Socialist Review issue

December 2009 #342

Toxic capitalism


by Dave Sewell

First secretary. Business secretary. Comeback kid. Prince of Darkness. There aren't enough titles to fully encapsulate the role played by Peter...

by Andrew Stone

Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, has never been at the top of teachers' Christmas card lists.

by Shaun Doherty

Commentators in the Guardian were left clutching at straws in the wake of the queen's speech outlining the government's legislative programme in...

by Patrick Ward

If you are still at a loss as to what to buy friends and family for Christmas, and you have more money than sense, help is at hand courtesy of the...

by Patrick Ward

Fresh from the controversy over splashing out £47 million on bonuses for high-end civil servants, the ministry of defence (MoD) is now under fire...

by Lindsey German

Debate on Afghanistan is reaching boiling point. I write this on 11 November, Remembrance Day, marking the date of the armistice which ended the...


Martin Empson

As world leaders gather at the Cohenhagen summit to discuss climate change, Martin Empson argues that the market cannot save the planet - we need a mass movement.

Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond examines the forces battling it out at the climate summit in Copenhagen - and the resistance from below.

Hannah Dee

Thousands of people gathered at a vigil in Trafalgar Square last month where just weeks earlier Ian Baynham, a gay man, had been battered to death by teenagers.

Panos Garganas

Chris Harman died as he lived, in the struggle. He was a formidable intellectual but his integrity and unassuming approach meant that perhaps only now the impact...

Graham Turner

Zombie Capitalism is a masterful book, a culmination of Chris Harman's work spanning four decades as one of the world's leading Marxist economists. The timing of his passing is both tragic and...

Mary Phillips

All Chris's publications are important, but two in particular stand out for me. One is a pamphlet called Is a Machine After Your Job? It deals with the way employers use new technology to get more...

Larry Elliott

The last time I saw Chris Harman he was in his element.

Martin Empson

The economic driving force of capitalism is the need to accumulate wealth - to make profits.

Choi Il-bung

I first met Chris in London just before Marxism 1990. My first impression was that he seemed argumentative and particularly so towards me, a former orthodox Trotskyist with a mishmash of vague...


Letter from
by Vanina Giudicelli

Undocumented workers in Paris are waging an extraordinary battle to win their rights, reports Vanina Giudicelli

Union-made column
by Superdrug worker

We have just been on all-out strike for three weeks. We struck to resist plans by Superdrug to attack our pay and conditions.

Culture column
by Martin Smith

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) rips through the heart of two of New York's finest boroughs.


by Sasha Simic

I really enjoyed John Parrington's review of The Last Englishman, Roland Chamber's new biography of Arthur Ransome (Books,...

by Sid Lacombe

In the previous issue there was a letter about the Canadian anti-war movement (Feedback, Socialist Review, November...

by Roger van Zwanenberg

The theory of the USSR as a form of state capitalism has a long history. But as a key element of the SWP analysis of the old USSR the issue remains important (...


by Tim Sanders, by Patrick Ward, by Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco talks to Tim Sanders and Patrick Ward about how he got into comic journalism and the power of cartoons


by Dave Sherry

Robert Service, Pan Macmillan, £25

by John Newsinger

Patrick Tyler, Portobello Books, £12.99

by Simon Basketter

Harold Evans, Little, Brown, £25

by James Haywood

William J Fishman, Five Leaves, £9.99

by Caroline Clark

Ralph Nader, Seven Stories Press, £17.99

by Jack Farmer

Alexander Baron, Five Leaves, £9.99

by John Parrington

Amir D Aczel, Palgrave Macmillan, £18.99

by Kambiz Boomla

Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, Merlin Press, £15.95

by Rachel Eborall

Andrew Ross Sorkin, Penguin, £14.99

by Kevin Devine

Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, Penguin, £20

by Jim Board

Edited by Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette, Liverpool Hope University Press, £5.95


The Group - Lost Causes - I and I - Girls are not Chicks

by Louis Bayman

Directors Ethan and Joel Coen; Release date: out now

by Sally Campbell

Director Martin Provost; Release date: out now

by Elane Heffernan

Director Steve Jacobs; Release date: out now

by Mark L Thomas

Director Steven Soderbergh; Release date: 4 December

Art / Exhibitions
by Mary Brodbin

Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

Art / Exhibitions
by Keith Flett

Space, Hackney, until 19 December

Five Things Listing

World Press Photo - District 9 - Hurt Locker - Miners' Tapes - Ashmolean Museum

Art / Exhibitions
by Mike Gonzalez

Manchester Art Gallery