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Virus just one part of a deadly cocktail

Virus just one part of a deadly cocktail

Take one rampant market economy directed by an authoritarian state more concerned with suppressing dissent than public health, add in debt-driven globalisation, throw in extreme weather patterns and broken political systems and you have a deadly cocktail. That’s how the coronavirus pandemic originating in China, the stock market collapse, climate change and the slow death […]

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

Finding Evald Ilyenkov is a bit of a detective story, charting the rediscovery of long-buried events and writings by a remarkable Soviet-era philosopher. Much of his work is only now becoming available in English and other languages, as the imperative to study his thought becomes more urgent and widespread. Evald Ilyenkov never wanted to write for […]

How Labour can answer the far right’s at

How Labour can answer the far right’s attack on democracy

As Theresa May reaches out to Jeremy Corbyn in her efforts to solve the Brexit crisis in Parliament, it’s clear that the usual form of politics in the UK has ended. Brexit  is viewed by many people as an unnecessary and dangerous right-wing diversion from the big issues facing society as a whole. But this […]

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Wigan – the name is full of resonance. Little did we know that our meeting place, Sunshine House, was close to the old tripe shop where writer George Orwell penned his book The Road to Wigan Pier in 1937. But Real Democracy Movement supporters who converged on the town from all around the UK weren’t […]

Eco-crisis at a tipping point

Eco-crisis at a tipping point

Presentation by Penny Cole at Getting to Grips with Neoliberalism teach/learn-in at Wigan, November 24 The chart shows that during the entire neoliberal period of globalisation, as the science of climate change became ever clearer, emissions continued to rise. The new IPCC – United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – report suggests we have […]

Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Identity, ideology & culture in a neoliberal world Presentation at Wigan Teach-In, 24 November 2018 Is culture only a tool for the 1%? What does a cultural strategy for an emancipatory movement look like? Beyond divide and rule – privileging and celebrating diversity. Ÿ The neoliberal form of capitalist globalisation has seen an unprecedented pace […]

Call time on neoliberal-driven climate d...

Call time on neoliberal-driven climate disaster

Everything that people depend on for their daily lives has not just been disrupted, it’s been absolutely destroyed. So said Mark Bowen, head of emergency management for Bay County, Florida, after Hurricane Michael passed through the Florida Panhandle. Looking to the bigger picture, the last 20 years have seen a dramatic rise of 151% in […]

Fracking is the failure of democracy – s

Fracking is the failure of democracy – so say today’s Suffragettes

Several hundred women from around the country took up the call of the Women of Lancashire to demonstrate in Parliament Square on Wednesday. Dressed in white costumes with suffragette sashes, they raised their voices demanding an end to fracking. Meanwhile, inside Westminster Hall, MPs debated and questioned Claire Perry, Minister of State at the Department […]

A decade after the crash, a fairer, kind...

A decade after the crash, a fairer, kinder capitalism is simply delusional

Ten years ago, the world economy ground to a halt in the wake of the biggest financial crash in the history of capitalism. The vastly overinflated atmospheric layer of global credit had burst. The banks and the entire financial system were in trouble, big trouble. Bear Stearns and Northern Rock led the collapse. Then on […]

Brexit crisis: beware threat of a nation...

Brexit crisis: beware threat of a national government

A deepening, unpredictable political and constitutional crisis sparked by Brexit could have far-reaching consequences before the year is out. Some commentators have suggested that it is the biggest political challenge facing the ruling elites since the General Strike of 1926 when power seemed to pass – temporarily – into the hands of the trade union […]