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Athens resistance sparks elite crisis


There are moments when the fundamental conflict defining capitalist society becomes visible for all to see. Athens on Wednesday of last week was one of them.

Obama’s Afghan exit strategy


Barack Obama concluded his announcement that US forces had assassinated Osama Bin Laden by saying, "Tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to."

Financial crisis is far from history


Hardened boosters of capitalism must be tempted to dismiss the global economic and financial crisis as history.

Libyan intervention reveals splits among global elite


Western intervention in Libya has exposed the extraordinary flux in relations among the great powers. In the first place, they’re badly split.

Is this a revolution or just a coup?


Leon Trotsky recalls in his memoirs that, immediately after the Russian Revolution of October 1917, Lenin said to him in German, "Es schwindelt"—"It makes one dizzy."

Alex Callinicos: a reply to Laurie Penny's reply


I hadn’t intended to respond to Laurie Penny’s reply (<a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/laurie-penny/2010/12/deregulating-resistance">A response to Alex Callinicos</a>) to my piece on Comment is Free (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/26/student-protests-laurie-penny?showallcomments=true#comment-8939439">Student demonstrators can't do it on their own</a>), which in turn was a response to her original Guardian article, which appeared on Christmas Eve (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/24/student-protests-young-politics-voices">Out with the old politics</a>). But there has been such a flurry of criticism and support all over Fa

New US splurge will increase global tensions


John Maynard Keynes argued that one of the main reasons why capitalist economies are so unstable is because they are driven by investments that are essentially bets on an uncertain future. The present moment is one of peculiar uncertainty even by these standards.

Pressures on Ed Miliband will grow


"No more cliques, no more factions, no more soap opera," announced David Miliband in what proved to be his swansong at the Labour Party conference.

Vince Cable is no Marxist


Vince Cable's assault on "spivs and gamblers" in the City may have won him a standing ovation at the Lib Dem conference, but it has caused outrage at the Daily Mail and in the Confederation of British Industry. Is it time for Marxists to welcome Comrade Cable to our ranks?

Economy is still on the Big Dipper


SPECULATION ABOUT the prospect of a double-dip recession has become almost obsessive in the financial markets. The US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board, is worried that the American economy might slip back into slump.

The banks evade justice - for now


THREE YEARS ago this week the global financial crisis began. Back then it was called the "credit crunch" and seemed a bit quaint and obscure.

The budget deficit - an excuse for the Tories to take revenge on workers


"The corollary of the big society is the smaller state. If you talk about the small state, people think you’re Attila the Hun. If you talk about the big society, people think you’re Mother Teresa."

McChrystal sacking won’t solve US war crisis


In April 1951 US president Harry Truman sacked general of the army Douglas MacArthur, commander of the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea.

Hard on BP, not on the causes of BP


Remember all that stuff about how, in the era of globalisation, footloose capital can go where it likes and do what it likes? Apparently governments would elbow each other aside in their eagerness to do its will. Somehow I don’t think this is how it feels to Tony Hayward, chief executive of BP.

Class rule hiding behind austerity


We live, we are constantly told, in a liberal pluralist society. Unlike the totalitarian states of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, information and ideas aren’t monolithically controlled from above in these societies.

The potential to shut Greece down


The price of the so-called "rescue" of Greece is massive austerity for working people. This is coming up against resistance from the most militant working class in Europe.

The deceit that lies behind the deficit


In the full glare of publicity the three main parties jostle and manoeuvre over power. But, in the background, there is a much more fundamental assertion of power.

Noxious election campaign stirs up racist divisions


This general election has been the one most dominated by immigration since 1979. Consider the two most important incidents of the past week.

Michael Foot’s nationalist spirit lives on in Greece's government


The hypocrisy of the British media can still surprise. Look at the warmth with which they bade farewell to Michael Foot when he died last week, after they had vilified him while he was leader of the Labour Party between 1980 and 1983.

Greece's fight sheds light on a wider crisis in Europe


At one level, the Greek crisis is a familiar tale of market blackmail and bullying. Through giving up its own currency and joining the euro, Greece attached itself to one of the world’s major economies, Germany.

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