Socialist Review issue

May 2017 #424

Kick out the Tories


by Sara Tomlinson
Members of the National Union of Teachers have been battling in education to halt academisation, over testing and, more recently, against £3 billion...
by Michael Dance
At the National Union of Teachers conference in April a historic motion was passed supporting positive positions on transgender rights and committing...
by Andy Brown
We can only guess at the extent of Donald Trump’s knowledge of Latin America, Enlightenment philosophy and Russian revolutionary history. Nonetheless...


Corbyn Hull
Sally Campbell

The snap general election called by Theresa May felt to some like an ambush, designed to do maximum damage to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. But the result is not a foregone conclusion, writes...

Graffiti on Le Pen poster in the French elections
Jad Bouharoun

The second round of the French presidential election will see a fascist run off against a neoliberal centrist. Jad Bouharoun gives context to this bleak battle.

Dave Sherry

Sally Campbell spoke to Dave Sherry, author of new book Russia 1917, about how the Russian Revolution is relevant today and why its mass democratic nature is still hidden in the mainstream...

Christian Høgsbjerg

Darcus Howe, who died last month, was a central figure in the radical black movement in Britain. He developed his politics from his roots in Trinidad through the fight against the National Front...

Anthony Sullivan

From Theresa May’s choice of trousers to the horror of sweatshop labour, fashion is intimately entwined with capitalist relations of production and always has been, writes Anthony Sullivan.


by Simon Assaf
Donald Trump’s “America First” is fanning trade wars across the Atlantic and Pacific, a confrontation with China over North Korea, and hot wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The complex...
by Ken Olende

Three recent arguments over cultural representations of anti-racist struggle expose a willingness to distort or ignore real historical events in order to fit with current ideas, writes Ken Olende...

Leon Trotsky was determined to learn the lessons of the Russian Revolution
by Jasmine Francis
Trotsky wrote Lessons of October in 1923, a time when the victory of the 1917 Russian Revolution had begun to feel distant; the revolutionary tide across Europe, crucially in Germany, had begun to...
by John Newsinger

Part eight of our history of the Wobblies celebrates the great contribution of radical songwriter Joe Hill.

by Kevin Devine
When Labour lost the Copeland by-election on 23 February 2017 the media went into overdrive to blame Jeremy Corbyn. Thankfully Labour held its seat in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election on the same day,...


by Jad Bouharoun
I would like to thank John Mullen for reading my article “Rage against police racism rocks France” (March SR) and for taking the time to respond to it. John is absolutely correct to point out that...
by John Whitfield
In the picture accompanying Alan Gibson’s excellent article on the redirection of the Bolsheviks’ policy to the First World War (“How Lenin set the course for October”, April SR), there is a picture...


by Richard Rose

One thing I learnt from this book is that the military are the biggest employers of musicians in Britain.

As someone who expends a fair bit of effort supporting and promoting music, I know...

by Colette Wymer

This is an impressive account which aims to set the record straight about how the revolution came about, and the reasons behind its ultimate downfall. In this it succeeds. Sherry has written an...

by Brian Richardson

In their introduction to this series of essays, its editors suggest that The Black Jacobins retains a “continued potential to illuminate and inspire — and contribute to the process of ‘setting the...

by Sally Kincaid

On the third day of Ramadan 2006, nine decapitated heads are delivered in banana boxes to an Iraqi village. One of the heads belongs to Ibrahim, a quiet, gentle, humble soul. The President’s...

by Sarah Creagh

A decade has passed since Ariel Levy’s ground-breaking book on raunch culture, Female Chauvinist Pigs. Her exploration of women being sold back their own oppression as empowerment preceded a...

by Kevin McCaighy

Since her untimely death in 1992 there has never been a full length biography of the English writer, feminist and socialist Angela Carter. Thankfully this first foray into biography by author...

by Alan Crowe

Reading this book is like skiing down a mountain. There’s the grand panoramas and promise of exhilaration ahead. It feels rewarding but as you approach the bottom the going gets tougher as the...

Art / Exhibitions
by Nicola Field

Tate Britain’s first ever LGBT+-related exhibition explores connections between art and a diverse range of sexualities and gender identities. It covers the period between the abolition of the...

by Jo Cardwell

The Paris Commune is one of the most exciting and enlightening periods of working class history. The Parisian working class took the city from the ruling elites and ran things for themselves for...

by Theresa Bennett

A Moving Image is an innovative account of the gentrification of Brixton. The film is a fictionalised account making use of documentary footage, photography and performance art. It begins with...

by Dave Gibson

Rhiannon Giddens first made her name with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who played string-band music, heavily relying on the banjo and fiddle. The band formed after the first Black Banjo Gathering...

by Brian Richardson

Two years ago Kendrick Lamar delivered one of the landmark albums of the decade. To Pimp a Butterfly combined the...

Five Things Listing

Partisan Coffee House

Four Corners gallery, Bethnal Green, London, 5-27 May...