A non-partisan journal of the left.

About John Green

Based: london
Has been working as a journalist in one form or other for all his working life. He has also written several books - in 2009 he published a biography of Friedrich Engels and has recently written A Manifesto for Modern Times. He writes regular reviews and articles for left-wing journals and newspapers. Was co-editor of the Marxist arts magazine Artery in the seventies.

For twenty years he was a television documentary film-maker and subsequently worked as a Communications Officer with the trade union UNISON. He now works as freelance journalist and writer.

Articles Written

Taxi story

by John Green

Fri 7th Nov 2014
Reams have been written about how awful and oppressive East Germany was - a virtual slave state with Stasi surveillance informers everywhere. That image was rudely demolished in a curious way the other day... [read more]

How the world was saved from a nuclear catastrophe

by John Green

Sun 2nd Nov 2014
In 1983 the world stood on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. War between NATO and the USSR was prevented by a high ranking NATO official secretly working for the GDR foreign intelligence service... [read more]

From hope to despair- why the Soviet Union collapsed

by John Green

Wed 25th Jun 2014
John Green reviews a book written by Hans Modrow, the last prime minister of the German Democratic Republic... [read more]
 

The making of the Grenada Revolution

by John Green

Sat 24th May 2014
John Green reviews two books that detail the lead up to and aftermath of the Grenada Revolution... [read more]

Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective

by John Green

Thu 24th Apr 2014
John Green reviews Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective by Ron Newby... [read more]

Bread and Circuses in a Digital Age

by John Green

Thu 27th Feb 2014
Bread and circuses have always been a central aspect of ruling class hegemony and a means of keeping the masses in a soporific state... [read more]
 

An economy ruled by the mob

by John Green

Wed 29th Jan 2014
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]

Red Love – the story of an East German Family

by John Green

Sun 21st Jul 2013
John Green reviews Maxim Leo’s Red Love – the story of an East German Family... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

by John Green

Sun 14th Apr 2013
John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]
 

Out of it

by John Green

Mon 31st Dec 2012
John Green reviews Palestinian author Selma Dabbagh's debut novel... [read more]

Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet

by John Green

Thu 27th Dec 2012
John Green reviews Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet – a book By Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann... [read more]

Call Mr Robeson – a Life with Songs

by John Green

Wed 14th Nov 2012
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 Spectre of Communism

by John Green

Wed 10th Oct 2012
The eulogies in the media for the late Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, praise his historical insight yet express bemusement at his adherence to the Communist cause. Why is there a lack of understanding as to why so many of his generation remained loyal to the cause of their youth? John Green explains.... [read more]

Decoding Assange

by John Green

Tue 28th Aug 2012
John Green reports that Julian Assange is the new bête noir, the man to be vilified, smeared and slandered. In all the media hysteria about the rape allegations made in Sweden against Assange by two women he slept with, the real issue is being conveniently buried.... [read more]

CIA and MI5 linked to assassinations in the Congo in sixties

by John Green

Fri 4th May 2012
Shortly after progressive Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba was overthrown by a Western backed coup in 1960, the former UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in mysterious circumstances. John Green asks if the two events were in any way connected.... [read more]
 

The Last to Fall (the life and letters of Ivor Hickman – an International Brigader in Spain)

by John Green

Thu 12th Apr 2012
John Green reviews a book by John L. Wainwright about the life of international brigader Ivor Hickman... [read more]

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

by John Green

Wed 7th Mar 2012
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]

Penny Red – Notes from the New Age of Dissent

by John Green

Thu 16th Feb 2012
John Green reviews the latest book from an up and coming journalist who describes herself as a journalist, author, feminist, socialist, utopian, general reprobate and troublemaker... [read more]
 

New beginnings

by John Green

Thu 5th Jan 2012
John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 2)... [read more]

New beginnings

by John Green

Wed 4th Jan 2012
John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 1)... [read more]

Why capitalism likes us to behave irrationally

by John Green

Mon 19th Dec 2011
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]
 

The Banker who knows his Kapital

by John Green

Sun 5th Jun 2011
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]

Introducing ... British Government Plc

by John Green

Sun 19th Dec 2010
John Green on the growing preponderance of unelected advisors from the business sector in senior government roles. ... [read more]

Book review: The Tolpuddle Boy

by John Green

Wed 27th Oct 2010
John Green reviews "The Tolpuddle Boy", a timely tribute to the struggles of early trade unionism.... [read more]
 

Modern Football: Money, Hype and Hysteria

by John Green

Fri 18th Jun 2010
John Green looks at how the status of the 'beautiful game' has changed in recent years.... [read more]

BA Strike is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

by John Green

Fri 26th Mar 2010
The trade union movement is taking a lead in the struggle against the false panacea of austerity; John Green reckons the British Airways dispute is just the beginning.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Fenner Brockway's 'Inside the Left'

by John Green

Fri 12th Mar 2010
John Green reviews Fenner Brockway's autobiographical account of a long and dedicated political career.... [read more]
 

Election 2010: Whoever Wins, We Are in for Cuts

by John Green

Fri 5th Mar 2010
Decades of compromise have left the Labour party unfit to meet the challenges of the present crisis, writes John Green.... [read more]

Book of the Month: 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver

by John Green

Fri 19th Feb 2010
John Green recommends this witty and evocative political novel set in 1930s Mexico.... [read more]

Book of the Month: 'Common Wealth' by Martin Large

by John Green

Fri 29th Jan 2010
John Green reviews this month's recommended read, which takes a critical look at the increasing dominance of corporate interests over civil society.... [read more]
 

Product Placement – Why UK Television Viewers Should be Worried

by John Green

Fri 22nd Jan 2010
The UK government is bowing to business pressure and looking to lift the ban on product placement in television programmes, as John Green explains.... [read more]

Return to Family Values is Way Out of Crisis say the Tories

by John Green

Fri 15th Jan 2010
The Conservative Party started their election campaign on familiar ground, as John Green explains.... [read more]