fail to offer real liberation, finds Domi...

December 30, 2015 Dominic Alexander

We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

Laurie Calhoun’s We Kill Because We Can argues that drone warfare is illegal under international law, and only increases terrorism, finds Lindy Syson ...

December 17, 2015 Lindy Syson

Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism

Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism

An extract from Alfie Bown's new book, Enjoying It

December 15, 2015

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire

Hungry Bengal demonstrates the central role of imperialism and racism in creating the wartime Bengal famine which killed millions and divided the country, ar...

December 10, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

How to Dismantle the NHS in Ten Easy Steps

How to Dismantle the NHS in Ten Easy Steps

The extent of the threat to the NHS is revealed in clear, concise detail in El-Gingihy’s short book, finds Cameron Panting

December 3, 2015 Cameron Panting

Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance

Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance

David Shonfield reviews a major new history of the French Resistance, which reveals the role of immigrant workers and women, and how French identity has been...

November 26, 2015 David Shonfield

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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

Democratic revolution or socialist revolution?

Democratic revolution or socialist revolution?

In this chapter from his book Marxism at the Millennium, Tony Cliff, writes about the relationship between the struggle for democratic freedoms and socialism...

January 17, 2011 Tony Cliff

Daniel Bensaïd and the shape of socialist strategy

Daniel Bensaïd and the shape of socialist strategy

John Riddell looks at the work of Daniel Bensaïd and its relevance for Marxist strategy. ...

November 14, 2011 John Riddell

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 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

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

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