Socialist Review issue

April 2017 #423

Can the left shape Brexit?

News

by Sally Campbell
With negotiations over Britain’s future relationship with the EU now under way, Theresa May still hasn’t spoken out to unilaterally guarantee the...
by Sally Campbell
Tory cuts to school funding in England, which could see the first real term cuts in 20 years, have prompted a fightback by teachers and parents....
by Sally Campbell
The first round of the French presidential election takes place on Sunday 23 April. The latest polls put fascist Marine Le Pen of the Front National...
by Sally Campbell
Reports last month revealed that girls and young women have missed days of school because they can’t afford to buy sanitary products. Teachers in...
by Simon Guy
Chile heats up There were huge demonstrations in Chile last month against the privatised pensions system. According to organisers 2 million people...
by Simon Guy
A flagship promise of the Trump campaign was thrown into chaos last month. The American Health Care Act, known as “Trumpcare”, was pulled from the...

Features

Feature
Joseph Choonara

Now that Britain’s exit from the European Union has been triggered, there will be a battle over terms. Joseph Choonara assesses the strengths of the different forces at play.

Feature
Tithi Bhattacharya

On 8 March, International Women's Day, thousands of women activists across the US took part in a historic day of internationalist and anti-capitalist feminist action. Tithi Bhattacharya, one of...

Feature
Ian Taylor

Fake news has become a buzzword since Trump’s election, but is it really new? And how concerned should socialists be? Ian Taylor gets some perspective.

Feature
Leslie Baruch Brent

Simon Guy and Rob Ferguson spoke to Leslie Baruch Brent, who fled Nazi Germany as a child, about how quickly racist ideas can take hold and why it’s crucial we continue to challenge them today....

Feature
Alan Gibson

Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia in April 1917, five weeks after a revolution had overthrown the hated Tsar. Alan Gibson sets out the pivotal role Lenin played in arguing that the revolution must...

Opinion

Opinion
by Charlotte Ahmed
Nicola Sturgeon has played another blinder and lit a bonfire underneath the cosy Westminster establishment. There will be another independence referendum in Scotland, or at least she will ask that...
Opinion
by Noel Halifax

The artist, refugee, political activist and influential creator of “auto-destructive” art, Gustav Metzger, died last month. Noel Halifax recalls his radical contribution to the culture of Britain...

Opinion
by Simon Hester

This month marks 40 years since anti-fascists took on the Nazi National Front in multicultural north London. Simon Hester recalls the events running up to the day that became known as the Battle...

Opinion
by John Newsinger

Part seven of our series on the IWW looks at a victorious strike in Lawrence in 1912 and a defeat in Paterson a year later.

Letters

by John Mullen
Jad Bouharoun’s article “Rage against police racism in France” (March SR) was very good. It contained one error, however. The New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) candidate, Philippe Poutou, has absolutely...
by David Wainwright
Joseph Choonara’s article “If robots took our jobs, could they do them?” (March SR) made for refreshing reading. I work as a software developer and there is much talk of the impact AI will have on...
by Dave Lyddon
Mark L Thomas’s welcome article on the Trade Union Act (March SR) highlights the impact of new balloting thresholds. As he argues, these are likely to affect certain types of strikes more than others...
by Alan Gibson
Roger Huddle is right to be disappointed by the Royal Academy’s Revolution exhibition (March SR). Thankfully, unlike the stolid display on show there, the Imagine Moscow show at the Design Museum...

Reviews

Books
by Shaun Doherty

The thread linking Thomas Aquinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Nietzsche to Karl Marx may seem tenuous to many, but with typical verve and bravura and not a little waspish humour Eagleton...

Books
by Eve R Stone Light

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is an exciting new book for kids which is creating a stir. When I was a kid it was hard to find books with inspirational female characters for younger children....

Books
by Matt Foot

Anyone with the remotest interest in miscarriages of justice should not delay in purchasing Richard Ingrams’ biography of the journalist and TV presenter Ludovic Kennedy. This is not a traditional...

Books
by Dave Sewell

In this frustrating yet fascinating book, philosopher Daniel Dennett sets out to explain the emergence of human consciousness. And though it draws on recent research into computing, palaeontology...

Books
by Jeff Jackson

H M Hellyer was both witness and participant in the momentous events that shook Egypt in 2011 and the subsequent developments that finally led to the military coup of July 2013. From visiting and...

Books
by Sheila McGregor

Writing about Lenin is a crowded field and inevitably controversial. This reflects the extraordinary role played by Lenin himself in the only socialist revolution thus far in the history of...

Books
by Richard Rose

Socialists have always been at the forefront of the fight against antisemitism. A quick look back at history proves this — socialist organisation was central to opposing Bristish fascist Oswald...

Film
by Rhys Williams

At a time when the Black Lives Matter movement's influence is showing in popular culture, such as hit horror film Get Out, Rhys Williams looks at the urgent relevance of black civil rights...

Art / Exhibitions
by Mark L Thomas

Michelangelo stood at the very pinnacle of the Renaissance. The revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance were based on novel ways of living which in turn gave rise to powerful new forms and...

Art / Exhibitions
by Pat Clinton

There is a delicious irony here in that the infamous Section 28 of 1988’s Local Government Act specifically prohibited “the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality...

Film
by Siobhan Brown

Director Pablo Larraín’s acclaimed recent film Jackie starred Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, US president JFK. With Neruda it seems that Larraín...

Film
by Sally Campbell

Our protagonist, Katherine, is trapped. In an arranged marriage to a weak and bitter man twice her age; in an isolated house out on the moors, where she is repeatedly advised to stay indoors; in...

Music
by Cynthia Mbuthia

The dark, last supper-esque cover art of Stormzy’s debut album, coupled with the reference to gangs in its title, instantly had commentators decrying yet another grime artist “glamorising” street...

Music
by Roddy Slorach

This album expresses beautifully the longing of Tuareg nomads in exile whose Saharan homeland has been the site of successive wars. The Islamist militias who took over Northern Mali in late 2012...

Five Things Listing

People Power: Fighting for Peace
Imperial War Museum, London, 23 March to 28 August

This exhibition displays over 300 objects, including posters, placards, badges,...