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Piketty for Progressives (Part 6)

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

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism

Part 2 of Thomas Riggins' analysis of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

The New Face of Plan Colombia: An "Alliance for Progress" for the 21st Century?

Garry Leech examines the US-backed soft reform programme aimed at undermining support for radical movements in Colombia.... [read more]

David Cameron’s Partisan Gerrymandering of the British Democracy

David Cameron rigged the 7 May 2015 election and planned to gerrymander the constituency boundaries in 2016 on the basis of a vastly reduced British electorate - the great majority of the voters who were removed from the rolls were non-Conservative voters.... [read more]

The left as an alternative to both populism and neoliberalism

2016 has been the year of Brexit, Trump’s election and the defeat of the Italian prime minister Renzi in the constitutional referendum... [read more]

How David Cameron's Coalition Government Stole the 2015 General Election

This article is an edited extract (from section 3.9) of the book How David Cameron Fixed The 2015 General Election and Much Else ... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 1)

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

Piketty for Progressives

Part 2 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

Rethinking Economics The Washington Consensus vs the Tokyo Consensus Background

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, I published a blog about ”Shimomuran Economics and the Rise of Japan”... [read more]

Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective

John Green reviews Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective by Ron Newby... [read more]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 3) - The greatest offensive against European social rights since the Second World War

We should not underestimate the capacity of the elites to make the most of a crisis situation writes Eric Toussaint... [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 Errors of the ‘Localism Act’: Tax, Growth and Urban Expansion

Elijah Pryor identifies several problems associated with the introduction of the Localism Act... [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]

The Death Penalty: Flawed Justice

Introducting the death penalty is not only controversial but, as Chris Bath shows, it is too easy for mistakes to be made and for innocent people to die.... [read more]

‘The Internet is a Game Changer’

With news coverage gradually moving towards a 'paperless world' in the internet age, Ramzy Baroud considers the implications for political journalism.... [read more]

Book of the Month - 'Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good'

This month's recommendation is an insightful examination of the life and work of a truly exceptional figure.... [read more]

Plan Colombia Devastates Afro-Colombian Communities

Garry Leech examines the devastating impact of US policy in Colombia upon the country's Afro-Colombian rural communities.... [read more]

‘Justice’ Cut to the Bone

Rob Ray considers the effect of budget cuts across the criminal justice system.... [read more]

Labour Must Endorse Living Wage Campaign to Win Back Popular Support

Matt Genner argues that committing itself to a national living wage would help restore Labour's credentials as the mainstream party most committed to social justice. ... [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]

Joining The Labour Party

In September 2016 I did something I never believed I would ever do. I joined the Labour Party.... [read more]

Class Before Nation : Reject the SNP Budget and Prepare for the Battle Against Scottish Austerity

On December 14 the Scottish National Party (SNP) Finance Minister, Derek Mackay presented to the Scottish Parliament the Scottish Government’s budget for 2018-19.... [read more]

Election Theft in Honduras

Honduras is in crisis. The national election took place on Sunday 26 November. Results posted that night showed the challenger Salvador Nasralla with a 5% lead with 57% of the votes tallied... [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]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 3)

This is the third part of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker... [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]

Inner Transition: an introduction

I recently took up the challenge to talk about inner transition in the garden of an eco-village project in Värmland County, Sweden... [read more]

The ICC Will Not Prosecute Tony Blair - Others Are Planning To

The ICC will examine the Chilcot Inquiry Report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes... [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]

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]

The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends... [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]

The Ministry of Fear

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself," said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was wrong... [read more]

Monsanto's 'Hand of God': Planned Obsolescence Of The Indian Farmer

Global agribusiness is playing fast and loose with poor people’s lives and is profiting handsomely.... [read more]

A Gerrymandered Election and A Flawed Mandate

To the great puzzlement and consternation of pundits and pollsters, the British general election produced what seems a great democratic victory for the Conservative party... [read more]

GMOs: dogma instead of science

There are clear signs that the producers of GMOs and the regulators are suffering from a siege mentality... [read more]

A New Israeli-Palestinian Discourse

There is a need for both Israelis and Palestinians to change their discourse which is based on a mixture of rewriting history, expansionist aims, victimhood and endless conspiracy theories where none exist... [read more]

Education, Education, Deprivation

If you were a university student at any time from 1962 to 1989, you received a maintenance grant; it started off at a little under £400 p.a. and reached £1,430 in 1980... [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]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

The third 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]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 2)

The second 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]

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

John Green reviews an exhibition focusing on British artists’ contribution in support of the Spanish Republican government in its struggle against General Franco’s fascist coup in 1936... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives - Part 5

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

Lenin: State and Revolution: Withering Away the State

Thomas Riggins reviews the first part of Chapter V of Lenin's State and Revolution (1917)... [read more]

The history and modern role of political Islam

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the capitalist counter-revolution in China, an immense political vacuum opened up in ideology and politics on a world scale. Article by Dr Lal Khan... [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]

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]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-Criticism Thomas Riggins

Thomas Riggins talks us though the rest of Chapter 4 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empirio-Criticism ... [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]

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]

Tiananmen: the massacre that wasn't

What really happened 25 years ago in Tiananmen Square?... [read more]

Capitulating To Monsanto And Wall Street: What Future India?

The Indian Oil and Environment minister has added fuel to the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by approving field trials of 200 GM food crops on behalf of companies like Monsanto... [read more]

The myths about Marxism

The past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage from the mainstream media... [read more]

Lenin on the Paris Commune (1871): An Heroic Uprising

Thomas Riggins discusses Lenin's take on the Paris Commune... [read more]

Bum Rap for the Rapa Nui

A new report details a re-evaluation of the view that the native inhabitants of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) were responsible for the collapse of their population... [read more]

Iraq’s Persecuted Christians

The Christmas day attacks against Iraq’s Christian community has once again thrust this besieged and dwindling minority back into the media writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Shimomuran Economics is the Most Significant Advance Ever Made in Economic Understanding and the West Still Doesn't Get It

Shimomuran economics is the name I have given to the collection of no-debt, high-growth economic understandings practised in post-war Japan and post-rapprochement China... [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]

Another Keynes was Born and Lived and Died in Japan and The West Didn’t Notice

Another Keynes was born in the Saga Prefecture in the north west part of the island of Kyushu, Japan, in 1910 ... [read more]

The middle classes: stripped of their halo by capitalism

The undermining of the middle classes, who are continually being pushed down into the working class, represents, at the same time, a weakening of the ruling class, who are finding it increasingly difficult to find a social basis for their programme - an international programme of austerity... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 1

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 1 of 2) ... [read more]

Permacation: how a mixed environment can bring about a better delivery of education

There is no secret in saying that the National Curriculum was not introduced to promote co-operation or individual ingenuity. Elijah Pryor advocates a different model for learning... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

Thomas Riggins discusses Marx's 1844 article on Hegel's philosophy of law... [read more]

Who Turned the Lights Off?

Thomas Riggins reviews Jonathan Israel's analysis of Anthony Pagden's new book - The Enlightenment and why it still matters... [read more]

Nations Get what their Financial-Industrial Systems Deliver: A Comparative Analysis of Three Different Groups of Financial-Industrial Systems

George Tait Edwards compares three different financial-industrial systems and considers the merits of each model... [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]

Becoming free, the need for a child to read!

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to come from a family where reading books was encouraged and seen as vital for the development of spelling. Visits to the library were a past time and among the furniture of the home, heaped book cases were normal... [read more]

An uninformed MP and a bigoted Judge

Ungrateful as I feel for bashing someone who was actually trying to be helpful, it was difficult not to (a) laugh and then (b) groan at a short letter I recently received from a client’s local MP, writes Felix McHugh... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism

Following his excellent analysis of Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins prepares to guide us through another of Lenin's major works... [read more]

If markets weren't masters and economics worked for people

The choice on the one hand is for people to be a resource for a rich economy. The choice on the other is for a rich economy to be a resource for society. Alfie Stirling explains... [read more]

A nation divided over same sex marriage

France’s Parliament, the Assemblee Nationale, has started the long debate to enshrine same sex marriages in law. David Eade reports.... [read more]

Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign Launched

A new campaign to honour the memory of the militant Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison on the 100th anniversary of her tragic death was launched on 29 November at the Firebox Café in King’s Cross. David Morgan reports ... [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]

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]

Call Mr Robeson – a Life with Songs

John Green writes about the life and work of one of America’s greatest singers who was ‘disappeared’ from public life and airbrushed out of the history books... [read more]

The internet- Plutocracy's Achilles' Heel?

Ironically Capitialism's well founded fear of unfettered public access to matters of vital importance stems from the advent of the internet, writes Jim Handley... [read more]

Review - Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective

David Lane reviews a book which illustrates the global nature of developments in healthcare: Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective... [read more]

Ed's speech of faith

“That is my faith. One nation: a country for all, with everyone playing their part. A Britain we rebuild together.” David Eade reports on Ed Milliband's speech to the Labour Party Conference... [read more]

Britain: BMA strike - The Truth

Last month's day of action by doctors in Britain attracted a lot of criticism from the Tory press - no surprise there! Dr Tomasz Pierscionek puts forward the case for the doctors' strike and explains what really happened.... [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]

The Radical Alternative to Austerity

A message to all readers from Labour MP John McDonnell...... [read more]

Ain't football great

In the first LPJ sports column, Felix McHugh gives a rundown of events in the world of football... [read more]

Why capitalism likes us to behave irrationally

It’s a great irony that although human beings, as distinct from other animals, are characterised by their ability for rational thinking, so much of our behaviour is irrational, argues John Green.... [read more]

Marxist Historians Map Out an Agenda for Today

If the evidence of the successes of recent events is anything to go by, interest in the socialist approach to history is on the increase, which is probably no surprise given the turbulent and uncertain times in which we currently live, says David Morgan.... [read more]

Transcendental argument

Through a mist of tears, I caught up with the conclusion of 'My Transsexual Summer', Channel 4’s four-part fly-on-the-wall series, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The secret to obtaining DLA

Welfare rights worker Felix McHugh reports that, contrary to regularly repeated rumours, obtaining Disability Living Allowance is much harder than many are led to believe... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies

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

Bullying and Hijacking Muslim Women’s Voices in the UK Live on Air

Iqbal Tamimi reflects on a gross incident of on-air sexist bullying on the UK Arabic TV channel, Alhiwar.... [read more]

Budget for Bosses: Workers under Attack

Socialist Appeal's Steve Jones reflects on George Osborne's emergency budget.... [read more]

Election 2010: Whoever Wins, We Are in for Cuts

Decades of compromise have left the Labour party unfit to meet the challenges of the present crisis, writes John Green.... [read more]

Tribe or Nation? A Critical Look at Background to the Current Irish Scene

Irish politics has been back in the UK media limelight in recent weeks and months. Veteran campaigner Roy Johnston sets out a condensed history of the political dimension of the Irish independence struggle.... [read more]

Teachers' Union Opposes Government's 'Licence to Teach' Proposal

The government's plan to impose a 'licencing' system on the teaching profession is bureaucratic and unworkable, says Christine Blower.... [read more]

Obama’s Test: Democracy or Chaos in Latin America

Will the Obama administration break with tradition and provide US support for democracy in Latin America? Probably not, if the Honduras coup is anything to go by, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Africa in Colombia: The First Free Black Community in the Americas Continues Its Struggle

Garry Leech looks back on the historic struggles of Colombia's black community.... [read more]

Book review: 'The New Latin American Left'

Nathaniel Mehr reviews an insightful edited collection on the new left in Latin America.... [read more]

Brown Inches Closer to Ingsoc

Tom Bangay on why Brown's Britain is sleepwalking into a surveillance society.... [read more]

Making Money From Education

Dan Morley on the drive to introduce free market principles into the education system.... [read more]

Cuba's "Green Revolution" an Example to Follow

As part of our ongoing series celebrating the impending 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Tomasz Pierscionek examines Cuba's approach to the struggle for environmental conservation and sustainability.... [read more]

We're Still Too Fixated On Oil

Labour MP Michael Meacher on the ongoing obsession with oil.... [read more]