The word 'socialism' has re-entered the popular vocabulary in the last few years. The reactionaries are becoming visibly disturbed: their press, recalling McCarthy, issues its daily tirades on the socialist threat, while the politicians and bankers call down to the nation from the halls of power to unite behind the prime minister or face the … Continue reading On Socialism: The Basics
The October revolution of 1917 is one hundred years old. The culmination of a long drawn-out process of struggle and contradiction, it is still not dead. The night the small parties of rough-handed workmen, armed with old rifles and revolvers, found themselves strolling through the halls of the Winter Palace in the city of St … Continue reading When Workers Won: Celebrate the Centenary!
What is the situation in the UK today? What is the condition of the working class? What are the disposition of its political forces, and the main problems of organisation? How ripe is the soil for socialism, and what are the problems to be overcome in aspiring towards it? These are the essential questions which … Continue reading Problems of Socialism in the UK
[Revised version] By the beginning of the 1990s, communism appeared to be in retreat throughout the world. The socialist camp in eastern Europe was disintegrating after almost half a century of menacing western policymakers, while Beijing's market 'reforms' were gradually whittling away at the foundations of Mao's revolution. Meanwhile, the capitalist countries were restructuring as … Continue reading Maoist Roads
A century has passed since the October revolution, almost to the day. When the red guards stormed the gates of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg during the night of November 7th, 1917 (Gregorian), the old order of courts, kings and empires, strained to the limit by the unprecedented bloodletting in Europe's trenches, finally came … Continue reading A Century On
The author has, unfortunately, been unable to write for some time now (almost three months to date). For this, we apologise to our readership, which expects (and is right to expect) from us regular, well-researched, theoretically grounded material. The reason for the absence is simply that, this being a platform of limited real-world resources, a … Continue reading Apologies for Long Absence
When Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French election on May 7th, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Macron was not the best candidate, but the danger of Marine Le Pen's fear-mongering, hard-right politics was the overriding priority. The Economist, a prestigious magazine which leans towards right-of-centre political narratives, tweeted an article about … Continue reading Macron’s Victory is Not a Relief
The Labour Party is heading into its first election under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and a host of left-wing groups are rallying in its support. Momentum, which describes itself as a "grassroots campaigning network" says that it's "mobilising the mass campaigning movement that we need to get Labour into government", while the Socialist Workers' … Continue reading Labour from the Left…
On May the 4th, 2017, local council & mayoral elections were held in England, Scotland & Wales. The results are the first indicators for both commentators and the electorate at large which way the General Election of June 8th might swing. It seems that the Conservatives are making considerable gains across the board, while Labour … Continue reading May or Corbyn?
On May Day, 2017, crowds of anti-racist workers and militants rallied in Paris to protest against the hard-right Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen. Subsequent clashes with the authorities, a traditional feature of demonstrations in the French capital, produced images of riot police engulfed in flames which a notorious, if predictable, British tabloid 'newspaper' has called "horrifying" … Continue reading Beautiful Images of Burning Cops Come Out of Paris May Day