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What do we mean by a General Strike?

troops on streets 1926Chris Harman, in this article from 1985, summarises the history of general strikes and analyses different forms of mass working class resistance. He also outlines the factors determining when it is appropriate for socialists to raise the general strike slogan.

The case for revolutionary organisation

This article aims to answer two questions. First, why build a revolutionary socialist organisation? Second, what is required to build such an organisation?

  • Written by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Theory
A collage image of a riot police officer with baton and Lenin in 1895.

Lenin: Class Society and the State

The violent and centralised modern political state has been on display both on the streets of Arab cities and Britain. How should socialists view the state? Alex Snowdon introduces Chapter One of Lenin's classic work The State and Revolution

  • Written by V. I .Lenin, introduced by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Theory

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

tunisians protestAll revolutions, said Frederick Engels, start as a ‘revolution of the flowers’ in which an isolated and unpopular regime faces a broad mass movement drawn from every corner and every class of society. The Jasmine revolution, as befits a revolution named after a flower, is no exception.

  • Written by John Rees
  • Category: Theory
Tony Cliff

The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

Shortly after leaving Palestine in 1945, Tony Cliff wrote this seminal article about the foundations of Israel and Western imperial intervention in the Middle East. He locates hope for the future in the workers and the poor across the region.

Where next for the student revolt?

carnival of resistanceThe student revolt of the past few weeks has changed the face of British politics, creating tensions in the fragile Con-Dem coalition government, confronting police brutality and radicalising a new generation of young activists. James Meadway looks at where next for the movement.

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Theory

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