Paul Demarty

Paul Demarty is a member of the Communist Party, and a regular columnist for the Weekly Worker. His research interests include the philosophy of Louis Althusser, the critique of Hegelian variants of Marxist philosophy and the theory of culture and ideology.

Latest articles by Paul Demarty

Trebles all round

George Osborne’s appointment as Evening Standard editor is a textbook illustration of establishment corruption, argues Paul Demarty

Hammond’s self-employed U-turn

The Tories know that they have to preserve the middle classes, argues Paul Demarty

Divisions over unity

Squabbles in the British anti-Trump campaign say much about the forces involved, reckons Paul Demarty - and little of it good

At war with fourth estate

The left needs more weapons in its armoury than street demonstrations, argues Paul Demarty

Deep opposition

Who is out to get Donald Trump? Paul Demarty goes in search of the American deep state

It ain’t necessarily so

Who fears ‘fake news’ - and what is their own relation to the truth? Paul Demarty pulls apart the current hysteria

Will France be next?

As the ruling circles take in the election of a right-populist US president, Paul Demarty looks at the rightwing threat within Europe

Don’t shit where you eat

Theresa May is only one of many people put in an awkward position by Donald Trump’s travel bans, argues Paul Demarty

Yet more retreats

Backpedalling will not save Jeremy Corbyn, argues Paul Demarty

Election season is on

Divisions are multiplying in the cabinet - but it would be foolish to underestimate the strength of Theresa May’s position, argues Paul Demarty

Gestures at top, gestures at bottom

Donald Trump is lurching between conciliation and wild provocations, writes Paul Demarty

An icon, but not a model

Revolutionary, dictator - or both? Paul Demarty remembers Fidel Castro

New era taking shape

Donald Trump’s early cabinet nominations are in line with his conspiratorial rightism. Paul Demarty assesses the reaction

Different next time

Donald Trump’s victory is a blow for the nationalist right - but hardly an irreversible one, argues Paul Demarty

A richly deserved defeat

Trump’s victory is an indictment of shallow American liberalism, and it is time for the left to detach itself from it, argues Paul Demarty

Sow the wind, reap the windbag

Donald Trump is a symptom of the sickness of American politics - but the likes of Hillary Clinton are the cause, argues Paul Demarty

Criticise, don’t boycott

Some on the left still want to boycott the Socialist Workers Party - and they are still wrong, argues Paul Demarty

Opening shots of next election

Paul Demarty looks at Theresa May’s conversion to red Toryism

Snapping the olive branch

With Corbyn about to be re-elected as Labour leader, Paul Demarty despairs at talk of peace offerings

Media: old and new

What is the impact of technology on the mass media? How can the left overcome its marginality in the public discourse? Should we trust Google searches? Paul Demarty addressed the past, present and future of the media at this year’s Communist University

For the love of god, go

Ed Balls urges the right not to split - but Paul Demarty wonders if they have a choice

Pseudo-secularism on the beach

The petty cruelty of the French burqini bans stems from an elite looking for scapegoats, writes Paul Demarty

Voting for the right lizard

Who’s afraid of president Trump? Not Paul Demarty

State department socialists

In the wake of the Chilcot inquiry, Paul Demarty remembers that it was not merely the Blairites who put faith in the benevolence of American power

Fear, confusion and delusions

Left responses to the referendum result vary from despondency to total exuberance. Both are misplaced, argues Paul Demarty

Abuse of a corpse

We should not be blind to the corruption at the heart of bourgeois politics, argues Paul Demarty

Corbyn and the media trap

Labour should stop basing its strategy on appealing to the media - it will fail, argues Paul Demarty

A threat laid low

Once considered a dangerous radical and traitor, Muhammad Ali died an establishment hero. Paul Demarty wonders what this says about our era

Stop treating people like idiots

Paul Demarty surveys the latest output of ‘Project Fear’ - so you don’t have to

Life in the bubble

Paul Demarty argues that the growing culture of brittle denunciations only hurts the left

Collective amnesia

The job of the left is to learn from past errors, not succumb to fanboyism, argues Paul Demarty

Fixer turns chancer

Sadiq Khan has wasted no time positioning himself for the Labour leadership, notes Paul Demarty

A shameful retreat

It is time the Labour leadership realise that no amount of grovelling will spare them nightmares like the ‘anti-Semitism’ smear scandal, argues Paul Demarty

Rising to the heights and beyond

What is art and can it survive? Paul Demarty investigates

Openness is a weapon

The Weekly Worker’s commitment to open reporting on the affairs of the labour movement is not a fetish, but a political necessity, argues Paul Demarty

Drawing lines of distinction

We need to look beyond 2020, urges Paul Demarty

A bureaucrat’s tool

Imogen Wilson’s predicament is a timely reminder that ‘safe spaces’ policies are anti-democratic and a gift to the right, argues Paul Demarty

In disarray and retreat

The budget fiasco is a perfect illustration of the contradictions at the heart of the modern Tory Party, argues Paul Demarty

Left wing of Zionism

Recent smears of ‘anti-Semitism’ against the left are an echo of similar allegations emanating from within the left, argues Paul Demarty

A carnival of reaction

Neither side in the EU referendum campaign deserves leftwing support, argues Paul Demarty

Cameron’s chauvinist chicanery

The forthcoming EU referendum is a contest between reactionary forces, argues Paul Demarty

Missiles and meetings

Paul Demarty asks if the Labour left can press home its advantage

And the band played on

As Chinese woes once again spread throughout the world economy, Paul Demarty wonders what could shake the complacency of the bourgeoisie

Confront, intimidate, deselect

The 66 rebel Labour MPs are traitors. Do not be fooled by their crocodile tears, warns Paul Demarty

Bringing the bullies low

The curious tale of Elliott Johnson tells us something about capitalist society, argues Paul Demarty

A missed opportunity

Left unity continues to dodge the issue of its constitution, writes Paul Demarty

Choosing between two cultures

Paul Demarty says we have the opportunity to organise in a radically democratic fashion

Nice guys finish last

Battle lines are being drawn in the Labour Party, writes Paul Demarty

Don’t panic

It has been a bad week for the left in the Labour Party, says Paul Demarty. But the right will fight

Action requires organisation

Counterposing activism to Labour Party work is a mug’s game, argues Paul Demarty

Pitfalls of Corbynomics

While the right is aghast at Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plans, Paul Demarty wonders just how radical they really are

Signs of desperation

The largest organisations of the far left still cannot get their heads around the Corbyn campaign, laments Paul Demarty

Solidarity, not sectionalism

Paul Demarty looks at the chauvinist backlash against the Calais migrants

No escaping sordid history

The queen’s Nazi salute exposes the British establishment’s modern myths, writes Paul Demarty

Everything to play for

Jeremy Corbyn is looking more and more like a winner in the leadership race - much to the anger of the right. Paul Demarty reports

More impotent fearmongering

Ten years after the July 7 bombings, our rulers have learned nothing, writes Paul Demarty

Stop digging, Peter

How has SPEW responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid? Incompetently, Paul Demarty discovers

A night in the uncanny valley

Harley Filben finds the first Labour leadership debate disturbing and encouraging in equal measure

Fight for a political alternative

The June 20 national demonstration should be seen as an opportunity to build something more permanent, argues Paul Demarty

Legalise the lot

The Tories think it is a good idea to put a blanket ban on legal highs. Paul Demarty wants some of what they’re smoking

Their corruption and ours

Paul Demarty is shocked - shocked! - to discover financial impropriety at the top of world football

The Goldsmiths ideology

The rightwing press campaign against Bahar Mustafa puts the parlous state of student politics under the spotlight, writes Paul Demarty

A wasteful dead-end

Left Unity should not agree to stand under the Tusc banner, argues Paul Demarty

Aspiring to what?

Blairites are flying the flag for ‘aspiration’ - a subject about which they know nothing, argues Paul Demarty

Court protects Labour corruption

After Lutfur Rahman’s removal as Tower Hamlets mayor, Paul Demarty calls for authentic local democracy

A simulacrum of Thatcherism

Paul Demarty is unimpressed by David Cameron’s housing policy, and calls for serious thinking on the left

Swept along by the moment

In the name of cuddling up to the Greens, Socialist Resistance warns about the dangers of the ‘ultra-left’. Paul Demarty objects

Headlong into a trap

After Socialist Resistance’s bungled intervention into transgender politics, Paul Demarty calls for serious debate - not trolling and trigger warnings

Secrets and lies

The left supports freedom of information and condemns trials where the public are barred. However, what passes for justice in our movement often leaves much to be desired, writes Paul Demarty

A tale of two Alexes

The Greek government is slowly retreating in the face of euro zone intransigence. But it may not be enough to stave off ‘Grexit’, argues Paul Demarty - not that that bothers some on the left

A test of seriousness

Paul Demarty examines responses to the seven questions posed by the Communist Platform to Left Unity candidates, and wonders why many are so reluctant to respond in good faith

A tactical embarrassment

Nobody comes out of the leaders’ debates farce in good shape, argues Paul Demarty

Corrupt through and through

Politicians are not the only people in power looking to make a quick buck, reckons Paul Demarty

The new normal

As Denmark becomes the latest staging ground for Islamist atrocities, Paul Demarty asks how the left can confront the growth of religious reaction

No more Herr Nice Guy

Only the presence of strong international solidarity can be the basis for opposing capitalism, writes Paul Demarty

A game of chicken

Who will blink first - Alexis Tsipras or Angela Merkel? Possibly neither, worries Paul Demarty

Honeymoon or hangover?

Initial euphoria on the left at the electoral victory of Syriza has given way to mixed feelings, notes Paul Demarty - but little sign of rethinking

Technology and terror

State antsiness about the ‘dark web’ reveals profound contradictions, argues Paul Demarty

Qui est Charlie?

Paul Demarty asks, who exactly is Charlie?

An abuse of power

Whatever the truth of allegations against Andrew Windsor, the Jeffrey Epstein case paints a grim picture of the top of society, reckons Paul Demarty

Reabsorbing solidarity

The 1914 Christmas truce has been thoroughly sanitised by the establishment, argues Paul Demarty

A people’s history of heckling

Attempts to ban heckling are designed to disempower the weak, argues Paul Demarty

Non-historic people

The Radical Independence Campaign wants to hold the SNP to account. Who are they kidding? asks Paul Demarty

Abstention and organisation

The Communist Platform abstained on many motions put to conference. Paul Demarty explains why

Left Unity: Funny goings-on

Some members of Left Unity are too quick to throw in the towel, reckons Paul Demarty

A pseudo-democratic caricature

The problem is not the House of Lords’ London bias, or even its unelected character: there should be no second chamber, argues Paul Demarty

Cometh the Brand?

Russell Brand’s anarchistic leftism is sincere enough, but his unlikely importance speaks volumes about the left’s weakness, says Paul Demarty

A dangerous game

David Cameron’s appeasement of the Eurosceptic right could backfire dramatically, warns Paul Demarty

UKIP: Something to smile about

Last week’s by-elections have proved once and for all that Nigel Farage and his party are a force to be reckoned with, notes Paul Demarty

Holes in the balance sheet

As the general election approaches, Paul Demarty wonders what happened to the left’s ebullient predictions four years ago

No clean hands

Some are gunning for principal speaker Bianca Todd. Paul Demarty wonders what exactly they hope to achieve

Proceeds of crime

The referendum exposed the economism of what still passes for the left, argues Paul Demarty

How justice works

Deep pockets, global fame and the lack of jury trials are prone to produce outrageous results, argues Paul Demarty

Sex, drugs and R&D

There are lies, damned lies, and headline economic statistics, writes Paul Demarty

Rotherham: A systemic failure

The Rotherham sexual abuse scandal reveals profound weaknesses in bourgeois society’s treatment of vulnerable people, writes Paul Demarty

Morning Star: Nothing to see here

A journalist’s angry resignation has been followed immediately by the departure of its editor and company secretary. Paul Demarty doesn’t believe in coincidences

Only an Arab revolution can liberate Palestine

Neither a one-state nor a two-state ‘solution’ can be achieved under the current balance of forces, writes Paul Demarty

Lack of style over substance

Miliband’s plea for less superficiality in politics is, itself, a superficial publicity stunt - and, reckons Paul Demarty, a stupid one at that

Cameron shuffles to the right

The Tory reshuffle sees David Cameron shoring up his right flank in the run-up to the 2015 general election, writes Paul Demarty

Socialism and bear-baiting

Socialist Worker’s gloating over Horatio Chapple’s death is crass and cruel, writes Paul Demarty. But it is also a product of political weaknesses

Treating people like toy soldiers results in frivolous politics

Alex Callinicos is trying to talk about strategy and patience, but his tongue is tied by his organisation’s disastrous errors, argues Paul Demarty

Confidentiality is a bosses’ tool

Left Unity should not deal with internal disputes through setting up secret trials, argues Paul Demarty

Left Unity: A matter of political health

Unity requires freedom to criticise, argues Paul Demarty

The Peter principle

It is past time for SPEW members to start questioning the strategic acumen of their leadership, argues Paul Demarty

May 22: Reaction on the march

Good results for Ukip, and a lukewarm reception for Labour - Paul Demarty argues that the election results exemplify society’s rightward drift

Ukraine: Economistic wishful thinking

There is far more at stake than wages, says Paul Demarty

Left Unity: Keeping disagreements hidden

Left Unity’s press release about Gerry Adams illustrates the fragility of its political method, argues Paul Demarty

Left unity: Playing happy families

The protracted regroupment talks between Socialist Resistance, the International Socialist Network and others continue; as does their political confusion, writes Paul Demarty

Birmingham schools panic: Horses for courses

The Birmingham school panic is an ironic product of post-Thatcher Britain, writes Paul Demarty

Circling the drain

The Co-op faces demutualisation by a thousand cuts, argues Paul Demarty

Rightwing press rocks the boat

Maria Miller and Nick Clegg suffer for the benefit of reactionary media moguls, writes Paul Demarty

Gay marriage: The road from the margins

The legalisation of gay marriage is a victory for sexual freedom - but, in this society, a fragile one, argues Paul Demarty

The internet in the epoch of decline

Extravagant revolutionary claims are made for new digital media and the technological avant-garde. The truth, argues Paul Demarty, is more complicated

Tony Benn: The moderate extremist

Paul Demarty examines the legacy of a tireless champion of the Labour left

Harriet Harman: More manufactured hysteria

As the Daily Mail smears Labour MPs for links to paedophiles - Paul Demarty wonders whether it doth protest too much

CWI: A bureaucratic farce

The anti-Keynesian dissident, Bruce Wallace, has been suspended, reports Paul Demarty

Labour: Another Blairite collaborator

Paul Demarty wonders why Sally Morgan of Ofsted was allowed to collaborate with Gove in the first place

ISNetwork: Bondage and bigotry

The International Socialist Network has split - over a work of art. Paul Demarty is bemused

Divisive incorporation

Paul Demarty on the latest attempts by politicians to assert that 'We're all middle class now'

Immigration: Chauvinist demagoguery

Paul Demarty looks at the poisonous bilge of our native reactionaries

Nick Griffin: A rat on a sinking ship

The collapsing British National Party is the victim of its own contradictions, not anti-fascism, writes Paul Demarty

Left Unity: Establishing freedom to criticise

Paul Demarty looks at the constitutional fallout for Left Unity post-conference

Labour and political scabbing

Defending the union link as it is falls short of the needs of the working class, argues Paul Demarty

Tories: Unite in the crosshairs

The right’s crusade against Britain’s biggest union continues, reports Paul Demarty

Phone hacking: Establishment still in dock

The problem is not ‘irresponsible gutter journalism’, argues Paul Demarty

AWL: Siege mentality

Conference is where political differences should be debated out. Paul Demarty reports on an exception

Left culture: Nutters like us

Till the left starts to make headway, get used to being viewed as mad, writes Paul Demarty

The ballad of Tommy Robinson

The left is in the habit of not thinking, notes Paul Demarty. Nowhere more so than when it comes to the far right

Daily Mail: Fear of everything

After its latest brush with notoriety, Paul Demarty examines the Daily Mail

Left culture: Politics for dummies

Paul Demarty asks why so many on the left are afraid of talking politics

Safe spaces: Conway-Hudson school of censorship

Paul Demarty defends the idea of free speech on the left

Socialist Platform: Politics of prejudice

The fear of political groups and impatience with political meetings on display at the Socialist Platform’s first national meeting are deeply linked - and politically pernicious, argues Paul Demarty

Left Unity: Playing it safe

Everyone involved in producing Left Unity’s proposed ‘safe space’ policy should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, argues Paul Demarty

Syria: War bid hits buffers

The UK will not be taking part in any punishment strikes on Syria for now, but the threat of imperialist intervention remains, writes Paul Demarty

China: Populism and plutocracy

The trial of Bo Xilai reveals contradictions at the top of Chinese society, argues Paul Demarty

Manning conviction: A sick parody of justice

The conviction of Bradley Manning shows the need to abolish state secrecy, argues Paul Demarty

God of the gaps

Justin Welby is a hypocrite, but his credit union plans are a symptom of the decline of the workers’ movement, argues Paul Demarty

SWP: Opposition flexes its muscles

The ‘leadership’ got its disciplinary vote, writes Paul Demarty. But then it pathetically backed down

Socialist Party/CWI: Rudeness and revolution

The Committee for a Workers’ International should not insist on micro-managing debates, argues Paul Demarty

EDL: Oxygen of stupidity

Socialist Worker complains that the BBC is giving the English Defence League publicity - a bit rich, reckons Paul Demarty

AWL school: Missing the point

Paul Demarty shares some brief thoughts on a session dedicated to debating the IS/SWP and its history

Militarisation of cyberspace gathers speed

Tensions between China and the US over cyber-security are a reminder of the hidden dangers of the information age, writes Paul Demarty

Far right on the march

The chauvinist atmosphere in the wake of the Lee Rigby murder has thrown the British far right into the spotlight. Paul Demarty assesses the balance of forces

Woolwich: A pretext for state repression

The murder of a soldier highlights the irrationality of bourgeois politics - but also the failure of the left, argues Paul Demarty

Tories: Return of the repressed

For the first time, this coalition government looks structurally unsound - but its collapse would shift politics to the right, argues Paul Demarty

AWL: Pull the other one

In response to Left Unity, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty has sent a counter-proposal to most of the far-left organisations. Paul Demarty replies

Ukip success: Not just a protest vote

Ukip’s success at the county council elections reflects its voters’ prejudices, but also long-term alienation from official bourgeois politics, argues Paul Demarty

SWP no-platformed: Self-inflicted injury

The annual Marxism festival is running short of big names - but the SWP has encouraged the culture of boycotting problematic people, argues Paul Demarty

Gender quotas: The two souls of tokenism

The gender imbalance in left groups cannot be cured by bureaucratic means, argues Paul Demarty

Feminism: The world of women, like the world of men, is divided

Paul Demarty calls for the unity of men and women in the fight for the self-liberation of the working class

Leveson and media: Long live the free press

It is possible that the new press regulations will be dead on arrival - and just as well, writes Paul Demarty

SWP and no platform: Meanwhile, in the real world ...

The intensifying feminist offensive against the far left is the bitter fruit of our collective political mistakes, argues Paul Demarty

SWP and feminism: Rape is not the problem

Red-baiting and feminist attacks on the SWP must be resisted, in spite of everything, argues Paul Demarty

SWP special conference: Divided they fall

The Socialist Workers Party leadership is attempting to divide the opposition. Taking the bait would be suicide, reckons Paul Demarty

SWP crisis: Silence of the lambs

The ‘softly, softly’ approach of the Socialist Workers Party opposition contrasts with the leadership’s aggression, argues Paul Demarty

SWP crisis: Lynch mobs and lèse-majesté

The Socialist Workers Party leadership is fighting a dirty war. Unfortunately, writes Paul Demarty, nobody seems to have told the opposition

SWP crisis: Twilight of the idols

The central committee has once again failed to reassert control. But dirty tricks are inevitable, writes Paul Demarty

Left press and the SWP: The dog that didn’t bark

The silence of significant sections of the left on the Socialist Workers Party crisis is a symptom of sectarianism, argues Paul Demarty

SWP crisis: Professor Callinicos and the dark side

Finally a member of the SWP central committee attempts to defend its conduct. Paul Demarty wishes he hadn’t bothered

SWP opposition: Seymour in Greece

He may have been propelled to the vanguard of the SWP opposition - but it is not immediately clear what Richard Seymour’s politics actually are. Paul Demarty looks for clues

SWP crisis: Opposition emboldened as demand for recall grows

The leadership can no longer lead - but a positive outcome to the crisis requires more than the removal of the entire CC, argues Paul Demarty

SWP conference: Comrades in the SWP, rebel!

The central committee was delivered a body blow at this weekend’s conference - but for dissidents the fight must go on, argues Paul Demarty

Gay marriage: Compromising with bigots

The marriage equality law is now a shambles - because David Cameron’s government is hostage to incorrigible reactionaries, argues Paul Demarty

Starbucks tax: A system built for playing

The Starbucks tax fiasco tells us much more about Britain than greedy corporations, reckons Paul Demarty

Leveson report: The dog that didn’t bark

The recommendations of the Leveson report are worse than the status quo, argues Paul Demarty - but not by much

Women Bishops & CofE: Irrelevant? If only

The Church of England’s failure to accept women bishops is embarrassing, but solutions short of disestablishment are absurd, argues Paul Demarty

BBC crisis: Child abuse and desperate diversions

Sections of the bourgeois press are attempting to conceal their own crisis by hammering the BBC, writes Paul Demarty

Obama election: Return of a rational reactionary

The absence of a viable working class alternative means American voters are treated as fools, argues Paul Demarty

Tories: Revenge of the nasty party

David Cameron once liked to pose as a compassionate Conservative, writes Paul Demarty. But no longer

Scotland: Independence from what?

The Scottish National Party’s support for Nato confirms Alex Salmond as a canny bourgeois politician, argues Paul Demarty

Jimmy Savile: Establishment’s dirty little secret

The establishment furore over the Jimmy Savile scandal has more to it than is being let on, reports Paul Demarty

NUS: Unreason all the way down

The National Union of Students no-platforms George Galloway, Galloway sues the NUS, the left talks nonsense throughout and Paul Demarty wonders what the hell is going on

One nation: Labour turns blue

Ed Miliband invoked the legacy of Benjamin Disraeli in order to embrace the agenda of Blue Labour, argues Paul Demarty

Remorse and retrenchment

The big story from the Liberal Democrat conference is Nick Clegg’s apology for raising student fees - but his party is as wedded to the Tories as ever, argues Paul Demarty

Handling the truth

Establishment mea culpas over Hillsborough have shocked many - but there are more skeletons in the closet, writes Paul Demarty

Pushing the button

The Julian Assange furore is about war, not sex, argues Paul Demarty

A textbook paranoid narcissist

As Julian Assange divides a confused left, Paul DeMarty seeks clarity

Honour among thieves

Recent frictions in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition are an object lesson in the cynicism of bourgeois politics, argues Paul Demarty

Where’s the action?

The Tory-Lib Dem government has not produced a spike in industrial action, notes Paul Demarty. So what should be made of the left’s strike fetishism?

Where is the left?

As Syria descends into bloody chaos, confusion lingers on, writes Paul Demarty

Another American tragedy

Paul Demarty takes a look at the confused issue of arms in the USA

Olympics and the perversion of sport

Are the Olympics the high point of a sporting religion? Harley Filben investigates

The appeal of Syriza

The left continues to squabble over the merits of the Coalition of the Radical Left in Greece - but, argues Paul Demarty, both sides miss the point

Diamond in the rough

The latest scandal to hit the banking sector could become truly explosive, writes Paul Demarty

The school as straitjacket

Michael Gove's plans to ditch GCSE exams are socially regressive - but, writes Paul Demarty, so is the obsession with examinations itself

Taking up extreme opposition

The victory of the troika's patsies in the Greek elections should be met with determined class resistance - across Europe, argues Paul Demarty

Be careful what you wish for

As the next Greek elections loom, Paul Demarty takes a look at the lines being taken by the left and the current controversy in the SWP

None of the above

Calling on Egyptians to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood is insane, argues Paul Demarty

How to learn nothing

The emergence of a programme from the Occupy movement has caused a flurry of debate on the ACI website, Paul Demarty decides to join in

Syriza in the spotlight

For a long time it was almost unknown outside Greece - but now the world's eyes are on Syriza. Paul Demarty examines the new thorn in the troika's side

The abuse of abuse

It is the social decay caused by capitalism, not race, that leads to acts of horror, says Paul Demarty.

Round one to Miliband

Labour is obviously pleased with the outcome of last week's local elections - but the government is not as weak as it looks, writes Paul Demarty

Murdoch bites back

The News International owner has his moment of revenge on David Cameron writes Paul Demarty - but the establishment is the real victim

Crisis and creeping despair

From the killing spree by a lucid yet paranoid Anders Breivik to the increase in private and public suicides in austerity Europe Paul Demarty asks, what is capitalism doing to our minds?

Charities up in alms

George Osborne's tax changes have been criticised for threatening charity in this country - if only, laments Paul Demarty

The creep of the secret state

Paul Demarty takes a look at the latest moves towards greater state monitoring of electronic communication

Racism as thoughtcrime

In the light of the jailing of Liam Stacey for making racist comments on twitter about footballer and recent heart attack victim Fabrice Muamba , Paul Demarty takes a look at official ant-racism and the attitude of Marxists.

The long view

Communists must be patient, writes Paul Demarty, avoiding the twins of opportunism and adventurism

Fur flies over Lenin

What has the debate over 1912 got to do with current communist practice? James Turley answers the philistines

Occupational hazards

As the St Paul's protest camp continues its transformation into a respectable pressure group with mainstream support, James Turley draws a few lessons

Silencing voices

Workers Power is again embroiled in internal disputes. James Turley asks why it insists on hiding its internal differences

Syria: In imperialist sights

With Syria in the sights of the imperialists and the bourgeois media, James Turley wonders where the Left and anti-war movement is.

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

Free Abu-Qatada

The rights and freedoms of Abu Qatada must be protected, no matter how politcally odious he personally may be, says James Turley.

Better dead than Fred

The recent bout of hand-wringing over bankers' bonuses conforms to the general pattern of bourgeois hypocrisy, argues James Turley

Taking the Chinese road

This week, Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, makes her first state visit to Cuba. James Turley sees another step from Stalinism to capitalism.

Science and the square wheel

James Turley is not impressed by the resurfacing of 'male aggression' myths

Climax of tartan nationalism

The Scottish independence referendum is a choice between Westminster and Berlin, argues James Turley - yet the left offers no alternative to nationalist illusions

A load of old balls

Racism persists in society - but, as recent scandals show, serious analysis has been replaced by moral hysteria, argues James Turley

Cameron in the court of King James

The prime minister's speech on the King James Bible ticks every reactionary box going, argues James Turley

The other worlds of sci-fi and fantasy

How do science-fiction and fantasy help us understand reality? James Turley investigates

Europe and the delusions of leftwing nationalism

David Cameron's veto is a dangerous blunder, argues James Turley - so why does the left reproduce Tory stupidity on the EU?

Islamist election successes have lessons for left

Socialists need to play the long game, argues James Turley

Nothing to contribute

The Durban conference on climate change is likely to be even more useless than its predecessors - James Turley argues it is time to serve notice on capital's stewardship of the environment

Democracy against capitalism

The ascension of self-styled technocrats to political power is the latest proof that capitalism is antithetical to democracy, argues James Turley

Carrot and stick

Francis Maude's idiotic '15-minute strike' suggestion reveals a disquiet at the heart of the government, argues James Turley

Patriotism and pyromania

Police action against 'poppy-burners' reveals the murky chauvinist undercurrent to Remembrance Day, argues James Turley

Waking the dead

A Tory MEP has attracted derision for his loopy beliefs in the paranormal - but he is merely the tip of an iceberg of absurd mumbo-jumbo, argues James Turley

An inconvenient execution

The death of Gaddafi will not bring freedom to Libya, argues James Turley

A global act of refusal

The Occupy movement has energised politics, writes James Turley. But we must face up to the limits of spontaneity

Guarding the chicken coop

James Turley looks at the unfolding Liam Fox scandal

Cuts and cat-fights

The Conservative Party's annual conference produced a lot of empty rhetoric, a few concessions for the right and one clanger from the front benches, writes James Turley - but no surprises

Shoot the messenger

Bourgeois political power is not as unassailable as they would like us to think. Our rulers can be relied upon, periodically, to split. James Turley looks at the botched attempt of the Metropolitan Police to use the Official Secrets Act

Double standards

James Turley examines the atrocities in Basra

Ten years of blood and fire

The anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks coincides with a resurgence in 'liberal interventionism'. James Turley evaluates the bloody harvest of both

Fall of desperate regime

Anti-imperialism does not equal pro-Gaddafi, argues James Turley

Labour debate: repackaging of a tenuous argument

James Turley responds to Chris Strafford

A regulator with teeth: are you crazy?

There is no ahistorical code of 'press ethics' which can come out of this farrago, writes James Turley

Politics of press freedom

Rather than relying on bureaucratic solutions, argues James Turley, the left needs a dynamic approach to the media

Death in Wapping

The News of the World scandal has revealed the true relationship between the media and politicians, writes James Turley

Scotland: Independence fight looms

Scotland is not an oppressed nation, declares James Turley

Real attempt to learn the lessons

The 'Towards a New International Tendency' statement marks a step forward, notes James Turley

Nato paralysis and US decline

No candidate to replace the USA exists or looks likely to arise, writes James Turley

The Red Mist descends

James Turley introduces a new cultural website

Real democracy needs organisation

Collective discipline is absolutely fundamental to majoritarian politics, writes James Turley

Faith, flag, family, socialism?

'Blue Labour' is the latest fad to enrapture the leadership of the Labour Party. James Turley probes into its appeal for 'Red' Ed

Democracy against 'privacy'

The wooden spoon goes to the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, writes James Turley

Hacks versus celebrities

James Turley argues that a whole cultural-ideological system needs to be overcome

Who's afraid of George Galloway?

The open letter urging no vote for the Coalition Against Cuts list was understandable, but badly wrong, writes James Turley

Fighting Stalinism politically

James Turley responds to Paul B Smith

The fall of the Murdoch empire?

As the News of the World phone-hacking scandal grows, the corruption underlying the bourgeois state becomes ever more obvious, argues James Turley

Intervention, not incoherent abstention

James Turley replies to critics of the CPGB's project to transform the Labour Party

No united front with Gaddafi

Those who are waiting for a 'pure' opposition will wait forever, writes James Turley

You are useful idiots

The imperialist assault on Libya has rallied many on the liberal and socialist left in its defence. James Turley argues that this makes an anti-imperialist perspective even more urgently necessary

Arm the movement with Marxist politics

James Turley reports on a good day in the fight to build resistance to the coalition's austerity

No more Fukushimas

Technology is not socially neutral, declares James Turley

Cracks in state apparatus

We have to face the full social role of the police squarely, writes James Turley

Another nail in the coffin

Political oblivion looms large, writes James Turley

No champions of democracy

David Cameron's gun-toting trade tour is a much-needed reminder of imperialism's real interest in the Middle East, writes James Turley

Despised by the Tory right

James Turley says that Kenneth Clarke is telling his party exactly what it does not want to hear

Renewing solidarity

James Turley reports on the annual conference of Hands Off the People of Iran

Divisive dead-end

Should the left 'defend multiculturalism'? James Turley looks at the reactions to David Cameron's weekend speech

Ruling sexism offside

James Turley argues that those wishing to rid the world of the sexist idiocy of Andy Gray and Richard Keyes must set their sights higher

The pull to the left

Ed Ball's promotion to shadow chancellor gives Labour the Keynesian option, argues James Turley

Masses in revolt

The people have succeeded in sending one dictatorial president packing. But the old regime remains intact. James Turley argues for a pan-Arab revolution led by the working class

Against the politics of purity

There is certainly no way around Labourism, argues James Turley

Extended rally gives leadership free rein

The central committee brushed differences under the carpet at the Socialist Workers Party annual conference. James Turley reports

The fear of unity

Eager for ammunition, the SWP has delighted in the NSSN's looming split. James Turley reports

The second death of Liberal England

The weakness of the Liberal Democrats benefits the Tories more than the workers' movement, argues James Turley

Police kettle student protestors yet again

James Turley discusses the critical problem of organisation in the student movement

Harness the anger: the anti-cuts movement we need

James Turley looks ahead to the Coalition of Resistance conference and warns against the lack of democracy and a clear programme

After Millbank: the way forward

Communists have no truck with cowardly and hypocritical condemnations, writes James Turley

The lying game

Yes, Phil Woolas lied through his teeth - but they all do, including the Liberal Democrats. Eddie Ford looks at the Oldham East ruling

The two souls of socialism

Trade union politics was the main dish at Socialism 2010, the Socialist Party's annual school. James Turley reports

Snub to Labour machine

Lutfur Rahman has garnered support from some sections of the left, writes James Turley

No united front here

Unfortunately for Clegg, Osborne has not managed to get away with it, argues James Turley

Osborne the butcher

Cuts campaigns should move towards unity, says James Turley

The history boys

We need to go beyond liberal criticisms of Tory and neo-Liberal views of history, writes James Turley

Divided we stand

We have better solutions, asserts James Turley

The band played on

Lib Dems are underwriting a government of crisis, writes James Turley

Slow death of Cuban 'socialism'

The capitalist road is the only one open to an isolated Cuba, writes James Turley

Strike back against the empire

Place newspapers in the hands of journalists and printworkers, demands James Turley

Trouble in the fourth estate

Murdoch, Coulson, et al are being handled with kid gloves, writes James Turley

Not so green shoots

Capitalism will survive until it is consciously overthrown, writes James Turley

Expel the collaborators

James Turley questions the nature of Labour as an organisation

Open the books - end state secrecy

Wikileaks tip of iceberg, writes James Turley

Coalition threatens Lib Dems with oblivion

The 'Brokeback' speech by David Davis casts light on the possible demise of the Liberal Democrats in the 2015 general election, argues James Turley

Old cuts, new packaging

James Turley exposes Cameron's 'Big Society' lie

Keep off our turf

James Turley critiques the SWP's proprietorial culture

Seeking out a path to the right

Marxism 2010 provided, among the usual array of celebrity guest speakers in the 101 sessions, a chance to gauge the current state of Socialist Workers Party politics, writes James Turley

Pension con job

Working life should end in material comfort, demands James Turley

Reclaim the game

A festival of sporting genius, or an incitement to chauvinism? James Turley looks at the contradictions of the football extravaganza

Fresh thinking and stale dogma

Another split on the left leads to questions being raised about what passes for 'democratic centralism'. James Turley looks at the travails of the IMT

Prostitution: decriminalise, not prohibit, not legalise

Amidst talk of a 'new Yorkshire Ripper' James Turley calls for a principled approach to sex work

Diane Abbott splits left

Communists want to see the Labour Party completely transformed, writes James Turley

The new bullshit

David Cameron's 'new politics' are a degraded version of the old, argues James Turley

Europe and the Greek contagion

The crisis in Greece is bound up with the global capitalist downturn. Instead of a nationalist response there could be an international fightback, writes James Turley

The right to be offensive

Creeping censorship must be opposed - even if feelings get hurt, argues James Turley

It was right to put safety above profits

James Turley argues that there is more to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano than disruption to tourists

A taxing dilemma

The dispute over taxation shows the bourgeois establishment's poverty of ideas, argues James Turley

Vote for Labour anti-cuts, anti-war candidates

Prepare for a political fightback, writes James Turley

Darling promises to be the kinder butcher

With Tory confusion on the economy, the general election looks to be very close, writes James Turley

International fightback, not 'race to the bottom'

Elementary workplace struggles demand to be generalised, writes James Turley

Rehabilitation not revenge

James Turley takes on the reactionaries whipping up hysteria over the age of criminal responsibility

The politics of bribery

The Tories are showing themselves up as the party of corruption, says James Turley

Resistance must not be isolated

Withdrawal calls reveal lack of strategy, writes James Turley

Storms and teacups

Both the media and bourgeois politicians want us to concentrate on personal strengths and weaknesses. But that is not the main issue, argues James Turley

Establishment impotence fuels climate denial

Capitalism and sustainability do not mix, says James Turley

Oil-slick divisions

International Marxist Tendency has suffered a damaging split. Not a new phenomenon, notes James Turley

Honesty and narcissism

James Turley looks at Tony Blair's performance before the Chilcot enquiry and the futile search for a smoking gun. Britain's alliance with the United States is the real culprit

Obamalaise hits home

James Turley looks at the first year of the Obama presidency

Quake: no act of god

Millions around the world were appalled at the death and devastation in Haiti. James Turley puts the calamity into context

Trouble at the top

More than corruption revealed in Northern Ireland, writes James Turley

Blind, dumb logic of capitalism

James Turley reviews Mark Bould's and China Miéville's new book 'Red planets: Marxism and science fiction' (Pluto, 2009, pp293, £19.99)

Public-spirited marching and the anti-system threat

James Turley looks at the mixed messages from the media about the Copenhagen demonstrations

In another world

Alistair Darling's pre-budget report includes a 'supertax' on bankers' bonuses. James Turley calls for more

Splendid talking shop

James Turley reports on the Historical Materialism conference

Metaphor for neoliberalism

Dubai collapse points to continuing crisis, writes James Turley

Political response needed

James Turley expects a sudden rise in the pitch of industrial struggle after the general election

The fight gets ugly

What does the SWP majority think democracy looks like? asks James Turley

The working class intellectual and the apparat

James Turley offers an appreciation of the life of Chris Harman, 1942-2009

Uncanny detective story

James Turley reviews China Miéville’s The city and the city London 2009, pp312, £17.99

Whatever happened to those green shoots?

Once again, says James Turley, it has not been a good couple of weeks for Alastair Darling and Gordon Brown

BNP contradictions

James Turley reviews Nigel Copsey’s Contemporary British fascism Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp264, £19.99

New vision for Europe wanted

James Turley argues that the bourgeoisie is incapable of uniting Europe on any secure basis

Anti-BNP class-collaboration

The left’s spluttering response to Nick Griffin’s invitation to appear on Question time reveals a floundering political strategy, argues James Turley

Islam and Rushdie

James Turley reviews Kenan Malik’s From fatwa to jihad: the Rushdie affair and its legacy Atlantic, 2009, pp266, £16.99

Abstention or intervention

After the victory by the Lindsey wildcat strike, James Turley draws some lessons

'Official anti-racism' cracks again

The accusations of Tarique Ghaffur against the Metropolitan Police have given the lie to the state's 'liberal' PR, argues James Turley

Return to Marx

James Turley reviews Mike Macnair's 'Revolutionary strategy' November publications, 2008, pp204, £7.99

The campus and the state

James Turley argues that students have an antagonistic relationship with college authorities

Multiculturalism and the working class

BBC's White season promotes division, says James Turley

Sunshine Stalinism ends?

James Turley looks at the mixed response of the left and the prospect of a 'Cuban Deng'

Politicising the Olympics?

The renewed furore over China's hosting the 2008 summer Olympics says more about the bourgeoisie than Beijing, argues James Turley

Rowan Williams and SWP lies

In Respect, Chris Bambery lied again and again. Secularism 'justifies' islamophobia, advocating secularism plays into the hands of those 'deliberately stoking up' islamophobia, etc. Yet now his Socialist Worker demands separation of church and state, writes James Turley

Conway scandal silence

They just keep on coming - yet another financial scandal ripples through Westminster. James Turley looks at the facts, the lessons and the embarrassment of the SWP

Hain and working class morality

James Turley calls for accountability of elected representatives

Oxford Union and 'free speech'

The decision by the Oxford Union debating society to give a platform to BNP leader Nick Griffin and holocaust denier David Irving provoked national controversy. James Turley digs through it all and argues for a particular application of the 'no platform' tactic

Socialists for Labourism

With the hostilities in Respect reaching their messy denouement last weekend, it was almost possible to forget the rather less fiery Socialism school of the Socialist Party in England and Wales. James Turley reports

A load of old Balzac

Is there such a thing as a 'Marxist art'? James Turley takes issue with Hillel Ticktin

National fetishes

It is that time of year when almost every public figure wears a plastic poppy, to commemorate the casualties of war. James Turley inquires into the roots and role of this practice

In the footsteps of WRP?

The pro-Iran apologetics at the Stop the War conference brought back unsavoury memories of Gerry Healy's 'Libyan gold'. James Turley examines the history

Plumbers and teachers

James Turley is not surprised that 10 years of Labour rule have not created a "classless society". But does class still matter?

Booze, fags and turkey twizzlers

On October 1, it became illegal for under-18s to buy tobacco. James Turley comments

Sickening apologetics

SWP member Naz Massoumi addressed the session entitled 'Iran - from revolution to rogue state', reports James Turley

SWP "relative autonomy"

James Turley reviews Alex Callinico's Universities in a neoliberal world (Bookmarks, 2006, pp41, ?2)

Controversy and comradeship

Comrades from diverse political backgrounds gathered at the University of Sheffield over the weekend of April 21-22 to discuss revolutionary theory, strategy and practice at the CPGB-organised Communist University North. James Turley and Jamie Linney report

Mountains out of molehills

Leading the Alliance for Workers Liberty's typically slippery response to our coverage of the Socialist Youth Network launch conference reveals an organisation in crisis and rapidly moving to the right, says James Turley

No anti-communist witch-hunts

Members of Communist Students have been banned from a new 'open' socialist youth organisation set up by supporters of the John McDonnell campaign. James Turley and Tina Becker report

No bans on christian fundamentalists

James Turley reports on the bureaucratic attempt to ban Exeter university's christian student society