The Politics of the Alternative
For the first time in its history, the Left is now regarded as a serious
political alternative. At the centre of this credibility is the alternative
economic strategy. Bob Rowthorn, member of our editorial board recently
awarded the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize for his book Capitalism, Conflict
and Inflation, examines its strengths and weaknesses and argues that the
Left must see it as part of an overall political approach.
Interview with Ted Knight
Cuts in public expenditure are a central feature of the Right's policy
to deal with Britain's economic crisis. The struggle against those cuts
is a key element of the fightback. The stand taken by the London Borough
of Lambeth has been notable in this respect. In this interview, Ted Knight,
Leader of Lambeth Council, assesses the success and problems of its stand.
Jeff Rodrigues, Secretary of Lambeth Borough Communist Party, conducted
Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
Socialist Strategy - Where
The seventies saw major innovations in revolutionary strategy. By and
large, though, these advances were political rather than theoretical.
In this article, Ernesto Laclau, author of Politics and Ideology in Marxist
Theory and Chantal Mouffe, who edited Gramsci and Marxist Theory, look
at the theoretical evolution of revolutionary strategy and consider the
The tragic death of John Lennon has robbed us of one of the truly great
figures of postwar British culture. John Lennon, of all the Beatles, symbolised
and helped to shape the great progressive changes of the sixties. Simon
Frith, author of The Sociology of Rock and writer for the Melody Maker,
considers John Lennon's achievement.
Jill Brown, Pamela Trevithick, Carol Metters
The Forward Face of Feminism
The authors continue the discussion
American Culture - a cop
The author looks at David Edgar's article which appeared in our October
Tom Litterick — The
Pat Seyd — Labour
in Power? British Social Democracy, A Short History of the Labour Party.
TV Franchising •
Local Government Finance
• Sexual Violence
Reagan: is it as bad as it
A right-wing Republican is now US President. American politics has shifted
to the right. David Plotke, an editor of the American journal Socialist
Review, examines the extent of this shift and the prospects for the US and
the world with Reagan in the White House.
The Politics of Technology
Technological issues are now big politics. A few examples —microprocessing,
nuclear power, Concorde, juggernauts — suffice to make the point.
Fred Steward, a lecturer in technology policy at Aston University and member
of the Communist Party's Science and Technology Committee, looks at why
technology has become such a hot political and social question — and
argues that the Left must develop a coherent view on the direction and control
Merseyside under the hammer
Jarrow and the South Wales mining villages both evoke memories of the thirties
depression. Merseyside threatens to become a symbol of unemployment in the
eighties. Tony Lane, at present a research officer for the TGWU based in
Liverpool and author of The Unions Make us Strong, looks at Merseyside's
plight and the growth of resistance.
Goodbye to Detente?
The co-editor of Protest and Survive and former vice-chairperson of CND
looks at the decline of detente.
Architecture: the past fights
A response to Richard Hill's article in our November issue.
Import Controls - on the
The author argues that Import Controls can play only a limited role.
Paul Levine — The Alternative
Economic Strategy. There
is an Alternative. The British
Victor Kiernan — Scottish
Alan Hunt — Pashukanis:
Selected Writings on Marxism and Law.
Labour's Battles •
Trade Union Immunities
• El Salvador
Women, Recession and the Tories
Women made important advances in the seventies. Now Thatcherism and recession
have changed all that: women are under attack. Jean Gardiner, a member of
our editorial board andco-author of The Political Economy of British Capitalism,
looks at what is happening.
Football in Decline
Football is Britain's great national winter sport. Yet it faces growing
difficulties. Dave Triesman, a writer on sport, argues that football is
in decline and only radical solutions can tackle the problem.
Italy: the intractable crisis
Italy faces the most serious political crisis in Western Europe. Piero Borghini,
a member of the Central Committee of the Italian Communist Party, looks
at the nature of that crisis and the PCI's strategy.
Interview with Alan Fisher
Cuts in public expenditure have put the public sector unions at the centre
of attention. NUPE is one of the largest. In this interview, Alan Fisher,
General Secretary of NUPE and Chairman of the TUC, discusses the problems
facing NUPE and the trade union movement generally.
The Cambridge Affair
Suddenly, the English Faculty atCambridge University has hit the national
headlines. Francis Mulhern, author of The Moment of 'Scrutiny', discusses
the issues involved.
Labour's Long Haul
The author discusses the implications of developments in the Labour Party
for the Communist Party.
Dave Cook — Politics
and Power 2
David Parker — Ideology
and Popular Protest
The Budget •
Interview with Arthur Scargill
Since Thatcher took office the trade union movement has been on the defensive.
The recent victory by the miners marked the first real break. It raised
the spectre of 1970-74. In this interview, Arthur Scargill, the President
of the Yorkshire Miners, looks at the significance of the Tory retreat,
the problems now facing the labour movement, and longer term strategy.
The interview was conducted by Dave Priscott, a member of the Executive
Committee of the Communist Party and our Editorial Board.
The'Little Caesars' of Social
The Council for Social Democracy represents the most important 'breakaway'
from the Labour Party since 1931. Its avowed objective is a realignment
of British politics and the emergence of the 'centre' as the dominant
political force. In this article, Stuart Hall, co-author of Policing
The Crisis, looks at its nature and significance.
Japan: the Right on the
The seventies saw major advances by the Japanese Left. Now the Right is
on the offensive. But the Liberal Democrats underlying position is much
weaker. In this special interview for Marxism Today, Koichiro Ueda, vice-chairman
of the Central Committee of the Japanese Communist Party, examines political
developments in the world's second most powerful capitalist country.
The Growing Police Challenge
The Police force has adopted an increasingly independent and strident
position on law and order. The latest example is the Royal Commission
on Criminal Procedure. Stephen Sedley, a barrister, looks at what is involved.
The Politics of the Alternative Economic Strategy
The author, who works for the Labour Party's Research Department, discusses
Bob Rowthorn's article in the January issue.
Goodbye to Detente?
The discussion continues.
Tamara Deutscher — Chinese
Vic Allen — Challenge
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Poland • The
364 Economists • People's
March for Jobs • Bondage
Judge Shakes Giscard
Sam Aaronovitch Unemployment
- halting the slide There are now some 2.5 million officially
unemployed. The prospect is for a further big
increase. Unemployment has become a central issue in British politics.
It will dominate the eighties. Sam Aaronovitch, author of The Road From
Thatcherism and a member of the
Communist Party Economic Committee, looks at the causes of unemployment,
how it can be
fought and what kind of policies are needed to tackle it.
Paul Olive Realignment -
the case of the Liberals The Liberal Party, although only a small
parliamentary force, has consistently retained a significant electoral
base. That base, moreover, has over the years been expanding. Now, with
the emergence of the SDP, the Liberals are in a new position. Paul Olive,
a Morning Star reporter, looks at the Liberal Party and its likely prospects.
John Mathews The Politics
Cancer is one of the big killers. But can anything be done about it?
John Mathews, untilrecently a trade union health and safety researcher,
argues that environmental factors are the key problem.
Jamaica in Turmoil
The recent election saw the defeat of Manley and a victory for the
Right. In this interview,
Trevor Munro, general secretary of the Jamaican Workers Party, discusses
the gravity of the setback, the reasons for it and what is likely to happen
now. The interview was conducted by Ken Fuller.
John Harrison The Politics
of the Alternative Economic Strategy
The co-author of The British Economic Disaster argues that the alternative
economic strategy is too mild.
Tom Durkin Goodbye to Detente?
The author takes issue with previous contributions.
Richard Johnson - Arguments Within English Marxism: One Dimensional Marxism
Althusser and the Politics of Culture
Bernard Dix - The Road
France • Local
The Growing Power of the Military
Traditionally, the armed forces have largely been excluded from civil life
in Britain. That is
beginning to change. Tony Bunyan, author of The Political Police in
Britain and a member of the editorial group of State Research, looks
at the way the military is steadily encroaching on domestic politics and
what this means.
Steel - an irreversible decline?
The decline of British Steel has been one of the most dramatic examples
of deindustrialisation. John Kelly, a lecturer in industrial relations and
researcher on the steel industry, looks at the causes of its decline, the
trade union response and what kind of alternative is needed.
The English Rising of 1381
In 1381 there was an extraordinary uprising against the established authorities.
It was broad, it was far reaching and its consequences were profound. On
the 600th Anniversary of the 'Peasant's Revolt', Rodney Hilton, Professor
of History at Birmingham University, looks at what it was and what forces
lay behind it.
US Policy Toward Latin America
Reagan's foreign policy is aimed at restoring American power and influence.
occupies a central position in this design. The objective is to roll back
advances. In this interview, Saul Landau, co-author of Assassination on
Embassy Row, looks at some of the issues. The interview was conducted by
Sam Russell, Ian Davison
Goodbye to Detente?
In these contributions to the discussion, the Foreign Editor of the Morning
Star and the
secretary of the Scottish CND respectively, look at some new questions.
The Politics of the Alternative
The author looks at the relationship between the alternative economic strategy
and the fight against the cuts.
Raymond Williams — George
Orwell, A Life
Andrew Chester — Memoirs
of a Socialist Business Man
Eileen Phillips — Microelectronics:
Capitalist Technology and the Working Class
The pound • SNP
• Civil Service
Brixton and After
Within the space of a year there have been two serious clashes between
the police and a local community. Brenda Kirsch, who is active in Lambeth
politics and was a member of the Lambeth Inquiry into Police-Community
Relations, examines the underlying causes of the Brixton disturbances
and some of its longer term implications.
Interview with Wynne Godley
The Cambridge Economic Policy Group has an unrivalled reputation for medium
economic forecasting. It has been a strong critic of the Tory government's
deflationary policies and, for some time, a proponent of import controls.
In this interview, Wynne Godley, the Director of the Group, discusses
the impact of Tory policies, the prospects for the British economy and
possible alternative policies, including those of the Left. The interview
was conducted by Bob Rowthorn, a member of our Editorial Board, and Dave
The Music Industry in Crisis
The self confidence of the large record companies in the sixties has given
way to gloom and pessimism in the eighties. Dave Laing, a writer on popular
music, looks at the reasons for the decline and what the Left's response
In the month of the Royal Wedding, Graham Trickey, aMoming Star journalist,
asks what its all about.
The author argues that the Polish Communist Party is going through a process
The author discusses the strategy of the Italian Communist Party.
— Women Workers in
the First World War. The
Politics of Motherhood.
Mark Harrison — Stalin's
Successors: Leadership, Stability and Change in the Soviet Union. The
Soviet Union Since Stalin.
Ouanie Bain — Silver
Time Out • Claret
and Blue • University
Cuts • Riots and
Can the British Car Industry
The decline of the British car industry is without parallel in Western
Europe. The one surviving British manufacturer, BL, is literally fighting
for its life. Keith Cowling, Professor of Economics at Warwick University,
examines the causes of the decline and how the industry might be saved.
Violence Against Women: male
power in action
The Yorkshire Ripper case suddenly made violence against women a national
issue. Yet it is not a new phenomenon: it is an everyday threat. Vicky
Seddon looks at its roots and what needs to be done.
Interview with Georges Seguy
The French elections marked the most important election victory for the
Left in Western Europe since the immediate postwar period. In this interview,
Georges Seguy, general secretary of the CGT, France's largest trade union
centre, discusses the problems and
Is the Marxist Tradition
The question of democracy is central to political advance in Western Europe.
But is the Marxist tradition adequate to the task?
The Politics of Cancer
The author argues that cancer has many causes — and therefore a
many-sided strategy is called for.
Peter Higgins — What
Unemployment Means. The Workless State.
Mike Potter — Towards
Socialist Welfare Work.
The Tory Attack on Training
West German Peace Movement
Keith Dixon and Daniel Perraud
France Moves Left
The Left has finally ended over two decades of uninterrupted government
by the FrenchRight. The recent elections could prove to be the most important
for the European Left since 1945. The authors, both members of the French
Communist Party, analyse the reasons for the
Left victory, why the Communist Party fared badly, and likely prospects.
Defence: the Tory dilemma
The Thatcher government promised major improvements in Britain's defence
capacity. In the event, they have presided over a series of not insignificant
cuts. The author, a lecturer in economics
at Warwick University, looks at the Tory dilemma.
The present exhibition at the Hayward Gallery is a reminder of Picasso's
unchallenged position as the greatest artist of the twentieth century.
Simon Watney, author of English Post-Impressionism, looks at Picasso's
Trade Unions and the Recession
The new climate of mass unemployment and Thatcherism has put the trade
unions on the defensive. David Winchester, lecturer in industrial relations
at Warwick University, looks at the present state of the trade union movement
and how it is responding.
Ray Chatwin Brixton
An examination of police-black relations.
The Music Industry in Crisis
The author looks at independent labels.
John Allen —
Britain's Black Population
— Labour and Racism.
Jeremy Hawthorn —
Essays on Realism
Rise of US Dollar
POLAND: COOPERATION OR CONFRONTATION?
Interview with Mieczyslaw
Over the last year Poland has captured the world's headlines. The formation
created a situation unique in Eastern Europe. The country continues to
lurch from one crisis to the next. Mieczyslaw Rakowski is Deputy Premier
and the government's chief negotiator with Solidarity. In this interview
he discusses relations with Solidarity and Poland's prospects for the
Interview with Lech Walesa
The leader of Solidarity discusses its role and relationship to the state.
Both interviews were conducted exclusively for Marxism Today in September
by Monty Johnstone.
The Riots of '81
This summer's riots have had a traumatic impact on the whole country.
And their longer term consequences remain very unclear. The article examines
some of the issues involved.
The Riots in History
The author of The Crowd in History looks at some historical precedents
for the recent riots.
Jean Gardiner and Sheila Smith
Feminism and the Alternative Economic Strategy
The alternative economic strategy has not only won the support of much
of the labour
movement but also gained wider recognition. It remains, however, at a
rather general level.
Here Jean Gardiner, co-author of The Political Economy of British Capitalism,
and SheilaSmith, discuss what it should offer women.
Can Labour Succeed?
The Labour Left has, over the past two years, made impressive advances.
Yet the Right
remains a powerful force, and there are signs of a major electoral crisis
facing Labour. Dave Priscott, a member of the Editorial Board, looks at
some of the questions.
The BBC Under Pressure
— Jonathan Coe
Sports Centres —
The Odeon Closures
— John Ellis
Cynthia Cockburn — Slump
J Foster— Karl
Marx's Theory of History: A
European Peace Movement
• Private Rented
Housing • Polish
Economic Crisis • Cancun
—Third World Last?
Coming in from the Cold
A roundtable discussion with Tony Benn, Pete Carter and Jack Dromey
The People's March for Jobs was an extraordinary success. Here Tony Benn
discusses with two of its national coordinators why it was so successful
and what lessons the labour movement should draw from it.
Mother Wales, get off me
The image of Wales as a militant socialist country lives on. Gwyn Williams,
Professor of History at University College Cardiff, argues this is now
quite false: Wales is very different from what it was.
Santa in Crisis
Even Santa Claus has hit hard times.
Greece in the hour of change
Greece has shifted dramatically to the left. But George Catephores, a
Greek economist living in Britain, argues that its most likely consequence
will be to transform Greece into a modern European country.
Ireland's Intractable Crisis
Interviews with the UDA and the Provisional IRA
Northern Ireland remains in a state of permanent crisis. Andy Tyrie and
John McMichael from the UDA and Danny Morrison from the Provisional IRA,
in exclusive interviews with Bob Rowthorn, discuss relations between the
two communities and the prospects for a settlement.
Musicals — Bruce
Imperial Architecture Revisited
The Indian Tour —
Michael Bleaney — The
Political Economy of British Capitalism
Theo Nichols — Architect
or Bee? Living Thinkwork