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Solidarity with British Gas strikers: their fight is our fight - News from the Frontline

Solidarity with British Gas strikers: their fight is our fight - News from the Frontline

Latest News February 26, 2021

Counterfire's weekly digest rounding up the stories of working people getting organised and fighting back

Our children need less neoliberal education, not more - CounterBlast

Our children need less neoliberal education, not more - CounterBlast

Opinion February 25, 2021

Williamson’s Covid catch-up plan will not address the real fault lines in our schooling system, says Sean Ledwith

The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself - book review

The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself - book review

Book Reviews February 25, 2021

Richard D. Wolff in The Sickness is the System exposes the flaws and failures in the capitalist economic system, and argues for workplace democracy, finds Phil ...

A school student speaks: 8 March ‘big bang’ reopening just isn’t safe

A school student speaks: 8 March ‘big bang’ reopening just isn’t safe

Opinion February 23, 2021

The government have had a year to make schools safe for students to return, but they keep failing to learn the lesson, argues Jamal Elaheebocus

London bus drivers strike against attack on pay and conditions

London bus drivers strike against attack on pay and conditions

Latest News February 22, 2021

Over 2,000 bus drivers began strike action on Monday in response to a new contract that will see a cut in pay and conditions, reports Yonas Makoni

Racism, sexism and ‘Karens’

Racism, sexism and ‘Karens’

Opinion February 20, 2021

You can’t fight one oppression by doubling down on another, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh

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Why is Starmer to the right of the Tories on corporation tax? - CounterBlast

Why is Starmer to the right of the Tories on corporation tax? - CounterBlast

By opposing an increase in corporation tax, Kier Starmer’s failure to offer an alternative to the Tories has become farcical, writes Terina Hine

March 2, 2021 Terina Hine

The Trump Moment: a wake-up call for the left

The Trump Moment: a wake-up call for the left

A long read - August Nimtz examines the Trump era in the context of the capitalist crisis and argues for the building of an independent left rooted in the class...

March 2, 2021 August Nimtz

Bobby Sands and the political prisoners who changed Ireland

Bobby Sands and the political prisoners who changed Ireland

On the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the 1981 Hunger Strike, Chris Bambery looks at the legacy of the struggle and its heroic leader

March 1, 2021 Chris Bambery

People’s Covid Inquiry:  How Well Prepared was the NHS? – Report

People’s Covid Inquiry:  How Well Prepared was the NHS? – Report

The first session of the People’s Covid Inquiry shines a light on a decade of austerity which has stripped down the NHS and increased health inequalities, repor...

March 1, 2021 Karen McDougall

Renationalise the railways now! - Tunnel Vision March 2021

Renationalise the railways now! - Tunnel Vision March 2021

The latest issue of the London transport Rank & File bulletin Tunnel Vision

March 1, 2021 Tunnel Vision

Standing up to fire and hire: Go North West drivers begin all-out strike - video

Standing up to fire and hire: Go North West drivers begin all-out strike - video

Counterfire’s Ian Johnston spoke to Neil Clarke, the Unite regional rep at the Go North West picket line about the strike and why the whole community needs to s...

February 28, 2021 Ian Johnston

Latin America:  a new ‘Pink Tide’?

Latin America: a new ‘Pink Tide’?

In Latin America popular movements rejecting neoliberalism are fusing with a left electoral resurgence to make a second ‘Pink Tide’ possible, argues Jonathan Ma...

February 28, 2021 Jonathan Maunders

'America is back': Biden and the continuation of US imperialism

'America is back': Biden and the continuation of US imperialism

We shouldn't allow the relief from watching Trump go colour our view on Biden's administration, argues Chris Nineham

February 27, 2021 Chris Nineham

Events

LGBTHM: Class, Sexuality and Liberation - 25 Feb, 7pm

LGBTHM: Class, Sexuality and Liberation - 25 Feb, 7pm

For LGBT History Month, Counterfire is hosting this public meeting with Kevin Ovenden to discuss the radical history of the movement, how it won key arguments a...

Events

The Socialist Tradition of Organising Women - 6 Mar, 2pm

The Socialist Tradition of Organising Women - 6 Mar, 2pm

The first in our series of Marxist Forums on Women's Liberation

Events

The Individual and Collective in Women's Liberation - 13 Mar, 2pm

The Individual and Collective in Women's Liberation - 13 Mar, 2pm

The second in our series of Marxist Forums on Women's Liberation

Events

Paris Commune @ 150 - 21 Mar, 1pm

Paris Commune @ 150 - 21 Mar, 1pm

A commemoration of the Paris Commune 150 years on

Events

Women's Oppression and its Roots in Class Society - 27 Mar, 2pm

Women's Oppression and its Roots in Class Society - 27 Mar, 2pm

The final session of our Marxist Forums series on Women's Liberation

Events

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

The fight for women's liberation - Marxism and Women's liberation extract

The fight for women's liberation - Marxism and Women's liberation extract

Katherine Connelly looks at the struggle against women's oppression in this extract from Marxism and Women's Liberation

March 1, 2021 Katherine Connelly

The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto - book review

The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto - book review

Hal Draper’s edition of the Communist Manifesto with commentary strips away layers of falsifications and misconceptions to reveal afresh Marx’s meaning, finds D...

February 18, 2021 Dominic Alexander

Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age - book review

Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age - book review

Monopsony Capitalism brings competition into the centre of industrial organisation theory and shows how labour is an agent in the power struggle, finds Orlando ...

February 11, 2021 Orlando Hill