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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

Stronger measures needed to stop second wave - CounterBlast

Stronger measures needed to stop second wave - CounterBlast

Opinion September 19, 2020

Rising case numbers show that the government is failing to act decisively on the pandemic, argues Alex Snowdon

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.

Aslef tube ballot returns overwhelming 95.2% yes vote for strike

Aslef tube ballot returns overwhelming 95.2% yes vote for strike

Latest News September 17, 2020

Members of Aslef working on the tube have voted by a huge margin for strike action to defend jobs, terms and conditions and pensions, reports Unjum Mirza ...

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - book review

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - book review

Book Reviews September 17, 2020

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

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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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

Threat of strike brings victory at SOAS

Threat of strike brings victory at SOAS

Unison members at SOAS have won their fight against compulsory redundancies after planning to strike, reports Feyzi Ismail

September 21, 2020 Feyzi Ismail

From Nixon to Trump: Lessons of the 1968 election

From Nixon to Trump: Lessons of the 1968 election

As Trump looks to shore up populism for his re-election during the BLM upsurge, Sean Ledwith draws upon parallels with 1968

September 21, 2020 Sean Ledwith

War feeds the climate crisis

War feeds the climate crisis

The climate crisis is headline news, but the role of Western military policy in it is still not well known enough, argues Maddalena Dunscombe

September 21, 2020 Maddalena Dunscombe

BA: armageddon averted, but the forces of evil are still there

BA: armageddon averted, but the forces of evil are still there

The news that BA has backtracked on their threat to sack their entire workforce, and selectively choose to rehire on drastically worse terms and conditions is a...

September 20, 2020 Richard Allday

The government is failing to keep schools safe from Covid

The government is failing to keep schools safe from Covid

  With rising infection rates, we need to confront Tory failures and campaign hard for safe and sustainable schools, argues David McAllister ...

September 20, 2020 David McAllister

“It isn’t only guns that kill”: racism in Britain’s criminal justice system

“It isn’t only guns that kill”: racism in Britain’s criminal justice system

Attempts to minimise racism in the UK because British police aren’t armed like their US counterparts don’t stack up, argues Luna Williams

September 20, 2020 Luna Williams

Danièle Obono interview: racism, the movement and the virus in France

Danièle Obono interview: racism, the movement and the virus in France

Susan Ram interviews Danièle Obono, an MP with La France Insoumise on the anti-racist movement after she was racially attacked by a French magazine

September 20, 2020 Susan Ram

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

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

Dust Bowls of Empire. Imperialism, Environmental Politics and Injustice of ‘Green’ Capitalism - book review

Dust Bowls of Empire. Imperialism, Environmental Politics and Injustice of ‘Green’ Capitalism - book review

Holleman’s Dust Bowls of Empire shows that ecological crisis on the Great Plains of America is rooted in racism, imperialism and capitalism, finds Elaine Graham...

August 27, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh