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Weekly Marxist podcast analysing the big issues of the moment for politics and society. From Corbynism, to the NHS, to liberation struggles - we look at the ideas and debates on how to take the movement forward from a socialist perspective.

Weekly Marxist podcast analysing the big issues of the moment for politics and society. From Corbynism, to the NHS, to liberation struggles - we look at the ideas and debates on how to take the movement forward from a socialist perspective.
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Weekly Marxist podcast analysing the big issues of the moment for politics and society. From Corbynism, to the NHS, to liberation struggles - we look at the ideas and debates on how to take the movement forward from a socialist perspective.

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English


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19. 2019

1/7/2019
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Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe gives an analysis of the political processes and trends we can expect to see continued and escalated in 2019 – from economic crisis, to Brexit chaos, to shifting world relations. Useful further reading: • On 2019: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28432/27-12-2018/preparing-the-struggle-for-socialism-in-2019 • On France: http://socialistworld.net/index.php/international/europe/france/10045-france-in-revolt • On Bolsonaro :...

Duration:00:41:11

12. The Gilets Jaunes

12/19/2018
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Clare Doyle from the CWI and Socialist Student national chair Theo Sharieff join us to discuss the movement sweeping France, what it symbolises and what we can learn from it here. Useful further reading: • ‘France in revolt’ by Clare Doyle: http://socialistworld.net/index.php/international/europe/france/10045-france-in-revolt • ‘France’s president backs down in face of mass demonstrations’:...

Duration:00:47:57

11. Tory Brexit Chaos

12/12/2018
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We discuss with Hannah Sell following Theresa May being forced to abandon the planned parliamentary vote on her Brexit plan, and the initiation of a vote of no confidence in her from within the Tory Party. Useful further reading: • ‘Tory chaos reaches fever pitch’: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28394/11-12-2018/tory-chaos-reaches-fever-pitch • ‘Brexit as a window on our times’: http://socialismtoday.org/224/editorial.html • ‘Corbyn and trade union movement urgently need to fight...

Duration:00:26:16

10. Economic crisis - ten years on

12/3/2018
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Steve Score from the Socialist Party’s national committee discusses the financial crash of 2007/8, its causes and implications. Useful further reading: • ‘10 years since the financial crash – the socialist answer to capitalist crisis’ by Steve Score: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/27918/12-09-2018/10-years-since-the-financial-crash-the-socialist-answer-to-capitalist-crisis • ‘Ten years since the crash – what now for the world economy?’:...

Duration:00:24:29

9. When revolution ended World War 1

11/26/2018
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9. When revolution ended World War 1 We speak to Bob Labi from the Committee for a workers’ international about why World War 1 ended when it did, and particularly the role of radicalisation and revolution. • ‘1918 - revolution ends first world war as international radicalisation shakes the world’ by Bob Labi: http://socialistworld.net/index.php/theory-analysis/history/10017-1918-revolution-ends-first-world-war-as-international-radicalisation-shakes-the-word • ‘1918 revolution - when...

Duration:00:41:28

8 BONUS Tony Saunois at Socialism 2018

11/22/2018
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Audio recording of Tony Saunois’ introduction to the workshop ‘Latin America- lessons for the left in Britain and Europe’ at Socialism 2018 on 11 November

Duration:00:34:35

8. Who is Bolsonaro and how did he get elected?

11/19/2018
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Secretary of the CWI Tony Saunois talks about the election of the far-right Bolsonaro in Brazil, what it indicates and what can be done about it. • ‘Brazil- the resistance begins now’ by the Socialist Party’s sister party in Brazil: http://socialistworld.net/index.php/international/americas/brazil/9999-brazil-the-resistance-begins-now • ‘Brazil – mobilise to defeat Bolsonaro and rebuild the socialist left’:...

Duration:00:26:11

7 BONUS Kshama Sawant

11/16/2018
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Audio recording of Kshama Sawant's introduction to the workshop 'Could Trump win in 2020' at Socialism 2018 on 10 November

Duration:00:58:13

7. What is Trumpism?

11/12/2018
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We talk to US socialist Bryan Kolouris about the nature and threat of Trumpism. Useful further reading: • ‘US in turmoil – Trump’s crisis, the midterm elections, movements and strikes’ by Bryan Kolouris, April2018: https://www.socialistalternative.org/2018/04/23/u-s-turmoil-trumps-crisis-midterm-elections-movements-strikes/ • ‘World relations – open splits at G7 jamboree’ by Robert Bechert, 19 June:...

Duration:00:28:59

6. What's the big deal about the unions?

11/5/2018
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Rob Williams, Socialist Party industrial organiser, talks about the importance of the trade unions, their potential role, and what’s necessary to transform them. Useful further reading: • ‘Trade unions and the gig economy’ by Rob Williams, October 2016: http://www.socialismtoday.org/202/gig.html • On the events of 2011 that Rob refers to: http://www.socialismtoday.org/187/unions.html • ‘1926 general strike – workers taste power’ book by Peter Taaffe available at leftbooks.co.uk • ‘Teamster...

Duration:00:36:21

5. A Socialist View of Brexit

10/29/2018
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Clive Heemskerk, the deputy editor of Socialism Today, discusses Brexit, the problems it presents for the capitalist class and what it really means for workers. Useful further reading: • ‘People’s vote should be a general election’: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28143/24-10-2018/peoples-vote-should-be-a-general-election • ‘The fog of Brexit’: http://www.socialismtoday.org/222/editorial.html • ‘Northern Ireland, Brexit and the Border’:...

Duration:01:01:01

4. Is the far right on the rise?

10/22/2018
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Socialist Party executive committee member Paula Mitchell looks at the nature and relative strength of the far right and the populist right today, and how a movement to defeat them can be built.

Duration:00:40:59

3. Antisemitism - what it is and how to fight it

10/12/2018
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In light of the smears against Jeremy Corbyn, Judy Beishon, a member of the Socialist Party’s executive committee, explains the origins of antisemitism, its nature today and what’s necessary to end it. Useful further reading: • ‘Antisemitism – what it is an how to fight it’ by Judy Beishon, covering many of the issues touched on in the podcast http://socialismtoday.org/222/antisemitism.html • ‘Antisemitism, Israel-Palestine and the left’ by Peter Taaffe:...

Duration:00:33:01

2. Politics in Britain today

10/11/2018
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After the party conferences this autumn, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe discusses the trends in politics in Britain at the moment – from two parties in one within Labour to the Tories’ Brexit crisis. Useful further reading: • ‘Consolidating the Corbyn revolution’ by Peter Taaffe: http://www.socialismtoday.org/210/britain.html • ‘Tories’ crisis conference – Corbyn must fight for general election’:...

Duration:00:43:23

1. Socialism

10/11/2018
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Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell discusses what we mean by socialism, what the Socialist Party stands for and why we’re launching a podcast. Useful further reading: • ‘Is this Generation Socialist?’ by Hannah Sell: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28033/03-10-2018/is-this-generation-socialist • ‘Socialism in the 21st Century’ book by Hannah Sell, available at leftbooks.co.uk • ‘The Communist Manifesto’ book my Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, available at...

Duration:00:28:27