Reviews

Prophet Prolonged….?

This book uses this historically counter factual premise to build its story around an extension of Trotsky’s life for another 13 years.

23rd October 2020 // 1 Comment

Saving life on earth

We are well into a mass extinction event, it is accelerating and unlike previous such events it is driven by human action upon the natural world.However, he is clear that the devastation caused by human beings can be reversed by human beings and he puts forward a few broad-brush solutions.

13th October 2020 // 0 Comments

How much would you pay for a jar of honey?

What makes the book of some passing interest is the insight it gives you into how Tories think and behave when they sense no one is watching.

1st October 2020 // 0 Comments

The wretched poor of Paris

“There are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.”

9th September 2020 // 0 Comments

Cometh the [midnight] hour, cometh the book!

Allan Todd reviews Derek Wall’s 2020 Climate Strike: The Practical Politics of the Climate Crisis published by Merlin Press. This book had me from its very first page, with [...]

14th August 2020 // 0 Comments

Lost

Twenty-five left organisations are re-framed through film narrative in a reductive reading of them that is, duplicitous publicity for the book points out, ‘merciless’. It is anything but!

8th July 2020 // 3 Comments

Corrupt socialists? Heaven forfend!

For those of us who see politics as fundamentally about ideology and choosing sides in the class struggle, Baron Noir provides a bit of an insight into the minds of our opponents for whom it’s more about personal advantage and deal making.

4th July 2020 // 1 Comment

“Martin Monath: A Jewish Resistance Fighter Among Nazi Soldiers”

World War II was the product of capitalism which is still with us. It is prepared to defend its system of exploitation and oppression at the cost of tens of millions of lives. The opposite course, advocated by the FI and their comrades publishing Arbeiter und Soldat, cannot be dismissed as mere “counterfactual” history.

3rd July 2020 // 2 Comments

More than a Left Foot

There are three chapters that explain clearly and in some detail the theoretical debates about disablement in capitalist society. The three periods in his life are woven together with the red thread of this political theory – he really does relate the political to the personal.

21st June 2020 // 0 Comments

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