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Snowden’s Box: Trust in the Age of Surveillance - book review

Snowden’s Box: Trust in the Age of Surveillance - book review

Book Reviews July 2, 2020

The story of Snowden’s whistleblowing reveals the importance of genuinely free journalism, but only mass movements can truly defend civil liberties, argues Pete...

We have everything to fear from Johnson’s spin and incompetence - CounterBlast

We have everything to fear from Johnson’s spin and incompetence - CounterBlast

Opinion July 1, 2020

Boris Johnson’s pathetic attempt to compare himself to Roosevelt will fool nobody as the gap grows between his rhetoric and reality, argues Sean Ledwith ...

Explainer: What is socialism?

Explainer: What is socialism?

Theory June 30, 2020

In the first of a series of socialist explainers, Chris Nineham looks at the concept of socialism itself

The battle is on: and the left can’t win in Labour - weekly briefing

The battle is on: and the left can’t win in Labour - weekly briefing

Opinion June 29, 2020

Lindsey German on Labour, the left and taking on the Tories

Starmer plays to the right: where now for the left?

Starmer plays to the right: where now for the left?

Analysis June 26, 2020

Starmer has signalled war on Labour's left with the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey. It is a deliberate attempt to root out Corbynism from positions of influence...

Israel annexation of West Bank will be the final nail in the Oslo Accord

Israel annexation of West Bank will be the final nail in the Oslo Accord

Opinion June 25, 2020

What the annexation would mean to Palestinians and Israelis and why we should oppose it, explains Sybil Cock

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Starmer takes Labour right: It's time for an extra-parliamentary left

Starmer takes Labour right: It's time for an extra-parliamentary left

The fight is on, but it isn't going to be fought in the Labour Party

July 2, 2020 Counterfire

Boris is playing a grim game - CounterBlast

Boris is playing a grim game - CounterBlast

The new haphazard approach of leaving local areas to impose their own small lockdowns shows callous disregard for lives, argues Lucy Nichols

July 2, 2020 Lucy Nichols

Garment workers in South India rise up against Covid-linked retrenchment

Garment workers in South India rise up against Covid-linked retrenchment

Hundreds of unionised women workers are combating efforts by the fashion industry to pass the costs of Covid-19 onto the world’s most vulnerable, reports S...

July 2, 2020 Susan Ram

Hong Kong in crisis

Hong Kong in crisis

Caught between threats from China and support from the US, the protestors face some difficult decisions, writes Dragan Plavšić

July 2, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Ernie O'Malley's On Another Man's Wound: books that made me a socialist

Ernie O'Malley's On Another Man's Wound: books that made me a socialist

An anti-imperialist personal account chosen by Chris Bambery

July 1, 2020 Chris Bambery

The South Sea Bubble: England's first stock market crisis 300 years ago

The South Sea Bubble: England's first stock market crisis 300 years ago

The South Sea Bubble was not an exceptional event but the first of many crises produced by the inescapable tendencies of capitalism, argues Dominic Al...

July 1, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Essential workers today; garbage tomorrow.

Essential workers today; garbage tomorrow.

As the economic turmoil starts to bite, Goldstar Transport workers show how to organise to fight back, reports Richard Allday 

June 30, 2020 Richard Allday

Five films on the black struggle

Five films on the black struggle

As Black Lives Matter continues to make gains, Counterfire writers discuss a personal selection of films concerning race and class in the US and UK

June 29, 2020 Counterfire

Engels 200

Engels' contribution to Marxism

Engels' contribution to Marxism

As part of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we repost Tony Cliff's 1996 speech on Engels

June 28, 2020 Tony Cliff

Engels was right, class society and women's oppression aren't inevitable or irreversible

Engels was right, class society and women's oppression aren't inevitable or irreversible

As part of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Elaine Graham-Leigh looks at Engels' The Origins of the Fami...

May 17, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Engels on nature and humanity

Engels on nature and humanity

In the third of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we repost this excerpt from an upcoming short book on E...

April 4, 2020 Michael Roberts

Theory

Some past rank-and-file movements

Some past rank-and-file movements

We republish Brian Pearce's 1959 essay on trade unions and rank and file movements with an introduction by Alex Snowdon

May 23, 2020 Brian Pearce

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

In the week of the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth, Morgan Daniels explains the relevance of his 1917 pamphlet, Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism ...

April 23, 2020 Morgan Daniels

Lenin, state and revolution: an introduction

Lenin, state and revolution: an introduction

In the week of the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth, we repost Dragan Plavšić's take on this classic text

April 20, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Tony Cliff: Strategy and Tactics

Tony Cliff: Strategy and Tactics

We republish Chapter 14 from Tony Cliff's Lenin 1: Building the Party on the 20th anniversary of his death

April 8, 2020 Tony Cliff

Why socialists oppose imperialist wars

Why socialists oppose imperialist wars

Smashing the link between militarism and the system is a fixed task for our side, argues Dominic Alexander

February 5, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Books

Liberalism At Large: The World According to the Economist - book review

Liberalism At Large: The World According to the Economist - book review

Zevin’s history of the Economist magazine opens up a rich angle from which to observe the nature and development of liberalism across 180 years, finds Dominic A...

June 25, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Socialist Register 2020: Beyond Market Dystopia - book review

Socialist Register 2020: Beyond Market Dystopia - book review

The wide range of essays in Socialist Register 2020 provide important reflections on the strengths and weaknesses of recent left movements, finds Sean Ledw...

June 18, 2020 Sean Ledwith

Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care - book review

Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care - book review

Giorgos Kallis criticises Malthus’ ideas and their modern influence, but sustainability requires structural change to move beyond capitalism, argues Elaine Grah...

June 11, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh