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After Catalonia’s independence referendum - national struggles, Marxism and class

After Catalonia’s independence referendum - national struggles, Marxism and class Some on the left see battles for independence as dividing workers, while others back them as fights for liberation. Dave Sewell looks at how to judge national struggles

Capital—a vampire at work

Capital—a vampire at work The first volume of Karl Marx’s Capital was published a century and a half ago. Joseph Choonara, author of a new reader’s guide to the work, explains its relevance today

Marxism Festival 2017 - debating how to fight for socialism

Marxism Festival 2017 - debating how to fight for socialism Around 2,500 people took part in Marxism Festival 2017 in central London from Thursday to Sunday last week.

Marxism Festival vows to fight injustice - and for a better world

Marxism Festival vows to fight injustice - and for a better world Around 1,000 people crammed into the final rally of Marxism Festival in central London today, Sunday. There was a confident atmosphere and a mood to fight - alongside deep anger at the system.

Opening rally at Marxism Festival says, ‘We can change the world’

Opening rally at Marxism Festival says, ‘We can change the world’ Hundreds of people joined an upbeat opening rally at the Marxism Festival in central London this evening, Thursday. The four-day political festival is hosted by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).

Who really rules Britain?

Who really rules Britain? We are told regularly that, unlike dictatorships, ‘the people’ govern Britain. But, says Dave Sewell, it’s the unelected rich and powerful that really have their hands on the wheel

John McDonnell is right - there’s a lot to be learnt from reading Karl Marx

09 May 2017
Right wingers have raised the spectre of Communism to discredit Labour’s left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Workers’ ideas—changing through struggle

02 May 2017
There is a constant battle for which ideas win out in society, argues Sadie Robinson. And when workers begin to fight back they turn all the normal ideas they’re fed upside down

Why marching matters: the power of protest

31 January 2017
After two weeks of mass resistance to new US president Donald Trump, Simon Basketter looks at the power of protests and where it can lead

John Berger was a firm Marxist who transformed art history

03 January 2017
John Berger, who died on Monday at the age of 90, was the most important writer on art in the last 60 years or more.

Hungary 1956—rebirth of socialism from below

18 October 2016
On its 60th anniversary, Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at the Hungarian Revolution where workers and students battled for power—and shook a regime that claimed to represent them

A time of turmoil shaped Karl Marx’s ideas

30 August 2016
A new book by Gareth Stedman-Jones, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, stresses the impact of dynamic early capitalism on Karl Marx's theories. But workers’ struggles gave them their revolutionary edge that still cuts, argues Simon Basketter

What does socialism look like?

23 August 2016
Reforming capitalism is not the same as socialism, argues Sadie Robinson. Another society is possible—but can only come about through a revolution by working class people

Why Frantz Fanon’s call to rise against racism still resonates today

14 August 2016
Frantz Fanon was a giant of the fight against colonialism. Chris Newlove hails a revival of his ideas—and argues for taking them further, not letting academia tone them down

Marxism 2016 - we can exploit the bosses’ crisis

05 July 2016
Around 2,700 people gathered at the Marxism 2016 festival last weekend. Hundreds heard former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg address the opening rally on Thursday of last week.

After the EU vote - where do ideas come from and how do they change?

05 July 2016
Marxism can help explain why some workers have racist ideas and how that can change, writes Alistair Farrow

Inspiring calls to struggle open Marxism 2016 festival in London

30 June 2016
The Marxism 2016 festival got underway in central London today, Thursday, bringing together socialists from across Britain and the rest of the world.

Genius of the modern world - Marx’s ideas shine through the sneers

14 June 2016
Marx, Genius of the modern world BBC Four, Thursday 16 June, 9pm

World in turmoil and workers' struggles fuel interest in socialism

31 May 2016
Hundreds have been debating the way forward for the left at a series of rallies organised by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Alistair Farrow listened to the debate in Birmingham

Are robots taking all our jobs?

17 May 2016
As robots begin to do more of the jobs traditionally done by people, Tomáš Tengely-Evans asks if the relationship between worker and machine has fundamentally changed

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