log in
Join
Become a member of Counterfire
Support us
Help fund the Counterfire website and paper
Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley - book review

Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley - book review

Book Reviews November 26, 2020

Rob Larson’s witty and informative Bit Tyrants provides a welcome analysis of corporate tech giants, and a mass strategy for confronting them, finds Elaine Grah...

Sunak’s spending priorities: money for the rich, pay freeze for key workers

Sunak’s spending priorities: money for the rich, pay freeze for key workers

Opinion November 25, 2020

The Tory spending review shows the government’s priority is to protect profits and making working class people pay, argues Shabbir Lakha

Keir Starmer's Brexit opportunism

Keir Starmer's Brexit opportunism

Opinion November 25, 2020

Starmer has confirmed that his manoeuvring on Brexit and a second referendum was always an anti-left operation used to attack Corbyn, argues Kevin Ovenden ...

Engels: a working class hero

Engels: a working class hero

Engels 200 November 25, 2020

The life long comrade of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels made a huge contribution to socialist ideas and to revolutionary activity. Lindsey German looks a...

Bombs and bosses’ bailouts while workers get pay freeze – weekly briefing

Bombs and bosses’ bailouts while workers get pay freeze – weekly briefing

Opinion November 22, 2020

Alex Snowdon on second wave austerity, Starmer’s Labour party and Friedrich Engels

We mustn't be passive observers: help build a fighting left

We mustn't be passive observers: help build a fighting left

Opinion November 20, 2020

An appeal to Counterfire's supporters

next
prev

Latest

Engels: giant of the socialist movement - video

Engels: giant of the socialist movement - video

On the bicentenary of Engels' birth, Lindsey German looks at his life as a socialist revolutionary, activist and theoretician

November 27, 2020 Lindsey German

Hostile environment: how the Tories broke the law to ramp up racism

Hostile environment: how the Tories broke the law to ramp up racism

A new report shows the hostile environment is unlawful, but it's more than a technical oversight - it's the deliberate racism of the state and it must...

November 27, 2020 Yonas Makoni

Why is there £21.5bn more for the military but no money for key workers?

Why is there £21.5bn more for the military but no money for key workers?

The credit card is maxed out when it comes to public sector pay but there's always money for war according to the Tories, writes Terina Hine

November 27, 2020 Terina Hine

Croydon Council cuts to jobs and services must be resisted

Croydon Council cuts to jobs and services must be resisted

Local councils should be standing up to the Tories, not making their workers and most vulnerable constituents pay, writes Jamal Elaheebocus

November 26, 2020 Jamal Elaheebocus

Radical off the pitch: what they don’t tell you about Maradona

Radical off the pitch: what they don’t tell you about Maradona

As El Diego leaves us, Enrico Tortolano pays tribute to the boy from the barrio who never forgot where he came from

November 26, 2020 Enrico Tortolano

Can Indian workers ramp up the fightback against Modi’s far-right rule?

Can Indian workers ramp up the fightback against Modi’s far-right rule?

As 16 million workers down tools in a nationwide general strike, Susan Ram explores the issues and possibilities

November 26, 2020 Susan Ram

Message from Manchester: if you fight you can win

Message from Manchester: if you fight you can win

Lucy Nichols, one of the occupiers at the University of Manchester, calls on students around the country to follow suit

November 26, 2020 Lucy Nichols

Ikea pushed back in victory for workers’ campaign

Ikea pushed back in victory for workers’ campaign

The victory for the campaign to reinstate sacked trade unionist Richie Venton and restore sick pay shows what workers organising can achieve, writes Chris Nevil...

November 25, 2020 Chris Neville

Engels 200

Engels: giant of the socialist movement - video

Engels: giant of the socialist movement - video

On the bicentenary of Engels' birth, Lindsey German looks at his life as a socialist revolutionary, activist and theoretician

November 27, 2020 Lindsey German

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

Theory

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Alex Snowdon dissects the root of Labour's failures as a party that's meant to represent working people

October 27, 2020 Alex Snowdon

What is imperialism? - explainer

What is imperialism? - explainer

In the tenth part of a series of explainers, Dragan Plavšić examines the roots of imperialism and how to oppose it

September 8, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

In the ninth part of our explainer series, Katherine Connelly looks at the continuing possibility of revolution for transforming society today

August 25, 2020 Katherine Connelly

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

Books

Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe - book review

Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe - book review

Diana Darke’s magnificent study of the eastern origins of western Europe’s architectural heritage reveals a history suppressed by imperialist prejudice, finds D...

November 19, 2020 Dominic Alexander

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War - book review

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War - book review

The story of the International Brigades’ fight against fascism in Spain is newly told in Tremlett’s valuable account, finds Chris Bambery

November 12, 2020 Chris Bambery

The Living Flame: The Revolutionary Passion of Rosa Luxemburg - book review

The Living Flame: The Revolutionary Passion of Rosa Luxemburg - book review

The Living Flame: The Revolutionary Passion of Rosa Luxemburg shows the importance of keeping Luxemburg’s ideas of revolutionary democracy alive, finds Orlando ...

November 5, 2020 Orlando Hill