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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

Caster Semenya's success should be celebrated, not denigrated

23 August 2016
South African athlete Caster Semenya won the women’s 800 metre gold medal at the Olympics.

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

A revolving door of people who grant bosses pay rises

16 August 2016
The people hired by big companies to decide how much bosses should get paid are earning around £170,000 for attending a handful of meetings.

Who owns Britain? How the rich kept hold of land

16 August 2016
The death of a billionaire landowner last week highlighted how much land in Britain remains in very few hands. Tomáš Tengely-Evans investigates

Capitalism's growing pains

26 July 2016
Young adults in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa are on average 5cm shorter than their counterparts 40 years ago, revealed an extraordinary study released this week.

Put capital on trial

05 July 2016
Three bankers were found guilty of manipulating global interest rates this week.

Much Ado About Nothing? Why read Shakespeare?

19 April 2016
William Shakespeare was more than the royal court’s bard. On the 400th anniversary of his death,?Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at his real legacy

Private matters: How capitalism hides its filthy hoard

12 April 2016
There is an exclusive luxury ocean liner with tens of thousands of cabins. The “Panama papers” leak provides a porthole into just one of those cabins.

Panama Papers scandal shows how capitalism works - we need to get rid of it

05 April 2016
Politicians who insist there’s no money for wages, pensions, benefits or public services had their secret hoards exposed this week.

The Troublemaker - of Panama

05 April 2016
After leaked files from offshore firm Mossack Fonseca expose the secret stashes of the rich and powerful, Troublemaker roots through for the good stuff...

Marxism shows how we can uproot racism

15 March 2016
Fighting racism today involves understanding racism as one of the ways in which capitalism divides people.

British economy on the slide: “Sell everything” says bank

13 January 2016
British manufacturing is in recession, undermining chancellor George Osborne’s forecasts of steady economic growth.

Disability—produced by profit

12 January 2016
Roddy Slorach’s new book A Very Capitalist Condition puts forward a Marxist analysis of disability. Sadie Robinson looks at how its insights can help activists in the fightback

Amazon Unwrapped

15 December 2015
Simon Basketter looks behind the spin of the giant online retailer to examine how it expands by exploiting workers—and what really drives it

Six reasons the Cop21 climate change talks in Paris are worse than a cop-out

08 December 2015
The heads of state at the Cop21 climate change talks in Paris know that climate change is one of the most urgent problems facing humanity.

How does revolt end war?

10 November 2015
Imperialism and international competition lies behind wars the world over. But if capitalism causes war, what ends it? Dave Sewell looks at the revolts that stopped the slaughter

Melted down for profit - the real reasons for the crisis in steel

27 October 2015
As thousands of steel workers face the sack, Tomáš Tengely-Evans argues that we should blame the real culprits and fight back

How does struggle grow?

27 October 2015
The system pushes workers to fight back and struggles can unexpectedly break out—but as Sadie Robinson argues, that doesn’t mean we should simply sit back and wait

Tories dream of Chinese capitalism

20 October 2015
The tabloids marked the visit to Britain of Chinese president Xi Jinping with racist jokes. But David Cameron was declaring a new “golden age” as he rolled out the red carpet.

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