Theory

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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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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Socialism and the national question today.

From Socialism Today No.181, September 2014 by Peter Taaffe, General Secretary of Socialist Party (England and Wales), CWI International Secretariat The bloody conflict in Ukraine, alongside the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza, has brought the issue of the ‘national question’ ...

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Book Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century – by Thomas Piketty

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party England and Wales The poorest fifth of Britain’s households are among the most economically deprived in Western Europe with living standards on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the richest 1% in the ...

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Review – Lenin’s revolutionary Legacy

‘Lenin’ by Lars T Lih Peter Taaffe, from Socialism Today (No.175, February 2014) In an attempt to answer the description of Lenin by capitalist historians as a brutal dictator, some on the left turn to Lars T Lih. He has tried to ...

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World capitalist crisis leading to mass struggle

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Kevin Parslow, Socialist Party (England and Wales). Posted 30th July 2013

"We stand on the eve of convulsive events, the greatest in world history, of which the mighty movements in these countries are the precursor." This was how Peter Taaffe of the CWI’s International Secretariat described the current international situation in the session at this year’s CWI summer School on the ‘Capitalist World in Turmoil – the crisis and the class struggle today’. The "mighty movements" he referred to were the huge protests in Turkey, Brazil, Egypt and South Africa over the last 12 months, which have shown the colossal power of the masses once they move into action. These have followed on from the protests against austerity in Europe of the last few years.

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A world in turmoil

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By Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary. Posted 9th Janaury 2012

In this special new year feature, Peter Taaffe looks back at 2011, a year of crisis, struggle and revolution. This article is based on a statement prepared for the Committee for a Workers' International, the world socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party Scotland is affiliated.

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Quantum mechanics and dialectical materialism

Marxism, materialism and particle physics Pete Mason, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) The following article is based on a talk given by Pete Mason during the 2010 CWI Summer School, held in Belgium, last July. In a personal contribution, Pete ...

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The general strike

Important tool of the working class Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) deputy general secretary All across Europe workers and young people face the austerity axe. And all across Europe there is a fight to defend jobs ...

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