Socialist Review issue

June 2017 #425

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Chaos Reigns in Washington

News

by Sally Campbell
On Monday 22 May, a few days before we went to press, Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people. The horror of this...
by Lee Humber
In the days following the publication of the Tory manifesto the Telegraph trumpeted “Tories pledge £8bn rise in NHS spending.” It added, “...
by Lee Humber
The Tory social care funding plans aim to extend to care in your own home, charges which individuals already have to pay if they move into...
by Simon Guy
It may seem bizarre to many people that the Conservative Party has been riding high in the polls after seven years of battering public services and...

Features

Feature
Lewis Nielsen

As the White House lurches on in turmoil, Lewis Nielsen draws up a balance sheet of Donald Trump’s term so far, looking at the White House, Congress and movements on the streets.

Feature
Sheila McGregor

The French presidential run-off last month saw fascist Marine Le Pen roundly defeated, but the 10.6 million votes she won, plus the high level of spoiled ballots and abstention, suggest that the...

Feature
John Newsinger

When millions of people are rejecting austerity and support the idea of taxing the rich, how does the monarchy manage to maintain a level of popularity that defies its privileged position? And why...

Feature
Gary McFarlane

In June 1987 four black Labour MPs were elected. Gary McFarlane recalls this cause for celebration in an otherwise grim night, and looks at the political trajectories of these pioneering...

Feature
Antony Hamilton

Racism is regarded as “natural” or a result of ignorance but, writes Antony Hamilton, the notion of a hierarchy of races has material roots in the birth of capitalism.

Opinion

Opinion
by Sally Campbell
As soon as Corbyn’s manifesto was leaked, the election campaign began to take a turn. Corbyn’s supporters began to feel more confident; people who hadn’t been sure made up their minds to vote for him...
Opinion
by Bob Fotheringham
In the wake of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, the Scottish National Party swept all before it. At the 2015 UK general election it won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats, taking half the popular...
Opinion
by Kate Hurford

Western societies’ beauty standards are underlain with a racism that has its roots in slavery and colonialism

Opinion
by James Dean

The Pentrich Rising in June 1817 emerged from the economic crisis and political repression following the Napoleonic Wars. James Dean recounts the story of this early example of a workers’...

Opinion
by Christian Høgsbjerg

Workers in Britain, sick of war and inspired by the Russian Revolution, met in their thousands in June 1917 at the Leeds Convention to debate how to bring the lessons here, writes author Christian...

Opinion
by John Newsinger

Part nine of our history of the Wobblies recounts how the First World War changed the terrain — and not for the better.

Reviews

Books
by Tony Phillips

Steve Smith has provided a useful overview of Russian history from the end of the 19th century to the 1920s centred, of course, on the dramatic events of 1917 and their aftermath.

He...

Books
by Nicola Field

Fans of Peter Ackroyd’s visceral histories will welcome this enthralling and compassionate exposé of LGBT+ life across 15 centuries in the UK capital. The book starts with the open homoeroticism...

Books
by Mark Krantz

“The truth is that everyone who organises for justice in Palestine must wrestle with antisemitism, either because a false accusation is being lobbed at them, or because of a need to be vigilant to...

Books
by Pete Jackson

The February Revolution in Russia in 1917 was received enthusiastically by the British working class movement. Within weeks there were massive meetings held across Britain to celebrate the...

Books
by Kevin Devine

This looks a lot like a self-help book. Each chapter ends with three “takeaways” — short summaries that help the reader learn from what they’ve just read and apply these lessons in their life. In...

Books
by Kevin McCaighy

Activist/journalist Zeynep Tufecki investigates what the positive and negative attributes of the “digitally networked public sphere” are by studying various forms of connectivity within protest...

Books
by Alan Gibson

On the face of it, Neil Faulkner has written a reasonably good history of the Russian Revolution. This should not be surprising. As he acknowledges, between 1980 and 2010 he was an active member...

Books
by Richard Rose

What’s not to love about the most exciting and inspiring story of modern history being retold by one of the most exciting and inspiring writers of the day?

China Miéville’s account of the...

Theatre
by Josh Hollands

Playwright Tony Kushner is having a resurgence in London, and there could not be a better time for it.

Last autumn his play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism...

Theatre
by David Gilchrist

Georg Büchner is somewhat of an enigma. Dying at age 23, in exile in Zürich for writing a revolutionary pamphlet, he created only three major works. Unfinished, the play Woyzeck was not performed...

Film
by Sally Campbell

This lovingly made stop-motion animation tackles difficult realities in a straightforward way that can speak to adults and children alike. The brightly coloured models with huge heads and even...

Film
by Saba Shiraz

Loaded with symbolism, beautiful visuals and poetic dialogue, Daughters of the Dust is captivating in parts and politically charged.

It was originally released 25 years ago, but its...

Film
by Miriam Scharf

This film is made up of the testimonies of 12 survivors. Each one is told in their old age, sometimes alongside pictures of them in their youths. For example, Roman Ferber recognises himself in...

TV / DVD
by Saoirse Cox

If you’ve read Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, you likely will have called it to mind frequently in recent years — and perhaps especially since last November. The...

Music
by Stuart Curlett

The Underside of Power is four-piece Atlanta based band Algiers’ follow up to their powerful self-titled post-punk meets Southern gospel debut album.

The band take their name from the city...

Five Things Listing

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