Socialist Review issue

December 2015 #408

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Can we build a sustainable society?


by Jad Krasnyy
It is now established that all the perpetrators of the atrocious November 2015 attacks in Paris, like those of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January,...
by Simon Assaf
The attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS) on Paris, and on Shia Muslim suburbs of Beirut a few days earlier, are being marked as a new chapter in the “...
Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) will be taking a delegation to Calais on 11-12 December to highlight the severe winter conditions refugees are living in...


Martin Empson

There is an assumption that Marx and Engels's vision of communism sees the natural world as an inexhaustible collection of resources. Martin Empson argues that they sought a profound change in how...

Julie Sherry

Workers face a massive challenge in taking on the Tories' anti-trade union bill. Julie Sherry draws the lessons from the steady trickle of victorious localised disputes.

Ron Singer, Yannis Gourtsoyannis

Junior doctors voted by a staggering 98 percent to strike over working hours. Doctor Ron Singer explains the long term issues and BMA activist Yannis Gourtsoyannis talks about the campaign.

Mark O'Brien

Freud’s methods may not have been very scientific, but his insights into the social construction of gender and sexual identity were remarkably radical for a middle class man in conservative Vienna...


Socialist Review contributors pick their literary and cultural highlights of 2015.


by Joseph Choonara

A rise in the numbers of self-employed people in Britain raises interesting questions for Marxists about the changing nature of the working class.

by Steve Guy

In December 1915 the evacuation of allied troops from the Dardanelles straits in the Ottoman Empire finally began. A century on Steve Guy looks at the significance of the allies' failed Gallipoli...


by Jeremy Weinstein
It has been encouraging to follow in Socialist Review the correspondence about how we, as Marxists, understand mental health and respond to the controversies around the relevance of Freudian, and...
by Susan Rosenthal
John Parrington’s article (Nature, nurture: mind the trap, October SR) ignores the racist use of genetic research and reduces the social problem of mental illness to the micro-level where it cannot...


by Roddy Slorach

In his new book Roddy Slorach describes disability as "a very capitalist condition". He spoke to Socialist Review about myths and movements.


by Mark Farmer

This is a book about the Paris terror attacks of 7-9 January 2015. To be precise, it addresses the immediate reaction across France to those events. Seventeen people were killed in total, in two...

by Sheila McGregor

The publication of Peter Hudis’s political biography of Frantz Fanon coincides with a resurgence of interest in Fanon’s ideas. Hudis is concerned to restore Fanon as a revolutionary who should be...

by Noel Halifax

This is a very American book based on American academic assumptions of the world and LGBT politics and sociology.

For example, though it is concerned with class and class bias in US...

by Kevin Devine

Guardian journalist Andy Beckett’s tome about the early 1980s is entertaining, as I suspected it might be. It uses a Simple Minds song as its title and they were one of my favourite bands. But it’...

by John Molyneux

I should start by declaring an interest — as a socialist in Ireland where the largest mass movement since the War of Independence has been over the issue of water charges, almost any book dealing...

by Dermot Smyth

Anyone involved with development NGOs or movements will find this collection of papers useful as a background reader because much of the content applies to countries far beyond the BRICS (Brazil,...

by Dave Owens

Twenty years on and it is fitting that tribute is paid to the courage, sacrifice and humour of the Liverpool dockers’ struggle.

The dispute began in defence of the first principle of rank...

by Steve Johnston

This excellent book should appear in the Christmas stocking of everyone who is interested in class politics and sport.

Wagg’s very readable book is part of a growing body of academic work...

Art / Exhibitions
by Alex May

The year is 2666 and art galleries are empty. The government has decided what they contained was subversive (and the cash from the sale of the artworks would help the economy). A group of people...

by Andrea Butcher

There have been rave reviews in the Guardian and largely positive noises from the rest of the press for the new National Theatre production of Henry Granville-Barker’s Waste.

The play has...

by Ellen Clifford

This fourth and final film in the Hunger Games series, adapted from Suzanne Collins’s young adult fiction trilogy, has been one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year.

In the...

by Nicola Field

Todd Haynes’s themes of sexual outsiders and repressive social mores have seen him associated with the New Queer Cinema — a trend which redefines cultures of sexual transgression.

His 2002...

by Julie Sherry

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song is a crushingly beautiful book that every socialist should read. Terence Davies’s beautiful film adaptation does the novel full justice.

Set in rural...

by Claire Chandler

A day which starts with a full-on screaming breakup with your partner, followed by a serious bout of panic, will not be enhanced by an unexpected visit from your granddaughter who needs $600 by...