Blogs

Guns before butter: economic and energy solutions in the "socialist paradise" of Venezuela

Faced with multiple crises and headed for a round defeat in the polls, the Venezuelan state's response is all too familiar.

Lionbridge tries to force translators to pay for the intelligence they themselves created

ZSP continues to receive news from disgruntled Lionbridge freelancers from all over the world. The latest is perhaps worth mentioning.

Manchester Class Struggle Forum #2 - Class struggle and trade unions

The second Manchester Class Struggle Forum will host a discussion on trade unions, trade unionism and class struggle.

Starsuckers, directed by Chris Atkins, and Capitalism: A Love Story, directed by Michael Moore

Tom Jennings suspects that lack of political imagination explains the patronising undertones of two purportedly ‘alternative’ cinema documentaries

Our men and women in Havana (are requesting good, published material)

"Socialist self-management"

It may seem quite modest to us, but some historical events have taken place in the "socialist paradise" of Cuba, demonstrating positive moves towards the ressucitation of independent, base-level social and workers' movements. Having hosted a long weekend of discussions and workshops, companeros in Havana are expected to open a library in the next couple of days - and they need your help!

Workers' struggles in China (March 2010 Part 1)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China in the first half of March up to the 15th.

Workers' struggles in Asia (March 2010 Part 1)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding China) in the first half of March up to the 15th.

Haiku, by Andrew Vachss, and The Right Mistake, by Walter Mosley

Tom Jennings finds much of interest, as well as inevitable limitations, in two American novels exploring positive worldviews among the impoverished

Common Words and the Wandering Star, by Keith Armstrong

Tom Jennings is grateful for this comprehensive documentation of its author’s efforts to keep Jack Common’s legacy alive

Workers' struggles in Asia (February 2010 Part 2)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding mainland China and Hong Kong) in February from the 11th to the 28th.

Workers' struggles in China (February 2010 Part 2)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China (now including Hong Kong) from the 10th to 28th of February.

An open letter to members and ex-members of the SWP

Lindsey German

A contribution to the debate about recent events in the SWP, aiming to offer some advice and encouragement to members and ex-members feeling disillusioned by the ongoing internal conflict. By Billy P., a libertarian communist and former SWP member.

First forum: Elections and revolutionary politics

The first meeting of the Manchester Class Struggle Forum takes place on Wednesday the 24th of February.

Colin Ward

I can't claim to have known him but I did visit Colin shortly after Talking Anarchy - a book entirely made up of a fascinating exchange between him and David Goodway - was brought out. I suspect mine was one of the last published interviews he gave as he was already getting very frail by then.

Neuroscience and war

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Will neuroscientists join psychiatrists, psychologists and anthropologists in condemning the use of their labour in the service of war?

Workers' struggles in China (February 2010 Part 1)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China (now including Hong Kong) up to the 10th of February.

Workers' struggles in Asia (February 2010 Part 1)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding mainland China and Hong Kong) in February up to the 10th.

Christians vrs Atheists: Who's killed the most?

One of the recurring themes of evangelical Christianity is that atheism means people have no reason to look after each other, supporting the allegation that it led the deaths of millions during the 20th century. Disregarding for a moment the reality that wars are caused by elite power conflicts and generally have little to do with religious belief or a lack thereof, I thought I'd check out who led some of the more famous wars and genocides in history...

The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Tom Jennings is relieved that this film avoids lazy liberal moralising in exploring the mundane traumas of courage under fire.

Report back from the Right to Work conference

Last Saturday saw the second Right to Work conference take place in Manchester City Centre. Held across two venues; the Methodist Central Hall on Oldham street and the historic Mechanics Institute, it was billed by its organisers as “a conference of resistance and solidarity” in the face of the economic crisis.