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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]

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]

Marx Reloaded

Thomas Riggins reviews Marx Reloaded, a film by Jason Barker... [read more]

Quantitative Easing for People: The UK Labour Frontrunner's Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “People’s QE” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying it’s about time... [read more]

Lenin on the "Withering Away'' of the State and Violent Revolution

Lenin discusses these two topics in section four of chapter one of The State and Revolution (1917)... [read more]

Lenin's State and Revolution Today- The Preface

The first in a series of articles by Thomas Riggins analysing Lenin's famous work The State and Revolution: The Marxist theory of the State and the tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution... [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 JFK Conspiracy Theories and Why they Still Matter Today

It is now fifty years ago, come November 22nd, that John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in an event that had a huge bearing on the course of history from that day on... [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]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

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

The Master Economist Dr Osamu Shimomura - Probably the Greatest Economist of the 20th Century After John Maynard Keynes

George Tait Edwards discusses the immense contribution that Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) made to the field of economics... [read more]

Chapter One Sections Five and Six: Does Man Think With The Help Of The Brain?

Thomas Riggins continues his analysis of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [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]

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]

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]

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]

If you think we're done with neoliberalism, think again

The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees. Yet for those in power, it offers riches, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Russian Revolution: An Essential Condition of Success

Mass Support + Iron Party = Socialist Revolution? Thomas Riggins analyses chapter two of Lenin’s Left Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder... [read more]

In Defence of Socialism

As the capitalist world engages in much earnest soul-searching in response to the current financial crisis, Tomasz Pierscionek challenges the deeply-ingrained hostility towards socialism which pervades much of contemporary political culture.... [read more]

Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?... [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]

Capitalism and crisis

Nelson Wan provides an overview of Marx's explanation for why capitalism goes into crisis, discussing the inherent contradictions within the capitalism system... [read more]

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]

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]

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

Thomas Riggins analyses Chapter 3 of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [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]

Darwinism versus Social Darwinism

Social Darwinism is a school of thought which used Darwin’s ideas to justify bourgeois ideology explains David Benbow... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-criticism [ Part 3 ]

Thomas Riggins guides us through Section I, Chapter I of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [read more]

Coming to Grips with Zizek

Two new books by Slavoj Zizek have recently been reviewed by John Gray in the The New York Review of Books, here Thomas Riggins reviews Gray's article. ... [read more]

Gaddafi, the War on Libya and the Left

Ben Maisky scrutinises Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s Socialist and anti-imperialist credentials and questions whether certain sections of the left are mistaken in their support for Gaddafi.... [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]

Taking the World to the Brink of Annihilation

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

Adolf, Amin and Bibi

It is not very pleasant when serious people around the world – historians, psychiatrists, diplomats – ask themselves if my prime minister is completely sane... [read more]

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

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

Marxism is Real Naturalism: Galen Strawson and Panpsychism

Sartre once remarked that the attempt to construct a philosophy that goes beyond Marxism simply recreates a pre-Marxist view that is no longer relevant to current understanding... [read more]

The Shimomuran Economics Solution to the Western Economic Crisis

George Tait Edwards explains how investment credit creation could resurrect Western economies... [read more]

The Four Keynesian Cornerstones of Shimomuran Economics (or Investment Credit Economics)

In the General Theory Keynes made four key comments that presage the practice of Shimomuran investment credit economics writes George Tait Edwards... [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]

Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 6- Did Nature Exist Prior to Man?]

Thomas Riggins guides us through the next part of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 5]

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [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]

Trump Takes on the Fed

The president has criticized Federal Reserve policy for undermining his attempts to build the economy. The best way to make the central bank serve the needs of the economy is to make it a public utility.... [read more]

How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

A team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the world’s best artificial intelligence experts, who predicted that there was a 50 percent chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years... [read more]

The Four-Letter Word

Nobody will start peace negotiations if they believe that peace is impossible. The belief in peace will not make peace certain. But at least it will make peace possible.... [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]

Bill Hunter: The Life of a Revolutionary

I was around sixteen years old when I first met Bill Hunter who throughout all his life was committed to the cause for Marxism and in whose lifetime witnessed major global events... [read more]

Re-Packaging Masculinity in Tony Abbott’s Body Politic - A Painting

In 2015 the industry of terrorism has moved into a new phase and the scenarios I painted – such as the militarisation of civil society - have gone mainstream... [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]

Anti-What?

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

State and Revolution (conclusion)

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's work - State and Revolution... [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]

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]

Piketty for Progressives

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

E=MC2

A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Has the US-UK War for Oil Detonated the “New Iraq”?

Flames are rising from Iraq's largest oil refinery at Baiji, the result of mortar attacks by the varying forces sweeping towards the capital city. Felicity Arbuthnot describes the latest tragedy to befall Iraq... [read more]

Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective

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

Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez!

5th March marked one year since the death of Hugo Chávez, the great Venezuelan revolutionary, who was an inspiration to the masses in Latin America and across the world... [read more]

Pakistani accountant raises concerns for human rights of foreign workers in Saudi, claims Labour Law “not working”

Amendments have been made to Labour Law in Saudi Arabia to protect the rights of both foreign and Saudi workers, at least that is the theory but is it working in practice?... [read more]

Banks bluff in a completely legal way

Part 8 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks Versus The People: The Underside Of A Rigged Game!... [read more]

Women, Fertility and the Rise of Modern Capitalism: Review

Thomas Riggins reviews an article by Alberto Alesina from the Harvard Economics Department - Women, Fertility and the Rise of Modern Capitalism... [read more]

The Banks, Fragile Giants

Part 5 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game shows that big banks continue playing with fire, because they are persuaded that governments will save them whenever necessary... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

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

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 2 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism Part 10

Thomas Riggins analyses Chapter Two; Sections Five and Six of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Materialism and Empiro-criticism (Part 9)

Thomas Riggins discusses Lenin's take on the views of two materialist philosophers, Feuerbach and Dietzgen... [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]

Social Constructionism Applied to Working Class Educational Attainment

Elijah Pryor looks into the origins, definitions and theory of Social Constructionism and explains inequalities faced by working class children in education... [read more]

Defending the NHS Against Privatisation: John Lister talks to London Progressive Journal (Part Two)

The second part of Tomasz Pierscionek's discussion with prominent anti-privatisation campaigner John Lister.... [read more]

The Real Climate Scandal

A scandal over faked evidence has been a boon to climate change deniers. George Monbiot looks to redress the balance.... [read more]

Whose Acre?

Uri Avnery on how the battle over the identity of the historic port of Acre reflects wider struggles over cultural identity in Israel-Palestine.... [read more]

Genetic Modification: A Pandora's Box

Tomasz Pierscionek dissects the arguments on both sides of the GM controversy.... [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]

The Triumph of Ignorance: Why Morons Succeed in US politics

An exasperated George Monbiot tries to account for the pervasiveness of vacuous, ill-informed garbage in the discourse of US electoral politics.... [read more]

The Working Class Must Not be Left to Pay for Wall Street Mess

Socialist Appeal's Walter Leon on the far-reaching implications of the financial crisis. ... [read more]

Hedge Funds, Speculation and Capitalism

With market speculation very much in the news at the moment, Mick Brooks examines the phenomenon of the hedge fund, and its role in the current economic malaise.... [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]

This Week In The News: Clinton Should Step Aside; Government Backtracks on ID Cards

David Floyd ponders on the new political games that Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama will be playing to win that Democratic nomination.... [read more]

Princely Visits

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, visited Israel this week.... [read more]

Classy Questions

Are you fit enough to join the front-line in the UK's Class War?... [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]

King and Emperor

Zionism is an anti-Semitic creed. It was so right from the beginning.... [read more]

A History of Idiocy

I am furious. And I have good reason to be furious.... [read more]

Ten Problems with the Anti-Russia Obsession

Western media and Democratic Party politicians have made a major campaign accusing Russia of “meddling” in the U.S. election. The following are major problems with the “anti-Russia” theme, starting with the lack of clear evidence.... [read more]

Dear Mr. President, Be Careful What You Wish for: Higher Interest Rates Will Kill the Recovery

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF.... [read more]

The Israeli Macron

When I was 10 years old, my family fled from Nazi Germany. We were fearful that the Gestapo was after us. Then our train crossed the bridge that separated Germany from France, and we heaved a deep sigh of relief.... [read more]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)

This is the second 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]

The Escalating War on Syria and Need for International Law

As I will show below, it is likely the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by an armed opposition faction, not the Syrian government. The goal was precisely what has happened: a media firestorm leading to direct U.S. aggression against Syria.... [read more]

The National Riddle

Binyamin Netanyahu wants to have them under his control. Completely. Totally. Radio. Television. The social media. The lot.... [read more]

“Ryancare” Dead on Arrival: Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?

The new American Health Care Act has been unveiled, and critics are calling it more flawed even than the Obamacare it was meant to replace... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

Can Trump's assistants now include rabid Zionists and rabid anti-Semites at the same time?... [read more]

Happy Holiday Season…

Most Iranians are believers and practitioners of the single golden rule of treating others as you would expect to be treated... [read more]

Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

Central banks have been pumping money into the global economy without a whole lot to show for it... [read more]

America’s Brexit: to fight Trump, fight Capitalism!

What once seemed unthinkable — akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone — has become a surreal reality... [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]

If Only...

Discontent among the uninformed tends toward unreasoned emotion. The educated dissentient is able and willing to identify the nature of a problem and articulate an indictment of the problem’s source.... [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]

Health and Humanity: Conclusion

A healthy human, with a foundation of biopsychosocial health, could hope to find their purpose in life... [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]

Health and Humanity

I would humbly suggest to the readership that we should, instead, start 2016 off with some ‘navel gazing... [read more]

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding... [read more]

Questions of Power and Slavery

All governments encroach, creep into our lives, and smother our minds with ever more legislation that infringes our human rights and civil liberties... [read more]

Islam's Trojan Horse

Over the last two years, there has been a worrying increase is Islamophobia... [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]

Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street

Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy... [read more]

"Don't Talk Zionism!"

Decades ago in Israel, "Zionism” was a kind of joke among young people. "Don’t talk Zionism!" meant "Don’t talk highfaluting nonsense!"... [read more]

The Douma Market Attack: a Fabricated Pretext for Intervention?

Eric Draitser raises important questions about the recent attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma and highlights gaps in the official narrative of events... [read more]

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis... [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]

Is Britain now Too Gerrymandered To Be A Genuine Democracy?

During the last 27 years, Conservative and Coalition Governments have passed legislation aimed at reducing the voting rights of people not likely to be supportive of the Conservative Party... [read more]

Kissinger and Shultz on 'The Iran Deal'

The Wall Street Journal on 8 April turned over an entire editorial page to former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz... [read more]

Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part 2)

The borders of the Ukraine today are very different than they were before WWII... [read more]

A Slow-Burning Revolution‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, details the beginnings of a paradigm shift in economic thinking... [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]

The CIA, Torture, and American “Democracy”

The Senate report on CIA torture reads like a Stephen King novel, a transcript from the Nuremberg trials, or Josef Mengele’s notes from Auschwitz... [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]

My Glorious Brothers

When I was 15 years old and a member of the Irgun underground (by today's criteria, an honest-to-goodness terrorist organization), we sang "(In the past) we had the heroes / Bar Kochba and the Maccabees / Now we have the new ones / The national youth…"... [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]

The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Uri Avnery's weekly article... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives - Part 5

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

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]

Which way forward for Cuba?

Recently a young worker and member of the Leeds Marxist Society, Ben Curry, travelled to Cuba as an international delegate to the May Day celebrations. We publish below his thoughts on what is happening in Cuba... [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]

The People's Assembly- Building an Alternative

The People’s Assembly has the potential to become the successor to the popular fronts of the 1930s in uniting the broad left writes Dr Thabo Miller... [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]

The Promise of the New and the Delusion of the Old

In 1952 the Egyptian Army Officers' Revolution of the 23 July brought in a new era of hope and pride. By 1967 it had brought us Arabs to the brink of disaster... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century? (Part 2 of 2)

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

In Defence of Lenin

Following the 90th anniversary of Lenin's death, Rob Sewell reviews his legacy... [read more]

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized... [read more]

Angel Face

Seeing her face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent... [read more]

Waiting for Mangabe or Slavoj Zizek on Mandela's Socialist Failure

This is a reply to Slavoj Zizek's article "Mandela's Socialist Failure" published online in The Stone (a New York Times maintained philosophy blog) on December 6, 2013... [read more]

Lenin on Freedom and Necessity

Thomas Riggins Analyses The Next Two Parts Of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [read more]

Who Are The Mother Agnes Critics?

It would be hilarious, if it wasn’t for the severity of the Syrian crisis, to read some of the allegations being directed against the Syrian based nun, Mother Agnes Mariam... [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]

The Schumacher Institute: An Interview with Ian Roderick, Director

Born in 1911, Ernst Fritz Schumacher was and continues to be one of the most inspiring environmental writers that the UK has ever had... [read more]

The Different Sources of Unemployment, and the Economic Remedy for Each of These

Unemployment is a complex phenomenon. The ultimate roots of all large-scale unemployment is the lack of an adequate economic understanding by a country’s professional economic advisors and its politicians... [read more]

The Russian revolution – triumph or tragedy?

On Thursday 10th October the Marxist Student Federation hosted a fiery debate between Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, and Orlando Figes, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, on the topic of "The Russian Revolution: Triumph or Tragedy?"... [read more]

Causality and Necessity in Nature

Thomas Riggins explores Lenin's take on the theory of knowledge of dialectical materialism and of empirio-criticism... [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]

A Critique of the analysis of Karl Marx within the BBC’s ‘Masters of Money’ Series

David Benbow critiques the BBC's ‘Masters of Money’ episode, aired last year, that focused on the economic theories of Karl Marx... [read more]

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 1 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [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]

Michael Gove and Antonio Gramsci

It is fashionable to claim that Michael Gove has been influenced by Antonio Gramsci says David Lindsay... [read more]

Socialism and Christianity

David Benbow compares the tenets of Christianity with Socialist theory... [read more]

The Origin and Spread of Investment Credit Economics

George Tait Edwards provides a brief timeline about the creation and spread of the new knowledge about how to make an economy grow with explosive force ... [read more]

The Self-Hating State

Devolving policy to “the market” doesn’t solve the problem of power. It makes it worse, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Margaret Thatcher's Contribution to Neoliberalism

Former Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet member, Bryan Gould, reflects on the tendency to lionise and exaggerate the importance of Margaret Thatcher's contribution towards promoting free market economics... [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]

Money for the People: Grillo's Populist Plan for Italy

Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th... [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]

Assimilation or Separatism?

Susan Walpole argues that the problems facing Christians, Muslims, Jews and other religions today appear to be firmly rooted in their ideologies of identity... [read more]

Lenin on the Need for Political Compromise

As part of his series of articles analysing Lenin's classic work "Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins looks at what Lenin had to say about compromise and cooperation with political rivals... [read more]

Australia and Asylum Seekers: Media Perspectives

The issue is not 'boat people' but imperialist expansion explains Finn Bowen ... [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]

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]

Lenin on the Role of a Marxist Party in Relation to the People: Chapter Five of 'Left Wing' Communism an Infantile Disorder

In 1920, Lenin produced an analysis of the political conditions in Germany after the failure of the Communist uprising in 1918. The Communists had split into two rival factions. The issues facing the German Marxists were somewhat analogous to those facing Marxist movements today, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

The teratoid of US foreign policy

Since the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776, the US has struggled with its foreign policy and its perceived role within global politics. Finn Bowen discusses the past, present and future of US foreign policy... [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]

Lenin on Anarchism and Opportunism: Chapter Four of 'Left Wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder

Thomas Riggins gives an analysis of Chapter Four of Lenin's 'Left Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and describes the Bolsheviks' struggle against both 'opportunism' and 'petty-bourgeois revolulutionism'... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]

Charity Economics, Subservient Politics: Why Oslo Must Go

Recent demonstrations in protest of the rising cost of living have swept across the West Bank. While they are not indicative of a Palestinian version of the ‘Arab Spring’, they are still an important first step, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Mass media directing the masses

Luke Innes looks at the effect of mass media on the working class in Britain... [read more]

The Implication of Syria's Civil Strife

Syria's Civil War is essentially a war between the majority Sunni Muslims and the minority Alawites (Shi'ites) who have ruled Syria for over 40 years. The result is a foregone conclusion. President Assad will lose and the Alawites will be ousted. Or will they? And before they do, what will be the price paid by others, asks Faysal Mikdadi.... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Doreen Carvajal writes in the New York Times about the possibility that our genes carry some memories of our ancestors' experiences and 'unfinished business'. Dr Faysal Mikdadi wonders whether this is beneficial, now and for a future generation. ... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Needs editing pre publication... [read more]

Scorched Earth Economics

The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them and the UK provides a powerful example, writes George Monbiot. ... [read more]

The Russian Revolution and its relevance today

In 1920 Lenin expressed his views on the international significance of the Russian Revolution. A lot of water has gone under the bridge in the last 92 years. Thomas Riggins asks are any of Lenin's views on this issue relevant today?... [read more]

Bad Sight of the Week

At the weekend, I sent a letter to The Observer via email. So sure am I that the paper will not run it this coming Sunday that I breathe life into it by reproducing it here below... [read more]

Mere insults should not be criminal offences

Peter Tatchell says Section 5 of the Public Order Act is a menace to free speech and the right to protest... [read more]

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests

Dan Brett says Tehran is using martial law, arrests, imprisonment, torture & killings to suppress its Arab minority... [read more]

The future for Tunisia

Thomas Riggins examines the background and ideology of the Ennanah Party, now heading the governing alliance in Tunisia following the overthrow of President Ben Ali ... [read more]

Don’t Quota Me

Is there a single reputable argument in favour of positive discrimination? The fact that so many of our institutions are unrepresentative of the make-up of society is of course deplorable, but manipulating recruitment in order to create an artificial balance is no way to put this right, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

Israel Vying for War: Attacking Iran Will Not Repeat History

One would think that the years between 1991 – the first war on Iraq - and 2003 would have been enough to convince US-led Western allies that economically besieged, politically isolated and war torn Iraq had no capacity for producing WMDs, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

A manager's dog

‘I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray, tell me sir, whose dog are you?' ( Alexander Pope, Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog which I gave to his Royal Highness)... [read more]

Hurrah for Egypt!

Uri Avnery has warm words for the new democratically elected Egyptian parliament... [read more]

Christopher Hitchens - an obit and opinion

Amid the avalanche of articles and obituaries written in tribute to Christopher Hitchens in the wake of his recent passing, we have been reacquainted with the essential condition of western liberalism - moral depravity, says John Wight. ... [read more]

False Evidence Appearing Real

There is profit to be made in keeping the public fearful, Bryan G Taylor explains... [read more]

Poor's show

Ever since the decline of European Socialism in the 1980s and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the ’90s, capitalism has considered itself king of the world and has behaved accordingly, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

A future apology

Mark Chivers apologises prospectively for our generation's lack of action in safeguarding the planet ... [read more]

The More Enemies, The More Honor

Uri Avnery reflects upon Israel\'s faltering relations with its allies.... [read more]

The Truth About the Situation in Libya

As Colonel Gaddafi’s regime enters its final days, Brian Becker looks at NATOs involvement in bolstering the rebel movement and the truth behind the so called campaign of ‘humanitarian intervention’ ... [read more]

The ruling class policy toward its soldiers - Use Once and Throw Away

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek describes the treatment of war veterans, from the Vietnam era to those returning from present day conflicts, and highlights the continual deceit war-mongering governments use to deceive the public. The real enemies are not foreign but domestic.... [read more]

The Banker who knows his Kapital

John Green translates and reflects on an interview with Edgar Most formerly of Deustche Bank and of the GDR State Bank, where he considers capitalism vs. socialism.... [read more]

Book Review: Cuba's Education Revolution

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Theodore MacDonald's new book, a comprehensive survey of Cuba's education system since 1959.... [read more]

Britain's Coalition Government: Unleashing the Forces of Hell

It's now several weeks since the Tories swept into office, propped up by the Liberal Democrats. Chris Mason-Felsing looks at the story so far.... [read more]

Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!

Uri Avnery on conspiracy theories, old and new.... [read more]

Dispatch from China: Number 15 Has Left the Building

The fight against climate change presents a peculiar set of challenges for media oulets balancing corporate business models with the urgent need for critical debate, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Walled In

Science and humanities students view each other with incomprehension: blame our dumb, narrow schooling, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Bosses' Pay - the Worse They do, the More They Want!

Enormous compensation packages are keeping bosses happy amid the misery of economic stagnation, writes Dan Morley.... [read more]

War With the Ghosts

George Monbiot asks: what are our nuclear weapons for, and who controls them? ... [read more]

Our Hollowed Out Democracy

Thus far, the Tory and Labour election campaigns have been a showcase of the hypocrisy at the heart of British politics, writes Richie Nimmo.... [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 End of Certainty

Stephen Chan, Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, talks about the adventures that inspired his new book, 'The End of Certainty'.... [read more]

Why No Government Jobs Program?

Rick Wolff on the Obama administration's weak response to the economic crisis.... [read more]

Economic Crisis and Political Alienation

Lack of popular participation in the political process is both a cause and an effect of the present crisis, as Rick Wolff explains.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Alex Callinicos, Imperialism and Global Political Economy

Nathaniel Mehr reviews this month's recommendation.... [read more]

Who Killed Yasser Arafat and Why?

Ramzy Baroud considers the implications of the conspiracy theories surrounding Yasser Arafat's death five years ago.... [read more]

Afghanistan: Bloodshed Without End

In the week that the war in Aghanistan has returned to the front pages of British newspapers, Ewan Gibbs reminds us why Britain and the US are fighting.... [read more]

Matter of the Heart

Uri Avnery looks back over the first 100 days of Binyamin Netanyahu's second term as Israeli Prime Minister.... [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]

The Great Gamble

Uri Avnery assesses a critical moment in Israeli domestic politics.... [read more]

Interview: Antonio Navarro Wolff talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini met prominent Colombian politician Antonio Navarro Wolff, the governor of the southern department of Nariño, to discuss the many social and political problems affecting Colombia.... [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]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

Matt Genner considers Naomi Klein's comments at this year's Hay Festival.... [read more]

Freedom of Expression and the BNP

Chris Bath considers the ongoing debate about the limits of freedom of speech.... [read more]

Long-Overdue Corporate Manslaughter Laws Come Into Force

Chris Bath on the Corporate Manslauger and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.... [read more]

Burnt Out

The Government’s plans for clean coal are another great green scam.... [read more]

Interview: George Monbiot Talks to London Progressive Journal

London Progressive Journal's Haseeb Khokhar spoke to prominent climate change campaigner George Monbiot.... [read more]