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Ruling class in open warfare after court ruling on Brexit


Is Britain beginning to experience the kind of “culture war” that divides the political elite in the US?

Trading blows turn treaties into toast—why trade deals are in trouble


ONE OF the main drivers of neoliberalism has been the removal of barriers to international trade. It is now in serious trouble.

Could our rulers ease Syria’s torment? Only by pulling out and leaving it alone


The Syrian war is an obscenity, a brutal meat-grinder that consumes mainly the innocent. It goes on only because it is in the interest of rival imperialist powers and their local clients and allies.

Theresa May shifts to the right—but makes new enemies


Theresa May used last week’s Tory conference in Birmingham to shift her party and her government sharply to the right.

Deutsche Bank— the profit unarmed


Deutsche Bank has symbolised German capitalism ever since its foundation in 1870, on the eve of Germany’s unification.

Divisions over grammar schools show splits in the Tory Party


As the weeks go by, we are beginning to get a picture of what kind of prime minister Theresa May will be.

Stand with Corbyn - not Smith or Jones


As the Labour leadership contest hots up, Alex Callinicos looks at the roots of the conflict gripping the Labour Party and explains why it matters that Jeremy Corbyn wins

There is no ‘lesser evil’ in the US election


Now that Hillary Clinton has been confirmed as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate the usual arguments are being mobilised to brigade the left behind her. The most important one stresses not the positive qualities of the Democratic candidate but the negative qualities of their Republican opponent.

The useless Labour right is flailing into a slow-motion split


The Labour right are a puzzle. How come they are simultaneously so venomous towards Jeremy Corbyn and, as John McDonnell famously put it, so “useless”?

May’s new cabinet faces old problems


Commentators were quick to identify the contradiction in Theresa May’s new government. As Robert Peston put it, “her rhetoric is more left wing than Cameron’s was, her cabinet is more right wing than his was.”

We must overcome the dangerous divisions in the working class


The Brexit referendum revealed a united ruling class and a divided working class. A few eccentrics aside, big business backed Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU). They are now united in mourning the result of the vote.

Blair’s Iraq war—a disaster on all sides


The evil influence that Tony Blair exerts on British politics has been on display as his creatures in the Parliamentary Labour Party mount their coup against Jeremy Corbyn.

Don't leave anger at the establishment to the racist right in EU referendum


Labour MP Jo Cox’s horrible murder has haunted the final days of the European Union (EU) referendum campaign. It is now known that her attacker is an open Nazi.

Crises force cracks in neoliberal agenda


Is the Pope still a Catholic? This is the question provoked by a new article by three International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists

Turkish turnaround can’t last forever


I’ve been in Istanbul participating in the Marxism 2016 festival organised by the Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (DSIP). Turkey's politics has undergone an astonishing reversal over the past year.

Labour witch hunt has a dual purpose


What's driving the Labour right’s assault on Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism—sheer opportunism or ideology? Certainly the former. Even BBC Radio 4’s Today programme briefly took time off from feeding the frenzy over Ken Livingstone’s remarks to concede that “Livingstone is a proxy for Corbyn”.

The Tories are in crisis over the EU - don't rescue them, exploit their crises


It's been pleasant to watch the awkwardness of the right wing Leave campaigners over Barack Obama’s intervention in the Brexit debate.

Defy the logic of capitalism to save steel jobs


The Tata steel workers threaten to be the latest case in which the brutal logic of capital destroys industries and working class communities. We’ve seen it again and again in the past 35 years—the miners under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and the Luton and Longbridge car workers under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

David Cameron's gamble on Europe may not work


My prediction at the start of the year that “divisions among the Tories will become high profile” in 2016 has been amply confirmed.

Republican voters could trump elite


Donald Trump’s sweeping victories in the US primary elections on “Super Tuesday”—last week—has thrown the Republican Party into “a state of pandemonium”, according to the Washington Post newspaper.

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