International Socialism 141 now out
I don't know - you wait for what seems like ages over Christmas with only the crumbs of the New Statesman, the New Left Review and Private Eye for sustenance, and then three fine volumes of socialist writing come along together. Not only does the new issue of Socialist Worker appear, with timely analysis of the Tories' racist scapegoating of migrants from Eastern Europe, the Mark Duggan murder by the Met police and John Newsinger writing on the First World War (a fine response to the current ahistorical propaganda of Michael Gove and the pathetically weak response from Labour's Tristram Hunt, who not only declared the Left 'supported' the war - er, Keir Hardie? the SLP? - but also that Kaiser Wilhelm II was a fascist (!)). The new Socialist Review is also now out as is the new volume of International Socialism, which among other delights including pieces on the left after Grangemouth, transgender oppression and resistance, the late Marxist historian Raymond Challinor also has a timely piece on the internet, social media and the workplace which is sure to stir up debate. While I am here, on the subject of remembering the First World War, the London Socialist Historians Group has organised an important conference on the matter on Saturday 25 January - for details see here.