Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

International Socialism #150 out now

The latest issue of International Socialism journal is out now, with articles including Nicolas De Genova on 'Towards a Marxist theory of borders', Megan Trudell on 'Sanders, Trump and the US working class', and Shaun Doherty on the Irish Easter Rising plus discussion of Podemos, Shakespeare, Pakistan, the German Revolution, and Marxism and women's liberation.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Marxism and History

The two classic essays by Chris Harman collected together in the very useful volume Marxism and History (1998) are now both freely available online at the Marxist Internet Archive - the 1986 essay Base and Superstructure (which drew comments in response from Colin Barker, Alex Callinicos and Duncan Hallas - you can also listen to a debate on the topic here) - and the 1989 essay From feudalism to capitalism . Those interested in further discussions of Marxism and History might also like to check out these two conferences coming up in London in late June / early July - 'Radical Histories' and 'Marxism 2016'.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Refugees welcome here - Stand Up to Racism national demonstration

Refugees welcome here now! UN Anti-Racism Day national demonstration - Saturday 19 March - London, Glasgow, Cardiff

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The internationalist case against the EU

Alex Callinicos on why socialists and trade unionists should support a vote to leave the EU - in the upcoming EU Referendum but obviously not sharing a platform with the likes of 'poundshop Enoch Powell' Nigel Farage while doing so... see also the debates and other pieces collected together at the bottom of this page. As Charlie Kimber of the SWP notes, We hope others will join us in a campaign that is rooted in anti-capitalism, support for workers’ struggles and anti-racism. It is not too late for Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn to shrug off the pressure from the right and launch a left-wing leave campaign. It would condemn Cameron to defeat. Our campaign will say, “No to racism, open the borders, leave the EU”, and “Yes to workers’ unity everywhere, solidarity against neoliberalism and capitalism, leave the EU”. It will also say “No to Ukip and TTIP and the other neoliberal treaties, fight the bosses, leave the EU” and “Yes to real action over climate change, no trust in the bosses’ solutions, leave the EU”.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Middle East Solidarity Day School 2016

Middle East Solidarity Day School 2016

Speakers include: Omar Barghouti, Ala’a Shehabi, Sameh Naguib, Joseph Daher, Adam Hanieh, Muzna al-Na’ib, Anne Alexander and others

This dayschool will provide an essential guide for activists and trade unionists who want to understand more about how ordinary people across the Middle East continue to resist military intervention and dictatorship in their day-to-day struggles for justice and dignity. Join the debate with leading activists from Palestine, Bahrain, Egypt and Syria who offer analysis of the region which cuts through the picture of confusion and despair in the mainstream media. We will also hear hidden stories of courage and resilience which continue to inspire, five years after the revolutions which shook the region and beyond.
Sessions on:
  • Palestine and the struggle for justice
  • Counter-revolution, military intervention and crisis in Syria
  • Egypt: strategies for resistance
  • Sectarian polarisation in the Gulf
Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
£5 unwaged / £10 waged
Organised by Middle East Solidarity magazine with support from SOAS Unison, Egypt Solidarity Initiative, MENA Solidarity and Bahrain Watch

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Saturday, January 09, 2016

International Socialism #149 out now

The latest issue of International Socialism is now online, and while there is a host of material relating to Marxist theory and history, from debates about the level of class struggle in Britain to the struggle for climate justice, and discussion of figures from Erich Fromm to Leon Trotsky and E.P. Thompson, it leads with Mark L Thomas on the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, while Jane Hardy looks at debates in radical and Marxist economics. Other key pieces include Anne Alexander writes on ISIS, imperialism and the war in Syria, and Alex Callinicos analyses the strategy and tactics for anti-imperialists in the West as they set about resisting the long war on 'terror' underway, in Britain through re-building the Stop the War Coalition. As he concludes:

One thing is clear, amid the chaos, confusion and bloodshed in the Middle East: imperialism is a key part of the problem there. The US, Britain, France, Russia and the rest, can do no good there. They should get out of the Middle East and leave its peoples to find their own way to the goals of democracy and social justice that inspired the revolutions of 2011. In the meantime, the task of the Western left is to rebuild the anti-war movement, and mobilise as many people as possible in a campaign to force our governments finally to end the long war.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Start Wars - The Force Awakens

New Labour was defeated five years ago. The Labour Party is now facing a new threat: a new faction named Labour First Order, led by the shadowy Supreme Leader Snoake Watson. Their main mission is to rule the Labour Party and destroy all who oppose them.  One of their commanders is a ruthless, mysterious, powerful figure, Hilaryo Bomb. Hilaryo Bomb has an ambition to find and kill the last Jedi who is able to restore order and revive the Jedi ways, Jez Corbynwalker. Jez's unknown location is also a main concern for General Princess Diane, a leader of the Momentum Resistance that now trying to find him too.  Benn Solo and ChewMacca meet some new companions: Burnham, a defective Labour First Order Stormtrooper, and Laurie, a scavenger from the Guardian planet who acquired Jez's location from a droid. This unexpected team is forced not only to fight and resist the Labour First Order, but also to find Jez Corbynwalker. To be continued...