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27 May 2009

Fight for real democracy!

"A Very British Revolution," thundered the Telegraph in the aftermath of the ejection from the House of Commons of Speaker Michael Martin, the first time this has happened since 1695. Shades of 'Jacobinism'? Not if you listen to the enraged voices of the 'street', writes Peter Taaffe

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15 April 2009

The Spanish Civil War: Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory

THE SPANISH civil war (1936-39) was the bloodiest stage in the ten year-long Spanish revolution that began in 1931. As Hannah Sell explains, Spain was a further confirmation of Leon Trotsky's theory of 'permanent revolution', which was earlier borne out in the Russian workers' socialist revolution of 1917.

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8 April 2009

Egyptian regime: 'Scared that independent unions will succeed; scared a revolution will happen'

ONE OF the most important recent developments in the struggle of Egyptian workers for decent living standards and democratic rights was the formation of the first independent trade union (syndicate) for over 50 years, last December...

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19 March 2009

Tibet: The 1959 uprising

FIFTY YEARS ago on 10 March was the beginning of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. It is one of a series of anniversaries taking place this year that the Chinese regime awaits nervously. As the...

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Mass demonstration in Tehran

Mass demonstration in Tehran

24 February 2009

Iran 1979: A revolution that was taken from the working class

IRANIAN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently addressed thousands of supporters at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Monument, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution - a revolution carried out by the working class that toppled a brutal western puppet, the Shah...

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5 February 2009

Iceland: Devastated by global crisis

FOLLOWING ANGRY daily street protests (above and below), Iceland's right wing coalition government, led by prime minister Geir Haarde, resigned on 26 January, paving the way for new elections on 25 April...

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28 January 2009

Germany 1919 The Spartacist uprising

Historical feature: NINETY YEARS ago this month the German workers rose in the 'Spartacist uprising' - a turning point in the German revolution of 1917-1923 which led to the tragic deaths of revolutionary socialist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht...

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28 January 2009

The Reader

Film review: This thought-provoking film is about teenage passion meeting with Germany's Nazi past. It centres on Michael Berg, a successful lawyer, whose life becomes involved with a brutal SS concentration camp...

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14 January 2009

Che

Che Guevara in military fatigues, 2 June 1959

Che Guevara in military fatigues, 2 June 1959

The release of the first of Steven Soderbergh's two-part biopic on Che Guevara coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban revolution. It is attracting wide audiences of mainly young people. Given that many of those seeing the film are looking for an alternative to capitalism, Socialist Party branches are organising leafleting and book sales outside cinemas.
TONY SAUNOIS, secretary of the Committee for a Workers' International, looks at how the film deals with the important political questions raised.

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3 December 2008

Crisis-hit capitalism fears prospect of revolution

CWI International Executive Committee 2008: THE INTERNATIONAL Executive Committee (IEC) of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) met in Belgium on 23-29 November. Hannah Sell gives a summary of Peter Taaffe's introduction to the session on the global economic crisis and its political consequences with highlights from the discussion.

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3 December 2008

Venezuela elections: Chávez wins victory but opposition gains ground

ON SUNDAY 23 November, more than 14 million people in Venezuela came out early in the morning to elect governors, mayors and regional representatives, writes Johan Rivas, Colectivo Socialismo Revolucionario, the CWI group in Venezuela...

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26 November 2008

Art and revolution

What is the relationship between art, revolution, capitalism and class struggle? This year was the first time there was a commission on 'art and revolution' at the annual summer school of the Committee...

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5 November 2008

1918 revolution: When German workers entered the stage of history

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

The 90th anniversary of the November 1918 German revolution comes at a significant time. The current economic convulsions of world capitalism are recognised by some as "the greatest loss of wealth in history".

PETER TAAFFE, in the first of two articles written for The Socialist, comments on the momentous events of 1918 in Germany.

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22 October 2008

Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Film review: Based on a graphic novel memoir written by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is a treat. An animated film, it is unlike anything I've ever seen before, mainly, but not entirely, in black and white and very...

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2 October 2008

Liberty by Glyn Maxwell at Shakespeare's Globe

Reviewed by Nancy Taaffe Marxists are often accused of being idealists. However, in my mind, the million dollar questions are always whether the idea is any good, whether it can become a reality, and whether it moves history society forward or drags it back.

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24 September 2008

Revolution and counter-revolution in Bolivia

EVO MORALES, the Bolivian president, won a crushing victory in the 10 August re-call referendum, winning 67.4% of the national vote on a turnout of over 83%, writes Tony Saunois (CWI) and, Roberto Antezana (CWI, Bolivia).

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10 September 2008

Come to Socialism 2008!

Socialism 2008 logo

Saturday 8 November - Sunday 9 November
University of London Union, Malet Street London WC1
Nearest tube: Euston or Goodge Street
Rally for socialism:
Saturday 8 November 5.30pm-8.30pm
Speakers include Matt Wrack (FBU general secretary) and Peter Taaffe (Socialist Party general secretary)

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4 June 2008

Engels: A Revolutionary Life

Freidrich Engels

Freidrich Engels


The ideas of the Socialist Party, based on scientific socialism, are identified with Karl Marx and 'Marxism', but Friedrich Engels deserves to be bracketed alongside the great 'philosopher of the millennium'. Peter Taaffe reveiws Engels: A Revolutionary Life, by John Green. (Artery Publications, London 2008)

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21 May 2008

France 1968: Be realistic - demand the impossible!

Book review: In times when the idea of a socialist revolution is treated as laughable, socialists are commonly asked: is a revolution possible in a rich country like Britain?

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