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Material World: Who Are ‘The Poor’?

Socialists are reluctant to talk about ‘the poor’ as a distinct social group. In a certain real sense, all of those excluded from ownership and control of the means of life – the large majority...

Mixed Media: 'LS Lowry', & 'Hedda Gabler'

LS Lowry

The Lowry exhibition currently at Tate Britain in London includes all the popular 'matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs' paintings paid tribute to in the 1978 song by Brian...

Back to the Future for Working Conditions

Conditions for workers today in Britain are moving back towards those in Victorian Britain. The struggles of the working class in Britain in the nineteenth century to ensure better working...

Left Unity - for Socialism or for Reformism?

In March, following the relative success of his nostalgic film about the post-war Labour government The Spirit of 45, Ken Loach launched an appeal for the formation of a new left-of-Labour (not to...

Editorial: What About Nuclear Weapons?

When someone enlists in a military or paramilitary organisation they swear or affirm their willingness to obey all orders issued to them by their superior officers. In turn, such officers, in ascending order, are subject to the orders and instructions of their superiors who, ultimately, must respond to a national executive of politicians or an individual with executive power.

Effectively, then, this means that armed forces throughout the world are composed of people who have abnegated their sense of right and wrong when such a sense is in conflict with the orders they are given.




Propaganda Power… in Your Pocket

Hooray for People Power! Faced with a petition of some 35,000 signatories, the Bank of England has caved in and will keep a female face on ‘our’ banknotes. Elizabeth Fry, currently on the fiver,...

Water, Waste and War

UN data predicts that by 2025 more than half of countries will be either under water stress or have outright shortages. Many rivers are overtaxed, for example the Nile, Jordan, Yangtze and Ganges...


Book Review: 'Karl Marx - A Nineteenth-Century Life'

Marx as our non-contemporary

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, (Liveright Publishing), by Jonathan Sperber

In this new 600-page biography Jonathan Sperber states from the outset...

Egypt: Workers’ Struggles, Trade Unions and the ‘Left’

Workers’ struggles were an important aspect of the Egyptian upheaval from the start. While the world media focused on the political demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, mass protests and...

 One State, Two States or No States?

Talks have started between the Israeli State and the Palestinian ‘Authority’. In a world where might is right, it will be an unbalanced negotiation between a well-armed occupying power and its virtually unarmed opponent whose population has been quite literally beaten into submission. All the Palestine side has going for them is US pressure on Israel, its client state which it has maintained and armed over the years and which acts as its proxy in the Middle East, an area of strategic importance as well as containing most of the world’s more easily-extractable oil.

Has the Market Superseded Marxian Economics?

Summer School 1998 - 'Marxism Revisited'

Fircroft College, Birmingham
 

Recorded: 
Saturday, 4 July 1998

The Socialist Party's latest pamphlet

What's Wrong With Using Parliament?

This pamphlet comes at a time when many people are questioning the destructive effects of capitalism, and also with it a rejection of leaders and the traditional left. This is something that can be encouraged. The aim of the pamphlet is to show that there is another view of social change that may be a blind spot with those who get involved with anti-capitalist, activist or/and anarchist politics.

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