Socialist Review issue

December 2016 #419

How can we beat Trump?


by Sally Campbell
The world we live in is turbulent. It is also polarised. Trump’s victory is a devastating signal of this. The job of socialists is not to despair...
by Simon Guy
Fast food action in US On 29 November tens of thousands of fast food employees, airport workers, childcare and home care providers, and university...
by Joanna Gilmore
The acquittal at Sheffield Crown Court of ten Asian men accused of violent disorder is a victory for anti-fascists everywhere. The men were...


Joseph Choonara

The Brexit vote in the UK and Donald Trump's victory in the US have both damaged the neoliberal project of the past three decades. Joseph Choonara questions the depth of neoliberalism's crisis and...

Lewis Nielsen

The election of a bigoted, right wing billionaire to the position of President of the US was a shock. Lewis Nielsen interrogates the various explanations being put forward for Trump's win.

Alan Gibson

The Tory government's divisions over Brexit can only be sharpened by Donald Trump's election to president of the US. Theresa May's woes go deep and won't easily be solved, writes Alan Gibson.

Sally Campbell, Julie Sherry

Sally Campbell and Julie Sherry spoke to fast food workers about organising in an industry that is notorious for its poor conditions, widespread zero-hours contracts and poverty pay.

Simon Assaf

Will Trump return to the go-it-alone imperialism of the Bush years, asks Simon Assaf


Socialist Review contributors pick their literary and cultural highlights of 2016.


by Lucia Pradella
Immigration restrictions are at the very centre of the Brexit agenda. On top of this, the Tory government is intensifying attacks on international students, immigrants and refugees. It is trying...
by John Newsinger

The third part of our series on the IWW looks at the victorious battle to unionise steel — an industry dominated by migrant workers.


by Robert Vinten

Paterson is a wonderfully gentle and gently amusing film. It is almost entirely without plot but that is no complaint. It has a rhythm to it, revolving around the daily routines of the...

by Siobhan Brown

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This graphic novel is an accessible introduction to Russia’s “red year” and contributes to an important interpretation of the events....

by Sally Kincaid

Anyone who is feeling a little demoralised and frustrated by the lack of strikes in the UK should add this book to their Christmas list, and then make sure they take some time out to read it....

by Dave Weltman

This book presents a series of critical reflections on the faith and politics of Islam. In the process certain simplistic Western myths about Islam are also undermined.

The book takes the...

by Jasmine Fischer

In this gripping political memoir Alfred Rosmer gives us a very clear, detailed look at what went on during his time in Moscow as a delegate to the Comintern and as a member of the executive...

by Dave Ramsden

Grayson Perry has serious concerns about society in general and men in particular and this thought-provoking and engaging book lays them out clearly.

Within the book he reveals his own...

by Dermot Smyth

This book’s opening chapter, with its genesis of Marx’s vision of a socialist society, contains surprises. How many socialists know of the influence of William Thompson or John Bray, who promoted...

by John Parrington

This is a fascinating, albeit flawed, account of science in Russia in the years before and after the 1917 Revolution. It is ambitious in scope, spanning the period from the revolution of 1905 to...

by Esme Choonara

“A good doctor controls their emotions in order to make a correct diagnosis.” This is the advice that young medic Jenny Davin tries to impress upon her intern Julien in the opening scenes of The...

by Lucy Cox

Life, Animated is an award-winning film adapted from a book of the same name by Ron Suskind about his son, Owen. Owen is a young man with Autism Spectrum Condition.

The film centres on the...

by Julie Bremner

The Pass is a dark, emotional and claustrophobic insight into football shown through the eyes of Jason, a closeted footballer.

Russell Tovey is excellent as Jason, especially as we see him...