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Category Archives: Marxism

The illusion of Britishness (18 November 2006)

New Labour tells us that ethnic minorities need to adopt British values. Anindya Bhattacharyya examines their vision of “Britishness” and finds it wanting

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21 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Duncan Hallas on permanent factions

There is controversy about permanent factions inside the SWP. I turned to Duncan Hallas, one of our tradition’s founders, to dig out the original political rationale for banning such formations. This cuts through some sophistry on this question flying about of late.

19 July 2013

Marx, Hegel and the dialectic

The configuration of dialectics and materialism in Marx is intimately connected with his revolutionary practice. If you want to do justice to that tradition, you have to grapple with that intellectual history and those ideas. That’s one reason why the dialectic is still a live issue today.

30 January 2013

Breivik: What is fascism?

My contribution to the ebook On Utøya edited Elizabeth Humphrys, Guy Rundle and Tad Tietze. “Breivik was typically presented as lone madman whose inner working could not be rationally fathomed. To ascribe political motives to his acts disrespected the dead.”

28 August 2012

Praxis makes perfect

March 2006 issue of Socialist Review review of Alex Callinicos’s The Resources Of Critique, Slavoj Zizek’s The Parallax View, and Alain Badiou’s two major works, Being and Event and Logics of Worlds.

9 February 2012

Review of Badiou’s The Meaning of Sarkozy

A review of Alain Badiou’s book The Meaning of Sarkozy, first published in the March 2009 issue of Socialist Review. “Badiou is insightful and funny, especially when he gleefully castigates France’s corrupt political elites and idiotic business classes.”

9 February 2012

Banning the EDL is ineffective, counter-productive and demobilising

Our urgent task is to create an anti-fascist, anti-racist mass movement that can head off the EDL/BNP while feeding into and strengthening wider working class struggles. We must defeat dismal calls for demobilisation.

31 August 2011