Socialist Review issue

July / August 2016 #415

A crisis for the ruling class

News

by Joseph Choonara
The British state, its ruling class, its economy and its political system have all been thrown into chaos by the vote to leave the EU. Some 52...

Features

Feature
Michael Roberts

Robots and artificial intelligence should improve and ease our working lives, but they always seem to mean job losses and deskilling instead. The age of artificial intelligence is often proclaimed...

Feature
Antony Hamilton

Debates about identity, racism and “blackness” have re-emerged in the student movement this year.

Feature
Steve Guy

The Battle of the Somme started on 1 July 1916 and dragged on until the following November. Steve Guy describes the rigid class divisions between officers and rank and file soldiers and the...

Feature
Michael Bradley and Sean Wallis

The Tories' White Paper on higher education will enable companies to profit from education

Feature
Peter Robinson

On 17 July 1936 a cabal of army officers staged a military coup against the Spanish government. Workers had to decide how to respond. It was a pivotal moment for the politics of the 1930s and...

Opinion

Opinion
by Bob Fotheringham
The performance of the radical left during the 2016 Scottish election is worthy of detailed consideration. RISE and Solidarity stood on all the regional lists, with Solidarity gaining an average 0.64...
Opinion
by Simon Assaf

Unprecedented electoral success for a new left alliance in the Lebanese capital has shaken up politics

Opinion
by Josh Hollands

The massacre of 49 people at gay club Pulse in Orlando, Florida, in June has gone down in history as one of the most violent episodes against LGBT+ communities. Josh Hollands examines the context...

Opinion
by Brian Richardson
In the wake of his death in June, there was seemingly universal acclaim of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. It was not simply sportswriters and fans but also politicians who rushed to pay tribute...

Obituaries

by John Newsinger

The death of billionaire landowner and Duke of Westminster George Grosvenor was announced on 10 August. John Newsinger reminds us where the wealth of such parasites came from in the first place....

Letters

by Mark O'Brien
In his review of Lynsey Hanley’s Respectable (June SR), Carlo Morelli makes the perfectly correct observation that the book is not informed by a Marxist analysis of class relations. In his...
by Steve Guy
Simon Guy’s article (“The Use and Abuse of the Arab Revolt”, June SR) is a timely reminder of the role of imperialism in the Great War in the formation of the Arab world today. However I would...
by Jhung U
Giles was, as always, sharp in his article on Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the Philippine election (“New Philippines president is a gangster”, June SR). However, I believe there are a few things...

Reviews

Books
by Ruby Hirsch

This book is a celebration of Malcolm X’s legacy: his uncompromising championing of black pride and the right to self defence; his revolutionary opposition to capitalism; his relatable and...

Books
by Simon Basketter

The revolt of 1381 by tens of thousands of peasants shook England’s rulers. This new edition of Mark O’Brien’s short but powerful book recognises the importance of this entry of the poor into...

Books
by Ken Olende

Black Lives Matter has had a profound affect on US politics. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor describes how its emergence is partly down to the inadequate response to racist police killings by existing...

Books
by Kate Hunter

Can someone who is not South American write good South American magical realism? Probably, though where this novel’s concerned the answer is not quite. While it has all the elements — social...

Books
by Ayesha Saleem

Strangers at Our Door puts forward an alternative narrative, one that is humanitarian, about refugees and migrants. It succeeds in combating the racist propaganda churned out by the media and our...

Books
by Rebecca Townesend

Left Field is a thoughtful and gentle memoir. Born in 1945, David Wilson “had contact at a young age with people who’d led dangerous political lives”, such as the Danish doctor who helped Jews...

Books
by Dave Holes

Malcolmson’s history of the development of the computer and the internet, going as far back as the abacus and punched cards for weaving looms, is readable and informative.

But the text...

Books
by Dermot Smyth

Everyone remembers the 1,133 deaths from the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse. But who knows about Bangladeshi workers who earn just one euro cent for every 18 T-shirts they make, and take home €1.36...

Film
by Socialist Review

In August 2011 the taxi 29 year old Mark Duggan was travelling in was forced to stop by police on Ferry Lane, Tottenham, in north London. Four seconds later he lay dying on the pavement, shot in...

Art / Exhibitions
by Emma Davis

This exhibition documents women in Russian art and society from the great advances of the 1917 revolutions through to Perestroika in the 1980s. It identifies the double burden of oppression which...

Art / Exhibitions
by Kate Abildgaard

The new extension to Tate Modern is an art world success story. Expansion was always part of the project, but visitor numbers have been more than double expectations since the museum first opened...

Theatre
by David Gilchrist

“Food first, morals later” declares Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in the shattering second act finale of Bertolt Brecht’s musical play, a satire of bourgeois ethics. Brecht shows us the would-be...

TV / DVD
by Bob Light

This month sees the re-release of three movies by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. As ever this dual format box set is grotesquely overpriced (the same films are available in the US at less than half...

Music
by Kevin McCaighy

In a year that has seen many great artists pass away, those still living and working among us can be overlooked. One such artist is Anohni, whose work under her former group Antony and the...

Five Things Listing

The Battle of the Somme
Out now
This astonishing 77 minute film gets a centenary rerelease. It was shot a few days before and after the initial attack on 1 July 1916...