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Individuals and collectives—can I make a difference?

Individuals and collectives—can I make a difference? We often hear the idea that history is made by great acts from great individuals. Simon Basketter explores this idea and the strengths and weaknesses of individual activism

Don’t obscure Marx’s valuable insights

Don’t obscure Marx’s valuable insights It is hazardous to treat the Grundrisse as where we can find the real Marx. But it looks as if this is where Harvey is going

Richard Lewontin—the Marxist geneticist

Richard Lewontin—the Marxist geneticist Richard Lewontin, who died aged 92 recently, was one of the most talented geneticists of his generation.

How capitalism tries to profit from our bodies

How capitalism tries to profit from our bodies The new series of Love Island is launching. Sophie Squire investigates why certain body types are marketed to us, and the pressure to buy into them

Imperialism and national liberation

Imperialism and national liberation Across the world in the face of imperialism and occupation, demands are put forward for self-determination and national independence.

Marxism 2021 online event debates where next for the left

Marxism 2021 online event debates where next for the left A weekend of discussion brought socialists together in the aftermath of elections that underlined Labour's failings

Podemos—trapped by the system

08 May 2021
Radical left party Podemos sought to be an alternative to the corrupt political establishment but came to mirror its features. Sam Ord says hope for change in the Spanish state lies on organising outside of elections

Capital, the system and jobs chaos

05 December 2020
Millions of people have been thrown onto the jobs scrapheap this year. Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at how the capitalist system uses unemployment

Resist the drive for profit that is killing us

29 September 2020
Capitalism keeps a tiny minority of people rich off the back of work that is done by the vast majority of people.

This is a crisis of capitalism, not virus lockdowns

01 September 2020
As millions of people fear for their jobs, bankers and bosses celebrated a bonanza on the stock market.

Chile 1970—why the hope was broken

30 August 2020
50 years ago Salvador Allende was elected Chile’s president. A US-backed coup overthrew him three years later. But, writes Sophie Squire, there were deeper problems than the US and the military that helped turn hope into horror

Comintern, July 1920—a critical juncture

19 July 2020
The Comintern met for the second time 100 years ago. Simon Basketter looks at how the debates there help us to understand and challenge the capitalist system today

Virus, slump and racism show up system failure

07 July 2020
The Polish‑German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg warned that capitalism gives us a choice between “socialism or barbarism”. We need to choose—and fight for—socialism. 

Are all white people racist?

14 June 2020
Is there a role for white people in the movement against racism? And what should it be?

Coronavirus crisis - put workers in charge and end the chaos of capitalism

05 April 2020
Our ‘betters’ have now realised that workers matter. So could workers run society without bosses?

Capitalism brings people together — perhaps to bury it

31 March 2020
We’re encouraged to see ourselves as competing individuals. But capitalism enables collective action that undermines those ideas

Corona crisis shows need to break from chaos of capitalism

21 March 2020
A society based on democratic planning could meet the needs of everyone and boost innovation. Socialist Worker looks at how ordinary people could reshape our world

Engels showed how humans change the world

14 January 2020
Gabby Thorpe is impressed by Camilla Royle’s new book on the life and work of Engels—a key contributor to Marxism

Capitalism can’t make you well

02 January 2020
‘Wellness’ may seem like a harmless trend. But it rests on making money from alienation and the way that capitalism damages our minds and bodies

What actually makes a ­person middle class?

22 October 2019
Tomáš Tengely-Evans argues that being middle class isn’t about your lifestyle, accent, or whether you do a manual job

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