The many crises of capitalism and how we can overcome them
Understanding the nature of the contradictions and crises of capitalism is central to the question of building a socialist alternative, writes John Clarke
The Marxist theory of history - video
John Rees explains the Marxist understanding of history and why it matters in the struggle today
Marxism or Moralism?
Morals do not sit outside social antagonisms and politics is not a simple question of individual beliefs argues David Bush.
The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology - book review
Return of Nature
shows that ecological science and socialism have developed together from Marx and Engels’ writings, finds Dominic Alexander
The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto - book review
Hal Draper’s edition of the
with commentary strips away layers of falsifications and misconceptions to reveal afresh Marx’s meaning, finds Dominic Alexander
Engels 200 – His Contribution to Political Economy - book review
The central importance of the revolutionary Friedrich Engels to Marxism, as an individual thinker as well as collaborator, is forcefully argued in Roberts’
, finds John Clarke
Johnson hopes vaccines will get him off the hook - CounterBlast
Frederick Engels, born 200 years, ago identified the type of disastrous policy pursued by the Johnson government during the pandemic, argues Sean Ledwith
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
Engels: a working class hero
The life long comrade of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels made a huge contribution to socialist ideas and to revolutionary activity. Lindsey German looks at his legacy
Bombs and bosses’ bailouts while workers get pay freeze – weekly briefing
Alex Snowdon on second wave austerity, Starmer’s Labour party and Friedrich Engels
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
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 Family, Private Property and the State
The history of May Day: an unfinished struggle
Out of the Chartist movement, the struggle against slavery and for international socialism, why the demands of May Day remain as vital as ever today
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 Engels' contribution to Marxian political economy by Michael Roberts
In the second of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we are republishing this piece by John Rees which first appeared in the International Socialism Journal in 1994
Frederick Engels: life of a revolutionary
In the first of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we are republishing this piece by Lindsey German which first appeared in the
International Socialism Journal
What did Engels say about revolution?
Engels was a revolutionary democrat and a revolutionary realist, argues Dragan Plavšić
Stop Boris: General Election Now - Counterfire Freesheet July 2019
No new Tory Prime Minister, protest the Tory party conference, revolt in Sudan, does modern monetary theory work, stop the drive to war with Iran, the British state and what Engels said about revolution in this month's Counterfire freesheet
Thank God it's Friday: 300 years of Robinson Crusoe
On the 300 year anniversary of the publishing of Robinson Crusoe, Morgan Daniels analyses what the book really tells us from a Marxist perspective
Marxists, so-called Marxists, and parliamentary socialists
John Rees tries to distil some sense from recent tabloid exchanges, and looks at the real relationship between Marxism, parliament and Jeremy Corbyn
Marx's name endures through the ages, and the vandalism
The recent vandalism of Karl Marx's grave is an attack on the memory of Marx and a legacy of resistance and struggle, writes Dana Mills
Marx in Engels' words
Following the attack on Marx's grave in Highgate, we reprint a transcript of Engels speaking at his graveside on why he is worth remembering
Socialism: utopian and scientific - an introduction
Engels’ popular pamphlet offers one of the best concise accounts of capitalist development and an accessible introduction to Marx's revolutionary socialism, writes John Rees
Paris and London: A Tale of Two Radical Cities
Chris Bambery on the history of two great capital cities, and the architecture of power.
The Young Karl Marx - film review
This portrait of the most important thinker of the modern age shows a man who was much much more than the popular caricature of a grey beard
Marxism, Social Reproduction and Women’s Liberation with Lindsey German and Kate Connelly - video
At an important Counterfire discussion, Lindsey German and Kate Connelly speak on women's oppression and how gender roles are played out within the structure of capitalism
Thomas Muntzer: From Reformation to Revolution
Commemorating its 500 year anniversary, Sean Ledwith argues that the Reformation was an era of political upheaval in Western Europe
'Not mere manslaughter, but murder': why we're still living with Victorian values - weekly briefing
The more things change, the more they stay the same: Lindsey German looks to Engels to help us understand the enormity of Grenfell
The Communist Manifesto - key texts
The Communist Manifesto is a pamphlet that refuses to die. As incendiary as the day it was published, Paul Vernell unpacks this founding document
Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?
As Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour leader gains seemingly unstoppable momentum, John Rees looks at some of the debates on the left at the time of the formation of the Labour Party
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 oppression
Class act: Engels classic brought to the stage
In the 1840s Engels wrote ‘
The Condition of the Working Class in England
’, based upon his experiences in Manchester. Ben Metters reviews a contemporary theatrical take on this political classic
A Marxist History of the World part 53: What is Marxism?
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the complex history of Marxism - and how capitalism produced its own gravediggers.
A Marxist History of the World part 50: The Industrial Revolution
Frederick Engels was sent to Manchester, centre of the Industrial Revolution, to dispel his radicalism. Instead it made him the revolutionary he is remembered as today, Neil Faulkner explains.