Since they were brought to North America in chains, African-Americans have spent the best part of four centuries struggling for their own liberation. It is a struggle that has had to face both white Southern hatred and white Northern indifference. It is a struggle that has had to deal with both conservative intolerance and liberal […]Read more "Minneapolis: the latest stage of the African-American Revolution"
Images have a unique way of enforcing a message with an instant emotional impact that the written word sometimes lacks. In no particular order, here is a list of films, documentaries and TV series with a socialist/progressive theme that I have watched during my life that I highly recommend seeing: Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, […]Read more "Recommended TV and cinema – 1"
This week saw the passing of Julio Anguita, historical leader first of the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) and then of its successor organisation Izquierda Unida (United Left). While it is difficult to understand any lingering sympathy for a discredited ideology, it must be remembered here that Anguita radicalised the further away from the Communist […]Read more "Reflections on democracy, socialism and dialectics"
Boris Johnson’s latest speech is a master class in obfuscation. “Stay alert”. What does that mean? To me, it amounts to little more than “Business interests come first. If numbers spike again, it is not our fault. It is yours for not taking personal responsibility.” The Trump government in the United States is itching to […]Read more "COVID-19: Start organising for a General Strike!"
Malcolm X, Frantz Fanon, Medhi Ben Barka, Bhagat Singh, Milovan DjilasRead more "Greatest heroes and influences – 7"
In light of accusations of anti-Semitism toward Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party – some of it well-intended and principled, some of it based on ignorance and hearsay and some of it motivated by a genuine hostility to all things Palestinian – I think that it is about time for the Left to seriously […]Read more "On anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism: how to (and how not to) stand up for Palestinian freedom"
Bernie Sanders, in the name of his ‘political revolution’ and of ‘democratic socialism’, in 2016 gave his uncritical support to the candidate who had treated him with such disdain during that year’s Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton. Once again, he has done the same with Joe Biden. To say this is not to side with Sanders […]Read more "The wolf in sheep’s clothing: on the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party, toward an independent Left force."
Carl Sagan, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Olof Palme, Jean JaurèsRead more "Greatest heroes and influences – 6"
Since COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 , broke out in Wuhan, Hubei Province in the People’s Republic of China in December 2019, has infected over a million people and killed more than 55,000 at the time of writing. It is the latest in history’s long line of worldwide pandemics but, perhaps owing to its […]Read more "Utopia or dystopia – what awaits us after COVID-19?"
Paul Foot, Red Shelley Charles Webb, The Graduate Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark E.H. Carr, What is History? The George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures delivered in the University of Cambridge January-March 1961 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract Christopher Hill, God’s Englishman: […]Read more "Reading list for 2020"