Tag: economics

Cat’s Credit Crunching: What is quantitative easing?

Regular Robin asks: What is quantitative easing? Dear Robin, Quantitative easing is an economic policy measure used in recessions.  It stems from the belief that the...

Bubbles, bounces and soft landings – China’s stock-market implodes

Charlie Hore discusses the dramatic recent crash on the Chinese stock market  Even by Chinese standards, the figures are eye-watering – from a...
Workers' Memorial Day banner and speakers

Remember the dead, fight for the living!

Ian Allinson reports from the Workers' Memorial Day event in Manchester. About 150-200 people gathered in stormy weather in Manchester's Albert Square to mark Workers'...

Low inflation, deflation and pay – The Magpie

In the second instalment of their column, The Magpie explores how to argue for a pay rise when in the face of deflation or...

The Budget: four reflections and a rule of thumb

by Michael Rosen 1. In the post-Budget fog, there are occasional dissident voices that say something along the lines that obsessing about small differences in "the...

The spectre of social unrest is haunting Putin’s Russia

The Russian economy is in serious trouble. Gabriel Levy analyses the roots of the problem and what this means for ordinary Russians, Ukrainians, and...

Groundhog day for the eurozone?

Estelle Cooch looks at whether the economic optimism pushed by politicians lives up to the headlines. First published in the autumn 2014 edition of...

Capitalism and Crisis: Why vampires shouldn’t feed on themselves

Amy Gilligan explains how the contradictions at the heart of capitalism that mean that it is an inherently unstable system, prone to crises.

The upturn/downturn debate: an introduction

Ian A summarises a debate on the development of capitalism since 1968, and how this has impacted the working class and its struggles, in a attempt to address the question of what revolutionaries should do.

Profit: A numbers game, but shit don’t add up somehow

By learning about surplus value, or profit, we see how capitalism exploits and appropriates, allowing the rich to get richer and the poor to become immiserated.

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The Importance of Colin Barker

Mike Haynes offers a tribute to revolutionary socialist thinker and organiser Colin Barker

‘Dear Sisters of the Earth’: Peterloo bicentenary

Women were a particular target of the violence at Peterloo on 16 August 1819. We publish an extract from an address by the Manchester Female Reform Society delivered shortly before the massacre.

Review: Stolen Moments

Mark Winter welcomes a new exhibition celebrating Namibia's unsung musical heroes, and remembers the time when the artist Jackson Kaujewa came to stay with his family.

Review: Urban Warfare

Kate Bradley reviews Urban Warfare by Raquel Rolnik, an important investigation into how capitalism has shaped housing for its own ends

Tensions rise in Hong Kong

Colin Sparks reports on the latest developments in Hong Kong, where the movement on the streets is showing impressive resilience as direct pressure from Beijing builds.
Marching lines of police stretching into the distance near parliament

200 years after Peterloo, do we face a new wave of repression?

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, Ian Allinson argues that the right are pressing Boris Johnson to introduce a new wave of repression.
Protesters with Save Our Shipyard banner

Harland and Wolff: occupying for nationalisation, jobs and the climate

Workers at Belfast's Harland and Wolff shipyard are fighting to save their jobs and demanding nationalisation as the employer goes into administration.
Large crowd, Shatin, Hong Kong

Mass mobilisation shakes Hong Kong

Colin Sparks reports from Hong Kong, where strikes and protests are shaking the government.

Waltham Forest Pride: we can’t arrest our way to liberation

Police protection for LGBT people may be a mark of social progress - but liberation does not come from getting the cops on side

The Making of a Revolution: Art from Sudan

Allan Struthers reflects on a recent exhibition co-hosted by rs21 and the Sudan Doctors' Union.

Highlights

Popular uprising and the fight for independence in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's mass movement and general strike have brought a corrupt US-backed neoliberal administration to its knees

revolutionary reflections | Theatre of the Oppressed as a political method

Sophie Coudray introduces the work of the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal and the potential of its method for revolutionary praxis.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 3

In the third and final part of his essay on violence and capitalist social relations, Colin Barker insists that capitalist states cannot be theorised without recognising their multiplicity.

Between Sartre and Cliff: Ian Birchall, a heterodox Marxist’s trajectory

Selim Nadi conducts a wide-ranging interview with long-standing revolutionary socialist Ian Birchall.

Review: What’s Wrong With Rights?

Radha D'Souza's investigation into the international liberal rights regime is a welcome intervention that should make us question the framework of 'rights'.