Recommended TV and cinema – 1

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, […]

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On anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism: how to (and how not to) stand up for Palestinian freedom

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 […]

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The wolf in sheep’s clothing: on the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party, toward an independent Left force.

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 […]

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Reading list for 2020

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: […]

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