Broad to death: the problem with broad left parties

This article is based on the notes for an introduction given by Chris on 7th August which, along with the discussion afterwards, can be watched on YouTube: ‘Transform? The problem with broad left parties’  For over thirty years there have been repeated attempts to build a political space to the Continue Reading

On-line discussion: What kind of democracy do we have, and need?

This meeting was chaired by Nick Wrack, on 18th September 2023. Watch the video here. Ed Potts introduces a discussion looking at democracy.  What sort of democracy do we have under capitalism?  What sort of democracy do we need?  What should democracy mean in the workers’ movement? Ed starts by reflecting on the Continue Reading

50 years since Pinochet’s coup in Chile

To mark fifty years since General Augusto Pinochet’s coup in Chile, carried out on 11 September 1973, we carry this poem by Janet Sillett. The disappeared By Janet Sillett Stooping women searching in the arid sand of Atacama Desert bone fragments meticulously cleaned the loudest of silences The baked earth Continue Reading

What sort of new party of the left?

A call has been put out by a number of small left-wing groups and individuals for a new party. Left Unity, the Breakthrough Party, the People’s Alliance of the Left, and three Liverpool Community Independents councillors, together with other individuals have put out a call for a new party of Continue Reading

Why do we have a Labour Party instead of a socialist Party?

This article originally appeared in Prometheus.  It was also used to facilitate a discussion in a meeting of Talking About Socialism on 12th June 2023 – watch the video here. What sort of an organisation is the Labour Party? Its dominance of the left in Britain for over a century Continue Reading

What is socialism?

Welcome to this Marxist website. Its aim is to promote Marxist ideas, analysis and discussion.  Against the background of the failed experience of Corbynism in the UK and the rout of the socialist left inside the Labour Party, and with the development of a new wave of industrial working-class militancy, Continue Reading