Theory & History

Capitalist rivalry, trade wars & Globalisation Today

The last year-and-a-half has seen a steady escalation of a trade war between the world’s two major capitalist powers, the United States and China. This dispute takes place against the background of the world economy undergoing a period of what has been described as “slowbalisation” and a reversal of the process of globalisation, writes Cillian Gillespie. In May of this ...

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Review: The Socialist Manifesto

Published by: Verso Books, 2019 In this year’s State of the Union address, Donald Trump stated that “America will never be a socialist country.” More recently, he declared that he will be running in 2020 to fight a “socialist takeover.” Why, all of a sudden, do we have this anti-socialist rhetoric? Because socialist ideas are making a comeback! A recent ...

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Collapse of the Soviet bloc 1989

Revolutionary movement with counter-revolutionary consequences Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa ( sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Russia) This article is the first in a series to commemorate the events of 1989 In Poland, on the 13th September 1989, the ‘Solidarnosc’ trade union, after winning an overwhelming majority in an election, formed the first ‘non-communist’ government in the former ...

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Review: Leon Trotsky’s “In Defence of Marxism”

Leon Trotsky’s In Defense of Marxism is a book every Marxist needs to study. It’s a collection of letters and key documents from a sharp debate within the Socialist Workers Party in the US in 1939-40. It’s a very rich book, on application of Marxist theory in a rapidly changing world – Stalinism in the Soviet Union, fascism in power ...

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August 1969 – When British troops went into Northern Ireland

By Peter Hadden (first published in August 2009) August 1969 was a turning point in the history of Northern Ireland. It was then that the Labour Government of Harold Wilson took the decision to send troops onto the streets, first of Derry, then of Belfast. The measure was presented as temporary – troops were needed, they said, because, with riots ...

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Kautsky and the Parliamentary Road to Socialism – A Reply to Eric Blanc

By Rob Rooke, member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US- article was originally published in its journal Socialist World)  We are living through a dramatic period in U.S. history. While the Trump presidency has emboldened the right, we have also witnessed the re-emergence of strikes, the growth of a new left with DSA, Alexandria Occasio Cortez’s stunning ...

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When the North exploded: 50 years since the “Battle of the Bogside”

By Kevin Henry For many, August 1969 was the month that saw the real beginning of the Troubles in the North. British troops were sent into Northern Ireland supposedly as a “stop gap”, but one that would remain for decades. Ten months earlier, the repression of a civil rights protest on the streets of Derry saw the situation erupt with ...

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Tackling the mental health crisis

by Ryan McNally  Mental health services continue to be so overwhelmed by demand that people seeking help routinely face long waiting lists to access the treatment they need. Long waiting times, which can be up to a year in extreme cases, can allow illnesses to grow worse while they are left untreated and can make patients less likely to engage ...

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China: 30 years since Tiananmen massacre

Anniversary of June 4 Beijing massacre set to draw record numbers at Hong Kong vigil Dikang, chinaworker.info Today marks the 30th anniversary of the gruesome massacre in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the orders of China’s top leaders. China was in the throes of a revolutionary mass movement. The mass demonstrations that burst out in April 1989 ...

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The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg

January marked the 100th anniversary of the murder of the outstanding revolutionary socialist leader, Rosa Luxemburg. In this article, Eleanor Crossey-Malone looks at her defence of both the fundamental ideas of Marxism and the necessity of revolutionary change against an increasingly opportunistic and reformist SPD leadership. Remembering Rosa Luxemburg after her death, the Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky wrote of seeing ...

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