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40,000 deaths but Johnson pushes us back to work - CounterBlast 5 June

40,000 deaths but Johnson pushes us back to work - CounterBlast 5 June

Opinion June 5, 2020

The awful milestone of 40,000 officially recorded deaths shows why the government is reckless in lifting the lockdown, writes Alex Snowdon 

Ten days that shook America

Ten days that shook America

Opinion June 4, 2020

The brave defiance of the protesters in America has the ruling class in retreat, argues Chris Nineham

Invisible Leviathan: Marx’s Law of Value in the Twilight of Capitalism - book review

Invisible Leviathan: Marx’s Law of Value in the Twilight of Capitalism - book review

Book Reviews June 4, 2020

Marx’s labour theory of value and the analysis of the falling rate of profit receive a robust defence in Murray Smith’s Invisible Leviathan, finds Dominic Alexa...

Coronavirus: death rate higher if you’re poor and BAME

Coronavirus: death rate higher if you’re poor and BAME

Opinion June 2, 2020

The report into disproportionate BAME deaths from Covid-19 confirms that structural racism is at the heart of the problem, writes Lucy Nichols

Justice for George Floyd: model resolution and window poster

Justice for George Floyd: model resolution and window poster

Latest News June 2, 2020

Counterfire has produced a model resolution you can pass in your organisation and a poster you can download to put on your window or in your area

This government wants to follow the money, not the science – weekly briefing

This government wants to follow the money, not the science – weekly briefing

Opinion June 1, 2020

Lindsey German on the Covid-19 lockdown, Tory mendacity and the US revolts  

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The message from London is clear: Black Lives Matter

The message from London is clear: Black Lives Matter

For the third time this week, tens of thousands of people gathered in London to demand an end to police racism, reports Lucy Nichols

June 6, 2020 Lucy Nichols

Même police, même racism! (Same police, same racism!)

Même police, même racism! (Same police, same racism!)

In Paris and across France, thousands of protestors are defying bans to express their outrage at police racism and violence, reports Susan Ram

June 6, 2020 Susan Ram

On the front line: back to school too soon

On the front line: back to school too soon

Teachers are working hard to support children returning to school in difficult circumstances, writes Alex Snowdon

June 6, 2020 Alex Snowdon

Why I'm angry: People's Assembly Youth Takeover

Why I'm angry: People's Assembly Youth Takeover

Shabbir Lakha speaks on a People's Assembly platform on Black Lives Matter protests, racism and the pandemic in Britain and how we fight back

June 5, 2020 Shabbir Lakha

Noughts + Crosses: a reverse reality that illustrates systemic racism - review

Noughts + Crosses: a reverse reality that illustrates systemic racism - review

Despite some dubious changes, this BBC adaptation of Malorie Blackman's exploration of race and class is well worth watching, says Shabbir Lakha

June 4, 2020 Shabbir Lakha

London on the march: Black Lives Matter

London on the march: Black Lives Matter

At a second mass demonstration in London, thousands of protesters gathered in Hyde Park to racist police violence in the US and here, reports Jamal Elaheebocus ...

June 3, 2020 Jamal Elaheebocus

White supremacist in the White House: Trump’s rotten record of racism

White supremacist in the White House: Trump’s rotten record of racism

Trump’s predictably divisive response to the killing of George Floyd has only served to fan the flames of US anti-racist resistance

June 3, 2020 Sean Ledwith

Brazil: crises, crises and more crises

Brazil: crises, crises and more crises

Covid-19 is yet another crisis to haunt Bolsonaro argues Orlando Hill (in London) and Lilian Hill (in Rio de Janeiro)

June 2, 2020 Orlando Hill and Lilian Hill

Engels 200

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

Engels' Marxism

Engels' Marxism

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 firs...

March 20, 2020 John Rees

Theory

Some past rank-and-file movements

Some past rank-and-file movements

We republish Brian Pearce's 1959 essay on trade unions and rank and file movements with an introduction by Alex Snowdon

May 23, 2020 Brian Pearce

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

In the week of the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth, Morgan Daniels explains the relevance of his 1917 pamphlet, Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism ...

April 23, 2020 Morgan Daniels

Lenin, state and revolution: an introduction

Lenin, state and revolution: an introduction

In the week of the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth, we repost Dragan Plavšić's take on this classic text

April 20, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Tony Cliff: Strategy and Tactics

Tony Cliff: Strategy and Tactics

We republish Chapter 14 from Tony Cliff's Lenin 1: Building the Party on the 20th anniversary of his death

April 8, 2020 Tony Cliff

Why socialists oppose imperialist wars

Why socialists oppose imperialist wars

Smashing the link between militarism and the system is a fixed task for our side, argues Dominic Alexander

February 5, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Books

The Monster Enters: Covid-19, Avian Flu and the Plagues of Capitalism - book review

The Monster Enters: Covid-19, Avian Flu and the Plagues of Capitalism - book review

Mike Davis’ The Monster Enters updates his earlier book on capitalism and pandemic disease to reflect on the current failure of the neoliberal state, finds Elai...

May 28, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Capitalism as a dynamic system: Marx and the Climate Crisis - extract

Capitalism as a dynamic system: Marx and the Climate Crisis - extract

In the second of two extracts from her new book Marx and the Climate Crisis, Elaine Graham-Leigh explains why climate destruction is a structural feat...

May 22, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World - book review

The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World - book review

The Unknowers is a fascinating exploration of the many ways in which our societies are built on strategic lack of knowledge, writes Joshua Newman ...

May 21, 2020 Josh Newman