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An Open Letter to Russell Brand

On his book, “Revolution”, Century, 2014

First, how do I come to be reading your book, Revolution? I have spent the past thirty years arguing the point whenever and however I could, that...

The War in Ukraine

The second in our three-part series on wars currently going on due to capitalism

The Ukraine Defence Minister stated 'A great war has arrived at our doorstep, the likes of which Europe has...

How Capitalist Dumb-ocracy Deals with Vital Questions

The Japanese government is keen to restart the country’s nuclear reactors without real public debate

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, like any great crisis in society, laid bare the...

Pathfinders: Watch This Space…

Space flight dominated last month’s science reporting, with the embarrassment of an exploding Antares rocket and a crashed Virgin Galactic plane being rapidly pushed off the front page by the...

Editorial: The Choice is Always Ours

The media have not been short of political drama to occupy them in recent months: the rise and rise of UKIP, the defections of two sitting Tory MPs , the accusations of dirty tricks, or the ‘nail-biting’ drama of the Rochester by-election.   Anyone following all this might be forgiven for thinking that the political process is a media soap centred on the rivalries and intrigues of a cast of political celebrities.  They might think, too, that it is a game of little consequence for the lives of working people whose only role in all this is to be persuaded to vote this way or that.  With the declining turnout at the polls in recent years, it seems that working people, the majority of voters, think so too. 

Life in the Cold War

Summer School 2014 - 'War'

Fircroft College, Birmingham

Recorded: 
Sunday, 22 June 2014

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The Socialist Party's latest pamphlet

Strange Meeting: Socialism and World War One

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. Referred to as 'the war to end all wars', it was in fact the prelude to a century of mass killing and new ever more destructive weapons.

Socialists pointed out at the time that there were no working class issues at stake in the war: rather, it was fought as a consequence of rivalry among capitalist powers for markets, trade routes, raw materials and politico-military influence.

This pamphlet contains articles from the Socialist Standard between 1914 and 1918, which set out our principled opposition to the war, together with other material giving an overview of the war, its causes and its effects on working-class lives.

Price: £4.50
£4.50