Socialist Review issue

September 2018 #438

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Are the Tories heading for the rocks?


by Sally Campbell
The significant growth of the far-right in various forms is a subject we have highlighted frequently in Socialist Review over the past few months....
by Alan Gibson
Pressure is building on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party leadership to agree to backing a second referendum on Britain leaving the EU. Several...
by Ken Olende
Samir Amin, who died in August, was a leading Marxist thinker in the Global South. Unlike many of his contemporaries he did not retreat from...


Ian Taylor

As the government appears to be heading for a no-deal Brexit, Ian Taylor reports on the conflict at the heart of the Tory party, and the dismay and anger this has caused among its big business...

Petros Constantinou

Greek anti-fascist and revolutionary socialist Petros Constantinou talked to Socialist Review about the Golden Dawn trial, the forest fires, and the prospects for anti-racists across Europe today...

Julie Sherry

Ukip’s recent flirtation with racists and fascists could have serious consequences, not only for the party itself, but for the growth of the far-right. But socialists and anti-racists have the...

Simon Gilbert

Ethnic tensions have flared in China over the past few years, but so has the potential for working class unity against the state.


by Rena Niamh Smith

In a new series of columns Rena Niamh Smith will look at aspects of the fashion industry, from ideology to racism, sexism and the environment. She begins with Fashion Week and how it conceals the...

by Shaun Doherty

One of the ways that Brexit negotiations are breaking down is over Ireland. Yet much of the discussion ignores both imperialist history and the consequences for working people.

by Héctor Puente Sierra

History is littered with lessons on why workers’ action is the key to real change, and Marx’s insights are crucial.

by John Newsinger

This year the establishment has been celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. All very well if you enjoy celebrating colonialism made cheaper and more deadly.


by Judy Cox
Social Reproduction Theory, edited by Tithi Bhattacharya, has much more to offer than Sue Caldwell suggests in her review (July/August SR). The essays provide a serious and rigorous attempt to...
by Nick Grant
I am puzzled by a kink in the otherwise fine fabric of Andrew Jones’s review of the excellent Dorothea Lange exhibition at The Barbican (July/August SR). Andrew identifies the political...
by Chris Fuller
An important addition needs to be made to Phil Marfleet’s excellent article on US anti-migrant campaigns (July/August SR). Like all borders the US-Mexico border is entirely artificial. Mexico had...
by Ian Birchall
In his excellent review of John Kelly’s Contemporary Trotskyism (June SR) Joseph Choonara quotes a couple of paragraphs from a document written by the distinguished historian Sam Farber in 1973....


by Esme Choonara

How did identity politics go from being part of a wider radical movement for change to becoming a tool for establishment politicians to undermine the left? If identity politics doesn’t move us...

by Kevin Devine

Mariana Mazzucato has emerged as a sharp critic of right wing efforts to “shrink the state” and reduce government spending on public services and welfare. She is a key voice for what is sometimes...

by Kevin McCaighy

The bicentenary of Karl Marx’s birth has been commemorated in various ways this year and this colossal new biography by Swedish academic Sven-Eric Liedman is the latest addition to the Marx...

by John Newsinger

The French Blanquist revolutionary, Emmanuel Barthelemy, was hanged for the Warren Street murders on 22 January 1855. He had been sentenced to death, even though the jury that found him guilty had...

by Kate Hunter

Tariq Mehmood, author of this novel for young adults, was one of the Bradford 12. Arrested in 1981 when Asian youth took to the streets to confront the threat of organised racist attacks on their...

by Jeff Jackson

Any anthology of poetry that takes part of its title from the great revolutionary poet Shelley’s cry of anger and call to arms in response to the Peterloo Massacre, The Mask of Anarchy, and...

by Chinedu Chukwudinma

Akala has already revealed to the world that the Wu-Tang Clan’s lyrics can rival Shakespeare’s. He has also helped restore the weight and significance of African contributions to human history in...

by Maggie Falshaw

During the student protests in France in 1968, students took over printmaking studios of art schools, including at the Sorbonne École des Beaux Arts where the poster production collective Ateliers...

by Jacqui Freeman

It’s 1849 and Karl Marx is living in London, having fled Prussia and been expelled from France following the 1848 revolutions. Poverty stricken, he is trying to complete his manuscript Capital, A...

by Mark Brown

La Maladie de la Mort (The Malady of Death), based upon Marguerite Duras’s 1982 novella (which was, famously, written in the depths of the author’s alcoholism), was one of the highlights of last...

by Sally Campbell

A study published by the Williams Institute this year estimates that in the US almost 700,000 LGBT adults aged 18-59 have received “conversion therapy” in an attempt to “cure” them of...

by Louise Cass

Part gothic ghost story, part social commentary on post-Second World War Britain, Lenny Abrahamson’s film is a tense psychological (or is it supernatural?) study of class and the change wrought by...

by Rebecca Townesend

New BBC series Bodyguard is high octane from the opening moments, as the lead, Specialist Protection Officer David Budd (Richard Madden) helps locate a suicide bomber on a London-bound train and...

by Nicola Field

Eat your heart out George Smiley, here comes Eve Polastri, earthily played by clever Sandra Oh.

Connecticut-raised and London based, Eve’s on the staff of MI5 with a routine job in security...

Art / Exhibitions
by Julia Armstrong

In the age of the selfie and endless posts of faces on social media, what can the artistic portrait tell us about how we see ourselves and others?

Sheffield-based artist Paul Morrison, who...

by Noel Halifax

The unexpected death has been announced of Lindsay Kemp, I was going to say the dancer, but he was far, far more than this. He had a profound effect on the art and music scene of the 1970s and...

Five Things Listing

Bridge Theatre, London, until 29 September
The new play by Alan Bennett is set in the...