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Economic crisis: making us payby Judith Orr
To read the papers in recent weeks you might be forgiven for assuming that car workers' wage levels and public sector pensions caused the financial crisis currently wreaking havoc across the globe.
New challenges for the new yearby Patrick Ward
This time last year the world looked very different. Ian McCafferty, the chief economic adviser of the CBI, argued on New Year's Eve 2007, "While the 2008 slowdown may appear dramatic set against this year's strong growth, the fundamentals of our economy remain sound and talk of a full-blown recession is overstated."
Post neoliberalism?So much for Gordon Brown's claim in November that "old free market fundamentalism, no matter how it is dressed up, has been found wanting". The publication of Richard Hooper's report on the future of Royal Mail, "Modernise or Decline", suggests that part-privatisation is well and truly on the cards.
Climate change: radical solutions neededby Patrick Ward
Building a Low-Carbon Economy, Lord Adair Turner's 511 page report, made interesting Xmas reading for environmental campaigners. Produced by the Committee on Climate Change, which Turner chairs, it is the government plan to drag the world out of the clutches of uncontrolled climate change.
Recession to the rescueby Patrick Ward
"Tell people that biology and the environment cause obesity and they are offered the one thing we have to avoid: an excuse," said Tory shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley last summer. "We have to take away the excuses." Having a job is probably one of those excuses too.
It was. Are you?by Patrick Ward
"I feel a terrible personal failure - it's a very nasty place to be if you're me," said Independent editor Roger Alton, after the newspaper lost 16.29 percent of its readership in one year.
Letter from Greeceby Giorgos Pittas
Anger at the government's neoliberal policies and police brutality has electrified Greece, reports Giorgos Pittas.
Latin America and the struggles to comeby Mike Gonzalez
For a decade global capitalism has suffered setbacks and defeats in the continent where it had been at its most aggressive. Mike Gonzalez argues it is the new forces that have led the resistance which are central to continuing the struggle for a new society.
Socialism can workby John Molyneux
Some people think that socialism sounds great but will never work in practice. John Molyneux challenges their arguments and explores what socialism would look like.
Rosa Luxemburg: a life of struggleby Tony Cliff
When Rosa Luxemburg was murdered 90 years ago this month, the international workers' movement lost one of its greatest revolutionaries. Here we reprint an evaluation of her life from a pamphlet by Socialist Workers Party founder Tony Cliff, first published in 1959.
Interview: A structural crisis of the systemby Judith Orr and Patrick Ward
István Mészáros won the 1971 Deutscher Prize for his book Marx's Theory of Alienation and has written on Marxism ever since. He talks to Judith Orr and Patrick Ward about the current economic crisis.
In my view
Mobilise against systemby Lindsey German
The protests that have shaken Greece are a sign of things to come. Initially over the shooting of a teenager by police in Athens, demonstrations and riots spread across the country, threatening the future of the government and crystallising the depth of bitterness and anger among working class people.
The betrayed generationby Mike Davis
Our societies are supersaturated with unrecognised anger that can suddenly crystallise around a single incident of police abuse or state repression. Yet although the seeds of revolt have been so flagrantly sown bourgeois society seldom recognises its own harvest.
Was the 'New Deal' a good deal?by Chris Harman
It is accepted wisdom that President Franklin D Roosevelt pulled the US out of the Depression with the New Deal. But in reality there were numerous forces at play.
The Specials - so much, so youngby Martin Smith
In 1981 Britain was in a state of crisis: 2.5 million people were unemployed and Margaret Thatcher's government was deeply unpopular.
Glenrothes and Labourby Stewart Halforty
The Labour victory in Glenrothes was about more than a bounce for Gordon Brown (Frontlines, Socialist Review, December 2008).
No change for Labourby Bill Paterson
I don't understand why your writer thinks a New Labour victory in Glenrothes is good for socialism (Frontlines, Socialist Review, December 2008).
No crude Baconby James O'Toole
Colin Wilson is correct to defend Francis Bacon's art against attempts at a crude reduction (Feedback, Socialist Review, December 2008).
Third rate artistby Nick Grant
Sorry, Colin Wilson, but the "impoverished and philistine view we should reject" concerning the over-hyped and utterly derivative painter, Francis Bacon, is yours, not Tom Davies (Feedback, Socialist Review, December 2008).
Socialist Review (nearly) sells outby Dave Crouch
Congratulations on your Obama: What next? issue (Socialist Review, December 2008). It was sustained, quality writing on a key issue from some of the most inspiring figures on the left and all with the feel of a worker's boot on the boss's butt.
A to Z of Socialism
S is for state capitalismby Mike Haynes
As global capitalism flounders, the world's governments are scrambling to use state action to try to stop the rot and bail out the system. After two decades of being told that the market works best, the state is back.
Fixing Global Financeby Neil Faulkner
Martin Wolf, Yale University Press, £18.99
The Liberal Defence of Murderby Lindsey German
Richard Seymour, Verso, £16.99
Critique of Intelligent Designby John Parrington
John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark and Richard York, Monthly Review Press, £10.95
The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economyby Charlie Hore
Minqi Li, Pluto Press, £19.99
Forward Grooveby Martin Smith
Chris Searle, Northway Publications, £14.99
The Girl Who Played with Fireby Ingrid Lamprecht
Stieg Larsson, Maclehose Press, £16.99
High Society in the Third Reichby Chris Bambery
Fabrice d'Almeida, Polity, £16.99
Raymond Williamsby Jonny Jones
Dai Smith, Parthian Books, £12.99
Life on the Tracksby Roger Cox
Frank Henderson, Bookmarks, £7.99
Censored 2009by Patrick Ward
Eds: Peter Phillips and Andrew Roth, Seven Stories, £11.99
Israel's Occupationby Katya Nasim
Neve Gordon, University of California Press, £12.95
The Long Road to Baghdadby Chris Nineham
Lloyd C Gardner, The New Press, £18.99
The Trouble with Aidby Pete Dwyer
Jonathan Glennie, Zed Books, £12.99
New in paperback and children's booksAl-Sadr - Flat Earth News - Charles Darwin - Garibaldi
Milkby Colin Wilson
Director Gus Van Sant; Release date: 23 January
Che: Part Oneby Nick Grant
Director Steven Soderbergh; Release date: out now
Slumdog Millionaireby Kevin Best
Director Danny Boyle; Release date: 9 January
Bernadetteby Mary Brodbin
Hotel, London; Until 18 January