Paul Mason: Fully Automated Reformism

By Andy Yorke PAUL MASON left Channel Four to become an independent left commentator back in early 2016, citing his desire for political freedom, to back Corbyn’s Labour Party, and to argue for the ideas he had developed in his 2015 book, PostCapitalism.1 With a background in IT and the far left, Mason was one … Continue reading Paul Mason: Fully Automated Reformism

We need to talk about abortion differently

Joy Macready reviews Katha Pollitt, 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights', Picador, 2014, pp258, $25 “We need to talk about ending a pregnancy as a common, even normal, event in the reproductive lives of women…We need to see abortion as an urgent practical decision that is just as moral as the decision to have another child – indeed … Continue reading We need to talk about abortion differently

FBI's Most Wanted: Review – Assata An Autobiography

By Joy Macready “He looks just like what he is: a racist dog craka… I want to scream, ‘Dirty dog, slimy pig, you’re not a judge. You’re just another prosecutor.” These are the words that Assata Shakur, a founding member of the Black Liberation Army and the first woman ever to make the FBI’s Most Wanted … Continue reading FBI's Most Wanted: Review – Assata An Autobiography

Review: Why it's Kicking Off everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Chris Clough reviews Paul Mason's latest book Paul Mason's new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is a thought-provoking look at the wave of struggle that is currently sweeping the globe. It’s an engaging narrative that effortlessly leaps between eye-opening facts and hair-rising on-the-ground accounts of working people resisting austerity and dictatorship. Mason traces the … Continue reading Review: Why it's Kicking Off everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Reliving a crucial battle of the working class

Joy Macready reviews The Battle of Orgreave (2002) IN 2001, Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller orchestrated a re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave, one of the most violent confrontations of the Great Miners’ Strike. More than 800 people took part, many of them former miners, reliving events that they themselves took part in. The … Continue reading Reliving a crucial battle of the working class

Taking the red pill – Marx Reloaded review

Simon Hardy reviews Marx Reloaded by Jason Barker (2011) MARX IS back, but are his ideas still relevant? That is the basic theme of this documentary by Jason Barker. Having a documentary about Marx with such luminaries as Slavoj Žižek, Antonio Negri, and Nina Power is certainly worthwhile if it gets these ideas back into a wider audience. … Continue reading Taking the red pill – Marx Reloaded review

Review: The riots by Gillian Slovo

Joy Macready reviews The Riots at Tricycle Theatre on between 17 November – 10 December THE RIOTS, written by Gillian Slovo, is a thought-provoking account of the UK riots that erupted in summer 2010. Based on more than 60 interviews, the play gives a voice to the many “actors” involved in the real-life drama: from the … Continue reading Review: The riots by Gillian Slovo

Review: Ides of March

The Ides of March could not come at a more politically appropriate time, for this is a story about the credibility of politics and the struggle between principled idealists and the realities of bourgeois democratic, writes Joana Ramiro Sitting in his director’s chair, George Clooney delivers an albeit mild exposé of political campaigning, performing a … Continue reading Review: Ides of March