Socialist Review issue

November 2011 #363

A new movement against capitalism


by Emma Davis

This September marked the third year of the deepening global financial crisis. It also marked the emergence of a fresh wave of resistance to...

by Mark L Thomas

The day of global solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York on 15 October marked the emergence of a new movement with a...

by Mark L Thomas

A massive new strike wave has thrown into doubt the hopes of Egypt's ruling army council (SCAF) that elections to parliament, currently planned...

by Dave Renton

George Osborne used his speech to the Tory party conference to announce that in future employment tribunals will charge fees to hear claims. Under...


Bill Dunn

Recent panic in the stock markets has led some commentators to ask whether Karl Marx might have been right after all. Bill Dunn explains some of the core ideas at the heart of Marx's understanding...

Amy Leather

Many people have been rightly outraged that Labour leader Ed Miliband has refused to back the public sector strike that is set to rock the government at the end of this month. But, argues Amy...

Mark L Thomas, Estelle Cooch

In the build-up to the planned strikes across the public sector on 30 November
Mark L Thomas and Estelle Cooch spoke to socialists in different unions about the mood in the working class and...

Laura Cooke, Kevin Devine

Working class living standards are being seriously hit as the economic crisis worsens. As inflation rises and wage repression continues, households' real disposable income is falling. Laura Cooke...


Letter from
by Henrique Sanchez

Henrique Sanchez reports on the growing strike wave and ecological movements in Brazil

In my view column
by Amy Gilligan

The scientific world has been shaken by developments in the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tracking Apparatus) collaboration. Researchers from over 48 different institutions across the...

In my view column
by Mona Dohle

In arguing against a Greek departure from the eurozone some on the left are mistakenly conflating the EU and workers' internationalism

Union-made column
I started working in the construction industry in 1993 as an apprentice electrician. Since then I have witnessed not just the lack of real-term pay rises, but also a year on year assault on our terms...
In perspective column
by Jonny Jones

Young people have been at the centre of momentous struggles this year. Jonny Jones argues that socialists should thow themselves into these struggles while pointing to the power of the working...

Revolutionary Lessons
by Lois JC

Lois Clifton argues that in a period of serious crisis the debate between reform and revolution becomes even more important

Culture column
by Martin Smith

''I am an invisible man. No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibre and liquids...


Retail heresy Danny Dorling and Carl Lee describe the average out-of-town shopping centre as a "retail fortress" and a "highly defensible space" and predicts that "premium retailers" will want to...


by Matthew Wilby

Haruki Murakami

by Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal

John Molyneux

by Phil Webster

Andrea Camilleri

by Geoff Brown

Saadia Toor

by Beth Stone

Irène Némirovsky

by Craig Parr

Michael Moore

by Sarah Creagh

Sally Campbell

by Sarah Ensor

First published in 1935

by Keira Brown

It is almost impossible to think about a film adaptation without considering the book from which it originated. We Need to Talk About Kevin is a hard-hitting 2003 novel which recounts the...

by Mike Gonzalez

When Frank Poulsen, director of Blood on the Mobile, visits Nokia's headquarters in Finland, the landscape is snow-covered. The offices are antiseptic, hi-tech and apparently welcoming.

by Sinead Kirwan

When The Playboy of the Western World as first performed at the Abbey theatre in Dublin in 1907, it didn't go down well. In fact, it sparked a riot among the audience.

by Simon Englert

Brother Ali opens his most famous tune, Uncle Sam Goddamn, with an invitation into his USA: "Welcome to the United Snakes/Land of the thief, home of the slave".

by Estelle Cooch

Roots Manuva

Art / Exhibitions
by Mary Brodbin

An exhibition celebrating 50 years of Private Eye has just opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Te original artwork for over 120 of their funniest cartoons - by artists such as Gerald Scarfe...

Art / Exhibitions
by Andy Ridley

There is a major retrospective exhibition of Gerhard Richter's work now showing at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Richter's artworks pose difficult questions and are stimulating, disturbing...