Chris Gray

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World without colonisation

Chris Gray reviews Robbie McVeigh and Bill Rolston Ireland, colonialism and the unfinished revolution Chicago 2023, pp480, £19.99

Arguing against the wrong ‘Marxism’

Despite commonly believed myths, writes Chris Gray, Marx and Engels saw human emancipation as linked to the protection and enhancement of nature

Discontent and messianism

Chris Gray gives his take on the various oppressive regime forms that have appeared in modern times

Imperialist idol

Chris Gray considers the fabulous wealth, conquests and dreams of Cecil Rhodes.

Good man fallen among imperialists?

Chris Gray recalls the contradictory elements in the politics pursued by Lawrence of Arabia.

Three centuries of oppression

Review of ‘The Scottish clearances: a history of the dispossessed 1600-1900’ by Tom Devine; Allen Lane, 2018, pp463, £25

Giving 1917 real meaning

Chris Gray reviews: China Miéville, October: the story of the Russian Revolution, Verso, 2017, pp369, £18.99

How about thinking like a Marxist?

Chris Gray reviews: Kate Raworth Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist Random House Business Books, 2017, pp384, £20

You still can’t say it

Chris Gray reviews: Ken Livingstone, 'You can’t say that: memoirs', Faber, 2011,pp710, £9.99

Short cuts may not work

Chris Gray reviews: Yanis Varoufakis, 'And the weak suffer what they must?', Bodley Head 2016, pp336, £11.89

Basic income urgently needed

Defence mechanisms against the iniquities of capitalism are needed now, argues Chris Gray

Vanquishing the demons

What is the role of fictitious capital in the current recession? Chris Gray examines the connection and proposes a series of economic demands

Misreaders and misleaders

With ideas of paying everyone an unconditional basic income gaining some credence on the left, Chris Gray looks at the inter-war social credit movement

Devotees of a dead Scotsman

Was Adam Smith the champion of ‘free market and classical liberal views’? Chis Gray thinks not

Making a beginning

The left should campaign for a Europe-wide constituent assembly, argues Chris Gray

The beginning of new unionism

Louise Raw Striking a light: the Bryant and May match women and their place in history Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011, pp300, £17.99

WWI: How did it all happen?

Douglas Newton The darkest days: the truth behind Britain’s rush to war, 1914 Verso, 2014, pp386, £20

Scotland: Exeunt, stage left?

Would an independent Scotland provide a radical impetus for socialism? Chris Gray examines the claims

The worker has no country

As the imperialists prepare to celebrate the slaughter that was World War I, Chris Gray examines the phenomenon of nationalism

Pete Seeger: The art of folksong

Pete Seeger, May 3 1919 - January 27 2014

WW I: Necessary and sufficient condition

We need look no further than imperialism to establish the underlying cause of the carnage. Chris Gray completes his examination of 1914-18

The shame of imperialism

As shown by Michael Gove’s stupid remarks, the bourgeoisie cannot admit its responsibility for the carnage of 1914-18. In this two-part article Chris Gray examines the origins of the ‘war to end all wars’

Moshé Machover review: The intersemitic crisis

Chris Gray reviews: Moshé Machover, 'Israelis and Palestinians: conflict and resolution', Haymarket Books, 2012, pp327, £17.99

From Team Sparta to Team GB

The ancient Greek Olympic Games, just like the modern equivalent, were part and parcel of class politics, writes Chris Gray

Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' in social and historical context

Chris Gray concludes his study of Homer's world-shaping epic.The full version will soon be available from the CPGB website in pamphlet form

Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and the Bronze Age collapse

The full version of Chris Gray's study of the two seminal works of ancient Greek literature will soon be available from the CPGB's website in pamphlet form. Here we begin a two-part abridged version

Rivalling the Romans

Chris Gray reviews Richard Miles's 'Carthage must be destroyed: the rise and fall of an ancient Mediterranean civilisation' London 2010, pp521, £30

Julius Caesar and the death agony of the republic

Chris Gray continues his series on the class battles in ancient Rome

Fighting against the odds

In the third article in his series on the Roman empire, Chris Gray looks at the efforts of Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus to defeat the landowning oligarchy

Expansion and slave society

In the second article in his series on the Roman empire Chris Gray examines the imperial oligarchy

Patricians and plebeians

What lessons does the class struggle in ancient Rome have for today? Chris Gray begins a series of articles with the plebeian fight for equality

Who gets what and why

Chris Gray (New Interventions) reviews Tim Harford's The undercover economist Little, Brown 2006, pp288, £17.99