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30 March 2016

Fighting the great tax robbery: taxes and regulation or socialist nationalisation?

Tax avoidance has been in the headlines lately, provoking renewed calls to tax the rich and big business

21 January 2014

Lenin's revolutionary legacy

Vladimir Lenin

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. Peter Taaffe reviews Lih's book: "Lenin"

20 September 2013

The Causes of Capitalist Crisis; Reply to Andrew Kliman

This document is on the causes of capitalist crisis, replying to the ideas of Andrew Kliman; written by Peter Taaffe and Lynn Walsh and endorsed by the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party

31 July 2013

Book review: Karl Marx - How to change the world

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life by Jonathan Sperber

In this book Jonathan Sperber says he aims to place the great revolutionary thinker and activist firmly in his times

5 June 2013

1983: A political voice for the working class

Terry Fields and Dave Nellist - two Militant MPS, photo Dave Sinclair

Thirty years ago, on 9 June 1983, the gloom cast by Thatcher's re-election as Tory prime minister was partly offset by the election of two campaigning supporters of the Socialist's predecessor Militant, Dave Nellist and Terry Fields, as Labour MPs.

10 October 2012

Marx was right!

Reality has hit some commentators between the eyes and has forced them to partially recognise Marx's analysis of the nature of capitalist crises which, he explained, were intrinsic to the system.

29 August 2012

Leon Trotsky: A revolutionary's life

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

Book review: The 72nd anniversary of the assassination of the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was commemorated even within Britain's capitalist press...

14 June 2012

Lenin's April Theses, 1917

The April Theses, from Leveller reprints, June 2011, cover by Kavita Graphics

In February 1917 in Russia, women textile workers in Petrograd went on strike and during subsequent days were joined by industrial workers across the city, small business people, students and many soldiers...

22 February 2012

What's wrong with capitalism?

Jarrow demonstration: we are the 99% Take the wealth off the 1%, photo Paul Mattsson

In response to the growing opposition to this profit-hungry capitalist system, many of its proponents have argued that not all capitalism is bad. Lynn Walsh exposes the myths proposed by prime minister Cameron as he tries to sell us the idea of 'popular' capitalism.

23 March 2011

What has socialism got to do with fighting the cuts?

Socialist Party members sell The Socialist, photo Paul Mattsson

Each week members of the Socialist Party sell copies of the Socialist newspaper at workplaces, colleges, stations, town centres and working class estates all over England and Wales, as well as at protests and meetings...

14 October 2010

The general strike: Important tool of the working class

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

All across Europe workers and young people face the austerity axe. And all across Europe there is a fight to defend jobs and services against governments who are determined to do the bidding of big business...

18 August 2010

The legacy of Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky, a revolutionary leader of the Russian revolution, was murdered on 20 August 1940 by an agent of Stalin. His role in the 1917 revolution, the greatest single event in human history, alone makes his writings worthy of study.
The ideas and methods of the Socialist Party and the socialist international to which it is affiliated, the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), are based on Trotsky's, alongside those of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin.
70 years after his death Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, assesses the contribution of Trotsky's ideas to the struggle for socialism in the 21st century.

29 July 2010

In defence of Leon Trotsky

Peter Taaffe answers the Hoover institute video debate on Robert Service's book on Trotsky

In defence of Leon Trotsky: Five part video discussion with general secretary Peter Taaffe

18 November 2009

Service with a snarl: Robert Service refuses to answer questions

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

HISTORIAN ROBERT Service recently wrote a well-publicised and widely distributed book Trotsky - a biography...

7 July 2009

Stalin's Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

Review: An account of Trotsky's last years in exile in Mexico, during his heroic struggles against Stalinism, fascism and capitalism, and, pertinently, during the last great economic crisis, is to be welcomed, Reviewed by Niall Mulholland

5 June 2009

The Frock-Coated Communist: the revolutionary life of Friedrich Engels

Review FRIEDRICH ENGELS wrote The Condition of the Working Class in England when he was just 24 years old. Tristram Hunt says: "The power, incisiveness and prescience of Engels' polemic remains undiminished...

3 March 2009

Marx was right all along

Karl Marx

"As capitalism stares into the abyss, was Marx right all along?"
This is not from The Socialist but from Stephen King, HSBC Banking Group's Chief Economist, writing in The Independent (2 March).
Moreover, he answers his own question in the affirmative, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

17 September 2008

Capitalist crisis - Karl Marx was right

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

"It is a moment Karl Marx would have relished. From every angle financial capitalism is taking a battering." (The Guardian) The economic witch-doctors and soothsayers of capitalism were wrong and the socialists and Marxists were right...

4 June 2008

Engels: A Revolutionary Life

Freidrich Engels

Freidrich Engels


The ideas of the Socialist Party, based on scientific socialism, are identified with Karl Marx and 'Marxism', but Friedrich Engels deserves to be bracketed alongside the great 'philosopher of the millennium'. Peter Taaffe reveiws Engels: A Revolutionary Life, by John Green. (Artery Publications, London 2008)

2 April 2008

1848: year of revolution

...and publication of Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto "The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win." This ringing battle cry was issued 160 years ago by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in their Communist Manifesto.


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