Articles tagged “Britain”

Tony_Benn2Summary: We recall an encounter with Tony Benn, a leading figure on the left of Britain’s Labour Party, who died aged 88 on 14 March 2014 — Editors

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syriaSummary:  As the U.S. rattles its sabers against the Assad regime in Syria in the wake of an apparent attack on civilians with chemical weapons, the situation remains murky. A number of forces — the U.S.-Britain-France, their sometime allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, the murderous Assad regime, and equally murderous jihadis — are all seeking to stifle the yearnings of the Syrian people to be free of the domination of both local authoritarians and global imperialism – Editors

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9780956817679_cov_frontSummary: Labor historian and activist Dan La Botz reviews David Black and Chris Ford’s 1839: The Chartist Insurrection. This critical review stresses that “The authors aim is to show that modern Britain, so often thought of as a model of moderation and gradualism, …does indeed have a revolutionary, working class tradition.” Originally appeared in  New Politics  – Editors.

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May Day in Los Angeles

Summary— We present reports from Marxist-Humanist participants on the 2013 May Day celebrations— EditorsPDF

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thatSummary: The death of Margaret Thatcher recalled her 11 years as British prime minister. She ushered in a harsher form of capitalism, presided over increases in unemployment, inequality, poverty and homelessness, and heightened the danger of nuclear war – Editors.

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Summary: This 30-minute BBC radio program in the series “Women with a Past,” and accompanying web article, uncovers new research on Helen Macfarlane, the first English translator of Marx’s Communist Manifesto. It builds on Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England (2004) by David Black, who is interviewed on the audio program http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20475989  — Editors

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1839: The Chartist Insurrection from International Marxist-Humanist on Vimeo.

This short video (8.34 mins) was made and uploaded to accompany the new book, 1839: The Chartist Insurrection by David Black and Chris Ford (Unkant Publishing, London 2012), which tells the story of the birth of the Chartist movement, and the chain of events which brought Britain closer to Revolution than any time since the English Civil War, or any time since – Editors.

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Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, has resolved to “kill off the health and safety culture for good,” an attitude that poses a threat to all workers and reveals the inhumanity of capitalism. — Editors

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Peter Hudis is interviewed by Sasha Lilley on “Against the Grain,” KPFA-FM (Pacifica Radio), San Francisco on the ideas and legacy of revolutionary thinker and leader Rosa Luxemburg. Based upon the Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (2011), edited by Hudis, Laschitza, and Adler. 1 hour  — Editors

 

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The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common, London in 1848.

The Chartist movement of the 1830s and 1840s went beyond 18th century popular radicalism toward socialism.  Leaders like George Julian Harney not only called for social revolution but also published Helen Macfarlane’s first English translation of the Communist Manifesto. This article was first published in The Platypus Review No. 42 (Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012) – Editors

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