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Blame capitalism not socialism for Venezuela's crisis


The right argue that if we vote for a socialist such as Jeremy Corbyn then Britain will end up like Venezuela. But Venezuela’s problem isn’t too much socialism—it’s not enough.

Good Riddance to TTIP


Senior politicians who still claim that the TTIP trade deal is on track are becoming hard to find.

The fight for a better society is no utopian fantasy


Every socialist dreams of winning a better and fairer world, one which isn’t run in the interests of the rich. But that doesn’t mean our dreams are simply “fantasy” as former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls suggested this week.

Socialists and Labour series


Links to all our articles in this series

Caster Semenya's success should be celebrated, not denigrated


South African athlete Caster Semenya won the women’s 800 metre gold medal at the Olympics.

We should drop the Nato warmongers’ alliance


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn struck fear into Britain’s rulers when he said he would avoid war if a Nato ally was attacked.

George Lansbury was loved - but it wasn’t enough for the union leaders


George Lansbury went from campaigner to Labour leader only to be brought down by his own side, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

The Tories fear Brexit - we need to shape it


The left must start to contest the debate about what will happen when Britain leaves the European Union (EU). At the moment the argument is dominated by competing right wing visions.

Don't forget the message of Marikana


This week four years ago South African police gunned down 34 striking mine workers at the Lonmin corporation’s Marikana mine.

Trotsky was right - we need a revolution


Tom Watson’s dossier on “Trotsky entryists” into the Labour Party has been used as an attack on the whole left.

Why the Labour right love to twist the truth about Trotsky


Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is hardly the first to use Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky as a cheap insult.

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

Latest strike figures show a drop - but they don’t tell the whole story


Official figures show a sharp drop in the number of working days “lost” to strikes in 2015 compared to 2014. But the figures don’t necessarily show a recent shift in class struggle.

Theresa May's grammar schools will write working class children off as failures


The Tories could open new grammar schools. The right wing press eagerly explained that this is part of Theresa May’s drive to boost “social mobility”.

Turn the radical mood into a mass movement against Tory austerity


One thing the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn shows is that working class people are seething with anger against politicians and the bosses.

The ‘constraint of unity’ fatally weakened the Bennite left


Calls for a truce in the Labour Party risk leading the left to repeat the mistakes of the 1980s, warns Sadie Robinson

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.

Stafford Cripps - a one-time Labour radical who was a turncoat twice over


Simon Basketter continues our series of columns on the Labour Party with a look at one of its lesser-known radicals

Labour right has no clue on beating the Tories


Jeremy Corbyn’s critics inside the Labour Party have perfected missing the point.

Theresa May’s first war as bombs drop on Libya


Politicians have learned nothing from the Chilcot report.

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