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Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism, still relevant today

Robin Clapp, Socialist Party England and Wales national committee The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow ...

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1917 Russian Revolution: The July Days and battles with counterrevolution

Judy Beishon, Socialist Party executive committee Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent. Workers, soldiers and peasants were reacting in fury at the failure of ...

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New book: How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

From the new book "From Militant to the Socialist Party" by Peter Taaffe 2 May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election – the one in ...

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Book Reviews: Trotsky and February 1917 – Preparing for revolution

Peter Taaffe, from the February 2017 issue of Socialism Today (monthly magazine of the Socialist Party – CWI England & Wales) When the Russian revolution began in February 1917, leading revolutionaries, including Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin, were in exile. ...

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Russian Revolution centenary: Defending the legacy in a new era

Editorial from Socialism Today, Dec/Jan 2017 edition (the magazine of the Socialist Party England and Wales) The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. The 1917 revolution stands out as the greatest event in history – so ...

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Russia 1917: When the working class took power into its own hands

Today, 7th November, (in the new style calendar) is the 99th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution and the overthrow of the capitalist and Tsarist regime. For the first time in human history, power was in the hands of the ...

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Trotskyism’s rich history in Scotland

Ronnie Stevenson - Socialist Party Scotland and a supporter of Militant from 1975 The right wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party, aided by their friends in the media, have tried everything to undermine Corbyn’s leadership. One of the tactics has been to ...

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Ireland: 100th anniversary of Easter 1916 Rising

  Cillian Gillespie, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) This weekend marks the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising against British rule in Ireland. For many working class people in Ireland this event is regarded as a key defining event in Irish ...

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The Bernie Sanders campaign and the Left: What is the role of socialists?

By Bryan Koulouris - Socialist Alternative Bernie Sanders’ campaign has excited millions and brought a discussion about socialism into the mainstream of U.S. society. In addition to getting record donations from working-class people, Sanders has unprecedented support among youth. This ...

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Liverpool: When a socialist council refused to implement the cuts

One of the leaders of the 1980’s Liverpool council struggle, Tony Mulhearn, will be speaking in Glasgow on Thursday at a public meeting on how to combat the austerity onslaught. (see below for details) From 1983 to 1987 Liverpool City ...

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