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Poster of Lenin celebrating The Decree on Peace

Bolshevism, Balfour and Zionism: A tale of two centenaries

November 2017 marked the centenary of two of the most decisive events in the twentieth century: the Bolshevik-led revolution in Russia and the Balfour Declaration in Britain.… At loggerheads were two mutually exclusive political objectives: the one to promote worldwide, anti-imperialist revolution; the other, to further British imperial interests in the Middle East.

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Automobile Factory Production Motor Industrial

Marx and historical materialism

Karl Marx was a materialist – more than that, he was a historical materialist. Marxists, in order to establish their credentials in political arguments, frequently claim that they are giving a materialist analysis of a phenomenon. The claim that a materialist analysis is being provided both attests to the Marxist credentials of the argument, and […]

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Jason W Moore at BInghamton University in July 2017

Illusions of world-ecology

Every airport bookstore features books with titles like 10 Ways to Retire Rich, 150 Places You Must Visit Before You Die, or 8 Easy Steps to a Flatter Tummy, with the numbers in very large type on their covers. They are the publishing ­equivalent of junk food, quickie books written to match titles that were […]

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Victor Grossman in Berlin in November 2009

No Berlin Bulletin—just birds and hopes

The fights which must be fought and difficulties endured may perhaps be a mite easier and lighter if accompanied by occasional deep breaths of nature with its simple joys, and the freedom hopes, the values and solidarity I sometimes found there and enjoyed so greatly, may also contribute just a little to efforts of good […]

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A statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down in Firdos Square in April 2003

The Odious Iraqi Debt

This article, originally written towards the end of 2003, is now published on our website for the first time in English. The odious Iraqi debt is still under-documented today, though it is highly relevant in our research and our proposals against all illegitimate, illegal, odious and unsustainable debts. It is a rare case where a […]

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Social Reproduction: What's the big idea?

Social reproduction theory: What’s the big idea?

Key to social reproduction theory (SRT) is an understanding of the ‘production of goods and services and the production of life are part of one integrated process’, or in other words: acknowledging that race and gender oppression occur capitalistically. In this article, Susan Ferguson, a contributor to Social Reproduction Theory, shows how SRT can deepen […]

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“Halting at Noon.” Slaves kneeling to pray while chained together. (New York Public Library)

Faith, myths, and Black Prometheus

The mythologizing thought and rhetoric that sees in human struggles the pitting of god against god is as ancient as any human storytelling. More recently Black Theologians have seen in the history of black people the need to efface a white God who condones oppression and to replace him with a black God of the […]

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150 Years of Marx’s Capital

150 years of Marx’s Capital

150 years back, Karl Marx’s Magnum Opus Das Kapital (Volume I) rolled out of the press on September, 1867. The publication signified nothing short of a silent revolution on the theoretical plane, and the world would never be the same again. Capital soon became the most discussed and debated work.

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The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Mieville

OCTOBER: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Commenting on the many works on the Russian Revolution, China Mieville describes his book as: “… a short introduction for those curious about an astonishing story, eager to be caught up in the revolution’s rhythms. Because here it is precisely as a story that I have tried to tell it.”

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