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14 September 2009
The question of the relation of the state to the social revolution, and of the social revolution to the state, like the question of revolution generally, was given very little attention by the leading theoreticians and publicists of the Second International (1889-1914)...
5 June 2009
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...
13 March 2009
3 March 2009
"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.
24 February 2009
The current crisis is not just caused by the greed of the City financiers or even the domination of finance capitalism...
17 September 2008
4 June 2008
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)
14 May 2008
This is a revival of the book first published in 1982 by the BBC to accompany a TV series of the same name, authored by the well-known academic and social historian, Asa Briggs, and John Callow...
2 April 2008
...and publication of Marx and Engelsí 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.
25 March 2008
Two extracts from a summary of the present world situation and world relations, written by Peter Taaffe for a meeting taking place this month of representatives from European sections of the Committee for a Workers' International...
1 March 2008
Exactly how severe the crisis in Britain's economy will be, how long it will take to bite, and the precise political effects of it, are not yet clear...
27 February 2008
Fidel Castro in his days as a guerrila
20 February 2008
CLAUSE IV, part 4, the 'socialist' clause of the Labour Party's constitution enshrining public ownership of industry and finance, was adopted at a party conference in 1918...
13 February 2008
MICHAEL O'LEARY, cost-cutting, anti-union, multimillionaire boss of 'budget airline' Ryanair, says he would welcome "a good, deep, bloody recession in this country for 12 to 18 months... By Roger Shrives
30 January 2008
Debt and housing time bomb, photo The Socialist
10 January 2008
The present crisis in the world economy has underlined Karl Marx's analysis of capitalism as a system that works blindly, behind the backs of society and without conscious human control...
10 January 2008
This is a disappointing book. Francis Wheen's earlier biography is definitely worth a read and shows he has made a serious study of Marx's writings....
27 September 2007
THE NEAR collapse of Northern Rock bank, accompanied by the most astonishing scenes of panic for generations outside its branches, has serious political implications for Britain and the government of Gordon Brown...
20 September 2007
Readers of the socialist could readily agree with the title of this book. The destructive nature of the capitalist system, based upon production for profit... By Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party General Secretary
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