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The Future belongs to the Optimists

Despair is easy. It is also comfortable, whether in Berlin or Tel Aviv. Looking around at this moment, despair is also logical. But despair corrupts. Despairing people create nothing, and never did... [read more]

Lenin Deserves To Be Rescued From His False Reputation

2017 is going to see many revised versions of the October Revolution. Some prejudices need to be countermanded even before they are uttered. Lenin’s reputation is overshadowed by, and confused with, Stalin’s.... [read more]

Corbyn versus the Consensus

In any political movement there is a tension between what is desirable and what is possible... [read more]

William Morris, Socialism, and the World

This short essay is a study of William Morris, Socialism, and the World.... [read more]

A Manifesto for Psychopaths

Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right, she may have died 30 years ago but the belief system constructed by her has never been more popular or influential, says George Monbiot. ... [read more]

Modern Pauperism and its Consequences: A Dissenting View on the Riots in England (Part II of II)

The second part of an essay by Matthias Dapprich in which he adopts a class based analysis of the recent London riots.... [read more]

Politics of Socialism

A essay on the politics and ideas of Socialism.... [read more]

Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

In the tumult of the last few days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the "unification" of Jerusalem, one of the articles stated that "even peace-activist Uri Avnery" voted in the Knesset for the unification of the city.... [read more]

Palestine's Nelson Mandela

Divide et impera – "divide and rule" – since Roman times this has been a guiding principle of every regime that suppresses another people. In this the Israeli authorities have been incredibly successful.... [read more]

Goal Moscow

The USA wants to turn Ukraine into a permanent area of crisis, keeping it just off the boil of war. In this way Russia will feel threatened... [read more]

Lenin on Marxism and Bourgeois Democracy

In chapter seven of "'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder" Lenin addresses himself to the ultra-left claim that socialists should no longer work with or be members of bourgeois parliaments. Thomas Riggins explains.... [read more]

Modern Pauperism and its Consequences: A Dissenting View on the Riots in England (Part I of II)

The first part of an essay by Matthias Dapprich in which he adopts a class based analysis of the recent London riots. ... [read more]

Why I think students fees are a good thing...

In an ideal world (one in which The X Factor is but a terrible dream, foisted upon us by a vengeful Satan), students wouldn't have to pay tuition fees, says Chris Mason-Felsing.... [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]

WHAT IS TO BE DONE NOW?

When I was very young there was an old lady who lived down the road in a house without electricity.... [read more]

George Bernard Shaw - A Marxist Study

'A good man fallen among Fabians' - V.I. Lenin ... [read more]

The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to tackle the climate crisis. So states a Guardian article, citing a new analysis published in the journal Science.... [read more]

Short Essay on Cuba and America - History and Politics

The relationship between Cuba and the United States is a relationship of history and politics. ... [read more]

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WAR?

War tends to be men’s way of settling the quarrels between tribes and territories. Homer depicts the heroic, savage or mad acts of men in the Trojan War. The women come later with Odysseus’s wanderings... [read more]

Referendums of Politics - Part I

Great Britain, since 2016, has gone through a difficult period. This difficult period has been caused by the politics of Crisis, the politics of Brexit, and the politics of the Referendum of 2016... [read more]

Tribal Nationalism vs Global Unity

Change, discontent and uncertainty are some of the most prominent characteristics of the times.... [read more]

The Hollow Centre

Its hard now to believe how things once were. Full-blooded socialism never found a secure place in the British experience, but through the Seventies we had something more than the piecemeal reform of social democracy.... [read more]

You can’t have human rights in a neoliberal economy: Britain and the Universal Declaration at 70

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948... [read more]

The Post

Spielberg’s film The Post is about events that are now history. Yet they remain so relevant.... [read more]

What the Hell?

What the hell am I? An Israeli? A Jew? A peace activist? A Journalist? An author? An ex-combat soldier in the Israeli army? An ex-terrorist?... [read more]

"Not Enough!"

Many years ago, right after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, I was asked to write a book about the events... [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]

Change of society: the only option for progressives to survive changes in society

So far, this year seems to have inverted the trend observed in 2016... [read more]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

And there are those who ask, ‘Whatever happened to the idealism of my generation?’ Anyone who remembers the Sixties/Seventies years finds themselves asking that question... [read more]

Don't Send Him!

Donald Trump has spat in the faces of at least half the Israeli population. He has appointed a bankruptcy lawyer named David Friedman to the job of US ambassador in Israel.... [read more]

The Lesser Evil

Who will win the elections in the US in three days?... [read more]

Fear and Loathing in the Labour Movement

The gravity of feeling was embedded in his face and voice as he spoke of his fears for the future of the party he once led... [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]

The Left Will Only Win the Argument When It Takes Back Control of the Conversation

Let the Left fracture into smaller pieces, and then let it unite in a coalition determined to change the minds of the voters... [read more]

The Great Rift

The tragedy of present-day Israel is not that there are so many divisions, but that they all converge in one large rift.... [read more]

John Whittingdale's Curious Notion of Culture

The Minister of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen a controversial film as his favourite... [read more]

Squaring the Circle

This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial.... [read more]

In the Panama Capers we Trust

The leaked Panama Papers, from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, are spilling the beans on the details of what the rich, powerful and greedy get up to with unseemly amounts of dosh... [read more]

My Terrorist, Your Terrorist

After World War I, when the victorious Great Powers carved up the Ottoman Empire between them, France insisted on the creation of a Christian Lebanese state under its stewardship... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

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

Sheldon's Stooges

In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri... [read more]

A Day and Night-mare

Binyamin Netanyahu seems to be detested now by everyone... [read more]

Anti-What?

Uri Avnery asks if anti-semitism is on the rise in Europe... [read more]

Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's 'World Order' [Part Two]

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet, seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace." (Alexander Pope, Essay on Man)... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 4)

The fourth part of an 'Introduction' to an illustrated book of poetry by Faysal Mikdadi. The collection, Painted into a Corner, appeared in the summer of 2014... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives - Part 5

Thomas Riggins continues with his analysis of Piketty's book Capital in the 21st Century... [read more]

State and Revolution: Chapter 5 - Withering Away the State

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through chapter 5 of Lenin's State and Revolution... [read more]

The Imminent Prospect of a US-Iran Breakthrough worries the Hawks

The international community grapples once again with the imminent prospect of a “nuclear deal” between the US (P5+1) and Iran before the extended deadline of November 24 arrives... [read more]

The Dangers of Form Agnosia

Kate Zagoskina describes the West's tendency to shut its eyes to the bigger picture and ignore the link between action and consequence... [read more]

Machismo underpins war and tyranny

A macho mindset is a psychological precondition for all oppression... [read more]

Flight MH17 – Imperialism and the art of hypocrisy

The blame game commenced immediately. Without waiting for an investigation or any hard information whatsoever, Washington lost no time in pointing an accusing finger at Moscow... [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]

The making of the Grenada Revolution

John Green reviews two books that detail the lead up to and aftermath of the Grenada Revolution... [read more]

Return, Return oh Shulamit

Dina Dinur, the wife of the Holocaust-writer K. Zetnik, called to invite me to meet Pete Seeger... [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]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 1 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

Special Report: Interview with British “jihadis” and what you won’t read in the “Tackling Extremism in the UK” report

British journalist, writer and film producer Carol Grayson conducts an exclusive interview with a member of the Taliban and a British born 'Jihadist' ... [read more]

The Theory of Knowledge of Dialectical Materialism and of Empirio-Criticism

Thomas Riggins continues to lead us through Chapter 3 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empiro-criticism ... [read more]

Shooting down Helicopters

Money is the lubricant that permits the economic system to work. Goods and wealth that are produced, distributed, circulated, used and owned do so because of money... [read more]

Why Do They Hate Our Freedoms So Much?

Former President Bush Junior, not remembered for being remotely articulate, claimed that "our enemies hate our freedoms".... [read more]

EU Urgently Needs To Put Its Democracy In Order

David Eade argues that democracy is under threat across the entire European Union... [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]

A review of Anita's revolution

Linda Rogers reviews a novel by Shirley Langer, friend of Cuba and witness to the early years of the revolution... [read more]

A long and dishonourable tradition

George Osborne may be just about the last person in Britain to believe that austerity offers a real path to recovery from recession and the resumption of growth - and it may be doubted that even he remains a true believer, writes Bryan Gould... [read more]

Lenin on "Reactionary" Trade Unions: Chapter Six of "Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder

In his latest article analysing “Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins looks at Lenin's views on what sort of relations a Marxist party should have with the trade union movement... [read more]

Nuclear power, the energy of protest: The future could be renewable

With proper commitment and investment in renewable energy and a push towards an alternative model of development, the future need not resemble the past or indeed the increasingly catastrophic present, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

Poisoning Arafat

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

Girl Model

David Morgan brings to light a deeply worrying trend that exists within the Japanese modelling agency ... [read more]

Hollande: in bed with the voters

In the first of a series of articles on the forthcoming French Presidential elections, David Eade evaluates Francois Hollande - the Parti Socialiste candidate who may well be the next French President... [read more]

Memory in Exile: An Interview with Jorge Coulon of Inti Illimani

Ramona Wadi speaks with a member of the famous Chilean band Inti Illimani, a group that was part of the nueva cancion movement in the 60s and 70s... [read more]

The King's speech

Uri Avnery discusses the implications of a parliamentary bill that would seek to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank and into Jordan... [read more]

On Freedom and Imperialism: Arab Spring and the Intellectual Divide

The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is creating an intellectual divide that threatens any sensible understanding of the turmoil engulfing several Arab countries, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Obit: Never a Soft or quiet Russell

W Stephen Gilbert pays tribute to Ken Russell, the enigmatic, eccentric film director who died on Sunday. ... [read more]

The Incontinent of Europe

W Stephen Gilbert analyses recent events in Europe and makes the case for Britain to remain part of the EU... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies

OutRageous! takes a look at the slavery endemic in modern society. ... [read more]

Arise the heroes of the people

Hussein Al-Alak considers what makes a hero of the people by examining the remarkable achievements of three working class individuals.... [read more]

Miliband: The Knives are Already Being Sharpened

Now that the dust has settled on Ed Miliband's surprise victory in the Labour leadership election, Michael Prior considers the challenges facing the new leader as he seeks to move the party away from Blairism.... [read more]

Talking Politics with Hratche Koundarjian

First-time voter Chris Mason-Felsing met with Labour's Hratche Koundarjian to discuss Labour's Gernal Election prospects.... [read more]

The Greek Crisis and the Threat to the Euro

Can the EU afford to let Greece withdraw from the Eurozone? Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks considers the significance of the Grek Crisis.... [read more]

Convention of the Left: Challenging the Two-Party System

With mainstream politicians apparently unable to find a way out of the present financial mess, Michael Prior believes now is a critical time for the left to mobilise.... [read more]

Zimbabwe: Why the International Community Must Intervene

Examining the legal framework of humanitarian intervention, Alexa Van Sickle calls on the international community to act now to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in Zimbabwe.... [read more]

Why the UN is Crying Out for Reform

With the US President-elect soon to enter office on a promise of "change", Luke Aldred argues that the international security system is a prime candidate for a radical overhaul.... [read more]

Review: The Façade of Arms Control, by Anna Stavrianakis

Alexa Van Sickle reviews the Campaign Against the Arms Trade booklet by Anna Stavrianakis. ... [read more]

Cuba's Healthcare Policy Shows the True Meaning of Humanitarianism and Internationalism

As part of our ongoing series of articles marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Tomasz Pierscionek examines Cuba's exemplary record on healthcare. ... [read more]

Why the Russian Invasion of Georgia is a Blessing for Misguided US Foreign Policy

Professor William Hickey on why the Georgia crisis has highlighted the cynically self-serving basis of US foreign policy.... [read more]

The End of "The End of History"

David Brandon examines the discredited view that world history came to an end when the Berlin Wall came down.... [read more]