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Radical Scotland and The Fight for Scottish Democracy - book review

Radical Scotland and The Fight for Scottish Democracy - book review

Book Reviews September 24, 2020

Two new histories of working-class radicalism in Scotland from the French Revolution to the crisis of 1820 show the relevance of these events to today, finds Ch...

‘And seem a saint, when most I play the devil’: Johnson’s dangerously misleading Covid broadcast

‘And seem a saint, when most I play the devil’: Johnson’s dangerously misleading Covid broadcast

Opinion September 22, 2020

The government is still committed to putting profit before lives. We need to organise to force adequate safety measures argues Katherine Connelly ...

Starmer's 'New Leadership': blame Corbyn, offer nothing - CounterBlast

Starmer's 'New Leadership': blame Corbyn, offer nothing - CounterBlast

Opinion September 22, 2020

Starmer's policy-stricken, Corbyn-bashing conference speech confirms that opposition to the Tories is only going to come from outside parliament, argu...

Second time farce, but it will lead to tragedy - weekly briefing

Second time farce, but it will lead to tragedy - weekly briefing

Opinion September 20, 2020

Lindsey German on the spiralling Covid crisis and how class remains our compass point

Safety first - Counterfire statement on schools and coronavirus

Safety first - Counterfire statement on schools and coronavirus

Counterfire September 19, 2020

As coronavirus infection rates soar, and hundreds of schools are hit by cases, Counterfire demands government action.

China: a socialist force for good or an imperial superpower in the making? An historical evaluation - long read

China: a socialist force for good or an imperial superpower in the making? An historical evaluation - long read

Analysis September 13, 2020

Dragan Plavšić considers what China’s modern history tells us about the nature of the Chinese state today

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8 Reasons to reject Sunak’s scheme and keep fighting for the furlough - Counterblast

8 Reasons to reject Sunak’s scheme and keep fighting for the furlough - Counterblast

Sunak’s scheme will mean millions are made jobless and the movement should reject it, argue Susan Newman and Chris Nineham

September 24, 2020 Susan Newman and Chris Nineham

Protecting war criminals and torturers: the Tory bill and Starmer's shame

Protecting war criminals and torturers: the Tory bill and Starmer's shame

The passing of the Overseas Operations bill which Labour abstained on is a disservice to victims of torture and undermines international law, argues Lindsey Ger...

September 24, 2020 Lindsey German

US torn by crises as election looms

US torn by crises as election looms

Ahead of the US elections, John Clarke considers the balance of forces, the dangers of a second Trump term and the intensifying crisis whatever the outcome ...

September 23, 2020 John Clarke

Trump is in charge of the political prosecution of Julian Assange

Trump is in charge of the political prosecution of Julian Assange

John Rees debunks one of the prosecution's key arguments in the Assange trial

September 23, 2020 John Rees

Workers are fighting back - news from the frontline

Workers are fighting back - news from the frontline

The first of a fortnightly digest rouding up the stories of working people getting organised and fighting back

September 23, 2020 Counterfire

Doncaster reacts to Starmer: 'We don't need another Tony Blair'

Doncaster reacts to Starmer: 'We don't need another Tony Blair'

Keir Starmer's conference speech in Doncaster isn't convincing anybody, writes John Westmoreland after speaking to people in the area

September 23, 2020 John Westmoreland

Donald Trump is no 'peace president'

Donald Trump is no 'peace president'

Trump is once again claiming he has an anti-war foreign policy in his election campaign, but his record doesn't back it up, argues Chris Nineham

September 22, 2020 Chris Nineham

An organised left is crucial as we move towards a second wave - CounterBlast

An organised left is crucial as we move towards a second wave - CounterBlast

The government’s measures to deal with a second wave remain inadequate; it’s crucial the left pushes for serious action that puts safety first, argues Lucy Nich...

September 21, 2020 Lucy Nichols

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

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

In the eighth part of a series of socialist explainers, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica analyses what went wrong in post-revolution Russia

August 18, 2020 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

In the seventh part of a series of socialist explainers, Elaine Graham-Leigh analyses where oppression comes from and if it can be overcome

August 11, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Why class matters - explainer

Why class matters - explainer

In the fifth part of a series of socialist explainers, David McAllister explains what the working class is and why it's central to transforming society ...

July 28, 2020 David McAllister

Does a biased media make change impossible? - explainer

Does a biased media make change impossible? - explainer

In the fourth of a series of socialist explainers, Des Freedman looks at the possibilities for change in the face of a hostile media establishment

July 21, 2020 Des Freedman

Can economic planning work? - explainer

Can economic planning work? - explainer

In the third of a series of socialist explainers, Dominic Alexander takes on the idea that a planned economy cannot work

July 14, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Books

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - book review

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - book review

Rachel Holmes’ monumental biography of Sylvia Pankhurst succeeds in capturing her energy and brilliance, and the relevance of her causes for today, finds Kather...

September 17, 2020 Katherine Connelly

The London Dream: Migration and the Mythology of the City - book review

The London Dream: Migration and the Mythology of the City - book review

Chris McMillan knows the London Dream all too well, and his book shows how the city exploits labour whatever the form of capitalism it has hosted, finds Morgan ...

September 10, 2020 Morgan Daniels

The Ballot or The Streets or Both? From Marx and Engels to Lenin and the October Revolution - book review

The Ballot or The Streets or Both? From Marx and Engels to Lenin and the October Revolution - book review

August Nimtz’s study of Lenin’s approach to elections reveals the continuities with Marx and their enduring relevance to revolutionary politics, argues Alex Sno...

September 3, 2020 Alex Snowdon