Marxism Today January 1989


Voxpop: Special moments of the year
Quiz: test your memory of events, places and people
Environment: Sarah Benton interviews
Jonathon Porritt
Gorbachev: The great disarmament race
Eastern Europe: Neal Ascherson on the historic changes facing the Warsaw Pact countries
Drugs: A year of progress, scandals and discovery
Censorship: The British disease of official secrecy
Politics and Pop: Interview with The
Proclaimers plus Hue And Cry's
Patrick Kane on Scottish politics after Govan
Cities: What lies behind the building boom?
Universe: Successful popular science books
Fiction: The decline of romance in the new writing of the late-80s
Broadcasting: Jeremy Isaacs on the future of television

TV errors, capitalist juggernauts, filoflurries


Old Age Creeps Up
The recent row over Lawson's pensions leak was only a small taste of a great social and economic problem to come.
Paul Johnson takes a close look at Britain's ageing population

A Miller's Tale
Arthur Miller, one of the greatest playwrights of our times, victim of the McCarthy witch-hunt, and husband of
Marilyn Monroe, talks to Eric Hobsbawm

All Together Now?
Britain's trade unions organise a declining proportion of the workforce. Non-unionism is relentlessly on the rise. Philip Bassett investigates the problem

After The Masses
Postmodernism is one of today's great buzzwords. But what exactly does it mean? Dick Hebdige discusses its relationship to New Times

Hype And Hyperreality:
The high priest of postmodernism, Jean
Baudrillard, talks to Suzanne Moore and Stephen Johnstone about sacrifice,
hope and love

Feminism and postmodernism, architecture

Split Subject:
One of the most important artists working in Britain today, Rasheed Araeen, challenges both modernism and post-modernist strategies. Hannah Vowles and Glyn Banks assess the impact of his work

Choice Words:
Dafydd Elis Thomas

Brian Bar on Jim Sillars

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Marxism Today February 1989

Unseasonally Adjusted Figures
The weather just isn't what it used to be, explains John Gribbin

Slings Of Fortune:
Blue Arrow's troubles signify a deeper malaise in the City

Carry On Doctor:
Victorian working practices still
govern our hospitals - and doctors' hours of duty

Man Bites Dog:
Our perverted pedigree chums

How will the new Japanese Emperor shape up politically?

The Scottish ski slopes are beckoning, writes JohnMcCarry

Old age: Soviet traffic jams; post-modern swimming; disorganised poetry


Labour's One Hope

Labour cannot win the next election. Tricia Davis and David Green argue
the case for an electoral agreement

Pacts: Link Or Sink?
An unscientific opinion poll of familiar faces on the pros and cons of electoral

Shaking Up The World
Gorbachev has opened up a new era in international relations. Denis Healey, Giorgio Napolitano, Victor Orlik, Jon Snow and Charles Wheeler discuss prospects for the future

Mikhail And The Mullahs

The political logjam in the Middle East
is broken at last. Fred Halliday assesses the impetus behind the movement

Vorsprung Durch Rethink
New Times means going beyond the traditional socialist project. Goran Therborn, with a little help from friends, offers a new kind of vision


The Modern Principle
Britain's best-known architect, Richard
Rogers, talks to Beatrix Campbell about his work, his views on the city and his disagreement with Prince Charles

The Towpath Murder:
Reg Kray reflects on the last hours before the hanging of a
Peckham teenager, Flossie Forsyth, in 1959

Choice Words: Margi Clarke

Mark Fisher on David Edgar's essays on
British culture in the Thatcher years

Women on screen; the health conspiracy

Oprah Buffs:
Paul Morley reflects on Oprah Winfrey, a very American phenomenon

Noll Scott on
Fidel Castro

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Marxism Today March 1989

Politics Of Identity
A national identity scheme is back on the cards, says Stephen Sedley

Science Gets Sexy:
Edinburgh is staging a unique popular science festival

History Test:
Kenneth Baker vs the past

Elite Divisions:
Nationalist unrest is not so new to the
USSR as it may appear

Tightrope To Transition:
Chile's socialist leader, Ricardo Lagos, in interview with Benny Pollack

Birmingham does have its admirers.
Mary Cutler is one of them

Old age; alliances; sacrificing women; dog hazards; hotel hazards

Green Times
The rise of the green movement, suggests Fred Steward, is an integral part of New Times

A Tale Of New Cities
The cities of the Western world are being remade. Geoff Mulgan argues that we need a new vison of what they can and should be like

In Praise Of Modernism

Top British architect Richard Rogers, in an exclusive essay, looks at the past, present and future of our cityscapes
and the society they reflect

The Party Is Over
The old-style political party is in decline. Sarah Benton argues that it has had its day

Clarke's Strong Medicine
The long-awaited NHS review has finally been unveiled. Chris Ham sees it as double-edged: tackling real problems while posing real dangers


The Accused On Release:
Beatrix Campbell reflects on this important new movie

Andy Medhurst is star-gazing

Artist's Tool-kit:
The Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition

Novel Moves:
Nicci Gerrard explores the new mood in women's fiction

Pink Promotions:
A new tv series for lesbians and gay men

Planning 2001: Traffic jams of the future

Choice Words: Paddy Ashdown

MT'snewmclassified section

Diane Coyle on Anita Roddick

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Marxism Today April 1989

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Market-Makers Our guide to the
approaching single market

1992 And All That 1992 has begun. John Grahl examines the changes and the consequences

Unhealthy proposals, electoral proposals, anarchy


Twelve Into One Will Go The maturing of the European Community will inevitably undermine the nationstate. David Marquand puts the case for a federal Europe

Bloc Busters While the West consolidates, the East is erupting. Prospects for a common Europe, explains Neal Ascherson,
are fraught with uncertainty


Identikit Europe Europe is a complex web of diverse histories, traditions and
identities. John Keane explores the
prospects for a new cultural identity

Ale And Mocha: The cafe is an essential part of European culture. Why do we cling to the local pub?

Beefed-up Cuisine:
Food for a European future

Tele-visionary: Geoff Mulgan tunes in to a diverse, multi-channel tv

The Threat Of The Modern: Continental
style is the fashion of the future, argues
Charlotte Du Cann, but can we overcome our mothball culture?

Going For A Song: The annual search for a Song For Europe, argues Lucy O'Brien, is lowest-commondenominator razzmatazz

East Meets West: A profile of Christa Wolf, the leading GDR author


TheTurning Green Tide
The European
Community offers us a unique chance to help mend the planet. Tom Burke charts the rise of this special moment

TheSouthern Suntrap Russell King on the need for a different kind of Mediterranean package

Little And Large
The European Community
doesn't have to be a supranational
monolith. Gwyn A Williams argues that the little nations could help themselves by asserting a political stake in Europe

Coming In From The Cold
Thatcherism is being left behind in the new international scene, explains Martin Jacques. The Left might be too, unless it comes to terms with the changing global future

Ginette Vincendeau on Marlene Dietrich

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Marxism Today May 1989

Warm Fronts Moving East

The effects of rekindled friendship between China and the Soviet Union will be worldwide, Gerald Segal explains

Family Favourites:
The tabloids surpassed themselves in their coverage of the Pamella Bordes affair

Recruiting Influence:
Japan's corruption crisis is more political than financial

Without Due Care:
Both Marietta Higgs and Cleveland's children are up against the system

May Day: Workers' playtime?

Martin Herron on 10 years of Thatcherism in Consett

USSR's nationalities, reds, greens and a social Europe

Back To The Future
Why is it so difficult to reach a verdict on Thatcherism? The main reason, argues Charlie Leadbeater, is that the Thatcher decade has overturned our old idea of progress

Culture Vulture
Nobody likes to be called a philistine. Third-term Thatcherism, claims David
Edgar, is wreaking revenge by taking control of culture

Miracles And Myths
Has the pain of Thatcherite restructuring produced Britain's economic miracle?
John Wells draws up the balance sheet

Hungary For Change
Hungary's extraordinary political transformation is largely unobserved. In an exclusive interview, Imre Pozsgay outlines Hungary's momentous democratic revolution

People Power
Monty Johnstone reports on the
significance of the Soviet people's voting power in practice

Cool Enough For June:
Writer and poet June Jordan talks to Andrea Stuart about her distinctive approach to politics

Opera in Bloom:
There is a new wave of interest in opera. Fiona Maddocks finds out where the money is coming from to sustain it

Photo Calls:
The new Kodak Museum in Bradford presents a history of popular photography

Corrupt Comic:
A new Tintin, with apologies to Herge

The Blue Decade:

Andrew Gamble reviews the
history of the concept of Thatcherism; plus a guide to the books which have traced that history

Choice Words:
Dagmar Krause

Edward Pearce on Margaret Thatcher

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Marxism Today June 1989

All Change For Europe
The coming months may see some important political shifts across
Europe, suggests Martin Kettle

Four Wheels Bad...

Why is Britain just so cycle-unfriendly?

High-Flying Toddlers:
More working women means more workplace creches

Linking Up The Left:
Beatrix Campbell interviews the TGWU's Bill Morris on new unionism for new times

Frank Cottrell Boyce on Liverpool after

More NHS debate, Greens, Europe and the liberal intelligentsia


Patient As Punter
What kind of NHS might be safe in Kenneth Clarke's hands? Under fire for his reform proposals, the secretary of state for health is interviewed by Steve Iliffe

Left And Rights
Citizenship has suddenly become a hot issue. Even Mrs Thatcher feels obliged to talk of the active citizen. Stuart Hall and David Held examine the meaning of citizenship

Identities On Parade
The Satanic Verses row has confounded many precious liberal principles and attitudes to ethnic rights. In conversation, Homi Bhabha and Bhikhu Parekh unravel some of the complexities

A Whole Lot Of Health
Alternative therapies are blooming. But, argues Rosalind Coward, they may
prove to be simply the most powerful placebo of all

Chorus For A New Dawn:
At summer solstice, Neil Spencer explains some of the mysteries of the new-age movement

Premium Bonds:
007 is back. Sally Hibbin explores his perennial appeal

New Tricks:
Ian Saville, the socialist magician

Something Else:
Why Andy Medhurst is hooked on an American tv cult

Up Front:
David Marquand on Eric Hobsbawm's rational politics

New feminism for old;
re-making plans

Choice Words: Doris Lessing

Joseph Bristow on Julian Clary

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Marxism Today July 1989


Living By The Gun
Recently returned from Beijing, John Gittings assesses the character of
the spring uprising and the meaning of the military putsch

Personal Effects:
Lives and hopes were struck down in
Tiananmen Square. Fred Steward and Xu Yue tell of their own reactions to the

Communism In Crisis
From Warsaw to Beijing, from Budapest to Moscow, an era is at an end. Gareth Stedman
Jones analyses the crisis of a system

Ten revolutionary years reviewed

Clear Belfast's streets.
The boys are on the march, explains
Fionnuala O'Connor

Alternative therapies, Ireland, more NHS, no more heroes



At long last, the West is beginning to respond positively to Gorbachev. Mrs
Thatcher is more and more out on a limb. But can the Labour Party seize the initiative in the new disarmament atmosphere? Jon Bloomfield explores the issues

Strategic Manoeuvres
When it comes to disarmament, West Germany is where it's at in the West.
David Goodhart interviews SPD foreign affairs spokesperson Karsten Voigt

Vive La Revolution
Romantic nostalgia, bloody terror, or the foundations of modernity? The French revolution is taken apart by Robin Blackburn, Eric Hobsbawm, Martin Kettle, Colin Lucas and Laura Mulvey

Second Among Equals
Soviet women are being
'restructured' back to the home, argues Cynthia
Cockburn. But there are encouraging glimmers of


Voyages Of Rediscovery:
The 'dark continent' is back in fashion. Kwesi Owusu explores some post-industrial myths about Africa

Writing Out Loud:
Soviet writer Tatyana Tolstoya talks to Pieta Monks about glasnost, writing and housework

Waak Good:
CLR James remembered

Heat And Lust:
There is a hidden history to summer loving. Rosalind Brunt unpacks some
holiday-time excess baggage

Odd Situations
Mark Sinker discovers the indiscrete charm of the situationists

Choice Words: Shere Hite

CLOSE-UP Paul Morley on Billy Graham

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Marxism Today August 1989

Ulster's Age Of Majority
After 20 years of troubles, a different kind of political solution is needed for Northern Ireland, says John Lloyd

Mini Magic:
Thirty shaky years of the grooviest car
on the road

Superhuman Athletes:
All's fair in love, war and top-level sport, it seems

Time Out:
Germany's unions are proving that less is more where work's concerned

The Left is on the defensive

Racial tensions, explains Simon Reynell, are polarising Bradford's communities

Gorbachev's new moral times, Afro-culture, citizens, new age of reason


The Tide Turns
A new political moment has arrived. Andrew Gamble argues Thatcherism has finally begun to lose its command of the political agenda

Summer Of Discontent
For the first time in a decade, industrial militancy has placed Thatcherism on the defensive. Beatrix Campbell explains why

Novel Approaches
A short story for New Times by David Edgar

The Vision Thing
With its policy review completed, the Labour Party is finally turning itself into a modern European social-democratic party, argues Geoff Mulgan

Ellen Meiksins Wood and Rodney Hilton open MT's discussion on the Manifesto For New Times

Flights Of Fantasy:
As the Caped Crusader takes to the streets, Peter Matthews explores Bat fantasies

Short Cuts:
Knees are out. Shorts are in. Why have men decided to show a leg?

Home On The Road:
Travel writing brings the world to your room.Ken Worpole scans the literary horizon

Born To Rap:
Malu Halasa talks to Cookie Crew, Britain's first female rap duo

ID Parades:
Immigrants to North America are inventing new ways of life. Pratibha Parmar is reading all about it

Choice Words: Paul Boateng

Suzanne Moore on Prince

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Marxism Today September 1989

No Port In A Storm

Is Britain's hardline refugee policy about to rebound, asks Paddy Coulter, or merely scene-setting for the 1990s?

Verifiably Green:
Ecologists and scientists are learning to live together

Safety In Numbers:
Britain lacks a safety culture at work - and small firms are the most dangerous of all

Food Moods:
The allure of the supermarket is fading

South Africa:
No cause for optimism in the coming
parliamentary elections

The wild beauty of the Loire, says Ann Holt, has been tarnished by tourism

Good terrorists, Billy Graham, Irish antecedents

Gathering Greens
The Green Party has sprung to life. Philip Lowe examines environmentalism's move into the mainstream

Football Crazy
English football is ailing. But the fans are staging a rescue bid. Chas Critcher talks to Rogan Taylor of the Football Supporters' Association

Raising One Voice
The Hillsborough disaster, suggests Rosalind Brunt, should prompt us to review the links between politics and everyday life

That Certain Feeling
Life just isn't clearcut any more. We are in a new age of uncertainty, argues Geoff Mulgan, which the Left must learn to embrace

The Kabul Quagmire
The Afghan government should have been toppled by now. Fred Halliday explains why it hasn't been

New Times For Old
Our discussion of the Manifesto For New Times continues with David
Marquand, Anne Showstack Sassoon and Fay Weldon

The artist, window-dresser and star assessed by Simon Watney

Urban Icon:
Ragamuffin is the sharp edge of a dynamic British sub-culture

Peter Guttridge explores laughter's international frontiers at the Montreal
Festival Of Comedy

Street Dreams:
Why is the Right talking about private streets?

Scarlett Memories:
Gone With The Wind fans are celebrating 50 years of wondering what happens next

Choice Words: Lynne Franks

Andy Medhurst on Esther Rantzen

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Marxism Today October 1989

Another Forward March Halted
1989 has been a watershed. Thatcherism is finally in decline. It could even lose the next election

Boomtown Blues
Charlie Leadbeater
Nowhere has done better out of Thatcherism than the south east. But there are signs of serious discontent

Designs For Living
Dick Hebdige
Prince Charles has more than an eye for pastiche. He has a vision for Britain and a nose for the media

An Author Like Alice
Pratibha Parmar
Talks to Alice Walker about her life and her latest novel

Left Out Of Line
John Lloyd
The monolith that was Eastern Europe has finally fractured. And the political drift is rightward

Roads From Socialism More debate on the Manifesto For New Times and Ernesto Laclau

Martin Jacques
The crisis in the East

Paul Morley Shares his first column with co-stars Kylie Minogue and Gunther Grass

Eye To Eye
Beatrix Campbell Sizes up Peter Mandelson's image

Martin Kettle
What Labour can learn from the Netherlands

Don Slater
Is photography Art?

Age of uncertainty, Batman, football

Satellite Quality Street
Alex Graham Talks to Peter Cole about the Sunday papers

Television Carry On Nursing
Richard Dyer
Examines the success of the tv series Casualty

Interview Village Violence
Kim Hendry
Talks to Susan Brownmiller about her
controversial novel

Experience Cultural Crossing
Apala Chowdhury
On growing-up as part of Britain's Asian

Europe Continental Magicians
Gwyn A Williams
Retraces Hans Magnus Enzensberger's tracks across Europe

Choice Words
Sue Townsend
Plain English

Edward Pearce On Bernard Ingham, Mrs T's nearest and dearest

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Marxism Today November 1989

The Forty Year Itch
Stefan Heym - Chris Granlund
The GDR faces the greatest crisis in its 40-year history. Exclusive coverage from behind the border

Private Waters
Christopher Huhne - Rosalind Coward
Privatisation has transformed our lives in the 80s. But the government programme is marooned over water

The End Of History?
Steele, Mortimer and Stedman Jones
Has capitalism triumphed over history? Francis Fukuyama declares it has. Others take issue

Waiting In The Wings
Sarah Benton
There's more to being a political party than saving the earth

Smaller Worlds
Napolitano, Brown and Cockburn
Global partnership, post-Fordism and women in the Manifesto For New Times debate

Bob Rowthorn
The economic miracle that never was

Paul Morley
Stumbles upon a mid-afternoon tv nightmare

Eye To Eye
Melissa Benn Runs a health check on Christine Hancock

Martin Kettle Greece's gain is Pasok's crisis

Ann Kodicek Peter Scott
East Europe's arts go West

Architectural skirmishes, Northern Ireland,

Soaraway Sunsations

Andy Medhurst On 20 years of Britain's favourite daily read

Candia McWilliam
A Service Industry Anna is preparing for a very special evening

Mark Lawson
Four Eyes Good? On the great future-of-broadcasting debate

Caroline Harris - Jenni Moore
Sex Lives On Audiotape A conversation about safer sex, condoms and the impact of Aids

Geoff Mulgan
Place Your Bets Enters the casino economy

Jeremy Novick On the irresistible charm of Clive James

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Marxism Today December 1989
Love On The Rocks
Rosalind Brunt talks to Shere Hite about why women are leaving men

Global Times
Kevin Robins
In the new era of world markets, the key players think local and act global

Happy Doris Pays
Arthur Smith
Christmas. The season of enforced goodwill and compulsory cheer. Hardly a laughing matter ...

Value For Many
Jeffrey Weeks
His right is her oppression. Our fractured identities are defying the values which used to unite us

36 Days of Reckoning Wynne Godley, William Keegan and Bob RowthornThe spend, spend, spend decade is closing with a spent economy. And no guarantee of revival


Andrew Gamble
The Tories and the Wall

Paul Morley
Finds the 80s make depressing reading

Eye To Eye
Beatrix Campbell
Steps inside the Tory crisis with John Biffen

Martin Kettle
Social charter: cure-all or patent remedy?

Julian Stringer Disney's real-life fantasy
Charlotte du Cann The clothes showdown

Eco-politics, uniting Europe, divided Britain

Inner City Mama
Andrea Stuart talks to 90s' icon Neneh Cherry

Catherine Treasure
Faithful Consumers Meets an Anglican deacon in the Christmas rush

New Times At The Bar
Martin Pumphrey samples the latest flood of lager ads

Life After Rushdie
Describes her emotional turmoil of the last year

After The Storm
Jenni Moore interviews Nanci Griffiths

Revolution Unlimited
John Lloyd on an optimistic account of the politics of perestroika

Choice Words
Gordon McLennan
Glasgow Ranger From Boys' Brigade to the top of the party

Jeremy Novick
On the evergreen Bros

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