Society & Culture

Günter Grass and the German neurosis

19 Apr 2012

Maciej Zurowski looks at a literary scandal and the bourgeoisie's attempt to cope with its past

Preparing for disillusionment

11 Jan 2024

Losing ground badly in the polls, facing more by-election defeats, and with Reform UK breathing down his neck, it is not surprising that Rishi Sunak wants to go for a late election, writes Eddie Ford

How crybullying works

11 Jan 2024

Politics should have no ‘safe spaces’. Sob stories about ‘anti-Semitism’ on campus strike at a weak point in contemporary left politics, argues Paul Demarty

Record-breaking in the wrong way

04 Jan 2024

Storms, floods, drought and fire on an almost biblical scale presage social breakdown. It is socialism or barbarism, says Eddie Ford

Not a religious war

04 Jan 2024

Daniel Lazare lumps Hamas together with the Zionists, argues Tony Greenstein. But socialists should unconditionally support the oppressed

Haley’s telling blunder

04 Jan 2024

Many southerners happily fly the stars and bars, but they prefer to talk of state rights, not black slavery. Paul Demarty looks at Donald Trump’s nearest Republican rival

Islam and Christianity

16 Dec 2023

Yassamine Mather looks at the connection between various religious festivals

Living on a knife edge

14 Dec 2023

Attacked on all fronts over Rwanda, Rishi Sunak survived the vote this time. But, with the various factions pulling in opposite directions, he seems to be heading for a general election defeat, writes Eddie Ford

An international socialist?

14 Dec 2023

Daniel Lazare has Jesus reaching out to the Roman oppressors, disowning his siblings and mother and affronting popular morality, to promote what was a cause parallel to modern socialism. There is always the danger, when we look back at the past, of finding a reflection of ourselves - but Jesus was undoubtedly a revolutionary

Socialism and socialising

14 Dec 2023

Eduard Bernstein gets us into the Christmas spirit with his fascinating recollections of Frederick Engels’ London home as an often ‘squiffy’ salon of international socialism and good cheer - with an introduction by Ben Lewis.

Their Tolkien and ours

14 Dec 2023

Neo-fascist interpretations of JRR Tolkien’s works are resurgent - and understandable. But can the left make room in its culture for hobbits? Paul Demarty revisits The lord of the rings

A world turned upside-down

14 Dec 2023

Festivals of wild disorder symbolically assert human solidarity. Mike Macnair explores the history, ancient and modern, of a constantly reproduced Golden Age

Monarchy and mystery

07 Dec 2023

Omid Scobie’s book suggests that the king may be a racist. Why wouldn’t he be? asks Paul Demarty

Blowtorching the planet

07 Dec 2023

Despite carbon emissions hitting record highs, Cop28 has been yet another talking shop, writes Eddie Ford

Online Communist Forum, Sunday December 3 5pm

30 Nov 2023

Why supporting Israel’s war doesn’t stop Marine Le Pen’s party being anti-Semitic

Media, migrants and mobs

30 Nov 2023

People Before Profit says the state is soft on far-right groups, but failure to deal with the housing crisis is the main problem, argues Anne McShane

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