Socialist Review issue

July / August 2017 #426

Seize the time


by Glyn Robbins
Grenfell Tower was a disaster waiting to happen. I’ve been responsible for looking after council tower blocks in the past, including some with...
by Glyn Robbins
Grenfell has been referred to as a “Katrina moment”. Care must be taken with that comparison. But the reaction of the establishment would certainly...
by Simon Assaf
Foreign intervention is pushing the Middle East into a series of wars with no end in sight. The war in Syria and Iraq is threatening to spill...


Ian Taylor

The general election result confounded the expectations of the media, the Tories and the right of the Labour Party. Ian Taylor analyses what the Corbyn surge and the Tories’ deepened crisis mean...

Rosemarie Nünning

Christian fundamentalists campaign to repeal abortion rights, but the notion that a foetus has rights is relatively recent. German socialist Rosemarie Nünning looks at how attitudes to abortion...

Alan Gibson

The tumultuous summer months of 1917 in Russia saw the right regrouping in an attempt to reverse the gains of the February Revolution. Alan Gibson describes the twists and turns which brought the...

Joseph Choonara

Camilla Royle spoke to Joseph Choonara, author of a new guide to Capital, about the relevance of Marx’s great work to the world today.


Our writers’ tips for holiday reading, viewing and doing


by Kim Hunter
Emissions stop 400,000 Hiroshima bombs worth of heat from escaping the atmosphere every day. In Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual (PM Press, £11.99) Jeremy Brecher warns the outcome will be...
by Iain Ferguson
The outcome of the 2017 general election in Scotland was altogether more complex and contradictory than in England and Wales. The election result saw the forward march of the SNP — in power in...
by Shaun Doherty
One of the most entertaining aspect of the post-election analysis was the spectacle of the Labour right and the liberal commentariat desperately seeking to come to terms with their worst nightmare...
by Brian Richardson
One of the most remarkable aspects of the general election was the extent to which young people rallied behind Jeremy Corbyn. Approximately 250,000 registered to vote on deadline day alone and two...


by Roddy Slorach
Bob Fotheringham’s piece (Scottish front, June SR) has been largely vindicated by the election results. He was right that their record in office would damage the SNP, and also that the Tories would...
by John Parrington
I was surprised to read such an uncritical review by Kevin Devine of Oliver James’s book Not in Your Genes (June SR). Discussing mental health, James argues that “what is crucial is how, as...


by Tomas Tengely-Evans

Dismissed and derided for decades, socialism is back.

From Jeremy Corbyn to Bernie Sanders, the forces fuelling its comeback are associated with movements against austerity, racism and war...

by Bethan Turner

This book provides a very detailed history of the Anthropocene — the current geological era in which human activity has become the main driver of climate change — and makes some interesting points...

by Rebecca Townesend

A Blaze in a Desert is a slim volume of selected poems by Victor Serge. Serge was a revolutionary and writer who witnessed many of the great political highs and terrible lows in the first half of...

by Ken Olende

This chunky, 500-page book has a lot to say about the history of racism in the US. Kendi talks about the disputes between early settlers over whether slaves were human at all, and how this shifted...

by Jenny Leow

The spotlight is on the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland once more as Theresa May seeks to shore up her shoddy election performance by allying the ailing Tories to the Democratic Unionist Party....

by Nicola Field

Hillary Clinton never thought her wealth, political elitism, corruption, contempt for working class people, opposition to public health care, Wall Street connections and military backing for...

by John Newsinger

I really wanted to like this book. Jane Lazarre looks back on her father’s life as a Communist Party (CP) organiser in the US, at her own relationship with him and the influence that he and his...

by Dermot Smyth

This digest of 114 articles by 67 contributors from the US magazine In These Times (ITT) covers the years since its inception in 1976. David Graeber describes the massive increase in fortified...

Art / Exhibitions
by Michael Lavalette

Germany after the First World War was a society in deep crisis. The war ended with the overthrow of the Kaiser and with Germany on the brink of socialist revolution. The Weimar Republic (1919-1933...

Art / Exhibitions
by Lauren Barnes

The Working Class Movement Library, in the heart of Salford, hosts a large collection of socialist literature and materials. Their latest exhibition focuses on the lives of Karl Marx and Friedrich...

by Kevin Devine

Set in rural Armagh in 1981, against the backdrop of the IRA hunger strikes, The Ferryman centres on the Carney family as they prepare for the harvest.

Quinn Carney (Paddy Considine), once...

by David Gilchrist

Otto Quangel is the foreman in a coffin factory. A mechanic, he is a small cog in the apparatus of death that was the Third Reich. Quangel and his wife Anna get notification of the loss of their...

by Sally Campbell

This wild, emotional, funny and upsetting film is a powerful attack on capitalism through the prism of the food industry.

It begins in 2007 with a press conference held by Mirando Corp — a...

Five Things Listing

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, London, 12 July-29 October

The US Civil Rights and Black Power movements inspired artists to celebrate...