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Starmer breaks his silence but falls way short

Starmer breaks his silence but falls way short

Opinion August 17, 2022

Terina Hine argues that the Labour leader’s proposals don’t come close to matching up to the crisis

All out against the Tories: Strike, protest, resist!

All out against the Tories: Strike, protest, resist!

Analysis August 14, 2022

The Tories are fighting a class war but they're divided and weak, a united movement of strikes and protests can break them

We have to stand up to police attacks on trade unionists

We have to stand up to police attacks on trade unionists

Opinion August 13, 2022

Following the arrests of GMB organisers Gary Palmer and Helen O’Connor on picket lines, Lucette Davies explains the growing trend of authoritarian actions by th...

No post on strike days: ​national Royal Mail strike to begin in 2 weeks - News from the Frontline

No post on strike days: ​national Royal Mail strike to begin in 2 weeks - News from the Frontline

Latest News August 12, 2022

Counterfire’s weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

Breaking The Impasse: Electoral Politics, Mass Action, and the New Socialist Movement in the United States - book review

Breaking The Impasse: Electoral Politics, Mass Action, and the New Socialist Movement in the United States - book review

Book Reviews August 11, 2022

Kim Moody’s Breaking The Impasse offers an incisive analysis of what the US labour movement needs to do to bring radical change, finds John McGrath ...

The revolutionary tradition of the English working class

The revolutionary tradition of the English working class

Analysis August 10, 2022

This weekend the Yorkshire town of Halifax commemorates the great strike of 1842 organised by the Chartists. John Westmorland looks at this movement and its les...

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The view from the picket line: Solidarity with the RMT rail strike

The view from the picket line: Solidarity with the RMT rail strike

Vladimir Unkovski-Korica reports on the Glasgow RMT picket line and strike rally and Counterfire members give us a view of picket lines around the country ...

August 18, 2022 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

The United Front: Trotsky's Marxism - video

The United Front: Trotsky's Marxism - video

Martin Hall discusses Trotsky's theory of the united front as a means for revolutionaries to work with reformists in mass movements

August 15, 2022 Martin Hall

How low can Starmer go?

How low can Starmer go?

Just when you think he can’t get any worse, Starmer finds a way, argues Terina Hine

August 15, 2022 Terina Hine

Salman Rushdie attack: Bitter fruits of a carnival of reaction

Salman Rushdie attack: Bitter fruits of a carnival of reaction

Following the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie, Kevin Ovenden discusses the clash of fundamentalisms at the heart of the global system and how the left s...

August 15, 2022 Kevin Ovenden

Unison NHS workers to be balloted for industrial action

Unison NHS workers to be balloted for industrial action

Health worker and Unison member Karen Buckley discusses the latest inadequate pay offer for health workers and the possibility of industrial action in the NHS ...

August 14, 2022 Karen Buckley

Remembering 1842: The struggle for democracy and workers' rights

Remembering 1842: The struggle for democracy and workers' rights

Reece Goscinski reports from the Halifax commemoration of the 1842 general strikes and the lessons it holds for the struggle today

August 14, 2022 Reece Goscinski

US Climate Bill won’t prevent a global catastrophe

US Climate Bill won’t prevent a global catastrophe

John Clarke on the Democrats’ inadequate Climate Bill and the need for the anti-capitalist left to pose a real alternative and build mass action to demand it ...

August 13, 2022 John Clarke

System failure: What should socialists do? A discussion with Lindsey German and James Schneider - video

System failure: What should socialists do? A discussion with Lindsey German and James Schneider - video

A discussion with Lindsey German, author and Convenor of Stop the War, and James Schneider, co-founder of Momentum and author of the upcoming book Our Bloc: How...

August 13, 2022 Counterfire

Theory

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

Ahead of Counterfire's discussion on Lenin on Imperialism, we repost Morgan Daniels' introduction to Lenin's 1917 pamphlet, Imperialism: The Highest S...

May 12, 2022 Morgan Daniels

Duncan Hallas: Socialism and war

Duncan Hallas: Socialism and war

This article originally written by the revolutionary Marxist Duncan Hallas to explain the position on war at the time of the Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982. It ...

March 17, 2022 Duncan Hallas

Alexandra Kollontai on International Women's Day

Alexandra Kollontai on International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, we republish Russian revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai's writing on the history and importance of the day

March 7, 2022 Alexandra Kollontai

Will racism always be with us? - explainer

Will racism always be with us? - explainer

Yonas Makoni explains the socialist perspective on where racism comes from and how we can eradicate it

January 28, 2022 Yonas Makoni

Why is the labour theory of value so important? - explainer

Why is the labour theory of value so important? - explainer

Dominic Alexander explains the Marxist theory of where value comes from and why it's central to understanding how capitalism functions

January 17, 2022 Dominic Alexander

Books

Post Rosa: Letters Against Barbarism - book review

Post Rosa: Letters Against Barbarism - book review

Post Rosa, a world-spanning collection of letter exchanges between socialists inspired by Rosa Luxemburg, demonstrates her continuing importance, finds Dominic ...

August 4, 2022 Dominic Alexander

Reclaiming Economics for Future Generations - book review

Reclaiming Economics for Future Generations - book review

Reclaiming Economics illustrates the frustrations students of economics encounter and offers some thoughts of how to reclaim the subject for the 21st century, f...

July 28, 2022 Orlando Hill

The Case Against the Sexual Revolution. A New Guide to Sex in the 21st Century - book review

The Case Against the Sexual Revolution. A New Guide to Sex in the 21st Century - book review

Perry’s Case Against the Sexual Revolution raises important questions about women’s liberation, but is based on deeply flawed premises, argues Elaine Graham-Lei...

July 21, 2022 Elaine Graham-Leigh