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To Smash or be Smashed? Lenin's Theory of the State

In Chapter Two of State and Revolution, Lenin discusses the lessons of the European revolutionary movement of 1848-51... [read more]

Book Review: John Docker, 'The Origins of Violence'

Tom Bangay reviews John Docker's expansive literary genealogy of genocidal violence.... [read more]

Behind the Scenes: The Secret NATO Report on the Taliban

The secret NATO report, "State of the Taliban 2012," commissioned by the US and NATO was never supposed to see the light of day. Unfortunately for the US war party it was leaked to the press, writes Thomas Riggins ... [read more]

Lessons and Conclusions from Lenin's Left-Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and looks at what conclusions can be drawn from the book's previous nine chapters... [read more]

An Open Letter to "Science and Global Security" - Do Not Succumb to Political Censorship on Syria

Science and Global Security" (SGS) has been publishing technical articles on arms control and related issues since 1989. I urge you not to succumb to political censorship.... [read more]

Western Media Attacks Critics of the White Helmets

The October 16 issue of NY Review of Books has an article by Janine di Giovani titled Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets. The article exemplifies how western media promotes the White Helmets uncritically and attacks those who challenge the myth.... [read more]

Two Meetings

During the last few days, I met with two old friends: Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin... [read more]

Open Letter to the World Anti Doping Agency and International Olympic Committee Regarding the McLaren Report and the Politicization of Doping in Sports

Russian track and field athletes, plus the entire Paralympics team, were banned from the Rio Games last summer. This was based on the first McLaren report commissioned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).... [read more]

Trump, Fake News, and the Press

Donald Trump is absolutely correct when he says the mainstream news media lies, purveys fake news, and is the enemy of the American people... [read more]

How did it Start?

The past cannot be changed. But perhaps, perhaps, we can learn from it and draw some conclusions... [read more]

Business As Unusual

We need more people to throw down their swords and raise their voices with the healing words of true democracy... [read more]

Cameron’s Strategic Defence and Security Review and the New Cold War

Every state that ever existed in world history has sought to justify its actions abroad by claiming that it is has the moral right and justice on its side... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives

Part 3 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

Metro Gaza

Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery, suggests a solution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives

Part 1 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Introduction to Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

A strategy for improving economic performance

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, discusses a strategy for improving economic performance and addressing inequality... [read more]

Iraq: The Chilcot Inquiry – British Government Blocks Transparency

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war are finally to be published by the end of this year... [read more]

Review: VJ McGill on Russell's Critique of Marxism

In the "The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell" volume in the Library of Living Philosophers (1944) VJ McGill (1897-1977) published a detailed critique of Russell's political and economic philosophy... [read more]

Lenin on State and Revolution: The Paris Commune (1871) - Replacing the Bourgeois State

The form of state prevalent in the developed capitalist world at the time of the Commune was a state that functioned to support the bourgeoisie in its war against the working class... [read more]

Common Factors in Cases of Economic Resurgence

Successive British Governments have persistently denied the importance of industry in the national economy, with some of ministers foolishly regarding industrial decline as inevitable writes George T Edwards... [read more]

State and Revolution: Chapter One: Class Society and the State

Thomas Riggins explains how, according to Lenin, the State is a product of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms ... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 2

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

How Russiagate replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election

Blaming an outside power is a good way to prevent self analysis and positive change. It's gone on far too long.... [read more]

Taking the World to the Brink of Annihilation

Western neoconservatives and hawks are driving the international situation to increasing tension and danger... [read more]

The One-World View

Here's a tale to warm your cockles - wherever they may be... [read more]

A Writer's Place

It was a masterpiece of evasion. He was asked, as other writers were, to comment on the needs of publishers to seek out work of merit that might not be commercially viable... [read more]

Knowing Who We Are

What is happening is real enough. Finding the causes of this undeniable reality is problematic. Yet more problematic is finding an acceptable way of articulating what I see... [read more]

WMD in Syria just like Iraq in 2003? Contradictions in the UN/OPCW Report on Khan Shaykhun

In early 2003 it was claimed that Iraq was a threat to other countries. Today we have something similarly ridiculous and dangerous. Supposedly the Syrian government decided to use a banned chemical weapon which they gave up in 2013-2014... [read more]

Observations and Impressions from Russia

For over two weeks this May, a delegation of 30 Americans visited seven regions and ten cities across Russia... [read more]

Amnesty International’s Kangaroo Report on Syria

Amnesty International (AI) has done some good investigations and reports over the years. However, less well recognized, Amnesty International has also carried out faulty investigations contributing to bloody and disastrous actions... [read more]

The Betrayal of Syria - US, France and Britain’s UN Ambassadors at the United Nations

“An ambassador is a … gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” (Attributed to Sir Henry Wotton, 1568-1639)... [read more]

Libya, David Cameron’s “Iraq”? Damning Report Shreds Another War Monger

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron is consistent in just one thing - jumping ship when the going gets tough... [read more]

It Can Happen Here

Political ideas and structures don't die easily. The human mind is lazy and apprehensive, and clings to familiar ideas, long after they have become obsolete... [read more]

Civil War

Something strange happens to retired chiefs of the Israeli internal Security Service, Shin Bet.... [read more]

The Orange Man

So here we are. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president... [read more]

I Was There

"Please don't write about Ya'ir Golan!" a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!"... [read more]

A Document with a Mission

When David Ben-Gurion read out Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948, I was in Kibbutz Hulda.... [read more]

Just A Ride

The Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 Film 'The Matrix' centres upon the concept that the modern world may not be all we perceive it to be... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably... [read more]

An Anti-Austerity 2015 UK Budget

George Tait Edwards explains how Shimomuran-Wernerian macroeconomics is the best available path to prosperity once the politicians of the West understand the effectiveness of that option... [read more]

The left wing case for quitting the EU

Much of the left would agree that the European Union does not always function in the best interests of either the European or International working class... [read more]

The Second Battle of Trafalgar

A mighty naval battle took place this week on the waves of the Mediterranean. It will go down in history as the equal of Salamis or Trafalgar... [read more]

Absolutely Bloody Bonkers!

At a Badger Trust seminar a few days later a great debate took place between both pro and anti-cull experts... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 5 of 9)

The Two Great Traditions in Western Economic Thinking ... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 4 of 9 - Shimomuran Economics

Bryan Gould and George Tait Edwards describe Shimomuran Economics... [read more]

To pay or not to pay?

Joseph Stiglitz shows that a suspension of debt repayments can be beneficial for a country and its people... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives (Part 6)

Thomas Riggins continues with his analysis of Piketty's book - Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

What GMOs Are Really About: Profits, Power and Geopolitics

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world... [read more]

Dying for Industry

Pathological cruelty and neglect have to be dealt with so that animals do not fall prey to the farming trade’s worst practitioners... [read more]

Lenin: State and Revolution, Chapter 6: Vulgarisation of Marx by the Opportunists

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through Lenin's work - State and Revolution... [read more]

IMT Statement: Kobane threatened with massacre: Fight imperialism! Defend the Kurds!

The forces of ISIS are closing in on the besieged town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border... [read more]

Scotland on the Euphrates

Two countries competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria... [read more]

Hannibal ad Portas

The last war has come to an end, the next war has not yet started, so let's use the time to speak of many things. Of Hannibal, for example... [read more]

Happy Independence Day? India, Monsanto, GMOs and the Bigger Picture

On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders... [read more]

Challenges to the rights of sexual minorities in Africa

A Ugandan Catholic priest analyses the reasons for the existence of homophobia in Africa... [read more]

Lenin on the State and Revolution: The Paris Commune (1871)

Thomas Riggins reviews Chapter IV of Lenin's State and Revolution (1917)... [read more]

Comparison of the Washington, Berlin, and Tokyo Consensus Zones -Which one really works?

George Tait Edwards compares three separate economic systems presently operating around the world... [read more]

Update On Shimomuran Economics: The Day May Come

Western governments and their advisors can no longer continue to ignore the work of the master economist Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) who provided the insights which have produced the high growth of the China Sea economic zone... [read more]

Bank Created Credit

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains how orthodox monetary policy is fundamentally misconceived... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century?

Part 1 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

An Extended Review of "Princes of the Yen" by Professor Richard Werner

George Tait Edwards reviews “Princes of the Yen”, the latest book written by Professor Richard Werner... [read more]

An economy ruled by the mob

It is not easy for any of us to get our heads around the complexities of modern economics. Many capitalists themselves and certainly most politicians no longer understand how the system really works... [read more]

The Afghan child “suicide” bomber and 8 year old Yemeni drone “spy”: Whose “truth” and whose “propaganda”?

There is often online censorship on insurgents for alleged “propaganda” and instigating violence yet we do not see the same level of censorship for governments that churn out false information on Afghanistan and drone civilians... [read more]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game (Part 6) - Even the IMF agrees…

In October 2012, the IMF provided a key explanation of why the crisis was getting worse in Europe... [read more]

The Many Major Uses of Investment Credit Creation: A brief walk through the observed results so far, and the future possibilities made available through Shimomuran Economics

Money is the measure of all things and personal wealth sets the boundaries of what the individual and his or her family can afford... [read more]

The Assassination

From the first moment, I did not have the slightest doubt that Yasser Arafat was assassinated... [read more]

The Major Policy of the Current Coalition Government is NOT Fiscal Balance But an Increased Rate of Income Shifting From Wage Earners to the Pockets of the Already Rich

The policy of the Coalition Government is not the much-trumpeted and unachievable aim of a balanced budget but the deliberate lowering of median British living standards and the production of more poverty... [read more]

Blitz or Bling

The great British Blitz tradition has been replaced by the great bling tradition. We live purely on sensationalism, exaggeration, self indulgence, dishonest reporting and, sadly, undignified realities... [read more]

Greek Capitalism at a Critical Point

Greek capitalism continues to be the weak link of the Eurozone as it is still under the “intensive care” of the EU support mechanisms for the fourth consecutive year and is in recession for the sixth consecutive year... [read more]

John Gray, David Hawkes and the Myth of Progress

Meliorism "is the view that the world is neither completely good nor completely bad, and that incremental progress or regress depend on human actions." This view holds that "By creative intelligence and education we can improve the environment and social conditions."... [read more]

A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

George Tait Edwards comments on the comparisons and contrasts between the policies and personalities of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minster of Japan, and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... [read more]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

George Tait Edwards examines the role of innovation in economic development... [read more]

Marxism, the Taliban and Plato

Recently Simon Blackburn, the well known British philosopher, reviewed "Knowing Right from Wrong," the new book by Kieran Setiya, in the TLS... [read more]

The Origin of Shimomura’s Japanese Economic Miracle, or the Second Economic Bomb - Japan from 1946 to 1965 (Economic miracles Part 2)

Japan was the first Asian country to demonstrate how a self-confident culture, with adequate leadership, could rapidly adopt Western industrial technologies while preserving the integrity of their domestic cultural legacy... [read more]

The Key Relevance of the Writings of Professor Kenneth Kenkichi Kurihara

George Tait Edwards explains how the writings of economist Kenneth Kurihara serve as the gateway to understanding Shimomuran high-growth economics ... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 8]

Thomas Riggins leads us through chapter two: the theory of knowledge of Empirio-Criticism and of Dialectical Materialism... [read more]

Shimomuran Economics: The No-Debt Investment Credit Creation Path to More Rapid Economic Growth

George Tait Edwards MBE makes the case for the urgent implementation of Keynesian economics to stimulate growth, based on the economic model's previous success in the US, China and Japan... [read more]

Good News for the Left in Andalucía; Bad News for Democracy in Spain

The southern most region of Spain, Andalucía, has always been a socialist fiefdom but the centre right Partido Popular (PP) came very close to toppling the socialist PSOE party from power in the 2012 regional elections, writes David Eade... [read more]

Lenin on "Left-Wing" Communism in Great Britain

As part of our series analysing Lenin's book "Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins looks at what Lenin had to say about the problems of ultra-leftism in Britain in 1920... [read more]

The development of the European social models

The 19th century in Europe saw the development of philosophical, political and economical theories that challenged and questioned the political structure of the time (Part 1).... [read more]

Urgent Action Needed to Combat European Climate Change

What we need is binding international agreements that reduce and eliminate the use of all chemicals that endanger the lives, health and well being of human beings and other life forms making up the biosphere, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

Whose truth is it anyhow?

Dr Faysal Mikdadi remembers the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in 1982 and examines the findings of the Kahan Commission which found that responsibility lay with former Israeli Defence minister, Ariel Sharon... [read more]

Melinda Taylor: The Spy That Got Away?

On the 7th of June 2012, Melinda Taylor and three other ICC delegates were arrested in the city of Zintan in Libya by Zintani militia. How should the Australian media handle the story? Finn Bowen takes a look.... [read more]

Poisoning Arafat

Uri Avnery asks whether the late Palestinian Prime Minister, Yasser Arafat, was assassinated by Ariel Sharon... [read more]

Paternal Vigilance

The LPJ's resident philosopher and arts correspondent muses on David Cameron's parenting skills, VIP security and the conclusions of some of our favourite television series.... [read more]

The Global Economic Crisis and ‘Possible Futures’

David Lane reviews a collection of three volumes compiled by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian chronicling the origins and aftermath of the global financial crisis... [read more]

Redefining the ‘Arab Spring’: Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution?

The age of revolutionary romance is over. Various Arab countries are now facing hard truths. Millions of Arabs merely want to live with a semblance of dignity, free from tyranny and continuous anxiety over the future, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Alfred Russel Wallace: Socialist and co-founder of evolutionary theory

Next year will see the centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Simultaneously with Darwin the discoverer of evolution due to natural selection, but history has largely eclipsed his name under Darwin’s immense shadow, writes John Green.... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part three)

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part three.... [read more]

What a £ot of Balls!

outRageous! thinks sports have gone Doo-£ally!... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies- Part three

The third and final part of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society. ... [read more]

The Lairds of Learning

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the Western world? Whose monopolistic practices makes WalMart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch look like a socialist?... [read more]

Government Intervention Fails Indigenous Communities in Australia

Catherine Wilson on the continued disparity of wealth between the indigenous Australians and the rest of society and empty attempts by the government to change this.... [read more]

Professor Nutt Urges New Thinking on Drugs

As the controversial medical expert David Nutt finds himself back on the news agenda, Tom Bangay considers the vexed question of drug law reform.... [read more]

‘Dying to Win’: Newt Gingrich’s ‘Terrorism’

Bush may be gone, but right-wingers in the US are still exploiting public fears of terrorism to pursue their foreign policy agenda, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Muslims: The modern day Jews?

Ben Maisky reflects on the parallels between the treatment of Jews early in the 20th Century and that of Muslims today.... [read more]

Behind the Israeli Wall: A Lesson in Reality

Rich Whiles' timely new book takes a refreshingly honest look at the experiences of the victims of Israeli apartheid, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas, and Feel-Good Moments

The UN's much-vaunted Millenium Development goals have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Fighting Corruption or Persecuting Political Opponents in Venezuela? A Response to the New York Times

James Suggett picks apart the New York Times' claims about alleged political persecution in Chavez's Venezuela.... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

The Kangaroo

A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

The US and Colombian Roles in the Honduran Crisis

Garry Leech argues that the US role in the Honduran crisis represents a continuation of the traditional US approach towards democracy in Central America.... [read more]

Surrogates: Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? (part one)

In the first of a two-part essay examining the background to the recent terrorist attack in Iran, Daniel Pye looks at the US government's employment of proxy armies or 'surrogates' in its bid for strategic control of the Middle East. ... [read more]

Iran's Nuclear Theatre Meant to Distract Attention

Ramzy Baroud dissects the media storm over Iran's arms programme.... [read more]

Not Even Wrong

Guardian journalist George Monbiot on a radical approach to cutting greenhouse gases.... [read more]

Venezuela: US Military is in Colombia to Control the Region’s Natural Resources

James Suggett on the true purpose behind the build-up of the US military presence in Colombia.... [read more]

Lover of the Country

Uri Avnery remembers a writer and activist who devoted his life to challenging the militarism of the Israeli state.... [read more]

Israel Investigated, But Will It Repent?

Ramzy Baroud issues a call for justice for the victims of Israeli violence.... [read more]

The Internet: A Democratising Force or Information Overload?

Matt Genner examines the impact of the dot com revolution on democratic debate and political activism.... [read more]

Pure Evil, or the Logic of Privatisation?

A curious US case has highlighted the perverse logic of privatisation, as Mick Brooks explains.... [read more]

Scrap It

Environmental campaigner George Monbiot tears into the UK government's proposals for stimulating the motor industry.... [read more]

Gutter Press Campaign Aims to Distort Union Demands

Rob Sewell on the mainstream press's campaign to discredit the unions in the wake of recent strike action.... [read more]

Book Review: Frank Ackerman, "Can We Afford the Future?"

Matt Genner on a new book which debunks the economic myths around global warming.... [read more]

Merchants of War: A Letter to the Times Newspaper

Mehrnaz Shahabi's recent letter to the Times newspaper exposes media deception as the sabre-rattling o Iran continues.... [read more]

How to Build a Human Bomb

George Monbiot argues that the Guantanamo Bay concetration camp is an affront to the very idea of justice.... [read more]

Can the US Democrats Harness the Growing sense of Injustice?

The Democrats must move away from pro-business policies to secure electoral victory.... [read more]