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UK undead: 10 reasons democracy is dying

UK undead: 10 reasons democracy is dying

Opinion September 20, 2014

Alastair Stephens looks at how democracy in the UK is dying at the hands of the neoliberal ruling elite

Scotland's vote and politics after the referendum

Scotland's vote and politics after the referendum

Analysis September 19, 2014

Lindsey German's take on the changed political landscape in the wake of the Scottish referendum result

No to independence, but no confidence in the Union

No to independence, but no confidence in the Union

Analysis September 19, 2014

Chris Bambery: the British elite threw everything into stopping a Yes win, but the narrowness of the No vote adds to the crisis of the United Kingdom ...

PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital

PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital

Book Reviews September 18, 2014

PolyluxMarx is an innovative and valuable introduction to Marx’s Capital, finds Sean Ledwith, despite a few disagreements in method and theory ...

Scotland: ten things the vote signifies

Scotland: ten things the vote signifies

Opinion September 18, 2014

Lindsey German looks at what impact the vote results will have on Britain and Scotland

Learning from Scotland's radical independence movement

Learning from Scotland's radical independence movement

Opinion September 16, 2014

Chris Bambery: whatever the final result it’s worth looking at what the Radical Independence Campaign has achieved and how it might be emulated elsewhere in ...

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Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

James Doran, a socialist activist in north-east England, considers some repercussions of the Scottish referendum for the anti-austerity movement

September 19, 2014 James Doran

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Brian Heron: The new 'powers' granted to Holyrood do nothing to reduce poverty, to reign in inequality, to remove Trident or to save the health service ...

September 19, 2014 Brian Heron

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

Counterfire’s Alex Snowdon replies to two recent articles by Mark Perryman discussing the implications of the Scottish independence referendum for socialists...

September 19, 2014 Alex Snowdon

After Scotland, turning into the English Left?

After Scotland, turning into the English Left?

Guest contributor Mark Perryman offers a personal contribution to debates about the implications of the Scottish referendum

September 19, 2014 Mark Perryman

Breaking the spell: Scotland's democratic revolt

Breaking the spell: Scotland's democratic revolt

The Scottish referendum has demonstrated the centrality of the demand for democracy to working-class struggle, writes Alastair Stephens. This is a democratic...

September 18, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Scotland's vote, Britain's crisis: politics after the referendum

Scotland's vote, Britain's crisis: politics after the referendum

Counterfire meetings in London and Newcastle discuss the impact of the Scottish independence referendum in the wake of the vote

September 17, 2014 Counterfire

10 reasons why Scotland's vote is a crisis for the British elite

10 reasons why Scotland's vote is a crisis for the British elite

Alex Snowdon looks at 10 important things to consider, regardless of the outcome of this Thursday's referendum

September 15, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Know your enemy: vote yes

Know your enemy: vote yes

Chris Bambery: the British elite see working class support for independence and hate and fear it at the same time

September 15, 2014 Chris Bambery

Give the Orange bigots their marching orders with a Yes vote

Give the Orange bigots their marching orders with a Yes vote

As the Orange Order takes to the streets of Edinburgh in defence of the Union, Chris Bambery looks at the roots of anti-Catholic sectarianism

September 15, 2014 Chris Bambery

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Lindsey German welcomes a new edition of a classic of Marxist Women’s Liberation theory, which opens up rich debates over the nature and origins of women’s o...

September 12, 2014 Lindsey German

Red, white, blue and green with envy

Red, white, blue and green with envy

Ahead of Scotland’s Referendum Mark Perryman has just put up his ‘Yes’ poster in deepest England

September 10, 2014 Mark Perryman

Ukraine's uprising against Nato, neoliberals and oligarchs - an interview with Boris Kagarlitsky

Ukraine's uprising against Nato, neoliberals and oligarchs - an interview with Boris Kagarlitsky

Despite the ceasefire the crisis in Ukraine is far from resolved. Feyzi Ismail talks to Russian Marxist and dissident Boris Kagarlitsky about the background ...

September 8, 2014 Feyzi Ismail

Message from Edinburgh

Message from Edinburgh

London-based activist Matt Houlihan joined two canvasses of working class estates in Scotland to experience the infectious excitement of the radical campaign...

September 7, 2014 Matt Houlihan

Yes to women's equality - Scottish Independence: A Feminist Response

Yes to women's equality - Scottish Independence: A Feminist Response

Lindsey German reviews 'Scottish Independence: A Feminist Response' by Cat Boyd and Jenny Morrison

September 7, 2014 Lindsey German

Video: London welcomes the People's March for the NHS

Video: London welcomes the People's March for the NHS

Video of the welcome march and the speeches that greeted the '300 milers' who had walked from Jarrow to London in protest at the privatisation of the NHS ...

September 7, 2014 Paul Hanes

Editors picks

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They’re both as bad as each other. This is not a moment to pick sides*

They’re both as bad as each other. This is not a moment to pick sides*

The narrative of equals is a sham. Only in the realms of superb fantasy can a child killer be measured in the same breath as the child he killed writes Charl...

August 1, 2014 Charles B. Anthony

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

Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukács

Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukács

Free to read or download online, Chris Nineham's short book looks at the ideas of Georg Lukács the Hungarian revolutionary whose work explored the hold of capit...

August 24, 2010 Chris Nineham

Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

John Rees on how the latest Israeli war on Gaza demonstrates where the solution to the conflict lies

July 23, 2014 John Rees

The Holocaust and Israel

The Holocaust and Israel

It is one of the most tragic cases in history that an oppressed nation like the Jews, have imposed oppression and barbarism on another nation – the Palestini...

July 29, 2014 Tony Cliff

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 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

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 ...

June 15, 2014 John Rees

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 th...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

Analysis

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Militarised racism and the Ferguson rebellion

Militarised racism and the Ferguson rebellion

Sean Ledwith looks at the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the rising against the racist machine

August 27, 2014 Sean Ledwith

French government falls - euro austerity cracks

French government falls - euro austerity cracks

James Meadway: Europe’s continuing economic woes are starting to pull apart the austerity consensus amongst its elites

August 25, 2014 James Meadway

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

Western calls to arm the Kurds and bomb Iraq are both hypocritical and dangerous, argues John Rees

August 17, 2014 John Rees

What's next for Turkey?

What's next for Turkey?

Erdogan has won Turkey's first presidential elections. But what is the future for Turkey with Erdogan as the nation's leader, and what do these elections sig...

August 12, 2014 Volkan Aran

Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?

Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?

Sean Ledwith looks at the origins of Hamas and its role as an expression of popular Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation

August 9, 2014 Sean Ledwith

The rise and rise of the Islamic State

The rise and rise of the Islamic State

The rapid advance across Iraq by militant fighters from the Islamic State, widely known as Isis, has thrown the country into chaos

August 8, 2014 Sami Ramadani

Gaza: has Israel been defeated by its own brutality?

Gaza: has Israel been defeated by its own brutality?

Despite the enormous cost in Palestinian lives, the Israeli state is losing in every dimension of its struggle to crush Gaza argues John Rees

August 4, 2014 John Rees

Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

John Rees on how the latest Israeli war on Gaza demonstrates where the solution to the conflict lies

July 23, 2014 John Rees

Social trade unionism can break the corporate juggernaut

Social trade unionism can break the corporate juggernaut

For trade unions to fight back and win we need to tap into the massive political anger and idealism that is running right across society argues John Westmore...

July 15, 2014 John Westmoreland

The agony of Gaza

The agony of Gaza

The brutality visited on Gaza flows from a simple fact; that Israel, the Arab dictators, and Western imperialism would all prefer that the Palestinians did n...

July 12, 2014 Neil Faulkner

Opinion

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Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

James Doran, a socialist activist in north-east England, considers some repercussions of the Scottish referendum for the anti-austerity movement

September 19, 2014 James Doran

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Brian Heron: The new 'powers' granted to Holyrood do nothing to reduce poverty, to reign in inequality, to remove Trident or to save the health service ...

September 19, 2014 Brian Heron

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

Counterfire’s Alex Snowdon replies to two recent articles by Mark Perryman discussing the implications of the Scottish independence referendum for socialists...

September 19, 2014 Alex Snowdon

After Scotland, turning into the English Left?

After Scotland, turning into the English Left?

Guest contributor Mark Perryman offers a personal contribution to debates about the implications of the Scottish referendum

September 19, 2014 Mark Perryman

Breaking the spell: Scotland's democratic revolt

Breaking the spell: Scotland's democratic revolt

The Scottish referendum has demonstrated the centrality of the demand for democracy to working-class struggle, writes Alastair Stephens. This is a democratic...

September 18, 2014 Alastair Stephens

10 reasons why Scotland's vote is a crisis for the British elite

10 reasons why Scotland's vote is a crisis for the British elite

Alex Snowdon looks at 10 important things to consider, regardless of the outcome of this Thursday's referendum

September 15, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Know your enemy: vote yes

Know your enemy: vote yes

Chris Bambery: the British elite see working class support for independence and hate and fear it at the same time

September 15, 2014 Chris Bambery

Give the Orange bigots their marching orders with a Yes vote

Give the Orange bigots their marching orders with a Yes vote

As the Orange Order takes to the streets of Edinburgh in defence of the Union, Chris Bambery looks at the roots of anti-Catholic sectarianism

September 15, 2014 Chris Bambery

Red, white, blue and green with envy

Red, white, blue and green with envy

Ahead of Scotland’s Referendum Mark Perryman has just put up his ‘Yes’ poster in deepest England

September 10, 2014 Mark Perryman

Message from Edinburgh

Message from Edinburgh

London-based activist Matt Houlihan joined two canvasses of working class estates in Scotland to experience the infectious excitement of the radical campaign...

September 7, 2014 Matt Houlihan

Books

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Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Lindsey German welcomes a new edition of a classic of Marxist Women’s Liberation theory, which opens up rich debates over the nature and origins of women’s o...

September 12, 2014 Lindsey German

An Impatient Life: A Memoir

An Impatient Life: A Memoir

Daniel Bensaïd’s memoir of a life as a socialist in France provides an engaging account of a revolutionary life during the 1960s and after, finds William Boo...

September 5, 2014 William Booth

Languages of the Unheard: Why militant protest is good for democracy

Languages of the Unheard: Why militant protest is good for democracy

A defence of the democratic function of militant protest in Stephen D’Arcy’s Languages of the Unheard provides rigorous and valuable arguments, argues Willia...

August 27, 2014 William Alderson

Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggles and Progressive Reform in New York City

Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggles and Progressive Reform in New York City

The history of the working class of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, explored through the prism of subjectivities of space, is a project that promises more than it ...

August 20, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

Attempts by the likes of Ari Shavit to defend Israeli policy in Palestine wear ever thinner, as shown by Norman Finkelstein’s robust critique in Old Wine, Br...

August 15, 2014 Rohan J Bundell

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: the World Cup, the Olympics and the Fight for Democracy

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: the World Cup, the Olympics and the Fight for Democracy

It was perfectly fair to enjoy the World Cup and carry on fighting for a better future, argues Orlando Hill

August 6, 2014 Orlando Hill

Corporate Europe: How big business sets policies on food, climate and war

Corporate Europe: How big business sets policies on food, climate and war

Richard Allday welcomes David Cronin’s devastating critique of the corporate interests driving EU policy, including the new ultra-neoliberal TTIP proposals, ...

July 31, 2014 Richard Allday

Austerity Bites: A journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

Austerity Bites: A journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

Mary O’Hara’s Austerity Bites brings us first-hand accounts of the damage done by austerity measures to people across Britain. It is an invaluable resource f...

July 25, 2014 Ellen Graubart

The Land Grab: Africa and Imperialism

The Land Grab: Africa and Imperialism

Africa’s subordinated position in global capitalism has made its agriculture vulnerable to imperialist land-grabbing, in which the West, not China, takes the...

July 16, 2014 Dan Poulton

Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

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

July 10, 2014 Neil Faulkner

Theory

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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

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

Anti-capitalism ten years after Seattle

Anti-capitalism ten years after Seattle

In 1999 thousands of activists fought with riot police to close down the WTO conference in Seattle. Ten years on Chris Nineham looks at the future of the anti...

March 16, 2010 Chris Nineham

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

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

Lenin: Class Society and the State

Lenin: Class Society and the State

The violent centralised nature of the modern political state has been on display recently both on the streets of Arab cities and Britain. How should socialists...

April 10, 2011 V. I .Lenin introduction by Alex Snowden

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