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Re-run: 18. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Jul 24 • 28 min
What is scientific socialism, and what can it teach us about the fight for socialist change today? Labour’s left leadership failed to fight for the urgent political and democratic reforms needed in the party - a missed opportunity for working-class…
75. Britain’s revolts after WW1
Jul 17 • 48 min
How will Covid-19’s political consequences compare to the aftermath of World War One? The pandemic crisis is frequently compared to a war. Marxists agree there are parallels for many reasons - not least the political revolts that follow. After the Great…
74. How the unions need to fight now
Jul 10 • 25 min
We need to fight for every job. But is such a fight possible? Thousands of new members are flooding into Britain’s trade unions. But thousands more are losing their jobs every day. Black Lives Matter and coronavirus inequalities have thrown racism into…
73. Globalisation and deglobalisation
Jun 26 • 22 min
Why are the world’s economies pulling apart? World capitalism in recent decades underwent a process often called ‘globalisation’. Competing national economies became more and more integrated and dependent on each other. Now, the wheels have come off.…
72. You can’t have capitalism without racism
Jun 19 • 39 min
Malcolm X said: “You can’t have capitalism without racism.” Why - and what can we learn from that? Heroic Black Lives Matter protests have swept the US, Britain and the world. Rivers of working-class young people, black and white, have taken up the…
Re-run: 4. Fighting the racist far right
Jun 12 • 35 min
How can the working class defeat the far right? A magnificent mass movement, overwhelmingly young, working-class and black, but also very multiracial, has erupted in the US, Britain and internationally against racism. Its trigger was the racist police…
71. A socialist youth charter
Jun 5 • 52 min
What do young people need today - and how can they fight for it? Massive, young, working-class protests have exploded around the world after the murder of George Floyd, racism and police violence. But it’s not just these issues that have angered young…
70. China’s new role
May 29 • 55 min
While the influence of the US declines, China’s place in world seems to be rising. The Chinese economy is still nowhere near as powerful as the US, but it’s competing voraciously for international markets, investment, and political influence. With world…
69. Crisis turning point: national unity ends
May 22 • 33 min
Public confidence in the British government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has nosedived. They’re split over how and when to bully workers back into unsafe workplaces to restart the capitalists’ profit engines. And they’re split over how and when to…
68. Lifting the lockdown: schools, safety and super-spreaders
May 15 • 39 min
School workers and the government are set for a stand-off over reopening during coronavirus. The Tory government is combining absurdly unclear messages about “staying alert” with a rush to reopen more of the capitalist economy. While they are concerned…
67. Lenin at 150
May 1 • 60 min
What are the lessons for today from Lenin’s revolutionary life? 22 April 2020 was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanvov, better known as Lenin, the revolutionary workers’ leader and Marxist political theorist. In 1917, Lenin’s…
66. US imperialism in decline: coronavirus, Trump, Sanders and socialism
Apr 24 • 27 min
Chaos in the US presents two options: socialism or barbarism. In the United States, the capitalist class is faced with a shopping list of crises that are shaking their system almost to pieces. Like many capitalist economies, they’ve had to partly suspend…
65. Will this help the left or the right? Coronavirus, radicalisation and ‘national unity’
Apr 18 • 32 min
Workers are furious, so why aren’t capitalist parties suffering? Capitalist governments across the planet are presiding over incompetent, inefficient, and inhuman responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, most are riding high in opinion polls. This…
64. World economic crisis: a Marxist analysis of the coronavirus crunch
Apr 10 • 32 min
The capitalist economic system is dysfunctional and obsolete. In the US, 10 million workers filed unemployment claims in the last two weeks of March. In the UK, a million workers filed Universal Credit benefit claims in the last two weeks of March. Just…
63. Is this socialism? Coronavirus and state intervention
Apr 3 • 68 min
Unprecedented state intervention - but still workers suffer? The British government has pledged hundreds of billions in funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. The US Congress has approved trillions. Capitalist governments in multiple countries seem to be…
62. Workers’ rights during coronavirus
Mar 20 • 41 min
How can workers look after their interests in the pandemic? Schools in Britain are part-closing, workers in almost every sector are being sent home with or without pay, and there are shortages of equipment for safe and hygienic working everywhere. The day…
61. Coronavirus: a socialist response
Mar 13 • 65 min
How can workers’ action help overcome the Covid-19 crisis? The new coronavirus, Covid-19, is sweeping through the world’s population - exposing capitalism for disastrous weaknesses in healthcare systems,social infrastructure, and the global economy.…
60. Socialists into City Hall
Mar 6 • 48 min
What could a socialist campaign for London achieve? The London mayor and assembly are up for election in May. The Labour Party’s Sadiq Khan is the incumbent and Labour’s candidate for 2020 - but is a supporter of the pro-big business wing of Labour and an…
Re-run: 14. GRA reform
Feb 28 • 38 min
Trans rights: a socialist programme for united workers’ struggle. Transgender rights have recently become a point of contention in the ongoing Labour Party leadership contest. The Socialist Party fights exploitation, discrimination and oppression in every…
59. Northern Ireland’s strike wave
Feb 21 • 27 min
Major strikes in the civil service and National Health Service have shaken the capitalist establishment in Northern Ireland. These enormous workers’ action followed watershed struggles in the private sector at the Harland and Wolff shipyard and Wrightbus…
58. Britain: the new situation
Feb 14 • 36 min
Divisions and surprises abound as the main parties eye an angry working class in Britain. The Tories’ decade-long grip on power continues for now - but what about their programme? The government has announced more cuts, but has also promised…
57. Trade unions: new decade, new challenge
Feb 7 • 44 min
Do the setbacks in the 2010s mean the unions can’t fight today? The 2010s were a period of major attacks on workers in Britain. But the bosses and their politicians didn’t get things all their own way. The trade unions - the basic self-defence…
Re-run: 16. Are no-cuts council budgets possible?
Jan 31 • 39 min
Councils have the power to resist continued Tory austerity. It’s budget-setting season again for local authorities in Britain. The Tories in central government have succeeded in making local councils do their dirty work and implement savage austerity for…
56. How can France’s strike win?
Jan 24 • 37 min
After more than 45 days of strikes, workers in France are still furious about President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on pensions. His so-called reform would mean: work longer, get less. But there’s no clear strategy from the union leaders. And there’s no…
55. Middle East in turmoil: Iran and Iraq
Jan 10 • 27 min
After Suleimani’s assassination, what prospects for Iran, Iraq and the US? The year started with Donald Trump ordering the public assassination of a leading Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, by a drone strike in Baghdad, the capital of neighbouring Iraq.…
54. 2020: a promise of rebellion
Jan 3 • 37 min
The year is now 2020. Popular uprisings are cascading like chain reactions across the globe. Strongman right-wing leaders lie and cheat their way to power in some countries, and are brought to their knees by mass movements in others. As a new year opens…
Re-run: 34. Boris, Brexit and British capitalism
Dec 26, 2019 • 34 min
Johnson took office in July 2019 amid intractable crises - which haven’t gone away. In this re-run of episode 34 from August 2019, we remind ourselves of the big problems for the Tories which lie beneath their electoral victory.
53. Tories return: stand firm for socialist policies
Dec 13, 2019 • 23 min
Boris Johnson has won a majority in the UK’s general election. Many workers and young people will understandably be feeling gloomy and angry. We say the fightback starts here. How did this happen? What are the lessons? And what does the workers’ movement…
52. France on strike
Dec 11, 2019 • 44 min
Millions of workers have downed tools to fight hated President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on pensions. The CGT union confederation reports that 1.5 million protested throughout the country during the 5 December strike, and over 800,000 on 10 December. In…
51. How can Corbyn win?
Nov 29, 2019 • 40 min
The Tories are trying to lie and bully their way back to power. How can Corbyn and the wider workers’ movement stop them? With less than two weeks until polling day in the UK, both the Tories and Labour have now released their manifestos. Jeremy Corbyn’s…
50. Northern Ireland: Brexit, borders, sectarianism and struggle
Nov 22, 2019 • 60 min
Northern Ireland faces renewed political conflict as a result of the bosses’ Brexit crisis, the collapse of the Stormont government, and underlying it all, huge anger at poverty and oppression. But there is one place where Catholics and Protestants,…
49. Scotland and the election: independence and socialism
Nov 15, 2019 • 49 min
How will the struggle for independence and against austerity affect the general election campaign in Scotland? And what lies in store for Scottish workers after 12 December? Plus: High Court blow to postal strike: where next for the CWU?
48. Building fighting, democratic unions: PCS and RMT
Nov 11, 2019 • 43 min
How can the unions win for members and end austerity and Tory rule? We speak to PCS union general secretary candidate Marion Lloyd (in a personal capacity) and RMT union national executive committee candidate Jared Wood. The trade unions are always areas…
47. General election 2019: Tories out!
Nov 6, 2019 • 48 min
SPECIAL: Tories out - Corbyn in with socialist policies! This election is harder to call than perhaps any in British history. But what we can say is that whatever the outcome, tempestuous class struggle will follow. What is the best outcome for this…
46. Uprising in Chile
Nov 1, 2019 • 50 min
A spontaneous rebellion of revolutionary proportions is unfolding in Chile - a country with a history of revolution and counter-revolution. The largest demonstration in Chile’s history floods the streets of the capital. Protesters in the north march on…
45. How renters can beat gentrifiers
Oct 24, 2019 • 44 min
In 2016, tenants on the Butterfields estate in east London beat the landlords and banks. How can working-class people fight the housing crisis?
44. Kurdish national liberation
Oct 18, 2019 • 37 min
The Kurdish people in the Middle East are facing a catastrophic onslaught. How did it come to this? What is the way out of this life-and-death struggle for the Kurds? And how can the Kurdish people win national liberation?
43. Tony Mulhearn, Militant and the city that beat Thatcher
Oct 11, 2019 • 68 min
How did Liverpool defeat the Iron Lady? A political tribute to Tony Mulhearn, a giant of the workers’ movement. As part of the Militant Tendency and Socialist Party, Tony helped lead the working-class struggle that defeated Margaret Thatcher, and spent…
42. The state: a warning to Corbynism
Oct 4, 2019 • 46 min
In the midst of a historic crisis, the state is preparing the ground to sabotage a potential left government. The Supreme Court has delivered a blow to Johnson. But were the Labour leaders right to praise the judiciary as an impartial upholder of…
41. Sri Lanka: socialists fight back
Sep 27, 2019 • 43 min
Sri Lanka is heading into presidential elections in the midst of a government deadlock - and the aftershocks of the horrific terror attack on 21 April. We ask socialists from Sri Lanka what the situation is like on the ground - and what political problems…
40. Race for the White House 2020
Sep 20, 2019 • 37 min
The race to be next president of the United States is hotting up. What’s behind the crises in the Republicans? And can the Democrats be a route for change? Plus - report from the 20 September climate strike in London.
39. Fighting for women in Britain today
Sep 13, 2019 • 44 min
The majority of austerity is suffered by women. Meanwhile, rape convictions are down, and domestic violence murders are up. This episode, we hear about the struggle to defend women from the cuts, in the home, and at work - and how socialists think we can…
38. Government meltdown: what now?
Sep 6, 2019 • 30 min
The Tory party - and whole Westminster system - is in historic crisis. How can the labour and trade union movement navigate the Brexit impasse, oust the government, and end austerity?
37. Hong Kong’s revolutionary upheaval
Aug 30, 2019 • 38 min
Millions of people have exploded onto the streets of Hong Kong. The state has responded with outrageous violence. Where did this movement come from? Could this be the beginning of a revolution? And how can the workers and youth of Hong Kong and China…
36. Northern Ireland, August 1969: the Troubles erupt
Aug 23, 2019 • 51 min
50 years ago, workers’ action could have stopped the Troubles. Then the British state sent the troops into Northern Ireland. What are the lessons for today?
35. Peterloo
Aug 16, 2019 • 38 min
Friday the 16th of August 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre. Armed forces charged a peaceful mass protest demanding political representation in the fight for bread, jobs and living pay. This bloody response to workers’ political…
34. Boris, Brexit and British capitalism
Aug 9, 2019 • 38 min
Unpredictable, volatile and unstable: three words which sum up the situation facing new Tory prime minister Boris Johnson. This right-wing populist is quick to make promises. But he’s presiding over the same slow-motion car crash of British capitalism and…
33. Earth strike?
Jul 5, 2019 • 23 min
Figures associated with the youth climate strikes have raised the idea of students and workers taking part in an “Earth strike” in September. The fact that young people are looking towards the organised working class is a very positive development. But…
32. Fighting closure at Ford Bridgend
Jun 28, 2019 • 31 min
Bosses at the Ford Motor Company are trying to close the engine factory at Bridgend in South Wales. Hundreds of workers could lose their well-paid, skilled jobs, and thousands more workers in the supply chain could be affected. The closure threat follows…
31. Grenfell and Barking: safe homes for all now
Jun 14, 2019 • 40 min
Two years after the preventable disaster at Grenfell Tower, justice and safety are still not secure. A fire in flats in Barking, east London, underlines the ongoing threat caused by the profit drive in the housing sector. How can woking-class residents…
30. Europe’s political polarisation
Jun 7, 2019 • 32 min
Across the continent of Europe, the 2019 EU elections showed growing polarisation and turmoil. Why is that? We speak to Bob Labi of the Committee for a Workers’ International.
29. Euro election turmoil
May 31, 2019 • 28 min
What do Britain’s highly polarised 2019 EU election results really represent? And what is the way forward for working-class and young people to oust the Tories and end austerity? We speak to Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell.
28. Terrorist atrocity in Sri Lanka
Apr 24, 2019 • 25 min
Isai Priya, from Tamil Solidarity, joins us in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka to discuss the outrages and the social and political situation in the country. Useful further reading: • Statement in response to the attacks:…
27. The national question, Ireland, and Brexit
Apr 18, 2019 • 39 min
Niall Mulholland, from the Committee for a Workers’ International, discusses a socialist approach to the national question and how that applies to Northern Ireland today. Useful further reading: • ‘Ireland North - Brexit crisis and the role of the…
26. Terrorism
Apr 10, 2019 • 22 min
Judy Beishon from the Socialist Party’s executive committee joins us to discuss the causes of terrorism, how it manifests today and why a socialist programme is the only way to stop it. Useful further reading: • Marxism opposes terrorism:…
25. What way out of the Brexit impasse?
Apr 5, 2019 • 17 min
Paula Mitchell from the Socialist Party’s executive committee examines the latest Brexit news and puts forward what Corbyn should be doing and saying to lead a way out of the deadlock in the interests of the working class. Useful further reading: • Corbyn…
24. Glasgow equal pay victory
Mar 28, 2019 • 13 min
We’re joined by Philip Stott from our Scottish sister party to explain the lessons from the victory of workers in Glasgow City Council following their strike action in October. Useful further reading: • Report of the strike:…
23. Climate strikes and school student unions
Mar 20, 2019 • 21 min
Socialist Students national organiser Theo Sharieff joins us to discuss ideas on the way forward for the climate strikes movement, including the possibility of establishing school students unions. Useful further reading: • Reports from 15 March:…
Special: Vote Sue Atkins in Southampton Coxford
Mar 13, 2019 • 4 min
Interview with Sue Atkins, Socialist Party member who is standing in the Coxford ward byelection in Southampton on 14 March.
22. Honda and socialist nationalisation
Mar 12, 2019 • 26 min
Rob Williams, the Socialist Party’s industrial organiser, discusses the threat to the Honda car plant in Swindon and the Socialist Party’s demand for nationalisation. Useful further reading: • ‘Honda closure threatened – Corbyn must pledge nationalisation…
21. A turning point for Corbyn’s Labour leadership?
Mar 7, 2019 • 22 min
We talk to Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary, about the latest developments in the Labour Party, including the Independent Group split and the suspension of Chris Williamson. Useful further reading: • ‘No retreats – Corbyn must stand…
20. Is climate change a political issue?
Feb 25, 2019 • 29 min
Chris Baugh, Socialist Party member and assistant general secretary of the PCS civil servants’ union (personal capacity), speaks to us about what type of change is necessary to truly combat climate change. Useful further reading: • “There’s no planet B”:…
19. #schoolstrike4climate
Feb 18, 2019 • 28 min
Socialist Students national organiser Theo Sharieff and London Socialist Party youth and student organiser Helen Pattison join us to discuss the recent student climate strikes. Useful further reading: • Reports from 15 February:…
18. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Feb 12, 2019 • 31 min
Ben Robinson from Socialist Books discusses the latest publication of this Frederick Engels’ classic and why it’s so relevant today. Useful further reading: • ‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’ by Frederick Engels, available at –…
17. What’s happening in Venezuela?
Feb 4, 2019 • 28 min
CWI secretary Tony Saunois gives analysis of the attempt to remove Maduro from power in Venezuela, and the lessons for left governments and parties internationally. Useful further reading: • ‘Venezuela – resist the imperialist coup’:…
16. Are no-cuts council budgets possible?
Jan 28, 2019 • 36 min
We speak to Clive Heemskerk from the Socialist Party executive committee about a strategy for struggle against local government cuts. Useful further reading: • ‘Passing the council cuts test’: • Response to…
15 BONUS. Dave Nellist interview
Jan 21, 2019 • 13 min
Socialist Party member Dave Nellist, former Labour MP, gives a radio interview on Brexit, Corbyn’s position and a socialist approach to the EU.
15. May’s government in crisis
Jan 21, 2019 • 25 min
Socialist Party executive committee member Judy Beishon analyses the latest Brexit developments after the historic defeat of May’s deal and the first attempt at a no-confidence vote in parliament. Useful further reading/listening: • ‘May facing Brexit…
14. GRA Reform
Jan 15, 2019 • 36 min
Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, the Socialist Party’s national organiser, discusses the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act, and a socialist programme for united struggle for Trans rights. Useful further reading: • ‘Taking Trans rights forward’ by Sarah…
13. 2019
Jan 7, 2019 • 41 min
Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe gives an analysis of the political processes and trends we can expect to see continued and escalated in 2019 – from economic crisis, to Brexit chaos, to shifting world relations. Useful further reading: • On…
12. The Gilets Jaunes
Dec 19, 2018 • 39 min
Clare Doyle from the CWI and Socialist Student national chair Theo Sharieff join us to discuss the movement sweeping France, what it symbolises and what we can learn from it here. Useful further reading: • ‘France in revolt’ by Clare Doyle:…
11. Tory Brexit Chaos
Dec 12, 2018 • 24 min
We discuss with Hannah Sell following Theresa May being forced to abandon the planned parliamentary vote on her Brexit plan, and the initiation of a vote of no confidence in her from within the Tory Party. Useful further reading: • ‘Tory chaos reaches…
10. Economic crisis - ten years on
Dec 3, 2018 • 25 min
Steve Score from the Socialist Party’s national committee discusses the financial crash of 2007/8, its causes and implications. Useful further reading: • ‘10 years since the financial crash – the socialist answer to capitalist crisis’ by Steve Score:…
9. When revolution ended World War 1
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
9. When revolution ended World War 1 We speak to Bob Labi from the Committee for a workers’ international about why World War 1 ended when it did, and particularly the role of radicalisation and revolution. • ‘1918 - revolution ends first world war as…
8 BONUS Tony Saunois at Socialism 2018
Nov 22, 2018 • 34 min
Audio recording of Tony Saunois’ introduction to the workshop ‘Latin America- lessons for the left in Britain and Europe’ at Socialism 2018 on 11 November
8. Who is Bolsonaro and how did he get elected?
Nov 19, 2018 • 23 min
Secretary of the CWI Tony Saunois talks about the election of the far-right Bolsonaro in Brazil, what it indicates and what can be done about it. • ‘Brazil- the resistance begins now’ by the Socialist Party’s sister party in Brazil:…
7 BONUS Kshama Sawant
Nov 16, 2018 • 52 min
Audio recording of Kshama Sawant’s introduction to the workshop ‘Could Trump win in 2020’ at Socialism 2018 on 10 November
7. What is Trumpism?
Nov 12, 2018 • 24 min
We talk to US socialist Bryan Kolouris about the nature and threat of Trumpism. Useful further reading: • ‘US in turmoil – Trump’s crisis, the midterm elections, movements and strikes’ by Bryan Kolouris, April2018:…
6. What’s the big deal about the unions?
Nov 5, 2018 • 38 min
Rob Williams, Socialist Party industrial organiser, talks about the importance of the trade unions, their potential role, and what’s necessary to transform them. Useful further reading: • ‘Trade unions and the gig economy’ by Rob Williams, October 2016:…
5. A Socialist View of Brexit
Oct 29, 2018 • 48 min
Clive Heemskerk, the deputy editor of Socialism Today, discusses Brexit, the problems it presents for the capitalist class and what it really means for workers. Useful further reading: • ‘People’s vote should be a general election’:…
4. Is the far right on the rise?
Oct 22, 2018 • 36 min
Socialist Party executive committee member Paula Mitchell looks at the nature and relative strength of the far right and the populist right today, and how a movement to defeat them can be built.
3. Antisemitism - what it is and how to fight it
Oct 12, 2018 • 35 min
In light of the smears against Jeremy Corbyn, Judy Beishon, a member of the Socialist Party’s executive committee, explains the origins of antisemitism, its nature today and what’s necessary to end it. Useful further reading: • ‘Antisemitism – what it is…
2. Politics in Britain today
Oct 11, 2018 • 50 min
After the party conferences this autumn, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe discusses the trends in politics in Britain at the moment – from two parties in one within Labour to the Tories’ Brexit crisis. Useful further reading:…
1. Socialism
Oct 11, 2018 • 38 min
Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell discusses what we mean by socialism, what the Socialist Party stands for and why we’re launching a podcast. Useful further reading: • ‘Is this Generation Socialist?’ by Hannah Sell:…