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29 August 2018

100 years since police went on strike: "never nearer to Bolshevism"

On a number of occasions, the ruling class in Britain has trembled with fear when faced with mass struggles of workers which could threaten their rule. Such movements as the 1984-85 miners strike and the 1926 general strike brought clashes between striking workers and the powers of the capitalist state.

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20 June 2018

1000 issues of the Socialist: A vital weapon standing in proud traditions

To mark the 1000th issue of the Socialist, which was launched in 1997, we interviewed Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary and former editor of Militant, the predecessor of the Socialist.

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20 June 2018

Orgreave - no justice, no peace

On the outskirts of Sheffield on Saturday 16 June, around 300 people assembled under the banners of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC); insisting that the government hold a full public inquiry into the events at Orgreave 34 years ago

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13 June 2018

In the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign organises a march every year to commemorate what happened there and demand a public inquiry - join us for the 2018 march

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30 May 2018

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Fiction: Black River: Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives.

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30 May 2018

Socialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it

The surge in support for Corbyn's radical programme at last year's general election and the collapse of Carillion has led to a widespread discussion around public ownership and nationalisation.

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23 May 2018

May 1968: 'Communist' leaders hand power back to defeated bosses

France, May 1968: week four: By Friday 24 May 1968, ten million workers were on strike. The greatest general strike in history. On the same day, the president of France, General Charles de Gaulle, tried to address the nation. Nobody saw it. It was a victim of the TV workers' strike.

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9 May 2018

Socialists fight for Palestinian liberation and workers' unity

70 years on from the foundation of Israel: The 1948 foundation of the Israeli state is being marked this month in Israel.

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9 May 2018

France '68: History's greatest general strike erupts

France, May 1968: week two: The legacy of the French revolution of 1848, the second time France overthrew a monarchy, played an important part in the escalation of the demonstrations and street fighting in Paris.

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2 May 2018

200 years of Karl Marx: Marxist ideas more relevant than ever

Marx was born 200 years ago on 5 May. Together with Engels, he formulated the ideas of scientific socialism which were to shake the world

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2 May 2018

May 1968: Police attacks on students spark mass revolt

France '68 - week one: A wooden beam will appear quite solid and unchanged as termites chew away within it. But there comes a time when one step can bring down the whole rotten house. In May of 1968 the whole structure of capitalism in France was in jeopardy.

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25 April 2018

France 1968: when workers were on the brink of taking power

It's 50 years since the greatest general strike in history

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11 April 2018

Striking analysis in heat of 1917 will deepen any reader's understanding

Non-fiction: Trotsky in 1917: 'Trotsky in 1917' is the most complete collection in English of some of the contributions of Leon Trotsky, one of the Russian revolution's key leaders alongside Vladimir Lenin, in that crucial year

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28 March 2018

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King

50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK jnr in Memphis: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King junior, who was shot and killed on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, while supporting striking sanitation workers, writes April Ashley, Unison national executive council, black members rep (female) (personal capacity).

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21 March 2018

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Corbyn's customs union; solidarity with Chris Fernandez; nerve agent hypocrisy; Saudi Arabia; Newport rising

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14 March 2018

Gripping spy thriller exposes hypocrisy of Falklands/Malvinas war

Fiction: South Atlantic Requiem: This is socialist author Edward Wilson's seventh novel and does not disappoint. In some respects it is his most gripping from beginning to end.

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31 January 2018

100 years since women won the vote

It is 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It took years of struggle and the largest mobilisation of women in Britain's history to achieve this partial victory.

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24 January 2018

Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive

On 30 January 1968 the NLF and the People's Army of Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive against US and allied troops

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13 December 2017

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

Local residents and ex-mining families were outraged when news came through that Dewsbury Conservative Association was intending to have their annual dinner at the National Coal Mining Museum at the former Caphouse colliery in Overton near Wakefield.

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