The ordoliberals and Adam Smith's invisible hand

The 'big society' is not such a new idea, argues Werner Bonefeld. This is an edited version of his talk at the CPGB's 'Fundamentals of political economy' school

I would like to discuss here the ‘political’, as it were, in ‘political economy’: the state. In the Communist manifesto of 1848, penned as a 27-year-old, very excitable young man, Marx wrote: “The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.”[1] How do we understand the idea of the ‘executive committee of the bourgeoisie’?

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Trend-breaking

Why not be a trend setter and help out the best paper on the left with a donation or standing order, says Robbie Rix.

Stop the War Coalition: end exclusions

Say no to the exclusions at the upcoming Stop The War Coalition conference

Clear economics, weak politics

Mike Macnair reviews Paul Mattick 'Business as usual', Reaktion Books, 2011, pp126,

Murdoch fights back

Despite the imminent launch of a sunday edition of The Sun the relationship between the press and the politicians will not quite be the same, says James Turley

The function of Dickens

The English literary establishment fully mobilised for the Charles Dickens bicentenary. But, wonders Harley Filben, why is it so in need of heroes?

Hague claims mask new threats

As the drums of war against Iran beat ever louder, Peter Manson takes a look at the latest remarks by the British foreign secretary.

Secularism is hostile to state religion, not religion

Separation of church and state is a basic democratic demand bitterly resisted by the British establishment, writes Eddie Ford

Holy trinity of reaction

The queen's jubilee is a timely event for the forces of reaction in an age of austerity, argues Ben Lewis. For its part, the workers' movement needs to rediscover the tradition of militant republican democracy

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